Archive for February, 2011

Infants Don’t Need To Be Baptized

February 22, 2011

The false religious practice of “infant baptism” came about due to the misconception that infants inherit the “original sin” of Adam. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 reads “… God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions (schemes, NKJV).” So we are not born wicked, depraved, or sinners. We are born upright, but become sinners later when we sin.

Romans 9:11 confirms that those precious children yet in the womb are not guilty of anything as it reads “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil ….”

After children are born innocent, they usually do many things that need correcting by their parents, but are still deemed innocent (Jeremiah 19:4) because they have not reached an age (maturity level) of accountability before God. Notice the following two passages that teach this concept:

· Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good …

· Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh … wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left

Ezekiel 18:20 clinches this matter that infants don’t inherit sin and therefore need to be baptized in water as it reads “The soul that sinneth, it 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.” So Seth didn’t inherit the original sin from his father Adam; and neither do we inherit any sin from our personal father or Adam.

Infants don’t start with original sin, don’t commit sin, don’t even know what sin is (are not responsible).

Infants don’t need baptism! (for any reason)

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Jesus Took Away The First Covenant

February 16, 2011

The Bible consistently talks about two covenants (Galatians 4:24, for example). Not one, not three or more, but two. The first covenant is sometimes referred to as the Old Testament covenant or the law of Moses. The second covenant is the New Testament or the law of Christ.

Today we are under (obligated to obey) the new/second covenant, not the old/first covenant. Notice the following passages from the book of Hebrews that establish that fact:

· Hebrews 8:7 … if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second

· Hebrews 8:13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

· Hebrews 10:9 He (Jesus) taketh away the first, that he may establish the second

This means we must not look to the Old Testament for authority for any of our religious practices, nor can we bind Old Testament laws today; instead, we are must obey what the New Testament says (Hebrews 5:9, Matthew 7:21).

Man Has The Ability To Choose

February 10, 2011

Calvinism’s inherited depravity position is such that man has no ability to choose to do right. But the below scriptures prove otherwise:

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Psalms 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

Matthew 22:3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

The Bible/God is right; John Calvin was dead wrong.

There Is No Bible Authority For Infant Baptism

February 5, 2011

In previous “Doctrine Matters” messages, we have proved infant baptism to be unscriptural, because a person must believe before he is baptized (Acts 8:37), and because all the recorded cases of baptism in the Bible are of adults (Acts 8:12), not infants.

Another reason infant baptism is wrong is because there is simply no authority for it from God’s word. Where is any text teaching infants were or should be baptized? Where is any text teaching that parents should have their newborns baptized? There are none.

Colossians 3:17 reads “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus …” This verse is saying we must have Biblical authority for everything we do.

However, the Bible nowhere teaches that infants are to be baptized:

· There is no command to baptize infants.

· There is no example of infant baptism.

· There is no statement that teaches or implies that infants may or should to be baptized.

Not one verse teaches infant baptism in any way. It is completely absent from the Bible.