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 Jesus’ disciples!
· The ‘sprinkling of regeneration’ is the ‘first door’ of Christian church initiation
· Does Romans 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 ‘The 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] baptism are entirely purged from the stain of original sin. [Yet Calvinists, who adhere to this dogma, reject “original inherited sin.”] We find the [masonic] Jesuit missionaries in India… made converts by thousands by baptizing them without instruction, in complete ignorance of the [Scriptures,] on their mere… submission to Rome.”
This is true in Catholicism, Reformed Protestantism, and most other denominations. Thus, the focus is on the “regenerative baptism” or “christening” of infants and new converts to make them church Christians. ‘Christening’ actually means, ‘to make someone (usually an infant) into a church Christian,’ or ‘to give a new convert (usually a baby) a Christian name. However, neither ‘adult baptism,’ nor baby baptism or christening has anything to do with the Biblical baptism of Jesus’ disciples, as Jesus Himself illustrated and commanded in Matthew 3:16 and 28:15-20.
¨ Still, this ‘baptism,’ where parents supposedly ‘stand in’ for children, is the fundamental requirement for church salvation. Hence, church attendance and even the other so-called ‘saving’ sacraments’ are of less importance when it comes to church ‘baptism.’ But, no one can ‘stand in’ for anyone else; unaccountable infants especially. Infants have no sin and everyone at an accountable age will account for their own sin, (Mt. 19:13-15; Ezk. 18:20; Jn. 3:16; 1:12-13.) God commanded in Deuteronomy 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.” Galatians 6:5 says, “Each one shall bear his own load.” Still, the Catholic Church and most of 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 personal believing disciples have “redemption through His blood; the forgiveness of sins…” (Eph. 1:7.)
Yet, infant/church baptism allegedly “makes the person share in the Trinitarian life of God through sanctifying grace, [this is false ‘grace’ and non-existent church ‘sanctification,’] which incorporates the person into the body of Christ and his church, [but Jesus does not have a ‘church.’ He only has a spiritual body of believers who gather in an ecclesia as demonstrated in Acts 9:2; 19:9,23; 22:4; 24:14.]” This ‘grace’ supposedly also “makes the person a member of Christ’s priesthood…” That is impossible, because all the true believer-disciples of Jesus form His New Covenant priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. They are His “holy nation, who proclaim His praises [as they were] called out of darkness into His Light,” (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Ever seen infants fit into this Scriptural description of Jesus’ New Covenant priesthood?
Still, Christian church members are allegedly “the faithful born anew by baptism…” However, only accountable people, who are 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.)]
¨ Most importantly, even 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, and is now a Holy-Spirit indwelt temple of God, (1 Cor. 6:15-20.) Can anyone believe that infants fall into this description of the Biblical rebirth? The new disciple must be able to declare that he or she will follow Jesus in a new life of obedient service – which is true agape-love for God, (Jn. 8:12.) Even the Biblical baptism does not save anyone. To ‘go down into the water’ 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 true believers through the ages under His New Testament Covenant, (Matthew 3:16; Romans 6!)
¨ Jesus asked those who chose to disobey Him; not being baptized, “The baptism [that I command in Matthew 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 a ‘saving adult/infant christening,’ nor a ‘saving adult baptism by immersion,’ exist in Scripture. God’s Word is clear on the matter. Only our obedience to Him and our willingness to obey His New Covenant commandment, can declare our personal sincerity to Him, (1 Jn. 2:1-11. Those who were sprinkled as babies and those who converted to Christianity by being ‘initiated’ through ‘baptism,’ were not baptized at all. It is a sin to baptize unbelievers such as babies and mere church converts who accept church “sacraments,” but do not understand Jesus’ Scriptural Gospel, (Mt. 29:18-20.) A baby cannot believe, decide, or confess anything, and a religious church convert who cling to dogmas instead of submitting to Jesus, does not know the Lord Jesus personally, (1 Jn. 2:1-6.) Both babies and converts are, therefore, unbelievers.
THE ‘BAPTISM OF REGENERATION’ IS THE ‘FIRST DOOR’ OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION
Because the Catholic/Protestant, Calvinist, and other ‘baptisms of regeneration’ supposedly ‘save completely and forever,’ “baptism is the first door by which they [allegedly] enter into the fold of Jesus Christ and receive reconciliation with God. The merits of His death are [supposedly] 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.]
This is not the truth of Scripture; this is a rite of passage or pagan initiation into Christianized occultism. Romans 1:17, “[Personally believing] the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation,’ not any kind of ‘baptism!’ Hebrews 10:38, “The just shall live by faith, but if anyone draws back [to perdition,] My soul has no pleasure in him.” Ephesians 2:8-10, “By grace we are saved by [personal] faith… it is a gift of God… not of works…” Gal. 3:11, “No one can be justified by [keeping] the law, for the just shall [be saved] and live by faith…” Substituting Jesus’ Gospel of redemption, salvation, and blessing with a so-called ‘saving baptism’ is blasphemy. It is also violating God’s commandment to baptize His believing disciples, and not to “make your children pass through the fire” of pagan initiation into church and other Satanism! (Mt. 28:18-20; Deut. 18:10-14.) Jesus declared that children before the age of accountability wholly belong to God Alone, and said, "Forbid not the little children to come to Me, for to such belong [present tense] the Kingdom of Heaven." Then He laid His hands on them to bless them – without mentioning a church/temple baptism ‘sacrament,’ initiation, or another ‘door’ of some kind! Frankly, a “baby (or other) baptism” does not exist in Scripture!
When Jesus blessed the completely innocent little children unconditionally, He was not referring to the little children of the Hebrews only, as some Hebrews also believe they are ‘predestined’ to inherit salvation. Neither was He referring to Christian children. Jesus was speaking about all the little children of this world, (Mt. 19:13-16.) Jesus’ acceptance of “little children” refers directly to their citizenship in heaven, not to discipleship here on earth.
Does Romans 7 Sanction Baby ‘Baptism?’
Paul’s teaching on 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 ‘saving baptism’ of babies, whom Jesus called the ‘citizens of heaven.’ (Mt. 19:13-15.) Paul explained in verse 9, “Once I was alive without the law…” That means, though all of humanity is born into a spiritual state or position of sin without God, (Romans 5:12,) as “little children” we all lived innocently without any knowledge of evil and of God’s inward Moral Law. As such, we were all spiritually ‘alive’ unto God. Before the age of accountability, we all “belonged to the Kingdom of Heaven,” as Jesus declared. This does not refer to discipleship in Christ or to the Kingdom of God in the hearts of born again believers, but to innocents such as infants, (Luke 17:20-21 KJV!) That is why, according to what Jesus said, when little children die, they go directly to heaven.
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, (Jn. 13:34; 22:37-40.) Without knowledge of moral sin such as lying and stealing, there can be no accountability. The Moral Law does not bring salvation but conviction of sin – and knowledge of our lost, sinful position without God, (Gal. 2:19-21; Jn. 16:8-11.) But, as soon as children can understand right from wrong, (“when the commandment came,”) they lose their innocence. The state of sin into which humanity was born ‘begins to live;’ control their minds, “and they die” spiritually unto God. That is when all of humanity loses their place in heaven: the dwelling place of the innocent and the sinless, blood-cleansed saints in Christ, (Gal. 2:19-21.)
It is easy to establish when each of us reached the age of accountability. Think back to the first moral sin you committed. (Lied, stole, harmed people or animals...) That is when you became accountable before God for all the immorality you commit. 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 remain in that lost state of spiritual death, (Rom. 10:17; Eph. 1:12-14.) People might be devout Christians, but to live spiritually and “belong to the Kingdom of Heaven,” we need to be personally born again from the state of sin into God’s state of innocence, which we occupied as “little children.”
Can this mean we should ‘baptise’ little children while they are still innocent?
When Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 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 the dogmas of ‘sanctification’ and baby ‘baptism.’ Sadly, baby ‘baptizing’ denominations grabbed this declaration as Scriptural ‘proof’ that the babies of Christians should be baptized. Paul was not speaking about baptism; in this passage he took the time to explain the difficulties that arise from marriages between born again believers and unbelievers. (Additionally, this 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 one remains an unbeliever, (1 Cor. 7:14.)
¨ In this passage, Paul merely stated that God creates a holy environment for the sincerely believing spouse in an ‘unequally yoked,’ 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 unrpentant 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 His supernatural “sanctification” has nothing to do with the personal salvation of the unbelieving spouse and children at an accountable age. The holy position of 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.) Still, 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.’ But as seen, no one can ‘stand in’ for another person, not even for their own children, (Deut. 24:16; Ezk 18:4, 18-20.) “The soul that sins shall die…” That is why one may only baptize self-confessing believers in Christ, (Mt. 28:15-20.)
DID BABY ‘BAPTISM’ REPLACE OLD TESTAMENT CIRCUMCISION AS CALVINISTS BELIEVE?
God’s Covenant of Circumcision is the Second Covenant with Abram. It pertains to the physical land of Israel, (Gen. 17)
Advocates of the baby sprinkling refer to Genesis 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 focus on this covenant in an attempt to justify their baby baptism of ‘regeneration.’ They teach this second covenant with Abram confusingly out of context; alleging that the physical Old Testament circumcision was ‘changed’ to ‘spiritual’ circumcision, which allegedly turns them into ‘children of the covenant of circumcision.’
Unless they were physically born as Hebrews, they have absolutely nothing to do with this Old Testament covenant, although, compromising Jesus’ New Covenant, Messianic Judaism and the so-called “lost tribe of Israel” also teach they are directly connected to the land of Israel and the Hebrew nation. Still, New Covenant believers in Christ must not keep any of the ceremonial or ritual laws of the old temple, (Jn. 19:28-30.) Such legalism brings believers back to the entire curse of the Old Testament law and annuls 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
It is Scripturally and practically impossible that baby baptism can be a type of Old Testament circumcision for Hebrew boys. And if even if it were feasible, what then about Christian girls?
¨ Standing on the original Old Testament covenant of faith that prophesied the coming New Testament Christ, (Genesis 15:5,) Paul taught “all [born again] Jews to forsake Moses, [with its ceremonial law of circumcision,] saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, nor walk according to [traditional Hebrew] customs,” (Acts 21:21.) Paul equated this commandment to Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, and said, “If any can be justified by keeping [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 [ceremonial] law… For he is not a [born again] Hebrew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh [or according to church dogmas,] (Rom. 6.) But he is a [spiritual] Hebrew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter [of the ousted, ceremonial temple law…]” (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9; Rom. 2:27-29; 3.26.)
The only New Covenant law, which Jesus and His disciples commanded, was the Moral Law. 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, which was written in Jesus’ own blood, (Heb. 8:6-13.)
¨ Baby-sprinkling Calvinists and others forget that Jesus was a Hebrew, Who still lived under all the precepts of the Old Testament law until He could implement His spiritual New Testament Covenant at the cross, (Jn. 19:28-30.) However, as an Adult, Jesus was water baptized with the New Testament baptism of immersion. This is the only baptism that He commanded and all His born again disciples must submit to it, “even to the end of this world,” (Mt. 3:16; 28:18-20.)
Paul had a really tough time with even personally born again Hebrews, who continually returned 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 water baptism, which Jesus Himself had commanded, (Acts 2:38.) Paul explained in Galatians 2:11-21, “...Because Peter… feared those of the circumcision.. [even] Jews also played the hypocrite with him… [So] I said to him 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… [Genesis 17,] knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the [ceremonial] 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; used to make Christians through church “salvation”
Because this so-called ‘saving’ sprinkling baptism is the so-called ‘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. This ‘baptism’ supposedly ‘dedicates’ their children and themselves to God as it ‘replaces’ Old Covenant circumcision, (the symbol for Hebrews relating to the promised land of Israel,) but it actually stems from pagan circumcision where it 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 and other religions.
In paganism, even female circumcision is practiced as a rite of passage. In many cultures, ‘magic’ brews called “muti or medicine” usually accompany teenage circumcision and often lead to death by poisoning. Mostly, shamans or community leaders perform circumcisions under unsanitary conditions – resulting in serious infections 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 [ceremonially] clean for prayer.”
The Real, New Testament Covenant Circumcision
Even Jesus’ Biblical water baptism of disciples is merely the symbol of salvation; it has no saving or regenerative power in itself. Still, there exists a vital, New Covenant circumcision – but it does not pertain to mere church members and babies, (Hebrew boys included;) nor can it be confused with the Old Testament circumcision of Hebrew boys, or the unbiblical sprinkling of babies and other church baptism rites. The Biblical water baptism and True Spiritual Circumcision are joined and both refer only to the blood-cleansed human spirit or ‘heart’ of believing disciples, (1 Ths. 5:23; Jn. 1:12-13.)
1. In context, we understand the Spirit’s circumcision as follows. An extremely powerful, spiritual thing happens during the true water baptism of disciples, which is the standard that Jesus Himself raised for all His true followers, (Mt. 3:16-17; 28:18-20.) Through personal faith in and acceptance of Jesus and His completed atonement in the place of all sincerely believing humanity, (John 1:12-13; 3:16,) disciples must follow Jesus’ example to be spiritually “buried in [Biblical] water baptism,” (Mt 3:16-17; 28:18-20; Rom. chapter 6.)
2. As Scriptural water baptism is the “burial of the old man,” who died to the inherited sin nature of Eden at the disciple’s rebirth or acceptance of Christ, (Galations 2:19-21,) the Holy Spirit mystically circumcises or cuts away that ‘sinful body of the flesh,’ (Romans 5:12; 3:9-10,) from the person’s born again human spirit while submerged in water, or symbolically buried with Jesus, to be raised up out of the water in a new life with Him, (Colossians 2:9-15.)
¨ In Colossians 2:9-15, Paul explained the circumcision of the Scripturally born again ‘heart’ or human spirit as follows, “In Christ you were circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of sin... by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in [disciple-immersion] baptism, in which you also were raised with Him [when you came up out of the water,] through faith in... God, Who raised Him from the dead. You, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made alive with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses…”
This ‘sinful body of sin’ is the stinking ‘old nature’ of sin that 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. 28:18-20.) All unbaptized Christians, (speaking of those who reject the Biblical baptism of Jesus’ believing disciples,) although they might have accepted Jesus, still drag that “body of sin” around with them, because the Holy Spirit only does the cutting away of the old sin-nature during the Biblical baptism in Christ.
No wonder the devil hates the real baptism so much that he persecuted Jesus’ obedient disciples violently through crusades, inquisitions, rejection, murder, slander, etcetera. Satan still does everything in his power to keep believers from obeying this commandment of Jesus. The dogmas and so-called ‘saving’ rites that replaced the knowledge of God’s truth and obedience to His Word, are proof of this persecution on those who dare to defy the status quo to follow Jesus.
¨ However, “sinful-flesh” preachers reject Paul’s careful explanations concerning the “circumcision of the Holy Spirit” during the water baptism of disciples, to say they still have a ‘sin nature,’ (Col. 2:11-15.) That is allegedly why even sincere, water baptized believers still stumble and sin. However, Paul clearly wrote in Romans 6:2, “How shall we, who are DEAD TO SIN, live any longer therein? ...We are [spiritually] complete in [Jesus!]” (Col. 2:9-10.)
¨ The only problem Jesus’ disciples have is the “battle for the mind” or their unrenewed thoughts and beliefs, (2 Cor. 10:3-5.) Their “minds” or “sinful-flesh” thoughts must be constantly “renewed through knowledge of God’s Word to know [or understand and obey] the… perfect will of God,” (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Pt. 3:18; 1 Pt. 1:9, 13-14; 23!) Thus, the unrenewed thoughts and beliefs of Scripturally baptized believers form the “sinful flesh,” which must be constantly “crucified” to “grow in knowledge [of God’s True Word] and in grace [to obediently follow Jesus.]”
¨ Romans Chapter 8 is not about a struggle with the “old man of sin.” It is the struggle to “renew the mind” to understand and obey God’s will in Holy-Spirit teaching and leading. “There is now no condemnation for those who… do not walk according to the flesh [or their unrenewed thoughts and beliefs,] but according to the Spirit… For [such people] set their minds on the things of the flesh… For to be carnally [or sinfully] minded is death, but to be spiritual minded [by understanding God’s Word in truth,] is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is in enmity against God, for it is not subject to the [Scriptural] law of God....”
¨ Our will, intellect and emotions are seated in our “minds,” or thoughts and beliefs. It carried us through the sinful world until the moment we truly accepted Christ, and must be “renewed” through a continual process of submission to the truth and will of Jesus. Thus, 1 Peter 1:13-14 commands, “Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest our hope fully upon the grace that is.. [in Jesus,] as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts as in your ignorance, but as He Who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct [by renewing your thoughts and beliefs to understand and obey God’s perfect will for every situation.]”