Jesus said "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mark 16:16). Yet, just days earlier, He told a dying, penitent thief hanging on a cross: "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise". How are these passages reconciled? The New Testament plan of salvation including its mandate of water baptism is often rejected with the argument that the thief was saved in his final moments without being baptized. Do we know the thief was never baptized? If he was not, does his case of eleventh hour conversion negate the believing, penitent sinner's responsibility to be baptized for the remission of sins? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about Baptism And The Thief On The Cross.
Baptism is a commandment of Jesus Christ to every person who desires to come to Him in faith. The scriptures plainly state that several things take place and the one who believes is benefited in several ways when they submit to Christ in this sacred step. There are also things that baptism will not do. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, distinguish those things that occur in scriptural baptism from the things this act of obedience will not accomplish.
The conflict is as old as time itself: God's thoughts versus man's thoughts. Pride and preconception will always blind a person's eyes to the truth. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn about a man who had a terrible disease of the body. Even worse, however, was the disease he had within his spirit. Learn what happened when a man who was accustomed to giving orders finally learned to take them.
How and why did the early church practice baptism? As we continue a series on Innovations and the Divine Pattern, we have already shown how the government of the church was corrupted from an arrangement of qualified elders in each local church to a hierarchy of power, eventually becoming centered in Rome. This departure led to a multitude of doctrinal changes through the centuries and swept the church further into error and apostasy. One of the changes that resulted was in regard to the apostolic teaching about baptism in water. Within 200 years, the design of baptism began to change and by 1,300 years after the establishment of Christ's church baptism officially became something other than what the early disciples practiced and it's purpose changed. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we look at the slow evolution of thought concerning this sacred practice and why most religions today misrepresent the bible's teaching about baptism. Is your baptism from heaven or men?
Baptism is an essential step in becoming a disciple of Jesus. The bible connects several blessings with immersion that are only received when the penitent believer submits to this step of obedience. Most religious organizations practice baptism or something they call baptism but are all of these baptisms scriptural? Paul told the Ephesians there is one baptism that unites believers in Christ. What about your baptism? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we look at Ten Marks of Bible Baptism.
Does the Bible teach that sinners should pray to receive salvation? Well-known revivalists and evangelists of the 20th century popularized this practice by calling people, often by the hundreds or even thousands, to the platform to repeat a prayer and receive Christ into their hearts. Religious pamphlets often conclude with a version of this prayer for the reader to pray if they desire to be saved. Is this taught in the scriptures? Were sinners in the book of Acts ever told to pray to receive Christ into their hearts to save them or were they told to respond to the gospel in another way? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we examine this popular practice in light of the bible.
Is it possible for a person once saved to forfeit their salvation? While it is true that God will not break His promise and it is also true that no man or spiritual force can pluck us from God's hand, can a person abandon Christ and thus be eternally lost? The Calvinistic doctrine of The Perseverance of the Saints is a hotly debated topic in theology and has been for centuries. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we examine this teaching in light of the scriptures.
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