Archive for May, 2011

Infant Baptism – Why Is The Issue Important ?

May 29, 2011

In the last couple of months, there have been four or five “Doctrine Matters” messages proving that “infant baptism” is unscriptural. Some might think this is an unimportant matter. Just why is it important? First consider Matthew 15:9 – But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Infant baptism is not taught in God’s word, and is therefore a commandment of men. That means those who teach it are teaching a commandment of men. Therefore their worship is vain. That means they cannot go to heaven. You can’t go to heaven if your worship is vain (i.e., useless, worthless), right?

Consider also II John verse 9 – Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. Since the doctrine of Christ does not include infant baptism, then those believing, teaching, or practicing it are not abiding in the doctrine of Christ. Therefore they do not have God. So they cannot go to heaven (I John 5:12).

Now do you see why it is so important to oppose infant baptism and every other false religious practice?

Identifying the Antichrist by Eddie Parrish

May 22, 2011

In a book entitled World War III, J. W. White wrote: “The prime mover in the events that will march man into World War III will be the Anti-Christ…a terrible personification of evil who will work more wholesale havoc than any other human being in the history of the world.”

White, Hal Lindsey (author of The Late Great Planet Earth, There’s a New World Coming, et al.) and other dispensational premillennialists have done their work well in convincing a religious, but biblically illiterate, “Christian” community that such a person as described above will indeed torment the world and hasten the start of the much-feared Battle of Armageddon. Let us examine these claims under the perfect light of God’s word.

Following is every occurrence of “antichrist” in the Bible:

* “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour” (I John 2:18).

* “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son” (I John 2:22).

* “And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world” (I John 4:3).

* “For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (II John 7).

When most people discuss the antichrist they confine their discussions to wild misunderstandings of the imagery in the book of Revelation — a book that never uses the term! It is also interesting to note the glaring differences between the premillennialist’s description of the antichrist and the Bible’s description.

(1) According to the Bible there were many antichrists, not just one.

(2) Those antichrists already existed in John’s day, as opposed to being yet future to us.

(3) These antichrists were false teachers in the church, not political dictators.

(4) Anyone that denies that Jesus is the Christ, that He is the son of God, and/or that he came in the flesh can rightly be called “antichrist”.

The antichrist is not a political dictator that starts World War III. When John wrote of the antichrist, he was addressing something that his readers could and would recognize — something that was a threat to them. Anyone who denies that Jesus is God’s Son, or the Messiah, or that he came in the flesh could rightly be called an antichrist. Let us not be swayed or frightened by false teachers who “draw away disciples after themselves” (Acts 20:30) by “wresting the scriptures to their own destruction” (II Peter 3:16).

“Whosover” May Be Saved – So The Limited Atonement Theory Is False

May 16, 2011

The Bible invites “whosoever” will to be saved. This necessarily implies that all have the opportunity to be saved (else the invitation is a lie), which implies that Jesus died for all to give that opportunity to all, unlimited.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 12:46 I am come … into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him …

Mark 16:15-16 … Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved …

Does Matthew 19:14 Prove Infant Baptism Is Scriptural ?

May 10, 2011

Advocates of infant baptism like to use Matthew 19:14 (“Suffer little children … to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven”) to support their case. But if this verse is saying children are in God’s kingdom, then it proves children are born innocent of sin, and that is why they are in the kingdom (that is, until they become sinners).

But I doubt that is what Matthew 19:14 is saying. Compare to Matthew 18:1-4: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

So Matthew 19:14 is not actually saying children are in the kingdom, but that to enter into the kingdom, we must become like little children, that is, we must have the humility of a child.

None of these verses mention that these children were to be baptized. Jesus certainly missed a golden opportunity here to tell us about infant baptism if that is what He desired to take place.

Truth Makes Christians by Foy Wallace, Jr.

May 4, 2011

A perverted gospel cannot save. Jesus declared that it is the knowledge of truth, not the belief of error, that makes men free (John 8:32). Though a perverted gospel may have in it all the elements of the true gospel, its power to save is lost in perversion. Bread is God’s power to quell hunger, but the addition of a poisonous element – a spoonful of arsenic for instance in a loaf of bread – would destroy its power. Water is God’s power to quench our thirst, but the mixture of salt will destroy the quenching power of water.

The gospel is God’s power to save the soul, but its mixture with error – the doctrines and commandments of men, when heard and believed – destroys its saving power. Hence, Paul’s alarm concerning the perverters at Galatia: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ" (Gal. 1:6-7).

Error preached, error heard, and error believed cannot result in the truth obeyed. No man can accidentally obey God. The truth preached, the truth believed, and the truth obeyed makes a Christian. Nothing else does. How careful then men should be in their handling of it!