A quick word on baptism.

Baptism has no more value than that wedding vow which ends in divorce. Every single baptized follower of Christ during his three year ministry divorced him. Were it not for Christ’s forgiveness of Peter, Peter would have been the one ashamed of Christ at his coming. I don’t think he was baptized with water again – he had the Holy Spirit. To go under the water again would be making the Gentiles get circumcised.

We are saved, and are being saved, by the will of the Father, through the work of the Holy Spirit in preparing our hearts, to believe in Jesus now and at his coming. Water baptism imparts no grace, nor does the act hold any spiritual value whatsoever, but it is simply a testament to the presence and work of the triune God of the Bible in the life of a believer.

In relation to circumcision – baptize babies as you want, but understand that a baptized baby is no more saved than a circumcised baby. Judas was circumcised. It’s a meaningless ritual. Be deathly wary of extraneous ritual in your worship (Isaiah 1-2). Cut off your hand and save your soul. I’m watching great theologians like Doug Wilson slip into heresy because they love their pet doctrines ¬†more than the Bible. Don’t melt down verses to make an idol. Spend your life loving what the Bible loves: the holiness, sovereignty, faithfulness, love and justice of God.

My main offense to paedobaptism is the devaluation of the believer’s baptism – that adult who consciously makes a decision to identify with Christ in his suffering and death. The last question believers in the underground Chinese church are asked before immersion is whether they will die for Christ. That should be a standard question church-wide, but it would be devalued by countless denials.

Let baptism be a promise between you and your Lord, and may a few witnesses worship him all the more because they saw you finish the race that began when you came out of the water.

“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6

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~ by bradybush on October 28, 2009.

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