MEET THE REAL BAPTISM OF JOHN THE BAPTIST!
Many Baptists are under the mistaken notion that the baptism they practice is identical to the baptism of John. Many believe they are spiritual descendants of John the Baptist. The Mormons, Watchtower Witnesses, 7th Day Adventists and the so-called Church of Christ are likewise persuaded that the baptism they follow is very similar to John’s.
JOHN’S RIGHT TO BAPTIZE IS QUESTIONED!
“And they which were sent were of
the Pharisees. And they asked him, [John] and said unto him, Why baptizest thou
then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet.” John
NOTICE, the Pharisees did not take issue with John as to his
method of baptism.
They merely questioned his right
to baptize! This means that John’s baptism adhered to the law of Moses. Had it
not, the Pharisees and Sadducees, whom John had so untactfully labeled as a
“generation of vipers,” would have welcomed the opportunity to stone him to
death—had he wilfully violated the Mosaic law by his method of baptism..
This basic fact of John’s baptism
led me to more carefully examine the law of Moses on the subject of baptism.
And, I discovered, to my surprise, that sprinkling was the
only means by which people were
baptized under the law of Moses.
But I was in for an even greater surprise!.
As I continued on my journey through the Bible on the subject, I could
not find one, single, solitary instance where one man unmistakably baptized
another by immersion. That there was “much water” (as in John 3:23) and that
both baptizer and baptizee “went down into the water” and “both came up out of
the water” (as in Acts 8:38-39) we cannot deny. But immersion in water
can be denied for it is nowhere in
Scripture. Why not be a Berean, friend, (Acts 17:11) and find out for yourself.
I could only conclude that baptism by immersion has been assumed as
Biblical due to tradition, personal preference, and a failure to rightly divide
the Word of truth.
Consider the enormous body of water salvationists who
have assumed that the Bible teaches
water by immersion. And the millions of factionalized, professing
evangelical Christians who have been (as they say) “symbolically” immersed in
water as “an outward form of an inward work of grace”?
(whatever that means)
But the Bible cries, “foul,” and invalidates each and every one of their
Approx. 99% of organized religion practices a modified form of Judaism,
Israel’s ceremonial religion that was made obsolete on the cross nearly 2000
years ago, though not revealed as obsolete until Paul wrote Eph. 2:14-15 and
Col. 2:14.. This explains why, during the Acts period, thousands of believing
Jews observed the law of Moses with God’s blessings.(Acts
But, today, there
is no Biblical reason for either Jew or Gentile Christians, who have been “made
one new man in Christ,” to engage in physical ordinances. Why? Because all were
abolished at the cross. Thus, ceremonial religion is dead, so far as God is
concerned. Christians, therefore, who engage in water baptism (and we could add
the Lord’s supper, tithing, day keeping, and temple worship) are, figuratively
speaking, living among the tombs of Judaism, celebrating death.
”HAVING ABOLISHED IN HIS FLESH (i.e by his death) THE LAW OF COMMANDMENTS
CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES”
CHRIST’S BAPTISM AT THE HANDS OF JOHN
It was by asking myself this question over and over that it finally dawned on me
that John’s baptism was actually a continuation of the law of Moses!
Therefore, all who follow the example of John the Baptist, with the
misconception that he baptized by
immersion, are helping to keep Judaism alive and well on planet earth.
In closing, allow me to point out that because the middle wall of
partition of physical ordinances between Jew and Gentile believers
have been erased, you will search
Paul’s seven closing epistles in vain for any indication of water baptism, the
Lord’s supper, Sabbath keeping, tithing, temple worship, tongues, interpretation
of tongues, the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, the gifts of healing, the
working of miracles, prophesying, etc. etc..
But the worm will turn, and one day Israel will be miraculously saved
from the armies of the North who would tear her to pieces and mourn for Christ
“as one mourneth for his only son.”
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