It has been one year since I wrote "A Public Confession" and there has been something that I have been wanting to say ever since.
I am sorry.
No, I am not sorry that I wrote what I wrote. Everything I wrote in that post is completely true and I stand by it 100 percent. However, I feel that my words may have hurt some people that I care very deeply about and for that I am truly sorry. My dearest and sincere hope is that by giving more information about what led to my decision to declare my denominational "baptism" unscriptural will open some eyes and hearts to challenge what they have been taught versus what the Scriptures actually teach.
I'm going to go ahead and write this from the assumption that if you are reading this, you consider yourself a Christian. Furthermore, I'm going to assume that you believe that the Bible is the complete, inspired, inerrant, word of God. If you don't believe these two things, you probably won't get much out of the rest of this.
With that out of the way, I'm going to go through the reasons why I made the decision that I made a year ago. Most of these were pointed out to me by the book Muscle and a Shovel. Which I highly recommend.
We should use ALL Scripture
If you believe as I do in the perfect word of God, you and I know that scripture can not contradict itself. We must take the ENTIRE counsel of God's word into account when studying out a topic. We know that Scripture is able to make us complete because it says that it is.
You see, we should be using all Scripture for teaching, reproof, correcting, and training in righteousness. Notice that Paul doesn't say that "some Scripture" is makes us complete. We can't find completeness in man made creed books, we can't find it in traditions, we can't find it in commentaries, we find it in ALL Scripture.
The "Sinner's Prayer" is NOT in the Bible!
Go ahead, try to find it. Ask your pastor where it is. Google the prayer, then try to find any part of it in the Bible. Find one single place in the New Testament after the resurrection of Christ where a lost person was instructed to pray to become a Christian. Now friends, if you can't find anyone in the Bible that was saved through a prayer, how can you possibly believe that you were?
That was the conclusion I came to. I was led to believe in a Baptist Church one day that I was saved after repeating the "Sinner's Prayer". How can we stand this kind of false teaching that is leading countless numbers of people to a false sense of security? Think I'm overreacting? Watch the video below from a very well known Baptist preacher who in a moment of Scriptural clarity nails the "Sinner's Prayer" up for exactly what it is.
What is the Biblical response to the Gospel?
This is the question everyone that wishes to become a follower of Christ must know the answer to and thankfully the Bible is not shy about providing the answer. If turn to Acts chapter 2 we find Peter preaching the very first Gospel sermon to a crowd of Jews on the day of Pentecost. When finishes preaching, the men who had heard and believed asked exactly what they should do, and they were given the answer through the Holy Spirit inspired Peter,
In my youth standing at the front of the Baptist Church, I was led to believe that through saying a prayer that my sins had been forgiven, and that baptism was only an outward show of an inward change. This was just completely false. Baptism, according to the Word of God, is FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS and the way in which one is added to the body of Christ (Acts 2:47). I was taught incorrectly, I was baptized into the membership of the Baptist Church. I believe that I was still lost in my sins.
Friends, this is why I say that I was baptized Scripturally one year ago today.
The Bible plainly teaches that there are 5 things a person must do to be saved:
- Hear the word of God(Romans 10:17)
- Believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 16:30-31)
- Repent of their sins (Acts 2:38)
- Confess Jesus as Christ, the Son of the living God (Romans 10:8-10)
- Be baptized (Mark 16:16)
Notice that many of those things babies and small children are not capable of doing. Babies are unable to hear the word, unable to believe, unable to repent, unable to confess, and therefore are not able to be Scripturally baptized.
I went into the water knowing that:
- My sins were going to be forgiven and I'd receive the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
- My past sins were going to be cut away
- I was going to die to sin
- I was clothing myself with Christ and getting into Christ
- I would be saved
- I would have a clean conscience toward God
This is Scriptural baptism. Immersion in water for the reasons listed above. If you haven't been baptized for those reasons, please won't you do some studying of your Bible to decide if you have followed what the apostles taught? Are you going to risk the destination of your precious soul to what men are telling you? Are you going to take your life into your own hands and study it out on your own? I hope and pray that you will.
Again, I am sorry if anything I've said or written to you hurt you in any way. I want you to understand that is NOT my intent. My only motivation for writing or speaking out about this is to make sure that people get to Heaven. Jesus said "the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." We have a responsibility to speak the truth in Love to help others and ourselves find and stay on that way that leads to life. How truly sorry we will be if in the end we haven't done as much as we could have.
Please, if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns don't hesitate to leave me a comment.
In Christian Love,