Archive for July, 2011

Infant Baptism And Calling On God

July 29, 2011

In Acts 22:16 Ananias told Saul “arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Do you see how being baptized is equated with “calling on the name of the Lord” in that verse? We can see the same thing in Acts 2 where in verse 21 people are told that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved, while in verse 38 the details of how you call on God for salvation from sin are expressed as repenting and being baptized (after believing – verses 36-37). God has told us we have to be baptized to be saved (Mark 16:16, I Peter 3:21), therefore, the way we call on God to save us from our sins, is by being baptized (as we saw in Acts 22:16).

Having concluded that, notice the one being baptized is the one calling on God, and infants cannot make such a decision to call on God. This proves infants cannot be scripturally baptized, because scriptural baptism is a decision to call on (ask) God for the forgiveness of sins, and infants cannot make such a decision. The Bible nowhere authorizes infant baptism.

Romans 7:2-3 – Bound Is Why

July 22, 2011

We’ve mentioned in past messages texts like Luke 16:18 which reads, “Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband comitteth adultery.” Notice the verse calls second marriages adulterous. Someone might ask, how can it be adultery if the couple is married?

Romans 7:2-3 tells us why. It says, “For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.”

So the reason a man commits adultery if he divorces his wife (for any reason other than fornication, Matthew 19:9a) and remarries, is because he is still bound (obligated) to that first wife. And he remains bound until she dies. God expects him to fulfill his vows!

Now ask yourself this important question: if the second marriage is adulterous, what would God require of that couple if they want to repent of that adultery? Wouldn’t repenting of adultery require ceasing the adultery, that is, terminating the marriage?

Is It Right to Criticize Another Person’s Religion? by Kevin Kay

July 15, 2011

It’s not only right to criticize false religion, no matter whose religion it is; it’s the faithful Christian’s responsibility. Jesus criticized the Pharisees for “teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:7-9). Paul criticized those who tried to bind the shadows of the Mosaic law on New Testament Christians (Colossians 2:16-23). Peter warned that false teachers would “secretly bring in destructive heresies” (II Peter 2:1-3). Elders and preachers are to rebuke sin and false doctrine (II Timothy 4:1-5; Titus 1:10-14). Christians are to “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3), while having no fellowship with sin and error (II Corinthians 6:14-18).

Today many people have the mistaken idea that if someone believes in God and worships Him sincerely from the heart, it’s unkind, unloving, and unchristian to criticize his religious practices. But false doctrine (Ephesians 4:14), ignorant worship (Acts 17:23), and vain religion (James 1:27) do exist, and all the sincerity, zeal, sacrifice, and devotion in the world will not make wrong things right (Acts 26:9-11). Many sincere, zealous, religious people are going to be very surprised on Judgment Day when they are rejected by the Lord (Matthew 7:21-23). Actually the sincere religious person who is unknowingly following the commandments of men is in greater spiritual danger than the irreligious reprobate in the gutter, because at least the reprobate knows that he’s lost. To save those who are in religious error, someone must speak the truth. Obviously, he must speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), but speak the truth he must.

Can A Man Change His Own Heart ?

July 8, 2011

Calvinists admit a man can change his actions because his heart is in back of that making the decision to change his actions. But the Calvinist says a man cannot change his heart because there is nothing in back of that to make the decision to change his heart, since his heart is where he makes decisions.

This reflects a fundamental difference in how the Calvinist and the true Christian thinks. If the Calvinist works it out in is his mind that it is impossible for a man to change his own heart, then that is what he believes regardless of what God says about the matter. But the Christian lets God’s word answer the question for him, yes or no. So what do the scriptures actually say about whether or not a man can change his own heart?

It’s true God gives us a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26) through means (like our daily bread), but

· we make ourselves a new heart (Ezekiel 18:31)

· we prepare our hearts to seek God’s law (Ezra 7:10, Job 11:13a)

· we are told to keep our heart (Proverbs 4:23)

· we are instructed not to harden our hearts (Hebrews 3:8, Proverbs 28:14b)

· and our heart can depart from the Lord (Jeremiah 17:5).

Conclusion: We decide and determine our own heart thru God’s leading/persuasion.

Infant Baptism And Receiving The Word

July 1, 2011

Acts 2:41 reads, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized.”“Receiving the word” means hearing the word, understanding the word, accepting the word, and committing to obey the word. An infant cannot do any of these things; that is, he cannot “receive the word.” In all instances of baptism in the Bible, the candidate always received the word first.

Notice also in Acts 2:42 that the ones who were baptized “continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” An infant cannot do any of those things either.

The obvious conclusion would be that infants should not be baptized.