CHAPTER I

WATER BAPTISM REGENERATION:
A DEAD END ROAD

 

Now we arrive at the major doctrine that is taught by the Pentecostals. They claim that a person must be baptized exactly according to Acts 2:38. I suspect that we shall loose some of the Baptist people in this chapter because we will go deeper into John's baptism than some of them are really willing to go!

Acts 2:38 is written as:

Then Peter said unto them, 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.

Wrongly looking at the context of this verse has messed up more than one group [Lutherans, Church of Christ, Unitarian, and now most Methodists and Presbyterians! The Catholic Church has always been messed up!]. This does not include scores of other different small groups such as the "Church of God in Christ' [A Pentecostal group mainly in South East Tennessee.], "The True Jesus Church" [Located in Taiwan and more of a cult than a Church.], and very many of the Negro churches with their many different branches.

To understand any Scripture we must believe exactly what it says in the context that it is written. If we do not understand, we must first accept the passage, by faith, then depend on God to give us enlightenment at a later time as He deems necessary for our doctrinal knowledge and spiritual growth.

Now before I loose any of you I want you to know that I believe that Peter told those Jews to be baptized in water and if they did, they would the Holy Ghost, but the water baptism did not give them the Holy Ghost. They received the Holy Ghost only when an apostle touched them, intending to remit their sins! It was not in the water, it was in the touch, the hands!

One of the keys, of course, is to notice who Peter is talking to! He sure is not talking to Gentiles and if any Gentiles are present, when he is preaching, they are ones whom have come to Jerusalem to worship at the feast of Pentecost, because they were converted to Judaism by circumcision. Being accepted of the Jews, they are considered as Jews thus having all of the rights pertaining to them under the Law as would any Jew.

This baptism [Acts 2:38] is for the Jew only, at this time, to born them into a Jewish church, and is not in effect now. Just as Acts 2:38 was preached to gather a Jewish Church for the rapture [This rapture could have occurred in Acts 7:54 and maybe, but I am not sure, in Acts 4:5-12.]. It will again be preached from the beginning of the tribulation until the Jewish Church is raptured because they are looking for Him to appear "the second time!" The first time He appeared was in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 to rapture the Church before the 7 year tribulation.

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. [Heb. 9:28]

The whole of the book of Hebrews is Jewish in context, especially chapter 9. This second appearing [Second rapture] is for the Jewish and Gentile believers [The ones whom will receive the Acts 2:38 gospel when it is again preached during the first half of the great tribulation] who are looking for Jesus to appear the second time! This is the meaning in the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. The ones whom are baptized according to Acts 2:38 during the tribulation and are not looking for Him will be left [The foolish virgins - Matthew 25:1-13.] and must endure to the end of the tribulation or die a martyr to obtain salvation for their soul.

The first rapture [Being caught up] is, of course, elementary knowledge that even my small child understands. This first rapture [I Thessalonians 4:12-18] is for we, who are born again, and is to take place just before the great tribulation begins [I Thessalonians 5:1-9].

That there are two appearings [raptures] is again shown when God declares the first one in I Thessalonians and immediately in the next verse, which is 5:1 says:

But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

Notice "times" and "seasons".

What had just happened in the verses immediately previous to this [I Thessalonians 4:13-18]? Yes, the rapture. Then God immediately allows us to know there will be another one when He uses the words "times" and "seasons". Showing us two different raptures in two of the four seasons.

An "appearing" is when the Lord Jesus Christ appears in the sky [clouds], but does not set foot upon the earth.

His "second coming" is when He literally comes down to the earth and touches it by standing [Zechariah 14:4] upon it. This will occur at the end of the tribulation [Zechariah 13:7-8; Revelation 19:11-21; Psalms 2:1-9]; when He comes back to redeem Israel [Zechariah 13:9-14:15].

John's baptism is "Kingdom of Heaven" gospel. That gospel briefly stated is: "Watch the signs and miracles and get ready to receive the coming Messiah. Also be baptized in water to show that you are willing to accept Him, after bringing forth fruits meet for repentance." [Matthew 3:8].

The people, that John baptized, did not get the Holy Ghost and some, if not all, had not even heard of a Holy Ghost [Acts 19]. John's baptism is tribulation baptism for those waiting for the Jewish messiah to set up the 1,000 years of peace at the end of the seven year tribulation. They must all "endure to the end" [Matthew 10:22 and 24:13].

"The End" does not necessarily mean the end of the tribulation in all cases. It can mean to the end of their life because many are slain for the witness they will hold for Jesus Christ [Revelation 6:9-11].

It also makes sense for another baptism to be preached during the great tribulation [The 7 year period of "Jacob's trouble" - Jeremiah 30:1-9, after which King David will be resurrected - verse 9.]. This second baptism will be the one preached by Peter in Acts 2:38. This was preached before as a prelude to receiving the Holy Ghost in Acts 2:38, and with the apostles remitting sins by the laying on of hands, put a person into a Jewish church waiting for the Rapture.

Likewise it will be preached again for those "looking for Him" during the tribulation. These will be raptured [Caught up to heaven] at the "second appearing" of Christ. Probably during the middle of the tribulation.

The Jews are looking for a literal, visible, kingdom. We, in the bride of Christ, are looking for a heavenly kingdom and do not need literal, visible, signs to believe. We are justified by faith! Thus, ours is the "Kingdom of God", not the 1,000 year rest [The seventh day also called "Kingdom of heaven".] promised to the Jews.

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. [Luke 17:21]

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. [Romans 14:17]

I do not have more time to go into this subject, but you may order a book entitled, "Kingdom of God vs The Kingdom of Heaven" 1 [See the footnote for address].

Notice some things about this verse:

1. They had to repent.

2. Then they had to get baptized.

3. Then, and only then, they received the Holy Ghost, but how did they receive the Holy Ghost. Was it the water?

Who are the "they"? They are not Gentiles, but Jews. Take out your Bible and look with me. See Acts 2:5 [Jews], Acts 2:22, [Ye men of Israel], Acts 2:23[ Ye], and Acts 2:36 [All the house of Israel]. Peter's sermon is completely directed to the Jews. No one else! In Acts 2:39 the promise of the Holy Ghost is made to the "Jew" first [Romans 1:16]!

Next of all "they" had to be baptized to get the Holy Ghost, but getting baptized did not give them the Holy Ghost. They got the Holy Ghost when one of the apostles laid his hands upon them as they were being baptized or afterward [More on this in a few more pages.]! Remember, the key to understanding the Bible is to believe what you read. This is a Jewish Baptism not a Gentile baptism. This baptism is associated with getting saved. Our baptism is a sign of obedience not associated with helping us to attain salvation!

Then the question comes up: What if they did not get baptized? They would have went to hell, brother! Refusing to be baptized would have alerted the apostles that the person was not sincere in their belief and they would not have put their hands on them intending to give them the Holy Ghost! What if Noah had not built the ark? What if Moses had not kept the Law and performed the required sacrifices? What if Abraham had not left Ur? What if a frog had a .45? If a frog had a .45, he could talk trash with the rattle snake!

Not everyone standing there got saved that day! You'll never preach one sermon and have 100% of them get saved in a crowd that big!

It is plain to see that God was talking to Jews and that they had to be baptized! Just believe what you read! Why is it so difficult to believe what your read? You have the priests under the Law using the water in the laver to cleanse themselves every time they passed by it. You have John the Baptist preaching to get baptized and finally you have the Jews associating water with purification [John 2:6]. Isn't water a type of the Holy Spirit that you can drink [I Corinthians 12:13]?

Now this brings up the last two or three verses about how we, who are not Jews in Acts 2, are to be purified. In other words do we, that received Jesus Christ by faith, have to be baptized to go to heaven? Of course we do not, only by faith [Acts 15:8-11]. Turn in the Scriptures to Romans 3:25-26:

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Plainly, we can see that we are justified through the Blood of Jesus Christ, and this is applied by faith [verse 26].

Ephesians 2:8-9 explains that we are saved by faith.

For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

In Romans 4:5 all we have to do is believe:

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

In Romans 10:9-13 we see that we simply have to believe.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. [See also: Acts 16:31 and 20:21.]

There it is! Only faith. No need of water as part of salvation, but yet, we see Acts 2:38 as something they had to do, but as previously stated, it could not save. The laying on of an apostle's hands was what remitted their sins [Brought salvation]!

The thing that the Jews could not see, along with many of the heretical baptismal regeneration people today, is that: God "...put no difference between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], purifying their [Gentiles] hearts by faith." [Acts 15:9]. This is called being saved through the grace [Not Sovereign grace either!] of the Lord Jesus Christ [Acts 15:11].

Now I know this looks like a mess. We have Acts 2:38 telling them to get Baptized to get the Holy Ghost, then all the Scriptures, just quoted, showing that salvation is by simple faith, and on top of this, you have John saying to repent, be baptized, and believe on Him that is coming and his baptism did not give them the Holy Ghost, and neither did touching them with his hands give them the Holy Ghost!

Of course the answer is, that the Jews, before the Acts 7 rejection of the Holy Spirit, did have to be Baptized as a prelude to obtaining salvation, but we Gentiles do not, and John's baptism was to show they had repented and were waiting for the "Kingdom of Heaven" to be set up by Jesus so they would go into the millennium!

John's baptism was to get the Jew ready for the kingdom to come, but they rejected the kingdom of heaven by crucifying their Messiah.

Acts 2:38 Baptism, with remitting of sins, was put into practice to save a Jewish church to go up in the rapture, but the elders rejected the "Kingdom of God" with their rejection of the Third Person of the Trinity in Acts 7.

Our baptism today, in this age of grace, is the answer of a good conscience toward God [I Peter 3:21] and is to be performed only after our salvation has come, when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our only Saviour! In Acts 8:37, Gentile [Our] salvation came by simple Grace through faith without the Acts 2:38 baptism and the laying on of an apostle's hands that the Lord, at first, required of the Jews in Acts.

Later, in Acts 15:9-11, salvation for the Jew and Gentile alike comes by having their hearts purified by faith. John's baptism did not give them the Holy Ghost as you will later learn.

After the Jews rejection of the Third Person of the Trinity in Acts 7, God gradually phased them out and phased we Gentiles in because of their unbelief.

Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: [Romans 11:19-20]

All men are sinners and must come to Jesus Christ for salvation [John 3:16, 1:12, and Romans 3:23]. All men are joined to The Lord Jesus Christ only one way:

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. [I Corinthians 12:13]

All Believers are of one Body:

"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." [I Corinthians 12:27]

"For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones". [Ephesians 5:30]

The whole second chapter of Ephesians teaches us that the Jews and Gentiles are made one in Jesus Christ through the New Birth, which is brought about by faith. Not by water baptism along with the laying on of an apostle's hands as was first preached unto them [The Jews].

The believer's baptism is being fully emersed in water, after having received the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. There is not one place in the Scriptures where a child or an adult was ever baptized before they had received the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith! This is a Catholic teaching that has been proven as having come from pagan origins! 2

The believer is to be baptized after being saved and a few of the references are: Acts 8:36-38 [Wanted to be baptized in water, but was told he had to believe first.], Acts 10:47-48, 16:14-15 [She believed and proved herself faithful.], and Acts 16:31-33 [Was told to be saved by believing and then was baptized.].

Let us go a little deeper where Jesus himself told the disciples to go to the JEWS ONLY!

In Matthew 10:5-6:

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Here Jesus plainly told his twelve disciples [Including Judas, which is very important. You need to remember this.] not to even go to the Samaritans or Gentiles. Go only to the Jews. Yet in Matthew 28:19, Jesus told his disciples to go into the whole world and He did not mean the Jewry of the whole world either!

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Why give the disciples two different sets of instructions? Here is one of those passages that the fool, when looking for an excuse to reject God, hangs himself with. This is one of those passages where "rightly dividing the word of truth" comes into play.

You see, God has a plan for every situation that can occur. If the Jews had not rejected the Holy Ghost in Acts 7, He had a plan. If they did, which they did, He also had a plan. God will give a person a free choice, but sometimes He will make that person wish that he had chosen the right way!

What is the answer? Why would God say do not go to the Gentiles and then later say, "go"? Part of the answer is that the Jews rejected Jesus and wanted the murderer ["They all say unto him, Let him be crucified." - Matthew 27:22]. God let them "have it their way". As long as the Jews had not rejected Jesus as their King, the Gospel of the "Kingdom of Heaven" was preached unto them, but after they crucified the Lord, Jesus told the disciples that they would be going to the whole world, but not until the Jews had one more chance [Acts 7 during the preaching of Stephen's message before the elders of Israel.]!

The nation of Israel had already rejected God the Father. I Samuel 8:4-9:

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

The Jews rejected God the Father in I Samuel 8:7, rejected God the Son in Matthew 27, but what about the Holy Ghost?

Acts 2:38 is just like Matthew 10:5-6 and Acts 15:7-11 is just like Matthew 28:19. The exact same thing has occurred, except it is the rejection of the Holy Ghost in Acts 7.

Acts 2:38 almost teaches water baptismal regeneration, but when you consider that the apostles had the gift to remit and retain sins, by the laying on of hands [More on this later.], you can understand that getting baptized did not give them the Holy Ghost! Yet the same man that preached Acts 2:38 also spoke the words of Acts: 15:7-11 where he said their [We gentiles] hearts are purified by faith. He did not mention water baptism according to Acts 2:38 one time!

In Acts 15:1-11 trouble arose over whether a man had to do something to get saved [15:1] or whether a man had to do something to stay saved [15:5]. So they had a meeting to decide the matter: do you have to do something to get saved [Circumcision, water baptism, works, etc.] or do something to stay saved [Keep the Law, be a good church member, etc.]. This meeting was approved by the Church [verse 3], apostles [verse 4], elders [verse 4], and if that was enough, it was approved by the Holy Ghost in verse 28!

The meeting got a little hot and then Peter stood up and said that the Gentiles' hearts are purified by faith [verse 9] and then said that we [The Jews] are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ even as they [The Gentiles]. The same man that preached Acts 2:38 is now preaching Jews and Gentiles alike must have their hearts purified by faith only! What happened between Acts 2:38 and Acts 15:9? Well the answer is in Acts chapter 7.

In Acts 7 Stephen is really reading the riot act to the elders of Israel. Notice carefully every word of Acts 7:51-60:

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. 52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. 54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

God the Father was rejected in I Samuel 8:4-9. God the Son was rejected in Matthew 27:22-25. Now The Third Person of the Trinity is rejected in Acts 7:51 when they rejected the Holy Ghost because they hated Stephen's historical sermon!

The final proof that God is fed up with the Jews, and is going to phase them out and "graff" we gentiles in, is shown in the very next chapter [8:37] where the first man, after the resurrection, is saved by grace through faith without water baptism and he is a Gentile! This black man had evidently heard Acts 2:38 preached [He was going back to Ethiopia from Jerusalem.] because he asked to be baptized, but Philip would not baptize him until he believed the Gospel according to Isaiah 53. The Gospel according to Isaiah 53 does not mention water baptism. It is the crucifixion!

Haven't you ever wondered why Jesus was standing? The Scriptures say:

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; [Hebrews 10:12]

If that were not enough, in the very next chapter, God calls Saul of Tarsus to be a light unto the Gentiles.

You see everything hinged on the elders accepting Stephen's message in Acts 7. If they had repented then Jesus was standing, ready to rapture a Jewish Church. If they rejected, which they did, God was ready to send Philip to a City wide revival in Samaria [He had told His disciples not to go there, because these people were not pure Jews, but half breeds.], then to leave a great revival just to reach one black Gentile in the middle of the desert. He then called Saul to prove that the Gentiles were now "graffed in", thus "...the fall of them [The Jews] be the riches of the world..." [Romans 11:12].

Haven't you ever wondered why God would call Philip away from a meeting when a whole city [Acts 8:5-6] was turning to God [He is the only preacher there brother!] just to go to one ole black man in the desert? Can't you imagine what some might have said when God told them to leave. "But God I am in the middle of a real revival!", "God, say that again.", "Yo, God, are you crazy?", "Uh! I think I will try the spirits." [I John 4:1] "Did you say, 'Go to the wilderness'?", "Uh! God, do you mean for me to leave all of this and go to one lone slave?", "Come on God, he is so unimportant that he is even a slave to a black woman [Acts 8:27]." "Yo, God say that again. You are coming through garbled. Over."

No, ole Philip stopped everything and left. Would to God that many preachers and missionaries would leave when God told them to. That is the reason many churches are in a mess. The preacher stayed too long or did not stay long enough! The missionary tried to keep control of the Church longer than God wanted him to or did not stay on the field long enough because his mission board had a policy of returning every 3 or 4 years [Most boards are made up of men whom have never served as a missionary, thus having only an idea of the mission field.].

The reason God wanted Philip to leave a city wide revival and go to one man is to emphasize that He was turning from the Jews and unto the Gentiles. He felt it was very important to emphasize this so that we would not miss it as we read the Scriptures. He was showing you a turning point, a point of phasing out for the Jews and phasing in for we Gentiles.

Acts 8 is the most important chapter in the word of God pertaining to the "remitting and retaining" of sins. Here God fully reveals who could remit sins and how they did it!

I will not, knowingly, shy away from any verse that the "Pentecostals" will use for their damnable doctrine of water Baptismal regeneration. Next the Pentecostal will take you to Acts 22:16 where Paul is giving his testimony:

And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

The Pentecostal will say, "Paul was baptized to wash away his sins." Notice carefully that the Scripture meaning is to arise, to be baptized, and to wash away your sins by calling on the name of the Lord! Your sins are washed away, not by baptism, but by calling on the name of the Lord!

The Pentecostal will then go to I Peter 3:20-22:

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Notice:

No one got wet on the boat. They were dry.

Noah was not saved from hell by water, so why should you think we are saved from hell by water? If you want to use water for salvation, you must be saved by getting in a boat floating upon the water, not get into the water. No one in his right mind would tell you to get in a boat to obtain salvation for your soul!

The ones, in Noah's time, that got wet were the ones that died! They did not get into the ark!

This figure cannot put away your sins because its ante-type is the saving of some people's bodies [Noah and his family.] When we get saved, our soul is saved and sealed, but the body is not, and the proof is that it dies! Brother, that is why God will give us a new body! This body is not saved yet!

So what is the final answer to the verse? The answer is that water baptism is a figure of what saves you. What saves you? If you remove the phrase in parenthesis [God's P.S.] you will see you are saved "by the resurrection of Jesus Christ"! The resurrection of Jesus Christ, not the water!

So as you come up out of the water it is a picture of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The emersion and coming back up is not what saves you, but it is a figure [picture] of what does, the resurrection!

Should the "P.S." be there? Of course! God put it there and people, without the Spirit of God directing them, cannot understand because it separates part of the sentence!

The next place these people will go to is Romans 6:1-6. Here they say if you are not baptized in water you will go to hell.

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

If you were God, and you wanted people to escape hell, and if those people needed water baptism to go to heaven, wouldn't you make that plain in Romans 6, Romans 10, and especially in Acts 15 when Peter stood and spoke? God does not mention water one time in the whole chapter of Romans 6! Why would He purposely not mention water? God thinks you have enough sense to know the difference between water baptism and Spirit baptism. God gave you the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you into all truth and if you do not know the truth you have one of two problems: You are not allowing the Spirit of God to guide you or you do not have the Spirit of God. You may be lost! When He wants you to know it is water, then He will make it plain by the context. When John the Baptist said "he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost" [John 1:33] he did not mean water because he [John] said, "Holy Ghost".

Was Christ raised from the dead by water baptism? No! Verse 4 says that we are raised the same way that He was. How was He raised? Romans 8:11 says:

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Jesus was raised by the Spirit of God and we are baptized into his dead and raised the same way He was "By His Spirit"! This agrees with I Corinthians 12:13 that says, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body...." In the spiritual realm we were baptized into His death and raised together [Ephesians 2:6]. All this was accomplished at the moment of our new birth!

The Chinese, in particular, have a problem with this. Almost all Chinese think that water baptism saves a person's soul or at least plays an important part for their salvation. The Chinese need to realize that they are not Jews living during the Acts 2:38 time period, and even if they were, they need to realize that the water, even then, did not save. The salvation came when an apostle touched a person to remit their sins by giving them the Holy Ghost!

The word "water" is not even in the whole chapter here in Romans 6. The context is not water!

It is easy to see from Romans 6:17-18 that to be saved from the penalty of sin one has to believe and obey from the heart. Romans 10:16 plainly states that to obey the Gospel is not to be baptized , but to believe.

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. [Romans 6:17-18]

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? [Romans 10:16]

The "Pentecostals" are wrong when they say to obey the Gospel is to be baptized in water! It is very clear that to obey the Gospel is to believe.

The "Pentecostal doctrine" of being baptized in "Jesus" name is found in Acts 2:38, which says:

Then Peter said unto them, 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.

The "Pentecostal's" main verse does not say to be baptized in "Jesus" name, but to be baptized in the name of "Jesus Christ". No, not nit-picking at all. I have been to their baptismal services and they use the one word ["Jesus"] formula for baptism. They do not say "Jesus Christ". Thus, according to their own formula, they are baptizing incorrectly!

Acts 2:38 is a Jewish passage that was preached to help form a Jewish church after the Jews rejected their Messiah. Let us look at Acts 2:5-11:

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heav- en. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews, and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

Verse 5 shows us that Jews were there and that these Jews were from many different countries and areas of the world and God gives you the names of some of those countries in verses 9-11. The sermon of Acts 2 is only to these Jews, see: "Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem" [vs. 14], "Ye men of Israel" [vs. 22], "ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:" [vs. 23], and "therefore let all the house of Israel know" [vs. 36]. Who did Peter tell to be baptized according to Acts 2:38?

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38 Then Peter said unto them, 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. 39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. [Acts 2:36-39]

No doubt about it! Acts 2:38 is a baptism only for the Jews hearing the message of Peter. You will not find one pure Gentile in the word of God being baptized according to Acts 2:38! Not once!

In keeping with the Jewish context we can easily see that the "all" of verse 39 means all Jews not yet at Jerusalem because they are still living in other parts of the world. Not every Jew in the world came to that feast!

The "many as the Lord our God shall call" are the Jews that one day will be "gathereth together" as He foretells in Psalms 147:1-2. [See also Isaiah 11:12, Isaiah 27:12, Isaiah 56:8, Ezekiel 28:25-26, and Mark 13:27.] These are but a few of many Scriptures relating to the regathering again of Israel.

The reason God will regather the Jews is because of His promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but only when they pray and ask God to do so as prophesied in Psalms 104:37-48 [Notice "gather" in vs. 47.].

Gentiles are baptized in the name of the Lord and that is keeping with the formula as put down in Matthew 28:18: [Father, Son and Holy Ghost]

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

This then brings up Acts 10:48 where they are baptized "in the name of the Lord". This is the same as Matthew 28:18 because the name of the Lord is: God the Father. See and compare Jude 5 with I Corinthians 10:5 and notice that "God" and "Lord" are used interchangeably. Also see Matthew 11:25 and Mark 12:36. Notice that God is called Lord before Jesus' birth in Luke 1:15-17!

The Holy Spirit and the Lord are the same in II Corinthians 3:17. The Spirit of the Lord and the Holy Ghost are the same in Acts 5:3,4,9. Spirit, Holy Ghost, and Lord are the same in Acts 21:4,11,14. God the Father is called Lord in Leviticus 23:9, 27, 28 and more than 100 other places. Jesus is called Lord in Philippians 2:11, 19, 3:8, 3:20, and other places.

If a man is baptized in the name of the "Lord" he is baptized correctly and the best formula is found very plainly for "all nations" in Matthew 28:19 [Father, Son, and Holy Ghost].

This brings us to the Pentecostals trying to use John 3:3-8:

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Notice the key words are in bold script. These words are the keys to this passage. Jesus is taking about the "Kingdom of God" and that we must be born into it. Belief in the "Kingdom of Heaven", of course, is brought about by aids to help give them faith such as healing, signs, etc., and is to the Jews. This was what John preached and his followers did not get the Holy Ghost.

Nicodemus thought Jesus was talking about being born again from his mother. Jesus explained to him that the water birth is the "FLESH" [vs. 6] and the spiritual birth is brought about by the "Spirit". In other words the birth of the flesh is through the water that the baby is encased in, in the womb [That which is of the flesh is flesh.].. The spiritual birth is from the Spirit of God. Notice the emphasis God places on the birth of the Spirit at the end of verse 8. Was Nicodemus thinking of the natural birth when Jesus first told him of this? Sure, so Jesus explained that first then He explained the natural birth was flesh. In other words if you are not born of woman, [Coming from the water within your mother through the birth canal.] you cannot be born again because you were never born!

Many times I have read something, like this same passage, and did not understand. However, I did understand the "plain" of I Corinthians 12:13 and I told God I was willing to wait until He wanted to show me the answer to this passage in John. A few months later God gave me the reason He worded it this way.

Now if you are not willing to accept the "plain" and always question "the not so plain" I am afraid that God is not going to show you too much in the word of God. Do not major on what you do not fully understand!

Lastly baptism does not mean water or even Spirit baptism every time the word is recorded in the Bible. There are not just two baptisms!

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; [1 Corinthians 10:1-3]

Brethren, do not judge "the not so plain" without the light of the "plain". This is plain: they were all baptized! They went across on dry ground. The water did not touch them. The ones that the water did touch [the Egyptians] were the ones that died!

Look at Matthew 20:22:

But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

Strange, is Jesus talking about water baptism? He had already been baptized in water. The correct answer, of course, is that He was asking them if they were able to endure death, as He would, on the cross. This baptism is a baptism of death. Possibly also His soul in the fire of hell. [Compare Psalms 16:10 with Acts 2:27] Yes, Jesus just did not suffer a terrible death for you, He [His soul] went to hell and suffered your deserved pain there also!

The baptism that brings us salvation and which makes us a child of God is located in I Corinthians 12:13:

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. [I Corinthians 12:13]

Judge the "not so plain" in the "light of the plain" and you can see that the ONLY BAPTISM that will get you into the body of Christ [Born again] is by the Spirit of God!

Anytime, when sitting down to do something [Preparing a sermon, or writing a book.] for God, things will come up that you never dreamed of. I would like to leave the Charismatic Movement for a few pages and deal with another baptism. The Baptist Bride type of baptism. I will not go into it in much depth, but will hit a few highlights.

There is a teaching called Baptist Brideism. This teaching basically is that John The Baptist started the first Baptist Church. This doctrine also teaches there is an apostolic succession from John. Also that, after you get saved, if you are baptized by a Baptist preacher, that is in that apostolic succession, you are put into the Bride of Christ by water baptism. If, after being saved by faith, you are baptized by someone that is not in that apostolic succession, you are not put into the bride of Christ! You will still go to heaven, but you are not part of the Bride of Christ. In other words, if you are baptized by their group, after being saved, you are in the Bride. If you are baptized by someone that is not part of their group you will still go to heaven, but you are to be only a servant in heaven!

The other night a friend came to me wanting me to try to help him after a run-in with a hateful, bitter, lying, and rabidly anti-King James Bible Baptist Brider .

This brider is currently a missionary in Taiwan having been here for about 14 years. He has a church of about 30 people that was given to him by a Japanese missionary. When the Japanese missionary gave it to him, the membership was 40 to 45. He has told everyone, in the States, that he started the Church [The older missionaries know better, but keep quiet because they may fear his wife's father, who is a big wig in the B.B.F.].

He has sent back letters claiming to have started other Churches through using nationals and even claimed the local B.B.F. school [When it was going.] was the school he personally started. Another lie.

He also says that he believes the Kings James Bible is perfect, but he goes to Greek and will even say the translators did not choose the correct words. He lies to keep his income because the majority of supporters are King James people. This is common on the mission field. Many missionaries are King James in the States, but are not on the field. This missionary quickly acquired a hatred for King James Bible missionaries! He thinks that he is educated and looks down on anyone that believes the King James Bible to be the word of God!

Every Independent Baptist missionary I know, and that I have met on the field, that lied to his supporters about the King James Bible, was a B.B.F. or a B.I.M.I. missionary. Of course, not all B.B.F. or B.I.M.I. missionaries are this way.

I know that this missionary is not typical of all whom believe this doctrine. If you believe this doctrine I am not trying to pick a fight with you, but I do want you to see that you are wrong. Now let us deal with what this man said to my friend.

He said that, "John the Baptist's baptism was the one that he was baptizing with and that the Church started with John."

Well, if the Church started with John, then you have Jesus in a Church that was started by someone other than Jesus because John baptized Jesus. What a mess!

He said that, "Acts 2:38 was the same as John's baptism."

How beefheaded he is! Did you know that John the Baptist's disciples did not get the Holy Ghost when he baptized them and some of them did not get the Holy Ghost for up to a year or more later. Look at Acts 19:1-6:

And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Here are some of John's disciples and they did not even have the Holy Ghost! Worse than that, they did not even know there was an Holy Ghost! Are you sure you are baptizing your people unto John's baptism?

If you are then you must have an apostle of Christ to lay hands on them to give them the Holy Ghost [Yes, Paul is the thirteenth apostle. I think the Bible calling him an apostle is good enough for me.].

The Baptist Brider will say, "You should not accept another preacher's baptism outside of our fellowship. Paul rebaptized and we should do the same."

Well fellow, Paul rebaptized because he had to give them the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands [The remitting and retaining of sins, you understand? Right?] Paul did not rebaptize them because they were not in his little click [Convention]!

Your people must also talk in tongues after the apostle [In this situation, Paul.] comes and lays his hands on them Acts 19:6 No, only a real apostle will do.

Not even Philip, the deacon, had the power to give the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Are you as filled with the Spirit [Acts 6:3-5] as Philip was? Are you so filled with the Spirit that you would have been chosen, from the thousands, to be a deacon in the Church of Acts 2? Philip, great as he was, did not have the power of "remitting and retaining of sins" that was given "only" to apostles.

Now you have another problem: There is not one recorded instance or even a single hint that any of any John the Baptist's disciples, or anyone else baptized by him, ever spoke in tongues when he [John] baptized them! Yet when Paul laid his hands on John's disciples they spoke with tongues [Acts 19:6]. Think about that!

The other time this laying on of hands to remit sins [To give them the Holy Ghost.] occurs, is in Acts 8:5-18. Here you have the people believing "Philip preaching the things concerning the 'Kingdom of God', and the name of Jesus Christ,". Philip knew Acts 2:38 and so he baptized them [Acts 8:12], but those people did not receive the Holy Ghost before or during the baptism!

Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. 6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city. 9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries. 12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. 14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. 18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

People argue whether or not Simon was saved and miss the actual working of the remitting and retaining of sins as given to the apostles [Only to them, along with Paul.] by Jesus Christ. Whether he was saved or not is not relevant to the text as much as what he comprehended and what happened to him.

There are two things here you need to see and understand. Many of you have heard sermons on Simon. Some argue he was lost. Even fewer say he was a worldly Christian. I am going to end the argument once for all about his salvation. He was lost!

What we have here, in the passage from verses 4 through 25, is the only recorded instance of remitting of sins [Acts 8:17] and the retaining of sins [Acts 8:18-25] ever exercised, both together, in the word of God. There are other instances of the remitting of sins, but this is the only written record of the retaining of sins [Simon's sins] ever recorded in the word of God.

That he did not receive forgiveness is evident, because he was not worried by his wicked thought of the heart [Acts 8:22] nor still being in the bond of iniquity, but worried because of the punishment that could come upon him [Acts 8:24].

This is probably the same with many death-bed confessions today. They are worried about the punishment in the future, but fail to see their sinful condition now! If a person does not realize that he or she is a sinner they cannot be converted! There is too much asking all the little children to raise their hands if they want to go to heaven [And what child does not want to go to heaven?] and not enough preaching about sin!

In Acts 8:20-23 Peter tells Simon to pray, but Simon asks the apostles to pray for him. He was told to pray. He did not.

If you are dealing with a lost person and they fully understand what they must do to be saved and you ask them to pray, but they do not, what would you think? You led them through the Scriptures again and fully explained and then again asked them to pray. They reply, "Please pray for me that I will not go to hell." What would you think? You then explain to them that they are a sinner that needs a Saviour and ask again. The person replies, "Pray for me that the judgment of God never will come upon me [hell]." Now I ask you, "Did they get saved?" Of course, not. They never realized that they had a heart [Thoughts of the heart in verses 22-23.] problem. Folks, neither Peter nor John laid their hands upon him to give him the Holy Ghost, even though he had been baptized [8:13]! He kept his sins and if he did not later get saved he went to hell! Yes, his sins were retained by the apostles [Peter and John]. He was baptized, but he was lost!

Simon saw that "through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given." Why can't the preachers and Christians of today understand as much as Simon? There it is. Just as plain as the nose on your face. The Holy ghost was given by the laying on of the apostles' hands. Those people in Acts 2:38 only received the Holy Ghost after they got in the water and Peter touched them brother! No other way! That is why Paul in Acts 19:3-8 laid his hands on those disciples of John. They were baptized unto John's baptism, forgiven, and were awaiting the time when Jesus, whom John told them to believe on, would set up the 1,000 years of peace. Yes, they were still looking for the "Kingdom of Heaven" to be on this earth! They, like most today, did not know or did not understand the doctrinal importance of the Acts 7 rejection Holy Spirit by their religious elders. This rejection precipitated God turning to the Gentiles to take out a bride for His Son! In Acts 19 they were put into the body of Christ when they received the Holy Ghost. Like it or not, there it is! Those disciples of John had to have explained to them that the "Kingdom of heaven" was rejected at the crucifixion and now they had to go into the "Kingdom of God" by receiving the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

John's baptism is sorta like this: You repent and if John did not think you were sincere he would ask you to "bring therefore fruits meet for repentance" [Matthew 3:8] to prove you are worthy to be baptized. This was the problem for Simon. His wicked thoughts revealed he did not have good intentions.

The people, that John baptized, did not receive the Holy Ghost, but were like receiving a check which they could later cash in. They were to be in the "Kingdom of heaven" when it was to be set up on the earth, if, the nation of Israel accepted Jesus Christ as their king instead of crucifying Him. Israel did not accept Him, so the check became an entrance into hearing the Gospel according to Acts 2:38, and having an apostle lay hands on them to give them the Holy Ghost.

There is not one recorded instance of a full-blooded Gentile being saved according to Acts 2:38 [Now when I say this I know some of the brethren will exclaim I am presenting water baptism for salvation. No, I am not. I have made it plain in this book that in Acts 2:38, after hearing the message, those people only got the Holy Ghost when an apostle touched them intending to remit their sins. Water did not give them the Holy Ghost!] Even the Negro [The eunuch of Acts 8.], whom evidently wanted to be baptized according to Acts 2:38 [Acts 8:36], could not be saved according to Acts 2:38! He had to believe with all his heart [The first time this phrase is used in the Bible.] first [Acts 8:37]. He did not need "fruits meet for repentance". He had to believe with all his heart and then he was baptized.

Every follower of John, recorded in the book of Acts after the resurrection, had to receive the Holy Ghost by the laying on of an apostle's hands! Every one of them! Therefore, the only way for a person, whom John Baptized, to get the Holy Ghost was by the laying on of an apostle's hands [The remitting and retaining of sins!]. I cannot prove this, but I believe that everyone whom John baptized later received Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

That John's baptism did not give you the Holy Ghost is open for all to plainly see.

John himself said:

I indeed have baptized you with water: but he [Jesus] shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. [Mark 1:8]

Jesus said of John:

For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel [Here is the promise of the "Kingdom of heaven" to Israel only.]? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after

hat the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. [Acts 1:5-8]

Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. [Acts 11:16]

Notice in Acts 1:5 that Jesus tells us that John's baptism did not give a person the Holy Ghost! Notice in Mark 1:8 that John, himself, admitted that this baptism did not give you the Holy Ghost. He said that only Jesus could baptize you with the Holy Ghost. Just believe what you read brethren!

Strange how one little three letter word can open up a whole verse. The word "BUT" never joins two things that are equal. Always two or more items that are not equal and even most times the opposite. These Scriptures show you that the Baptism of John was different from the baptisms of Acts 2:38 and I Corinthians 12:13.

Notice the "but ye" of Acts 11:16. This passage shews us that we are different from the disciples of John. His baptism did not give the Holy Ghost. We get the Holy Ghost when we believe [Ephesians 1:13, Romans 6:9, 16.]

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, [Ephesians 1:13]

You cannot have the Holy Ghost given in the sense of saving you from hell until after the resurrection [John 7:39]. John's baptism could not save you in the sense of the way we are saved today. It was like a check which later was cashed at the bank when an apostle laid his hands on them.

But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given because that Jesus was not yet glorified. [John 7:39]

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. [John 14:26]

Now you are about to read something that you will not find in any other commentary.

Jesus did baptize:

But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. 22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. [John 3:21-22]

Jesus baptized only His own disciples. He did not baptize any others.

When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, 2 (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples, ) [John 4: 1-2]

If you will prayerfully read verse 2 you will see the meaning. Believe the clear passage in John 3:22 [You do believe 3:22 don't you?]. If you believe 3:22 then you will believe that Jesus baptized.

The context of John 4:1-2 is not whether or not Jesus baptized, but if He had baptized more disciples than John [John 4:1]. The Phrases did not doubt that Jesus had baptized, but they heard rumors that He had baptized more disciples than John the Baptist. The answer in John 4:2 is that He did not baptize more than John. He baptized only His own disciples!

See the context is: did He baptize people other than His own disciples? No, He baptized not, but His disciples! He was not baptizing in the sense of John, whom baptized many people. He baptized not, but His disciples. Unlike John, He did not come to baptize for the remission of sins.

Did you know that, at least one of those disciples, and maybe two were formerly John the Baptist's disciples. Yes, that's right Jesus rebaptized Andrew after he had been baptized by John!

Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! 37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? 39 He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour. 40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. [John 1:35-41]

Here you have it. Andrew, whom was first a follower of John the Baptist, later became a follower of Jesus. That he was a disciple of Jesus is not to be doubted as he is mentioned as a disciple of Jesus [Matthew 10:1-4].

Now in the light of John 3:22 and John 4:1 we see that Jesus rebaptized Andrew. If that were not embarrassing enough for the Baptist Bride folks, Paul the Apostle rebaptized more of John's disciples in Acts 19:5!

In another place in Acts you have a man preaching in a synagogue [Acts 18:24-28], but he has one problem: he knows ONLY the baptism of John. Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and expounded the way of God "more perfectly" [Acts 18:26]. And what was that more perfect way? Grace, brother, saved by grace through faith! If John's baptism is for today then why does this man need help in his doctrine? If John's baptism is for today, then why did Jesus not accept John's baptism of Andrew? John's baptism had it place in time, but not in our time!

And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. 27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: 28 For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ. [Acts 18:24-28]

Notice he helped the disciples "which had believed through grace" thus showing a difference between the way he had believed and the way they had believed! He had been looking for the "Kingdom of heaven", but the Jews crucified their Messiah and Apollos had not yet heard that he had to receive another kingdom, the "Kingdom of God", by Grace through faith in the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ!

Yes, after listening to them he knew he could cash in when he was to visit the apostles [Acts 18:27] to get them to lay hands on him. Yes, he wanted the Holy Ghost!

A person whom gets his Gospel plan of salvation from Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the first part of the book of Acts is one very confused person. That is why you have "Pentecostals", "Assembly of God", "True Jesus Church" [A cult in Taiwan], "The Church of Jesus Christ", "The Church of Christ" [A cult], "Church of God", "Church of God in Christ", "Mormons" [A cult], "Seven Day Adventists" [A cult], and hundreds of different Negro sects located in America. I'll show you what I mean.

Which way do you choose?

What about going to the Gospels or just to Matthew? Let us look at Matthew.

Matthew 5:1-10:

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.



Do you think God is going to bless someone who is not His child? You do want God's blessings don't you? Are you poor in spirit? Have you ever mourned? Are you meek? Do you hunger and thirst after righteousness? Are you merciful? Do you want to become a real child of God? Then all you have to do is to become a peacemaker like former President Jimmy Carter. Matthew 5:9 was his favorite, but he also believed that Trueblood and Neihbur [Both of these men denied the resurrection of Jesus Christ] were great Theologians! Then you will be in heaven with God, right? Wrong!

This is the "Kingdom of heaven" and it is a promise to the Jew and in the seven year tribulation this Scripture will apply to them for works as they await their 1,000 years of peace [The "Kingdom of heaven"].

How about attaining righteousness by Matthew 5:37-48?

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. 38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Verse 45 is the key that shows you these works are done to attain salvation [A child of the Father in heaven.]. Are you good enough? Really? Then look in verse 48 to see the last command. What is it? There you are commanded to be a perfect person! How about it? Can you be perfect?

The key verses to open the chapter are 3 and 19. Both showing you that this is the "Kingdom of heaven" that is to be entered, not the "Kingdom of God". The "Kingdom of God" is in the hearts of all those who believe by grace through faith!

Matthew 10:1-22, if read prayerfully, will show you that the "Kingdom of heaven" is to be looked for during the ministry of Jesus and again during the seven year tribulation [Especially verse 22 about enduring to the end.]. At the end of the tribulation this "Kingdom" will be set up for 1,000 years!

A man one day said to Jesus,

...Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? [Matthew 19:16]

After speaking a few words with him Jesus replied,

... If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. [Matthew 19:21] [Can you be perfect?]

How about getting into a sword fight for Him [John 18:10], follow from afar off [Matthew 26:58], deny him thrice and use dirty language when you do it [Matthew 26:74-75], have the Holy Ghost breathed on you [John 20:19-22], filled with the Spirit with talking in tongues [Acts 2:4] , preach water baptismal regeneration [Acts 2:38], and lastly change your mind and preach our hearts are purified by faith through God's Grace [Acts 15:7-11]. Yes, this is Peter!

Want more? How about the following?

Acts 2:4: be filled with the Holy Ghost and talk in tongues.

Acts 2:38: repent, be baptized to get the Holy Ghost and do not talk in tongues.

Acts 8:5-16: Believes get baptized, but do not get the Holy Ghost. They must wait on one or two apostles to come and give them the Holy Ghost! Which later happens.

Acts 8:12-24: He believed, got baptized, waited until two apostles come from Jerusalem, but never gets the Holy Ghost because the apostles never lay hands on him!

Acts 8:34-37: believed with all his heart, is baptized, but does not talk in tongues.

Acts 10:43-48: Holy Ghost is given along with speaking in tongues, then are baptized.

Acts 18:24-28: Baptized unto John, knew ONLY John's baptism, instructed by two people who were saved by grace through faith, but no mention of being rebaptized as were John's other disciples [John 3:21-22, Acts 19:3-7] and no hands laid on or talking in tongues as were John's other disciples in Acts 19:4-7. [Probably did, but not recorded.]

Acts 19:1-8: Were told to believe on Him who is to come and were baptized unto John, but did not receive the Holy Ghost! They were later told that "He who was to come" was Jesus and were told to believe on Him. They are then baptized in water baptized in the name of the "Lord Jesus", then Paul [He is not one of the disciples in John 20:19-23!] lays his hands on them to give them the Holy Ghost. They spake with tongues and prophesied. [What a mess!]

Acts 9:42: just believe.

Acts 13:39: all who believe are justified.

Acts 15: 7-9: purified by faith.

Acts 17:34: believe, no baptism and no tongues.

Acts 18:8: believe, baptized, but no tongues.

Lastly:

How about being baptized in water by John, [Andrew], then baptized in water by Jesus [Andrew again in John 3:21-22 and 4:1-2], then have the Holy Spirit breathed on you [Andrew again in John 20:19-23], then in Acts 2:1-4 get the Holy Spirit [Again? Whew!] [Andrew again], then go along with water baptism as a prelude to salvation in Acts 2:38 [Yep, Andrew again.], then agree that we are all saved by grace through faith and nothing else [Andrew again in Acts 15]!

Folks, if you don't have the Spirit of God to guide you through this mess you are in a heap of trouble!

Which way do you choose? You have fourteen choices in the book of Acts alone, not counting the Gospels. I did not list all of the ways in the Gospels either!

Today, some people want a new, more easy to understand, Bible so that they can understand [?] the word of God. Those ignorant simpletons! If they do not have the Spirit of God, they cannot understand it! The Bible is not the problem; not having the Spirit of God is the problem! Without the Spirit of God to guide you through the Gospels and Acts you will end up in the dung heap and smelling like it too!

The Bible has divisions. It has to be divided into different parts. Meaning, He gives parts as doctrines to some people [The Jews for example.] and some parts to others. You must look at who God is talking to, when He is talking to them, why He is talking to them, and exactly what He is saying. If you do not "Rightly divide" the word of God at these divisions, you are in a mess. That is why God said to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." [II Timothy 2:15]

The main reason the Charismatic Movement type people have the night club singers, along with the dancing music, is to excite the crowd because the Spirit of God is not there to give joy and to pull them back to the next service! How can they rightly divide the word of truth when the Holy Ghost is not there? Yes, some are saved, but the Spirit of God is so grieved that He will not show them more doctrine until they get their major doctrines corrected! In other words, the Spirit of God has ceased from giving them light. When they look at the word of God they see the words, but not the true doctrinal meaning!

This same thing goes for Baptists and others that have ceased from believing Psalms 12:6-7. NO MORE LIGHT FROM HEAVEN!

Are you a Bible corrector that must needs shew your congregation how smart you are by informing them of the more "deeper meaning" from the "Original Greek"? God help you with your pride! You swallow Kenneth Wuest's predigested poison along with using your Strong's concordance, of course, [You certainly are educated?] and soon they all swoon because of your vast intellect! They all say, "My, my, our Pastor is so smart. He's the smartest and most intelligent one we have ever had at our little church." How long has it been since you have preached on "PRIDE" you ole hypocrite? You love the praise of men more than the praise of God and you had better watch out! The more you quote the Greek the more you will be forced to stay in the Greek to get something to try to feed the flock because God will close up the bread of life to you. You will realize something is wrong, but will blame it on someone causing trouble in the Church. All the while you slowly starve the Church to death! They cannot grow by eating garbage from the Greek! You would not force your family to go out and eat from the garbage dump, why force your flock to eat the same Spiritual poison that you eat? Can't you see what has happened? Think about that a while!

Brother I have studied 3 years of Greek and one year of Hebrew and held a 4.0 average in both subjects and I will not even look at the Greek in a Strong's concordance. I think the "English" is plain enough and in most places too plain! In my third year of Greek I typed 130 double-spaced pages just correcting one book [His book of Romans] of Kenneth Wuest's lies. If you do not have enough Greek to see that Kenneth Wuest is lying to you, brother, you should forget the Greek! I got a 99.5 grade for my corrections of his book of Romans too!

If the Greek has made you so smart, why are you studying this book? You are learning something too! Aren't you?

I am just a Tennessee boy from the country and I speak in a slow, very Southern, accent. My accent is so Southern that you would think, "This man is stupid!" Why hasn't God shown you this information about "Baptism", Mr. Greek man? Why is it that God decided to let a dumb ole Southern boy see this?

I believe that many Christians have been fooled by the same trick that Satan used on Eve. He tried to convince her that he had just told her of a better way to get closer to God. She could get a "deeper" relationship with God if she would eat of the tree! Satan has fooled many Christians by convincing them that they can get a "deeper" meaning of the Bible, and thus, a closer "More meaningful" relationship with God by eating of the "Greek" tree! After all, Greek "is to be desired to make one wise". They say, "The Greek says", but fail to realize they are correcting the word of God! You ask them, "Do you believe the King James Bible is the perfect word of God?", and they will say, "Yes, it is the only perfect word of God." Yet they say, "The Greek word here means ....." and fail to see that they are actually doing Satan's bidding by questioning the word of God ["Yea hath God said?" [Genesis 3:1]

What are the first four words that Satan first speaks, in the Garden of Eden? They are: "Yea hath God said"? [Genesis 3:1]

He could not trick Eve into eating until he has placed doubt in her mind about the word of God! Once he had convinced her that there was a better way of attaining a "closer", "deeper" relationship with God, he could then trick her into sinning!

He used her own desire to be more holy, more like God [To go God-ward]; "Ye shall be as gods", to cause division between her and God! When Satan wants to trick a Christian many times he will try to make the Christian think he is going to do something new to have a closer walk with the Lord!

So along come the "Greek boys" saying, "You must study my [Look at the money they make when you buy the book.] book about Greek to get the meaning of the original."

The Christian thinks that he can attain a deeper relationship with God by studying Greek, but actually is causing a break between themselves and God! Tricked by the same ploy he used on Eve!

May God have mercy on you Jehudi [Jeremiah 36:23]! When is the last time you sat down, and with prayer, got your sermon for the flock, from the word of God, whilst the Holy Spirit was your only guide? No, no commentaries, no Wuest, no Westcott & Hort bibles, just you, prayer, the real King James Bible, and the Holy Spirit!

Do you know how I study the Bible? First of all I usually sit it on a table or desk. I then lay one or both hands upon it and while I am on my knees before it I pray this prayer: "Lord as I open the pages of this book I ask you to help me believe what I read, help me accept what I cannot understand, help me see if I have been wrong in anything or doctrine, make old truths more real, and open new truths to me. I look only to your Spirit to guide me."

Brother, if you will pray that prayer and mean it from the heart God will start showing you things out of the word of God again. But wait. There is something that God will probably do that you did not expect. He will probably take you to doctrines that you laughed at before. He will probably take you to doctrines that you, before times, mocked others for believing, then make you take another look at those doctrines to see if you really meant what you prayed!

For example: if years ago you got into an argument with one of the brethren over eternal security. He may take you there to see if you will believe it now. If not, then no light or very little light until you do!

For example: if before, you believed the Church would go through the tribulation He might take you there and make you look at it again. This time, if you accept it, He will start giving you light again.

For example: if before, you broke fellowship with someone because they wore gold rings or braided their hair, He might take you there, etc.

For example: if you read into Romans 7:1-6 that any divorced and remarried woman is an adulter then He might take you there and try to show you that this was true "under the Law", but not so under our present age of Grace.

For example, if you are accustomed to say, "The Greek says", etc. God may take you to Psalms 12:6-7 and ask you if you really believe it. If you still want to go to the "Greek", then brother, you can forget about light on the word of God!

Instead of waiting for God to take months to take you back to these places I have a suggestion that will save you months and, in some cases, years of time. What you need to do is pray first for God to help you see the truth, go back to those people you broke fellowship or argued with, and ask them to show you every verse, that they know, that makes them believe the way they do. When this has been done you need to pray and ask God to help you see the real truth. If you were wrong and your heart is right now, God will show you the truth. If you were wrong you need to apologize to the person you wronged because they believed the word of God, apologize publicky to your Church, then go to the people you gossiped to and apologize for talking to them about another brother or sister, then finally go on and do something for God.

If you wronged another preacher for believing the truth [although at the time you thought he was wrong] you need to invite him in to your Church to preach and apologize before your members for talking about him.

Know something? The previous mentioned "Baptist Bride" missionary, in Taiwan, that hates King James believing men will never apologize because his problem is PRIDE!

Another missionary told me that reason that this man is presently studying for a Master degree is because he wants to have the same degree that I do! But he does not know that I, now, have a two earned doctrates! He thinks having the degree will make him be able to handle me in Bible doctrines! Yes, he thinks that education is the key to unlock the Scriptures! He is wrong! Having the Spirit of God and believing, when following the Spirit of God, what you read in the Bible [John 16:13], is the key! Pastor Randall Brannon [423-261-2104], from Coker Creek Tennessee is not a school educated preacher, but anything that he studies he passes Pete Ruckman of Pensacola, Florida. Dr. Roy Branson [423-878-8542] also passed up Ruckman years ago. Branson is from Bristol, Tennessee and I recomend his books. He does not pastor a church, but founded Liberty University.

I know of a preacher that, many years ago, preached in a Church in Georgia, where they also had a mission board, and said, "Any child of God that has a T.V. cannot be in the will of God!" The Pastor of that Church got mad and would have very little to do with the guest preacher after that. Know why? The Pastor got mad because he had a T.V.! He got his feelings hurt!

I will not go so far as to say that a child of God is out of the will of God if he or she has a T.V., but I will say the child of God is out of the will of God if:

They watch programs that have bad language. You would not want a visitor to say dirty words in front of your children would you?

They watch dirty movies with even with one bedroom scene. Why bring the whore house into your living room to teach your children and to invade your mind with scenes of the old life?

They allow the T.V. to steal time that they should use for God.

After all is said and done what is left? Not much! About all you have left are animated fairy tales [And not all of them.], a few sports programs and some of the documentaries. Certainly not any of the cartoons of today and not all of the cartoons of 40 years ago because most of them teach brutalism.

Folks, we are peculiar people and if we have to live without watching much T.V. I think we can still survive if we have God!

Pete Ruckman and John R. Rice have put out many books. I am sure they did not do it by watching a lot of T.V. I do not think missing most of your T.V. will leave you worthless!

I hope this has been a blessing to you and that you will start praying before you study the words of the living God!


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itable house of Mr. Cameron, the windows were broken with stones, much of the furniture destroyed, and it was a wonder I escaped with my life.

At Ballarat, in the same province, three times the houses where I lodged were attacked and broken. Rev. Mr. Inglis, one of the most eloquent ministers of the city, was one of the many who were wounded by my side. The wife of the Rev. Mr. Quick came also nearly being killed while I was under their hospitable roof.

In the same city, as I was waiting for the train at the station, a well-dressed lady came as near as possible and spat in my face. I was blinded, and my face covered with filth. She immediately fled, but was soon brought back by my secretary and a policeman, who said: "Here is the miserable woman who has just insulted you: what shall we do with her?" I was then almost done cleaning my face with my handkerchief and some water, brought by some sympathizing friends. I answered: "Let her go home in peace. She has not done it of her own accord: she was sent by her confessor; she thinks she had done a good action. When they spat in our Saviour's face, He did not punish those who insulted Him. We must follow His example." And she was