CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· CATHOLIC, LUTHERAN, CALVINIST ‘BAPTISM OF REGENERATION’ AND BIBLICAL TRUTH
· Neither ‘adult’ baptism nor ‘baby’ baptism exists in Scripture, just the baptism of disciples!
· The ‘sprinkling of regeneration’ is the ‘first door’ of Christian church initiation
· Does Rom 7 Sanction baby ‘baptism?’
· Does this mean we should ‘baptise’ little children while they are still innocent?
· DID BABY ‘BAPTISM’ REPLACE O.T. CIRCUMCISION AS CALVINISTS BELIEVE?
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CATHOLIC/LUTHERAN/CALVINIST ‘BAPTISM OF REGENERATION’ AND BIBLICAL TRUTH
Hislop wrote in ‘Two Babylons,’ “…The doctrine of Rome is, that all who were canonically ‘baptized;’ [sprinkled] however ignorant, however immoral, if they [later] only give implicit faith to the Church, [not to Christ Jesus,] and surrender their consciences to the priests, [not to Jesus,] are as much regenerated as ever they can be, and that children coming from the [sprinkling] of baptism are entirely purged from the stain of original sin. We find the [masonic] Jesuit missionaries in India… made converts by thousands by [sprinkle] baptizing them without previous instruction, in complete ignorance of the [Scriptures,] on their mere… submission to Rome.”
This is true in both Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism. Thus, the focus is on the “regenerative” sprinkling of infants and new converts to make them church members. This baptism, where parent ‘stand in the gap’ for children, is the fundamental requirement for church salvation. Church attendance and even the other ‘saving’ sacraments are matters of minor importance. According to the contextual truth of the Bible, baptism and the New Testament, Holy-Spirit circumcision can never relate to unbelieving, innocent little children.
Neither can anyone, like parents, ‘stand in the gap’ or ‘stand in the place’ of anyone else. God commanded in Deut. 24:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers; a person shall be put to death for this own sin.” Jer. 31:29 also wrote, “Every one shall die for his own iniquity…” Gal. 6:5 says, “Each one shall bear his own load.” Still, the Roman Catholic Church, and her Protestant affiliates believe, “The sacrament of [sprinkling] baptism frees from original sin and all personal sins, and from the punishment due to them. [No. In Christ Alone we have “redemption through His blood; the forgiveness of sins…” Eph. 1:7.] Baptism makes the person share in the Trinitarian life of God through sanctifying grace, (the grace of sanctification that incorporates the person into the body of Christ and his Church), also making the person a member of Christ’s priesthood… These are the faithful born anew by Baptism…” [No. Only accountable people, capable of making a rational decision to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, can be spiritually born anew and thus be water baptized as Jesus Himself demonstrated and commanded, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Mt. 28:19-20; Jn. 3:16!)] Most importantly, the real Biblical baptism of sincere believers is not grace in itself. It is the open declaration that a believer is a truly born again disciple of Christ, who has died spiritually to his or her state of sin and cursedness without God. The new disciple thus declares that he or she was born again spiritually through the acceptance of Jesus’ and His complete atonement in his or her place, and will follow Him in a new life of obedient service – which is true love for God. Even the truly Biblical baptism does not save. To ‘go down into the water’ merely symbolizes that a disciple or follower of Christ is symbolically buried with Him by baptismal immersion, just as Jesus Himself commanded, set the example, and was imitated by all His believers under His New Testament Covenant, (please read Mt. 3:16 and the entire Rom. 6!)
‘Christening’ really means, ‘to make someone (usually a baby) into a Christian,’ or ‘to give a new convert (usually a baby) a Christian name. Neither baby baptism nor christening has anything to do with Biblical baptism. Biblical Baptism can never be a ‘saving’ ‘initiation rite’ into church membership. At His ascension, Jesus commissioned His believing disciples to “Go and make disciples from all the nations, [by preaching the true Gospel of His salvation,] baptizing [sincere disciples] in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them, [these Biblically baptized disciples] to observe all things that [Jesus] had commanded...” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
Jesus asked those who chose to disobey Him, not being baptized, “The baptism [that I command in Mt. 28:19,] were did it come from? From heaven or from the people? For if, it came from heaven… why did you not believe Me and obey? And for how long will your reject the will of God, being not baptized?” – (Mt. 21:25-26; Lu. 7:29-30.]
Neither an ‘adult sprinkling-baptism’ nor a ‘baby sprinkling-baptism’ exists in Scripture. God’s Word is the only measure of our obedience to Him and our willingness to obey His New Covenant commandment proves our sincerity to Him. Those who were sprinkled as babies, or those who converted to Christianity, being ‘initiated’ by a sprinkling rite, were not baptized at all. It is a grave sin to baptize unbelievers such as babies and mere church converts. A baby cannot believe, decide, or confess anything, and a religious church convert certainly does not know the Lord Jesus personally. Both babies and church converts are therefore unbelievers.
THE ‘SPRINKLING OF REGENERATION’ IS THE ‘FIRST DOOR’ OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Because the Catholic/Protestant ‘baptism of regeneration’ supposedly saves completely and forever, “baptism is the first door by which they enter into the fold of Jesus Christ and receive reconciliation with God. The merits of His death are by baptism applied to their souls in such a superabundant manner, as to fully satisfy Divine justice for all demands against humanity, whether for original or actual sin." – [Wikipedia Online Encyclopaedia.]
This is not the truth of Scripture; this is a rite of passage or pagan initiation into Christianized occultism. This is violating God’s commandment not to “make your children pass through the fire” of pagan initiation! Jesus declared that little children before the age of accountability belong wholly to God Alone, and said, "Forbid not the little children to come to Me, for to such belong the Kingdom of Heaven." Then He lay His hands on them to bless them – without ever mentioning ‘sprinkle-baptism;’ ‘initiation,’ or a ‘door’ of some kind.
When Jesus blessed the completely innocent little children truly unconditionally, He was not referring to the little children of the Hebrews only, who also believe that they were ‘predestined’ to inherit eternal salvation. Neither was He referring to the children of Catholics, Lutherans, Calvinists and other church members, sincere believers, or pagans. Jesus was speaking about all the little children of this world. What’s more, God’s acceptance of “little children” refers directly to heaven, not to discipleship. Heaven will always remain the eternal dwelling place of all the blood-cleansed disciples of Christ and the truly innocent, such as the “little children,” before they reached the age of accountability where they could distinguish between right and wrong.
Does Rom. 7 Sanction Baby ‘Baptism’?
Paul’s teaching on Biblical family life in Romans chapter 7 is a much-abused passage of Scripture. So, let us see if we can find anything here that might sanction the ‘baptism’ of babies, whom Jesus called the ‘citizens of heaven.’
Paul explained in Rom. 7:9, "Once I was alive without the law…" That means, though all of humanity is born into a state or position of sin without God, as “little children,” we all lived innocently, without any knowledge of evil and of God’s Moral Law that was designed to protect us from sin. As such, we were all spiritually ‘alive’ unto God. Before the age of accountability, we all “belonged to the Kingdom of Heaven,” just as Jesus said. This does not refer to discipleship in the here and now, (or the Kingdom of God in the hearts of born again believers,) but to innocent little children. When little children die, they go directly to heaven.
Then Paul continued, “But when the commandment came, sin revived and I died.”The function of the Moral Law is to teach us right from wrong. Without knowledge of moral sin, there can be no accountability. The law does not bring salvation but conviction of sin – and knowledge and conviction of our lost, sinful position without God, (Gal. 2:19-21; Rom. 2 & 3.) When we reached the age of accountability and understood right from wrong, (“when the commandment came,”) we lost our innocence. The state of sin into which we were born ‘began to live;’ controlled our minds, “and we died [spiritually unto God.]”
As soon as we began to know right from wrong, our sinful state without God warranted spiritual death. We lost our place in heaven, the dwelling place of the innocent and sinless saints in Christ, (Gal. 2:19-21.)
Until God sends someone to preach the true Gospel of the Bible, and give us the grace to make the choice to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we will remain in that lost state of spiritual death. We might be devout Christians, but to live spiritually and “belong to the Kingdom of Heaven” again, we need to be spiritually and personally born again from our state of sin into God’s state of innocence, which we once occupied as “little children.”
Can this mean we should ‘baptise’ little children while they are still innocent?
When Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 7, “The unbelieving husband is sanctified [or made holy] by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; else were your children unclean, but now they are holy,” he was not referring to either the doctrine of ‘sanctification,’ or baby sprinkling. Sadly, baby ‘baptizing’ denominations grabbed this declaration as Scriptural ‘proof’ that the babies of Christians should be baptized. Paul was not speaking about baptism; he took the time to explain the difficulties that arise from marriages between born again believers and unbelievers. (This passage does not mean that believers may marry unbelievers. It pertains to a situation where only one spouse comes to salvation in Christ after marriage, while the other remains an unbeliever, 1 Cor. 7:14.) Here, Paul merely stated that God creates a holy environment for the sincerely believing spouse in an ‘unequally yoked,’ previously unholy marriage! The believer must not divorce the unbelieving spouse if the unbeliever is willing to live with the believer; not the other way round. Should the believer agree to submit to the sin of the unbeliever, the home would be in chaos and the believer’s salvation would be in danger.
God’s supernatural holiness for unbelieving spouses and little, and young children of sincere believers has nothing to do with sacramental (atoning) church rites — just as this “sanctification” has nothing to do with the personal salvation of the unbelieving spouse and adult children. The holy position of truly born again spouses, which so favorable affects their unsaved spouses and children, only covers their children under God’s holiness until the children are able to leave home and make a life for themselves. Salvation is always a personal matter between the person and God, (Jn. 1:12-13.) Nevertheless, unbelieving children must also submit to the truth and holiness of Christ, which must govern the believing spouse and parent. If unbelieving but holy children of this ‘mixed’ marriage could be ‘baptized,’ then the holy but unbelieving spouse can also be ‘baptized.’ However, no one can ‘stand in the gap’ for another person, not even for their own children, (Deut. 24:16; Ezk 18:4, 18-20.) “The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father; neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” That is why one may only baptize self-confessed believers in Christ. This passage does not mean that the “holy” spouse or children of believers should be ‘sprinkle’-baptized — or even baptized by immersion if they do not personally accept and follow Jesus.
DID BABY ‘BAPTISM’ REPLACE OLD TESTAMENT CIRCUMCISION AS CALVINISTS BELIEVE?
God’s Covenant of Circumcision is the Second Covenant with Abram and it affects only to the physical land of Israel, (Gen. 17)
Advocates of the baby sprinkling refer to Gen. 17, where God made a covenant with Abram that pertains solely to the Hebrew nation and His promise to give to them “all the land of Canaan [Israel] as a… [physical country] for you and your [physical] descendants… [The sign of this physical covenant is that all Hebrew boys] shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins… at eight days old…” (Gen. 17:8-12.)
Calvinist and other churches of the circumcision focus on this covenant in an attempt to justify their unbiblical baby sprinkling baptism of ‘regeneration.’ They teach this second covenant with Abram confusingly out of context, alleging that the physical Old Testament circumcision was ‘changed’ into ‘spiritual’ circumcision through this Roman Catholic inherited baptism, which allegedly turns them into ‘children of the covenant of circumcision.’
Unless they were born Hebrew, they have absolutely nothing to do with this covenant, although, compromising and annulling Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, Messianic Judaism and the so-called “lost tribe of Israel” also teach they are directly connected to the physical land of Israel and the Hebrew nation. Still, New Covenant believers in Christ must not keep any of the ceremonial or ritual laws that referred to the Old Hebrews and their physical, ousted, Old Testament temple. Such legalism brings believers back under the entire curse of the Old Testament law and nullifies their faith in Christ, (Gal. 2:20-21; 3:10-25; Heb. 8:13; 9:15.)
Paul, the Backslidden Peter, and those of the Circumcision
Baby baptism can never be a type of Old Testament Circumcision for Hebrew boys. Standing on the original Old Testament covenant of faith in Christ, (Gen. 15:5,) Paul taught “all the [born again] Jews to forsake Moses, [with its ritual law of circumcision,] saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor walk according to the [traditional Hebrew] customs,” (Acts 21:21.) Paul was focusing attention on Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, and said, “If any can be justified by keeping [certain parts of] the [old ceremonial] law, then Christ has died in vain,” (Gal. 2:21.) He admonished both Hebrews and Gentiles, stating, “We conclude that we are justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law… For he is not a [born again] Hebrew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh, (Rom. 6.) But he is a [born again] Hebrew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter [of the law…] (Rom. 2:27-29; 3.26.)”
The only New Covenant law that Jesus and His disciples ever commanded, was the Moral Law, or the Royal Law of Love. The entire Old Testament Covenant, as well as all the ceremonies or rituals of the physical Old Testament temple, were completely done away with and replaced by His spiritual New Testament Covenant, written in His own blood, (Heb. 8:6-13.)
Baby sprinkling Calvinists and others forget that Jesus was born a Hebrew, Who still lived under the physical precepts of the Old Testament law until He could implement His spiritual New Testament Covenant after He had risen from the grave. However, as an Adult, Jesus was water baptized with the New Testament baptism of immersion – the baptism, which He then commanded, all His born again disciples must submit to, “even to the end of this world,” (Mt. 28:19-20.)
We find in the epistles of Paul that he had a really tough time with even personally believing, born again Hebrews, who continually turned back to the ceremonial law of the Old Covenant. Paul even had to rebuke a backslidden Peter, who, at Pentecost, was used by the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel of Christ to bring three thousand people to repentance and to the Biblical baptism, which Jesus Himself had commanded, (Acts 2:38.) Sadly, Paul had to say in Gal. 2:11-21, “When Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because… he withdrew… fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy… I said to Peter before them all, ‘If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as [circumcised] Jews… [Gen. 17,] knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the [ceremonial or ritual] law but by faith in Jesus Christ… I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain,” (Gal. 2:11-21.)
The ‘Covenant of Circumcision’ is a pagan rite of passage into church salvation
Because the “saving” baby sprinkling baptism is the ‘sign’ of Calvinist circumcision and the first door of initiation into their church system, they overlook God’s commandment not to “make their children pass through the fire” of unbiblical initiation. Copying Old Testament circumcision, (the sign for Hebrews relating to the promised land of Israel,) in ancient Egypt, the rest of Africa, the Americas, Asia and on the Islands of the South West Pacific ocean, traditional circumcision was, and still is performed on babies and teenagers both as a religious blood sacrifice to their gods, and as a rite of passage into their ancestor-worshiping religions. Both Judaism and Islam view circumcision as a rite of passage into their religions. Where could the Jews get these pagan initiation rites in the Torah, the Old Testament law, unless they were polluted by the views of pagan rites, which confused their understanding of Genesis 17?
Mainly in the Middle East and in the rest of Africa, female circumcision is also practiced as a rite of passage. In African and other pagan cultures, the drinking of dangerous, questionable brews called ‘medicine’ usually accompanies teenage circumcision and often contributes to death by poisoning. In Africa especially, shamans or the elders of a community perform circumcisions under unsanitary conditions – a dangerous practice that often leads to serious infection and death. In a ceremony that resembles the Christian church rite of passage into adult life, known as ‘confirmation,’ Muslims practice ritual circumcision called ‘Sunnah’ on boys as well as on girls between the ages of 7 to 13. This passage is so important in Islam, many imams (or Islamic leaders) refuse interaction with uncircumcised Muslims in secular and religious life. They teach, “The goal of ritual circumcision is to fulfill the act of worship and to be clean for prayer.”
The Real, New Testament Circumcision
There exists a New Testament circumcision – but it does not pertain to babies, (not even to Hebrew babies,) and other unbelievers, nor can it be confused with the Biblical water-baptism, which Jesus Himself commanded. New Testament circumcision is of the blood-cleansed, born again, human spirit or ‘heart,’ which relates to the spiritual new birth of Jesus’ believing disciples. Even the Biblical baptism of disciples is merely the sign of salvation, and has no saving or regenerative power in itself. Yet, a powerful spiritual thing happens during the true water baptism, which Jesus commanded. Mystically, the Holy Spirit Himself circumcises that believing disciple’s ‘heart,’ or human spirit, completely cutting away the inherited sin-nature from the person’s born again spirit, (Rom. 5:12; 3:9-20.)
In Col. 2:11-14, Paul explained the circumcision of the Scripturally born again ‘heart’ as follows, “In Christ you were circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins... by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Christ in [disciple-immersion] baptism, in which you also were raised with Him [when you came up out of the water] through [personal] faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses…”
In context, we must understand the Holy Spirit circumcision as follows: Through personal faith in the completed atonement of Christ, believing disciples follow the example of Jesus to be “buried in baptism.” As baptism is a burial of the old person, who now confesses that he died to sin, the Holy Spirit cuts away the ‘sinful body of the flesh’ while the disciple is dunked under water, or symbolically, in the grave with Christ.
This sinful body of sin is the stinking, sinful old nature that possess and rules all unbelievers and religious church members, who were never Scripturally born again through personal faith, and who never obeyed Jesus’ commandment to be water baptized as His disciples, (Mt. 28:19-20.) All
unbaptized Christians, (speaking of those who reject the Biblical baptism of Jesus’ believing disciples,) although they might have accepted Jesus Christ personally, still drag this “body of the sins of the flesh” around with them, as the Holy Spirit only does the cutting away of the old sin-nature during true Biblical baptism in Christ.
No wonder the devil hates the real baptism so much that through the ages he persecuted Jesus’ obedient disciples violently through crusades, inquisitions, rejection, and slander. The evil one will do everything in his power to keep believers from obeying this commandment of Jesus. The many false doctrines and so-called ‘saving’ church rites, which replaced knowledge of God’s truth and obedience to His Word, are proof of this satanic persecution on all who dare to defy the status quo to follow the truth of Jesus.