Deidre Dalton is author of the Collective Obsessions Saga.
JOHN'S BAPTISM? BY STEVE FINNELLDid you ever notice that those who question the purpose of Christian baptism never doubt the reason for the baptism of John The Baptist?Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.(NKJV)There are no "faith only" believers who claim that John was baptizing people because their sins were already forgiven, yet they are quick to claim that Christian baptism is performed because sins have already been forgiven.Luke 3:7 Then he said to the multitudes that came to be baptized by him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?(NKJV)If the multitudes could escape the wrath of God by being baptized by John, then would it not be so, that believers in Christ can escape God's wrath by submitting to Christian baptism?Luke 7:29-30 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God for themselves not having been baptized by him.(NKJV)Luke 7:29-30 And all who heard John preach---even the most wicked ,of them---agreed that God's requirements were right, and they were baptized by him. 30 All, that is, except the Pharisees and teachers of Moses' law. They rejected God's plan for them and refused John's baptism.(The Living Bible-Paraphrased)Are the modern day pharisees and their followers rejecting God's plan for themselves by deny that water baptism is essential to salvation? Are contemporary church leaders rejecting God's plan by claiming the sprinkling and pouring water on unbelieving babies and sprinkling and pouring water on believing adults is Christian baptism?Jesus gave us God's plan for salvation. (Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV) Why do modern day teachers reject God's plan for themselves?John's baptism has been obsolete since AD 33, on the Day of Pentecost.(Acts 19:1-4)(Acts 2:38)Christian baptism is only obsolete in the eyes of modern day pharisees who teach man-made doctrines concerning water baptism. YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MYN BLOG. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com