I have been writing about relevant issues and controversial topics in the news each week and giving a scriptural application about the Bible view. Some feel that church leaders should never talk about these issues and consider them to be political. They completely forget that, in today’s society, religious issues have been made political issues by our government sticking its nose into religious matters and declaring war on the home, family and church.
The bottom line is that many church leaders do not want to deal with intimidation tactics and name-calling that come with standing up for the truth. I strongly feel that it is time for the church to stand up for the truth and help take our country back. It is time for Christians to re-engage in our civil responsibilities, and like the Apostle Paul, be bold in asserting our Constitutional rights against the anti-Christian left.
We cannot afford to take a, “live and let live,” approach to sin and corruption in our society. Facebook has started blocking conservative views with the goal of supporting the left. YouTube is removing conservative voices from their platform. I plan to continue writing articles on relevant issues but also will examine many issues that keep coming up in the church concerning what is scriptural.
This week’s article deals with the story of the twelve men in Acts 19:1-7 who needed to be re-immersed, because their baptism was not a scriptural baptism.
After Apollos left Ephesus and went to Corinth, Paul returned to Ephesus as he promised to do on the second missionary journey when he had visited there briefly (Acts 18:21). He found certain disciples and asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit when they believed. They replied that they did not know the Holy Spirit was given (Acts 19:1-2). Paul realized that they had not been baptized with the baptism of the great commission which Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:18-20. Thus he asked them into what they were baptized. They replied, “Into John’s baptism.” At this time John’s baptism was invalid, because it only lasted till the death of Christ. When they realized the nature of John’s baptism, that it was no longer valid and they needed to be baptized in the name of Jesus, they were immediately baptized into Christ.
It should be clearly noted that these men had been baptized, but not according to the baptism commanded by Jesus; they needed to be baptized in accordance with God’s word. These men could have become angry at the apostles for implying that their baptism was not pleasing unto God. If they had been like some today, they would have said, “But baptism is merely symbolic, and one baptism is as good as another.”
Sometimes baptism is not baptism, and individuals who have undergone a rite called baptism still need to be immersed. What is necessary to make a baptism scriptural? (1) It must have the right action. (2) Right person. (3) The right purpose. The right action is immersion. The right subject is a mature person who believes in Christ, has repented of his sins and is willing to confess his faith.
Where the issue becomes complicated is in the area of purpose. Every man and woman should consider their baptism in light of scripture and make sure they have been baptized for the right purpose. Some may have been baptized because everyone else was, or to join a church, or because it was expected. If so, you need to be re-immersed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the remission of sins.