Thursday, February 26, 2015

Series Summary of Posts on the Subject of Baptismal Regeneration

Well this series is complete, and I am sure that much more could have been addressed.  But for those of you who have been following this series on the subject of baptismal regeneration, here is a list of the posts for the series. As is the case with anything that you read on this blog, please feel free to interact with the postings at the bottom of each posting.  I will be more than happy to correspond with you and answer your questions:

What is the Deal About Baptismal Regeneration? Is it Biblical? (Click Here)

Is Mark 16:16 a Strong Support for Biblical Regeneration? NO! (Click Here)

Slipping on the 'eis' Toward a False Teaching of Baptismal Regeneration (Click Here)

Some Perceive Water Baptism Saves According to 1 Peter 3:21. . .Is This True? (Click Here)

Happy thinking and studying as you engage and get down to The Real Issue! 

Some Perceive Water Baptism Saves According to 1 Peter 3:21. . .Is This True?

I would like to take this time to thanks those for the feedback I have received in these postings responding to this whole thing on baptismal regeneration. As I conclude this series, I know that much more could be addressed and that there are some other passages out there, that are used in the feeble attempt to defend this dogma. 

As I mentioned at the beginning of this series, my friend holding to this teaching, threw down some verses, and we have addressed all of the main ones except the passage in 1 Peter 3:21,

Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you -- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience -- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. . . " (NASB)

Those who believe that baptism is required for salvation are quick to refer to this passage, which is nothing more than a “proof text,” that states “baptism now saves you.”

Saturday, February 7, 2015

My Quick Response to President Obama's Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

You know Mr. President, it never ceases to amaze me how our Presidents try to be historians and theologians in chief, whenever something bad happens in the name of religion. You take the cake, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast. 
In your talk at the National Prayer Breakfast you mention 500 years of the Medieval and Spanish Inquisitions resulted in approximately 6000 deaths; and the last 9 months there have been over 10,000 murdered in Iraq and Syria by ISIS. This is the olde, "look at what has been done in the name of religion" spiel. 
Let's admit, Mr. President these are truly atrocities. However the latter atrocities committed by "Islamic terrorists" is far worse than the former. 
Nine months? 10,000 Lives? Mr. President ideas have consequences. Religion or no religion, don't be putting the full culpability on the history of Christianity and not look at the history of western civilization over the last century. Be honest, (it might be hard for you) Mr. President, you want to talk historical events, do the roll call with me here:
Josef Stalin                                         42,672,000 lives
Chiang-Kai-shek                                 10,214,000 lives
Mao Tse Tung                                      37,828,000 lives
Vladimir Lenin                                       4,017,000 lives
Pol Pot                                                     2,397.000 lives
Hideki Tojo                                              3,990,000 lives
and last but not least Adolf Hitler          20,946,000 lives.
All this said Mr. President, if you don't start calling ISIS' atrocities "Islamic terrorism," if you don't stop soft selling what is going on over in the Middle East, I am horrified to think that that number of 10,000 lives in nine months is going to escalate to the level of the one's on the list. 

Lord help us

Slipping on the "eis" Toward a False Teaching of Baptismal Regeneration

Moving forward in this series on the subject of baptismal regeneration, I want to deal with a popular passage that is often quoted by those defending the position that baptismal regeneration is biblical. If you are just joining in the discussion of this subject, baptismal regeneration is a belief where the act of baptism is part of the order of salvation and an act that saves the individual. The passage I want to address in this posting is Acts 2:38,

"Peter said to them, 'Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'"

As it is one any one single verse or passage, we need to remember to discern what it teaches by first filtering it through what we know the entire Bible teaches on the subject.

In the case of baptism and salvation, the Bible is vey clear that salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not by works of any kind, including baptism (
Ephesians 2:8-9). So, any interpretation which comes to the conclusion that baptism, or any other act, is necessary for salvation, is a faulty interpretation.