Saturday, February 09, 2008

A Brief Followup On Baptism

I am now back from the funeral and have lots to do, including dealing with a foot of snow. But I have this quick comment on the previous post. A comment in the meta prompted this.

I was asked in essence why all the hullabaloo over baptism. After all, we are commanded to do it, aren't we?

The reason the debate over baptismal regeneration is important is because the Gospel itself is at stake. If you believe works of any kind have a role in your salvation, you are not saved at all. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone, and to God alone be the glory.

Yes, we are commanded to be baptized. Jesus commands us to do all sorts of things. But we obey his commands BECAUSE we are saved and love Him, not to result in our salvation. Understanding this is vital.

I will be back to regular posts as soon as I dig in. Literally.

11 comments:

pastorbrianculver said...

we were lucky down here, we only got about 4 inches of snow this last time. I heard part of Iowa and northern Illinois got 18-19 inches in some places!! I guess it will be below zero tonight possibly. Just glad to not have as much snow, although when it all melts, it will continue to flood the land around here. I can imagine the Mississippi river will overflow its banks.

SolaMeanie said...

Yeah, it got bad north of Interstate 80, as usual. It got worse the farther north you went. Just north of Sterling/Rock Falls, you really saw the snow begin to pile up. The pile in my driveway where we plowed out was nearly up to my chin. I think we got about a foot where I am, with higher local amounts.

Jonny McCormick said...

concise to the point. good.

pastorbrianculver said...

wow, sola,
a foot of snow and it comes to your chin?? you look taller in your picture!

simplemindedguy30 said...

i agree with your anser that babtism is the result of our faith (i think you call it a fruit?) and that it does not save, but if we are truly save than we get baptized.

i think the question for people like me (learning on my own) is this if you can be babtized but not saved can you be saved but not babtized?

your last articel said that if we belive works save us than we are not saved. i belive that we must confes our sins to Jesus and repent. you have me scarred that i am looking at confes and repent as a work wich means i am not saved? i thought the bible teaches that we must confes and repent. am i wrong? is not confes and repent a work becaus it is some thing we do? now this makes me wonder about faith in Jesus and why is faith not a work since it is some thing we do.

i wish i had not found your web sight becaus it is giving me a sore head by thinking about these things i thought i knew. ok not really but it does make me ask if i realy understand what i am reading in the bible.

i think you want to help but this may be my last question because i dont want to keep waisting your time. thank you and i hopes your family is better.

pastorbrianculver said...

simpleminded,
if you are learning on your own, I might suggest that you get into a church. If there are none in your area that truly preach God's Word, then at least go to www.gty.org and listen to some sermons and teachings on there. This is John MacArthur's church. Very biblical. Also, if you want to study the Bible, you can go to www.blueletterbible.org and you can get a lot of good information on there. I hope that helps!

SolaMeanie said...

LOL, Brian..

No, we got a foot. I am talking about the pile of snow on the edges of the driveway when my neighbor got done plowing me out. The pile nearly comes up to my chin. I'm indeed height challenged, but not that badly.

Simpleminded Guy..

I'm on my way to church and will answer you later. Don't freak out. God is the one at work in you, and He has promised to complete the work He began in you. Remember, it is HIM at work, not you. The good works you do are the fruit of your salvation and relationship with Him. I'll explain later.

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Randy said...

Sola,

I always find it frustrating when people will hang their entire view of baptismal regeneration on Acts 2:38. That crowd will always run to that verse, first and foremost. I'm dispensational and also Acts is a dispensational turning of events from the old covenant to the new.

I think it's dangerous to hold onto one verse in a book that confuses most people anyway. The totality of scripture will always affirm that it's Christ and his sacrifice alone that saves. Yes, the book of Acts is important but we must take all of scripture in context to make it work correctly.

I had a discussion, if you could call it that, with a guy who believed in baptismal regeneration. I said, "What about the thief on the cross, he wasn't baptised." In shock and probably without a solid biblical response, he responded, "Well, ah, someone, threw a bucket of water on him before he died!" I'm not joking.
That's what the guy said.

They are among us!

Be well Joel.