Archive for June, 2014

Does Mark 16:16 Refer To Holy Spirit Baptism?

June 28, 2014

Mark 16:16 reads “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.”

Even though the first part of the verse clearly teaches a sinner must be baptized to be saved from his sins (by the blood of Christ), some try to “get around” the plain teaching of Mark 16:16 by claiming it is referring to Holy Spirit baptism instead of water baptism.

But consider these reasons why we know that claim is incorrect …

A cardinal rule in understanding the Bible (or any other written or oral treatise) is that we must take words in their primary and literal sense, unless the context or some other verse demands a secondary and/or figurative meaning. So this verse is naturally referring to a literal immersion in water, not a figurative (metaphorical) immersion in the Holy Spirit.

Mark 16:16 is a good example of a statement of condition, that is, a statement that demands we meet a condition in order to receive a benefit (Luke 13:3 – “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” – is another good example). But we cannot “do” Holy Spirit baptism; it is not a condition such that we can meet. Instead, it is a gift (a promise) that God gave to people.

We know Mark 16:16 refers to water baptism, because it is a parallel account to Matthew 28:19 of what is commonly called the “Great Commission;” and we all agree Matthew 28:19 refers to water baptism, because it is something the Apostles were to perform, but only Jesus can perform the baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 1:33).

Jesus said “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” Why argue with Him?

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What About The Fact That Mark 16:16 Doesn’t Say “He That Is Baptized Not Shall Be Condemned”?

June 22, 2014

Mark 16:16 reads “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.”

Even though the first part of the verse clearly teaches a sinner must both believe and be baptized to be saved from his sins (by the blood of Christ), some argue that the second part of the verse doesn’t say “he that is baptized not shall be condemned,” therefore water baptism must not be necessary to salvation.

But this is not a valid argument. Notice this parallel to Mark 16:16 …

He that eateth and digesteth his food shall live, but he that eateth not shall die.

· Both “eateth” and “digesteth” are absolutely necessary to live, right?

· “He that eateth not shall die” does not comment upon whether or not digestion is necessary.

· It is not necessary to say, “and digesteth not” in the second clause of the sentence. If a man doesn’t eat, he can’t digest; it is not applicable.

Likewise in Mark 16:16, the same is true:

· Both “believe” and “baptism” are absolutely necessary to salvation.

· “He that believeth not shall be condemned” does not tell us whether or not baptism is necessary.

· It is not necessary to say, “and is baptized not” in the second clause of the sentence. If a man doesn’t believe, he can’t be baptized scripturally anyway (Acts 8:37); it is not applicable.

The same can be said about the following illustrative sentences:

· He that plants and picks corn will have corn to eat, but he that doesn’t plant will not have corn to eat.

· He that plays Major League Baseball and bats for the highest average will win the batting title, but he that doesn’t play Major League Baseball will not win the batting title.

In all of these cases both conditions are necessary to the result. Specifying the negative of the second condition is unnecessary, particularly if the second condition is not applicable when the first condition isn’t met.

John 3:18 says “he that believeth not is condemned already,” so until a person believes, whether or not he is baptized is irrelevant.

Mark 16:16a tells what it takes to be saved. Mark 16:16b tells all it would take to be lost.

Jesus said “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” Why argue with Him?

Were David And Jonathan Gay ?

June 16, 2014

One argument the gay church uses for their perverted lifestyle is that the Bible says Jonathan “loved” David (I Sam 18:1). But just because the Bible says David and Jonathon loved each other, does that mean they had sexual relations?

I loved my Dad, but that didn’t have anything to do with sexual relations. It seems that every time the gay church reads the word "love," they see "sex."

No Bible verse indicates there was any sexual relationship between David and Jonathan, it is just assumed and imagined.

• David was married to seven women and had many children (I Chronicles 3:1-9).

• The account of David committing adultery with Bathsheba (II Samuel 11:2-4) shows obvious heterosexual desires.

• Jonathan was married and had sons (I Chron 8:33,34, II Sam 9:1-13).

That doesn’t sound like gay does it?

Acts 2:38 And Baptism “For The Remission Of Sins”

June 7, 2014

Acts 2:38 says … Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Following are a couple of parallels to Acts 2:38 (where a benefit is conditioned upon two commands):

· Acts 3:19 Repent ye … and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out

· Enroll ye, and be instructed every one of you unto the receiving of a diploma

Do you see how the plain meaning of Acts 2:38 makes the forgiveness of sins contingent upon being baptized?

The English word “for” (in “for the remission of sins”) is from the Greek word “eis,” which (as anybody can tell from a Greek concordance) is translated the vast majority of time into words such as “into” (most predominate), “unto”, and “to,” always indicating direction towards something. So Acts 2:38 teaches baptism is “unto” the remission of sins, not because of.

Think about this: If you have never been baptized “for the remission of sins” (for that reason), then you have never received the remission of sins.

Paul Was NOT Saved By Faith Only

June 1, 2014

Paul believed in Jesus on the road to Damascus:

● Acts 9:5-6, 22:8-10 Paul believed that Jesus was Lord

● Acts 26:15-18 obviously Paul believed what Jesus told him here

At least three days passed – Acts 9:9.

Yet Paul was not saved until he was baptized in Acts 22:16:

● "wash away thy sins" – Paul was still in his sins after he believed

● "calling on the name of the Lord" – required for salvation by Acts 2:21, Rom 10:13

Paul was NOT saved until at least three days AFTER he had in faith in Jesus.

Salvation at the point of faith is disproved.