True, UK-John. The AV maintains the historic biblical doctrines without dilution--justification, repentance, sin, the blood of Jesus, and sanctification. The English language of the AV is also not diluted and "simplified," but is more precise and accurate because of word forms and grammar which have since fallen into disuse or no use at all in the current language.
Same here, Kenny. I use a simple pew Bible for my home devotion. It has no notes and no marks...each word is important. If I underlined anything, there would be one line beginning at the first verse in Genesis and ending at the last verse of Revelation.
Freddie. We all struggle against the threefold enemy--the world, our flesh and satan-in some way. I will pray for you. Keep faith, read the Bible, pray, find a good church to help you and minister to you, but not shun you. I hope this helps and maybe others have some words of encouragement.
Hi Hidemi, I used to get a magazine called The Standard Bearer. It is the periodical of the Protestant Reformed Churches. It's conservative, very theological also, maybe "too Calvinist" for me. I still get some conservative Lutheran journals. Another good reference from a Baptist perspective is the Primitive Baptist Web Station: http://www.pb.org/ and Primitive Baptist Online: http://primitivebaptist.info/ I was on a e-mail list to get one of their periodicals too, but I think I unsubscribed. I am not too worried about what group or doctrinal position, but they must declare the Bible alone for what they believe and do and that Christ is the only infallible head of the Church and only Savior, that what the Bible says is sin still is sin today. I had services in my home today and that was a blessing. Best to you, friend.
Yes, I'd imagine Christianity Today is quite liberal and ecumenical in its views, so why hi-lite a man who was very opposed to the Roman Catholic Church(and thus ecumenism). I don't think Calvin would agree and even want to be mentioned in the pages of this journal. He was not liberal and was not ecumenical. Then again, we have Christians from a wide array of different doctrinal opinions falling for the ecumenical movement, but this was predicted to happen.
Hey there, John-UK and NY Mike. I was pondering on this more last night and a passage in Acts came to mind, where Ananias tells Saul to "arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on His name."(Acts 22:16). Here we have an example in the writings of the Apostles of a possible "prayer" to God for washing away of sins, however, I would also point out the importance of repentance and believing the Gospel...and baptism as well. Jesus taught all of this(calling, repentance, belief, baptism, "repent and believe the Gospel, He who believes and is baptized.." etc) and the Apostles repeated the same(Acts 2:38, 16:31, 22:16). I think it's important for all of this in the Christian life...repentance, calling upon God in times of need(especially when we fail), and faith alone in the once-for-all perfectly meritorious and finished work of Jesus Christ.
Yes, SteveR, that is true. Some say to be saved, do this or that, but I think we need the whole works(faith, repentance, confession, prayer)..not just a prayer, not just baptism or agreement with the "correct" creed.
Yep, a sinful act of modern society. It even shows by the fact that couples who cohabit usually end up divorcing more after marriage than those who live together after marriage. John, I agree with you here.
Thank you, John for the Luke reference. This verse is the one the altar call advocates use. My response: If the sinner prayer idea is what Jesus meant, why don't any of the Apostles teach it? The people asked the Apostles what must they do....nothing about "Repeat after me or make a prayer of your own...."(See Acts 2:37,38 & Acts 16:31).
She has plenty of biblical support, John. Not one record in the Bible says people pray their way into heaven or pray Jesus into themselves. It is by faith in the testimony of Jesus' work...his death, burial and resurrection for your justification. Faith alone, by grace alone because of Christ alone. Do you believe this? A return to biblical orthodoxy is needed and she is one step closer, but has a long way to go(including stepping down from the pulpit). Altar call evangelism and the pentecostal-charismatic movement should be avoided and both seem to go hand-in-hand very often.
Pool or not, it doesn't say you have to go under and the Bible's accounts do not say they went under. Immersion is fine and acceptable, but not an absolute requirement for a valid baptism. If so, why does God pour out and fill believers with the Holy Spirit by a falling instead of immersing them in the Spirit and this is called by the Apostles a baptism(Acts 11:15,16)? 'Cause there's more to the original word.
Out here in High Desert country, you'd be hard pressed to find a lake or river(if you can call them that) deep enough to go under the water. Down the bank and into the water, yes, but under would be next to impossible. Maybe that is why the Bible says they went down into the water, but not under.
But if immersion is the only valid baptism, why in the Bible is baptism with the Holy Spirit identified as a pouring out and falling on believers instead of believers being immersed in the Spirit? More meaning in the original language evidently than immersion only.
Article: "it's "heresy" to believe that an individual can be saved through a sinner's prayer of repentance."
In a way she's right and based on scriptural testimony(actually scriptural silence on sinner's prayer salvation) I am obliged to agree. The Apostles did not conduct sinners prayers and altar calls to save people. To judge someone as saved or not based on a prayer is not according to the Bible.
Hi Mike. So you had infant baptism because it was important to your parents. I think I had a teenage immersion for the same reason....convenience and pressure from the family. It was important to them I suppose.
As for the disputations here about how much water, there's more to baptism than immersion alone. When God baptizes believers with the Holy Ghost, the record in the apostolic writings in the New Testament is that the Spirit is poured out and falls upon instead of believers being immersed.