CONTINUATION — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· God’s Covenant of Faith with the believing Abram came First
· The real sign, which sealed the Abrahamic Covenant of Faith, was not circumcision!
· This second O.T. covenant, circumcision, pertained to Israelites Only
· The Calvinist ‘Covenant of Circumcision’ is a pagan rite of passage
· DO UNBAPTIZED BABIES BURN IN HELL FOREVER?
· THE PAGAN ORIGINS OF THE SPRINKLING BABY ‘BAPTISM’
· THE ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT RITE OF TEENAGE CONFIRMATION
· Teenage Confirmation is not in the Bible; it comes from Paganism
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God’s Covenant of Faith with Believing Abram came First. It focuses on all Jesus’ Believing Descendants from all nations; believing Hebrews included, (Gen. 17:1-7)
Abram’s story teaches us that personal, intelligible faith is the first and most important requirement to redemption, salvation, and blessing in Christ. The physical or national Old Testament temple ceremonies, rituals, feasts, and covenants pertained only to the Old Hebrew nation as a whole. They were never meant for Gentile or non-Hebrew nations, (Heb. 8:6-13; 9:13-15; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.) Yet, God cut a blood covenant with Abram in Genesis Chapter 15:5-10 to establish a national covenant, which would make him the physical ancestor of a multitude of Hebrew descendants. Then, in Genesis 17:1-7, God confirmed that the believing Abraham would also be the spiritual ancestor of believing Hebrews — and of believers from all the other nations, (Jn. 3:16; Gal. 3:5-9 10-14.) Paul declared in Galatians 3:7, “Therefore know that only those who are of [personal] faith are [spiritual] sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, (Gen. 15:5-10 & 17:1-7,) foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles, [all non-Hebrews,] by faith, preached the Gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations, [believing Hebrews and Gentiles,] shall be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed [together] with believing Abraham.’”
In Genesis 15:5-10, God gave Abram the everlasting sign of this global covenant of faith when he had to cut different animals and birds down the middle and place the pieces on opposite sides of one another. Then, at twilight, (signifying that the Old Testament would be done away with to establish His eternal New Testament in Christ,) God passed between those pieces like a burning torch, (Jn. 19:28-30; Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9!) Those blood sacrifices symbolized the international, New Testament, blood Covenant of faith in Jesus the Redeemer for everyone; both believing Hebrews and Gentiles, who personally and sincerely believe in Him, and accept His full atonement in their place, (Jn. 1:12-14.) God confirmed this covenant to Peter in Acts 10:12-16, when He commanded him to eat ‘unclean’ animals, [ceremonially pertaining to Gentiles,] saying “What God has cleansed [by the blood of Jesus] you must not call unclean.”
Then, directly after God cut that blood covenant with Abraham in Gen. 15:5-10, God made a second blood-covenant with Abraham concerning the Hebrew nation and the land of Israel, (Gen. 17:8-14.) The circumcision of male Hebrew children was the sign of this second, geographic, national covenant with the Hebrew nation over the land of Israel, and this one will never include believers from other nations! That is why Paul admonished Peter in front of everyone, saying, “Why do you, being a Hebrew, live in the manner of Gentiles [as a believer in Jesus,] but now you compel Gentiles to [keep Hebrew customs such as circumcision?]” The same principle goes for Hebrew feasts, sabbaths, etcetera. In Galatians 8-10 KJV, Paul lamented, (and this does not pertain only to Gentile feasts but to Hebraic feats in particular,) “How is it that after… you are known by God, that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You [religiously] observe days and months and seasons and years...” Jesus “accomplished all things [concerning the Ceremonial and Moral Law at the cross,] and said, ‘It is finished!’” The entire Law is completely fulfilled, (Mt. 5:17.)
¨ Nevertheless, Catholics and Protestants pervert God’s everlasting New Testament Covenant of personal faith in Christ by focusing on the wrong covenant in Genesis to substitute real Biblical salvation and repentance with their so-called “baptismal regeneration.” They twist that covenant of physical circumcision that pertains only to the Hebrew nation and the physical land of Israel to supposedly make Calvinists into so-called “children of the circumcision.”
One cannot make disciples for Christ by baptizing them either with the Scriptural baptism of submersion or the false sprinkling of babies, because a so-called ‘regenerative’ baptism does not exist. Baptism in itself has no Scriptural ‘power.’ One can only make real disciples in Christ by preaching Jesus’ true Gospel to them, so that they can understand the Gospel and make a personal choice to either accept or reject Him, (Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6.) However, if someone willingly chooses to become a sincere disciple of Christ, Scriptural baptism according to Jesus’ own example is not a choice but obedience to His commandment to be baptized in water according to His own example, (Mt. 28:18-20.)
DO UN-‘BAPTIZED’ BABIES BURN FOREVER IN HELL?
Contrary to the Truth of the entire New Testament, the Roman Catholic catechism, (which Protestant Reformers and their church members follow with scary precision,) teaches that “the merits of death are by baptism applied to [the souls of the babies of church members in such a superabundant manner, as to fully satisfy Divine justice for all demands against humanity, whether for original or actual sin." [Calvin used the pagan doctrine of Predestination to teach that his church members cannot choose to do either right or wrong and can therefore not have any ‘actual sin.’]
Hence, the Vatican teaches that all non-Catholics and their babies, who die without this rite, cannot go to heaven. Instead, all so-called ‘unbaptized’ adults and babies, who were not “Christened” [or Christianized] as church members and therefore do not belong to the Church of Rome, (or to Lutheran, Calvinist, or other Reformed churches,) ‘forfeited ‘salvation,’ and will burn in hell for all eternity!
This witchcraft comes directly from Greek mythology, as this sprinkling rite has nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, or the true body of Christ, (Mt. 28:19-20.) ‘The Infernal Region, Sibyl, Chapter 25’ by Virgil, Dryden’s translation, declares, “When Aeneas entered ‘hell’ at a place where the countryside was cleft with deep chasms from where sulphurous flames arise, he came to a black river where a ferryman discriminatingly took only some souls abroad, [babies, soldiers, etc.,] driving the rest away, because, “those who are taken on board the bark are the souls of those who have received due burial rites… Between the infants and the suicides one other class is interposed, that is, those who on earth have been unjustly condemned to die. Hope is held out for these, but no hope is held out for the babes who died without the baptism rite…”
The sole intention of the Christianized pagan doctrine of baptismal regeneration is to make disciples for the Church of Rome and for her daughter, the Protestant Reformed church system. Ultimately, all churches remain connected and lead back to the ‘mother church,’ the ecumenical Church of Rome. The way the unbiblical priesthoods of these churches scare people into ‘baptizing’ themselves and their babies by threatening them with eternal punishment in the fires of hell testifies to their satanic control. Jesus promised, “Suffer not the little children to come unto Me, for to such [innocents] belong the kingdom of heaven, [because they are before the age of accountability and thus without the knowledge of Moral sin and personal responsibility before God!]” (Mt. 19:14-30.)
The Pagan Origins of the Sprinkling Baby ‘Baptism’
Sprinkling-baptism, the ‘atoning salvation’ and ‘spiritual regeneration’ of the water god, comes directly from the historic pages of Ancient Babylon. Hislop explained in ‘Two Babylons,’ “This doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration also is essentially Babylonian… In India the bigoted Hindus, who have never opened their ears to [the Scriptures, are] as familiar with the term and the idea as ourselves. The Brahmins boast that they are "twice-born" men, and that, as such, they are sure of eternal happiness. The same was the case in [ancient] Babylon, [where] the new birth was conferred by ‘baptism.’ [Water baptism without personal faith in Christ is a mockery of God’s Word and a great sin.] In the Chaldean mysteries, before any instruction could be received, it was required first, that the person to be initiated submits to ‘baptism…’ In certain sacred rites of the heathen," says [church ‘father’] Tertullian, especially referring to the worship of Isis and Mithra, "the mode of initiation is by baptism." The term "initiation" clearly shows that it was to the [Babylonian] Mysteries of these divinities he referred… The worshipers of Odin also had baptismal rites… They… believed that the natural guilt and corruption of their newborn children could be washed away by sprinkling them with water… In Mexico, the same doctrine of baptismal regeneration was found… All the relations of the child were assembled, and the midwife… [who administered the rite] was summoned… When the sun had risen, [signifying the presence of the sun god,] the midwife took the child and called for a little earthen vessel of water… Then she sprinkled water on the head of the infant, saying, 'O my child, take and receive the water of the Lord of the world, which is our life, which is given for the increasing and renewing of our body. It is to wash and to purify. I pray that these heavenly drops may enter into your body and dwell there; [the indwelling water god itself,] that they may destroy and remove from you all the evil and sin which was given you before the beginning of the world, since we all are under its power... Whencesoever thou comest, thou that art hurtful to this child, leave him and depart from him, for he now liveth anew, and is born anew; now he is purified and cleansed afresh, and our mother Chalchivitylcue [the water goddess] bringeth him into the world… Grant him, O Lord, thy gifts and inspiration, for thou art the Great God, and with thee is the great goddess.’
“In the Roman Catholic ceremony of baptism, the first thing the priest does is to exorcise the devil out of the child to be baptized in these words, "Depart from him, thou unclean spirit, and give place to the Holy Ghost the Comforter." There exists not the slightest hint in the New Testament of any such exorcism accompanying [Biblical] baptism. It is purely pagan… The Mexicans held that doctrine of baptismal regeneration in common with Egyptian and Persian worshipers of the Chaldean Queen of Heaven…
“This is a very striking proof that the [ancient Babylonian] unity of the human race [resulted] in the wide-spread diffusion of the system that began at [the Tower of] Babel,” (Gen. 11.) Paul, in Rom. 3:9-26, refuted the deception of either infant or adult baptismal regeneration and wrote, “Both Jews and Gentiles are all under sin… But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed… being justified freely through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” The water baptism of Jesus’ believing disciples will, until the end of this world, remain the symbol of spiritual death to sin, burial in Christ, and being risen from death into a new life with Him, (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6; Col. 2:11-15.)
THE CATHOLIC & PROTESTANT RITE OF TEENAGE CONFIRMATION
In Catholic/Reformed terms, ‘coming of age’ or teen confirmation means, a ‘baptized’ baby is already a full church member, but confirmation is the second atoning sacrament – the second rite of passage that “renders the bond with the Church more perfect.” In the East, Catholic babies and new converts ‘accept’ this sacrament directly after the sprinkle-baptism, while in the West the child receives this ritual as a teenager.
The Roman Catholic Catechesis teaches, “Confirmation or Chrismation is the second sacrament of Christian initiation." [Here is that pagan word “initiation” again.] It is called Chrismation because it confirms and strengthens baptismal grace… and seals us with the Holy Spirit of God. Hence, its name, ‘Sacrament of the Seal.’ It [this ritual itself; not God,] gives us grace to become complete Christians and soldiers of Christ as King, His Mother as Queen, [the Catholic Mary, the so-called ‘mother of god,] and the Church militant [or militarily aggressive] as His Kingdom on earth…”
In the Bible, Holy Spirit teaches us and gives us grace to study and understand the truth of His Word, which is the only real ‘nourishment’ for true believers – not the Christianized pagan rites of ‘confirmation’ and ‘holy communion!’ – (Jn. 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:8-14; Acts 1:8!) The body of Christ consists of all sincere believers worldwide, and the nature of God’s true children is not aggression, but meekness – (not weakness!)
The Roman Catholic catechism continues, “God confirms us so we may do spiritual battle and imparts to us the 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost, as in a ‘personal Pentecost:’ Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord…” This system, as all other church systems in Protestantism too, wrote its own bible, for Paul described the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor. 2:8-10. The true gifts of the Holy Spirit are: a word of wisdom; word of knowledge; supernatural faith to do miracles; gifts (plural) of healings (plural;) the working of miracles, supernatural prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of supernatural tongues for private and public use in the assemblies of born again believers, and the interpretation of these supernatural tongues.
Essentially, the second rite of passage, confirmation, means that a baby or a new convert, who was first initiated into that church system through the sprinkling-baptism, now needs to be ‘anointed’ with their ‘holy spirit’ through confirmation. However, this spirit is not really the Spirit of God at all, but Mary, or the goddess Isis, the Roman Catholic ‘Queen of heaven!’ Nevertheless, this pagan rite of initiation is imitated in Reformed Protestant churches. What god do these Reformers really have, seeing that all their core doctrines came directly from Roman Catholicism?
Latter Day Saints, church fathers of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, also confirm their teenagers in a ceremonial rite; laying hands on them, commanding them to “receive the Holy Spirit!” What nonsense! Only Jesus Christ can and does baptize sincere believers with the Holy Spirit at the same moment they are born again through personal faith in, and acceptance of Him as their Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and Blessor!
Reformed churches view this ‘second rite of passage more as a teaching of church catechism and a confession of church faith by those who have already received the ‘rebirth’ through their sprinkling-baptism. However, in both Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism, the rite of confirmation makes their sprinkled children into full church members, who can then participate in ‘holy communion.’ This initiation is so important in their affiliation with their churches that confirmed Catholics even receive new names - just as in paganism! Usually, the confirmed chooses the name of one of their ‘gods,’ (their dead saints,) to whom they pray most frequently.
Neither Catholic nor Protestant ‘confirmation’ is Biblical or Godly! There is not a hint of the initiation rite of teenage confirmation in the whole Bible!’ So, where did they get the ‘sacrament’ of confirmation? Once again: from paganism, of course!
Teenage ‘Confirmation’ is not in the Bible; it comes from Paganism
Pagan initiation rites for teenagers, just as sprinkling-baptism and ritual circumcision, are a worldwide phenomenon. Typical of all pagan religions, (Islam, Judaism, and Catholic/Reformed Christianity as well,) atoning and anointing sacraments and celebrations make teens ‘pass through the fire’ of initiation into adulthood, thus turning them into full members of their religious cultures and secular societies. In Christianity, this means granting them official church membership and the right to ‘holy communion.’
In India, the Hindu ritual of teenage ‘confirmation’ is known as Upanayana or Janeu. This rite, accompanied by the Gayantri mantra, (the ‘blessing’ which the priest chants over the initiate,) declares the teen a Dvija, or ‘twice-born.’ This means that the baby, who was first ‘spiritually regenerated’ through the rite of Hindu sprinkling-baptism, has lost his or her innocence in the sinful world, and as teen, “must be born again to enter the spiritual kingdom once more!” The Christian version of this ‘twice-born’ initiate is that baby-sprinkled teenagers study their church’s catechisms, (which is twisted and therefore a fabricated version of the Bible,) to ‘graduate’ in the ‘second atoning sacrament:’ the rite of confirmation.