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Facebook What is baptism and why is it important for Christians to be baptized?-Russell Moore



  • 2012-04-12T17:57:14

The comments posted show just what the carnal mind and the love of self has done to Christianity. We are not to bash each other for the difference in our thoughts on the Scrip0tures, but respect the ideas of those people. Just love, respect and follow Christ and He will make it all known to you at the judgment. No one is going to a PLACE called heaven when they die, and because there is no such PLACE called hell no one will be going there either. After the judgment is done with and punishment is allotted to and served, and Christ has put all enemies under His feet, He will turn ALL things back to the Father and we will be ALL in ALL with Him.(! Cor.15:20-28)and since God's habitat is in the HEAVENS[ALL OF THE HEAVENS] that is where our habitat will be. That is God's plan from the very beginning(Isaiah 46:9-10). To say that hell exists and that billions of God's creatures will spend eternity there is the highest form of blasphemy, taking the sovereignty from God and saying He and His Son are to weak to do what they set out to do, which was being the salvation for ALL MANKIND. Regardless of your beliefs on the baptism, or any of the other types and shadows of the law, in the end all mankind will be given immortality and spend eternity with God.

  • 2012-04-12T10:50:53

Elmer Rosero, but Apostle Paul DID baptize believers in the obedience to Jesus.

  • 2012-04-12T10:49:15

Emman Mangco, every baptism was given with water except for the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is a spiritual reality. Read the entire Gospels, Acts and the Epistles again.

  • 2012-04-12T10:46:46

Emman Mangco, water baptism was commanded by Jesus Himself and the Church's ordinance since the beginning for 2,000 years. Those who have the Word of God comprehend the Bible text and obey Him.

  • 2012-04-02T11:32:41

Ron Hayes, the Bible is different only for those who don't finish reading the entire content.

  • 2012-04-02T11:30:55

Ron Hayes, God is also infinitely holy. Christianity is declining only in the immoral secular West. You guys wasted God's blessings as you did about a century ago.

  • 2012-04-02T00:35:12

While the decreasing practice of Baptism has no Scriptural backing, there is a legitimate discussion, I think, about whether a church practices infant Baptism and adolescent confirmation, or childhood dedication, and adolescent Baptism. And to add to this, I see huge importance in the adolescent rite (whether baptism or confirmation) being prepared for by much more than a doctrine class. Western society has lost the practice of helping boys (and girls) to grow up and be sure of their identity. I'd be interested to know what people are doing 'out there' in an attempt to reclaim the much need 'coming of age' rite of passage that every other culture around the world through time has practiced.

  • 2012-04-02T00:17:17

Ron Hayes Sort of like asking in the OT era, what if a new born died before it was 8 days old and could be circumcised? I think it would still be understood to be part of the covenant people. In the NT I think Romans 10:9 is probably the big umbrella that everything else finds its place under. From that point, the reversal of 'The Fall' is now possible. Baptism is then a formal sign of a functional renewal.

  • 2012-04-01T23:42:05

Ron Hayes St Paul has a godly advised in reading or understanding the Bible, the Old and New Testament, "rightly dividing the word of truth" 2 Tim 2:15 KJV. The twelve apostles were sent by Jesus Christ to preach the good news that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matt. 10:5-15 KJV after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist who was also preaching "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matt. 3: 1-3 KJV' All through the four gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke and John) and even in the first chapters of the book of Acts, the focus of the preaching of the Apostles was the good news "that the Jesus is alive and he is ready to be their King if the Israel would accept him. They need to repent for rejecting him in the first place by allowing him to be crucified. Acts 2:38 KJV "Repent and be baptized" and many repented and were baptized. This was the condition so Jesus would be sent back to them! Acts 3:19-26 KJV. The Apostle Paul was not yet called to be an apostle till he was saved in Acts 9. After he was called he was commissioned to preach the good news. But its quite different from the good news the twelve apostles were asked to preach. Paul was already preaching "Christ died for our sins" 1 Cor. 15:3 KJV as the good news. He was not telling people to repent for crucifying Christ. He was already preaching " the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of his promise.." Eph. 1:13 . And this gospel that he preached was not given to him by any man... but by the revelation of Jesus Christ." Gal. 1:12 KJV and I believe that he was not given order to baptize like the order of Jesus to the twelve apostles in Matt. 28:19-20, and to" observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you" in verse 20. I Cor. 1:17 was his order. "Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel"

  • 2012-04-01T23:07:35

Some theologians and some religions claim that all who have heard the name of God will be saved.

  • 2012-04-01T23:01:15

Actually, since God is infinitely loving and merciful, I don't think any of us has the "authority" to judge who is "saved". We can't even account for who wrote what, many years after it was possibly said. I say stick with Love God, Love everyone, help those who need help, and not worry about "saved". No wonder Christianity is losing members; we get so locked into our self-perpetrated, but DEFINITE, opinions. God help us.

  • 2012-04-01T22:49:21

Since faith is a gift, not earned, don't you think God could give faith to someone in their near-death experience of confession --- without baptism?

  • 2012-04-01T22:42:30

M W P Sometimes it's hard to believe that 2 people are talking about the same "Bible"!

  • 2012-04-01T22:40:26

M W P What? No room for civilized, respectful, discussion and disagreement? Actually, the first "rule" is "Love God with all your heart.... The 2nd is to "love your neighbor as yourself". You don't think someone who does these things and believes in God is "saved"? Many people who think they are "saved" don't do these.

  • 2012-04-01T21:54:13

M W P St Paul said "I am not sent to baptized" who baptized the people who believed the gospel the he preached?

  • 2012-03-31T13:58:00

Hey what a quinkydink, I'm being baptised tomorrow too!!! :) See ya there buddy.