RETIREDFAN1 Posted January 12 Author Share Posted January 12 "BAPTISM...THE CLEANSING AGENT" No person washes dirty clothes without applying a cleansing agent to make the clothes they are washing clean! Dirty clothes can go into clean water and come up dirty! You need that cleansing agent in the water to get your dirty clothes cleansed. (Marshall Keeble) If you have not have not been buried with Christ in Baptism so that you can rise to walk in newness of life... there is NO WAY you can hold to God's unchanging hand nor have fellowship with God! There is absolutely no way you can obtain salvation! There is no way you can receive any of the spiritual blessings that are in Christ Jesus! A person living in sin is DIRTY! God has provided a cleansing agent to make that dirty person clean so that the person who is dirty can have fellowship with Him. To apply that cleansing agent, certain other steps are required and MUST be initiated BEFORE the dirty person can apply the cleansing agent in order to become clean. The steps that must initiated first are 1) You must hear the gospel, 2) You must believe the gospel, 3) You must repent of your sins, 4) You must confess your faint in Christ Steps to get, receive or obtain the thing you desire. Once those four steps are initiated according to the requirements of Almighty God (not man), you have reached the point where you MUST apply the agent that will make you clean. 5) You MUST be baptized (buried) in water for the remission (removal, forgiveness) of your sins. When you initiate the FIVE steps mentioned and go down into the water to be baptized, the cleaning agent which is the blood of Jesus Christ is in the water and it is that which cleanses the obedient person who has submitted himself or herself to the requirements of God. There are millions of folks around the world who were baptized but are STILL DIRTY because their Baptism isn't according to due order or due process), not according to God's requirements). In Acts 19:1-5 we find twelve men who were baptized and were STILL DIRTY, (they were still in their sins, still unsaved, still outside of Christ). After the Apostle Paul met them, questioned them, taught them correctly and baptized them correctly they were cleansed from their DIRTY state. Read it for yourself! No one can obey the Mormon's doctrine and be cleansed from their DIRTY state! No one can obey the Adventist doctrine and be cleansed from their DIRTY state! No one can obey the Catholic doctrine and be cleansed from their DIRTY state! No one can obey the Jehovah's Witness doctrine and be cleansed from their DIRTY state! No one can obey the Pentecostal doctrine and be cleansed from their DIRTY state! Unless you obey the doctrine of Jesus Christ and go down into the watery grave of Baptism where you'll meet the cleansing agent (the blood of Jesus), you are still dirty in your sins! What Baptism Do? It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in the crucified, buried, and risen Savior. Baptism saves, 1 Peter 3:21 Baptism washes or cleanse you, Acts 22:16 Baptism is a burial, Rom.6:3-5 Baptism puts you into Christ, Gal.3:27. You ought to know however, that not every baptized person is cleansed or saved. Those who have obeyed false teachings aren't saved or cleansed. Babies must not and should not be baptized because... 1) they are innocent! 2) they commit no sin! 3) they cannot understand anything! 4) they cannot confess Christ! A person MUST be able to hear, believe, repent of sins, and confess with His or her mouth that Jesus Christ is the son of God in order to be baptized. The Adventist doctrine does not teach this! The Mormon's doctrine does not teach this! The Catholic doctrine does not teach this! The Jehovah's Witness doctrine does not teach this! The Pentecostal doctrine does not teach this! There is only one way to be purged, or cleansed, or get clean from sin and that is to obey the gospel (doctrine, teaching) of Jesus Christ, John 12:48. Saul of Tarsus was religious but still dirty until he obeyed the gospel of Christ, Acts 9&23. The Ethiopian Eunuch was religious but still DIRTY until he obeyed the gospel of Christ, Acts 8:26-39. Lydia was religious but still DIRTY until he obeyed the gospel of Christ, Acts 16:13-15. Cornelius was religious but still DIRTY until Peter brought him the gospel, Acts chapter 10. The twelve disciples were religious but still DIRTY until Paul met them and pointed them to the right way, Acts 19:1-5. In Jerusalem there we find 3000 souls who were all religious but still DIRTY until the obeyed the gospel Peter preached, Acts chapter 2:37-47. If you have obeyed any other doctrine apart from the doctrine of Jesus Christ and His apostles, you too are DIRTY and need to be cleansed from your sins! If you are living worldly and ungodly and have not obeyed the gospel of Christ, you too are DIRTY and must submit to the will of God by obeying the gospel of Jesus Christ and apply that cleansing agent through Baptism whereby you can be cleansed. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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