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by Phil JohnsonFull disclosure: Here is the development that finally provoked my sense of consecrated indignation enough to motivate me to start blogging again:It's the latest "evangelical" superconference. As you see, their own ad copy tells us they are devoted to "supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can experience the life-giving character of the historic Christian tradition." The conference is being organized and supported by a large cast of evangelical thought-leaders—including some people generally assumed to be sound and reliable spiritual guides.Fred Butler blogged about it yesterday, and it'll save me some work if you read his assessment of the actual conference itself. (You may need a translator for the cornpone-and-pot-likker dialect he slips into occasionally, but the cardinal points he makes are unassailable.)Anyway, I want to comment on the conference's underlying theory, because it strikes me as a Really Bad Idea (and a patently unbiblical opinion). Nevertheless, it seems to be gaining traction rapidly—even among many influential and hitherto trustworthy evangelical leaders. It's the notion that homosexual orientation is morally neutral. The claim being made is that gay desires are not really sinful unless they are acted upon. So a person can fully self-identify as lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transsexual, gender-fluid, or otherwise "queer" and be a church member in good standing—as long as he, she, xe, (or whatever) remains celibate.I first began to realize realized how widespread that idea has become in the evangelical community two years ago, when the following Tweet was posted from the official Twitter account of The Gospel Coalition (TGC):"It's more masculine to be attracted to men yet obedient to God than attracted to women and disobedient to God."I referred to TGC's Tweet as a "hazy, misleading sophism" and added, "Lusting for something sinful is not 'obedien[ce] to God.'" A long argument ensued, with several friends on my FaceBook page and lots of my Twitter followers expressing shock and surprise that I would hold an opinion so egregiously out of step with postmodern political correctness. The "proper" postmodern opinion was succinctly stated by an exasperated commenter on my FaceBook page: "Desires are neutral until they are used sinfully," he wrote.I fear that idea is finding currency among leading evangelicals. But it is dead wrong and subversive to genuine holiness. Scripture is chock full of statements emphatically condemning evil desires—from the Tenth Commandment (Exodus 20:17) to Jesus' words about mental and visual lust in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:27-29). What, after all, is lust but raw, sinful desire?Those who argue that LGBT "orientation" is morally neutral often point out that an unmarried heterosexual man's attraction to women isn't necessarily deemed sinful, assuming he remains celibate. Why, then, should we consider a celibate gay man's attraction wrong, as long as he doesn't act on it?I'd like to suggest two replies to that. First, a celibate heterosexual's attraction to women might indeed be sinful, if, say, he is attracted only to married women or underage girls. It would likewise be sinful if he allowed his interest in a particular young woman to become a fixation that distorts his perception of reality. A perfectly innocent attraction can even become a sinful passion for the person who indulges in immoral fantasies. No sane and reasonable person would try to argue that heterosexual desires are always wholesome. Second (and this is pretty straightforward:) Scripture says inordinate affections are sinful and commands us to mortify them (Colossians 3:5). I didn't make that up.But my Bible uses the expression "evil desire" in Colossians 3:5. How do I know if a desire is "evil"?In short, Scripture teaches plainly that any desire is sinful if it entails a wish for what we cannot righteously have. Far from "supporting, encouraging, and empowering" people with perverse sexual desires, Scripture repeatedly urges us to repent of all sinful desires—especially those wicked sexual passions that so easily entrap young minds (2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Peter 2:11). All of us—not just LBGTQ folk—are commanded to renounce and mortify every desire for anything God has forbidden. Those who think people beset with perverse desires can wear their peculiar lusts as badges of group identity merely demonstrate that they haven't a clue what repentance means. Furthermore, to omit or purposely obscure the Bible's clear call to repentance is to show contempt to one's unbelieving neighbors.Let me be clear: I, too, have friends and close neighbors who identify as LGBT, and I abominate the way some Christians seem to think it's OK to heap unbridled scorn, mockery, or insults on them. All our neighbors should be shown Christlike, loving compassion with the dignified respect that befits anyone who bears God's image.But to encourage them in their sin or offer them the false comfort of approval for their sinful desires is a serious breach of the Second Great Commandment.Let's not try to make any sin seem less wicked than it is.I would not necessarily single out homosexuality as the chief example of abominable sin if our culture didn't constantly insist on treating homosexual desire as a privileged category. Sodomy is only one of several notoriously odious abominations, and Jesus expressly said the hard-hearted unbelief of those who have actually seen and know the truth is a worse sin than all the evils of Sodom (Matthew 11:24).Furthermore, I'm happy to assert, emphatically, that any evil attraction is appallingly sinful, including that heterosexual tendency to want to click on clickbait when the link features a picture of some scantily-clad tart.But this one class of sins (LGBT etc.) is the only one that demands special status and unconditional affirmation.So perhaps the main point I want to make will perhaps be clearer if we consider one of the sexual perversions that hasn't yet successfully lobbied for social acceptance and special rights.Here's a real-life example:During my first year at Grace to You (1983), a man wrote our ministry looking for affirmation and encouragement. He wanted us to agree with his belief that mere attraction to a forbidden object is not inherently sinful. He gave a convincing testimony about his conversion from a life of sin and rebellion. He said he was now serving as an AWANA leader in his church. Then he got specific about what he was asking us to sanction.He said he felt sexually drawn to "large farm animals." (Those were his exact words.)I wrote back, citing Matthew 5:28, and told him it is our position that the desires he was describing are not morally neutral at all but a sinful perversion that he needed to repent of and vanquish through the means of grace. I'd give him the same answer today, even after reading reams of sophisticated evangelical reasoning trying to argue that "attraction" and "lust" are categorically different.One other point needs to be made before I wrap this up.People sometimes suggest that all sin is equally vile. That's simply not true. It's true that all sin is damnably wicked, but Jesus Himself made clear that some sins are worse than others (John 19:11; Luke 10:12-14). And Scripture clearly portrays certain sexual perversions (lesbianism and bestiality among them) as unusually and unnaturally perverse. (See, for example, Romans 1:26-28.)All of this raises an important question: How far do the culturally-engaged evangelical trend-setters want to take the notion that mere attraction is morally neutral? I hope we'd be concerned about the sanctification of someone who insisted on self-identifying as a pederast living a celibate life. Or my cowboy correspondent who harbored a secret desire for a closer relationship with his livestock. Or people drawn to any number of kinky fetishes too perverse to even talk about (Ephesians 5:12).Yes, all of us struggle with evil desires. That's part of our fallenness. Even Paul struggled with covetousness—evil desire (Romans 7:7-25). But Paul's whole point was that those desires (even if never acted on) are sins to be mortified, not prize ribbons to be worn as badges of one's identity.Phil's signature
Repentance is a gift from God. We mustn't assume that repentance has its origin within us. God gives repentance as a gift of grace through the work of the Spirit in His people and as such ought to be treated as a gift with an awareness of an undeserved mercy. (2 Tim. 2:25)¬ Repentance is recognizing that our offense is primarily a transgression against God, His holy character, and His Law, and secondarily a transgression against our neighbor as His image bearer. Therefore real repentance is to be offered for real sins and real transgressions and not for illusory or made-up offenses. (Matt.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-21-20182 Peter 2:4Introduction: A. Last week, we looked at the ‚Äúmany‚ÄĚ who choose to follow these false teachers. The god of this world, Satan, has been deceiving from the very beginning. He led a rebellion against God in heaven before he beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden. He has blinded the minds of angels and men over the millenniums and continues to do so in our day.B. Our text gives three specific examples of deception in those who follow error: the angels, those in Noah's day, and those in Lot's day. When prophesying about the end-time and its conditions, our Lord also spoke of these three examples. They lead us to 3 reasons that people reject the God, the Bible, and sound doctrine.1. Because people do not like Authority. If He is God, and He is, then He is to be loved and followed. Thus, the mention of Angels. People do not like a Final Authority found in the Bible. 2. Because people do not like Godliness that genders Loneliness. If they follow God, they may have to follow God alone. Thus, Noah's Day.3. Because people do not like Distinction. If it is God's Word, it is to be believed‚ÄĒnot debated. True Christianity demands Separation and Distinction. Thus, Lot's Day. Lot called the Sodomites brethren.C. Speaking in context of a judgment that lingered not, the Holy Ghost takes us back now to the beginning and shows God's dealings with sin. 1. This is both an interesting verse of Scripture and a controversial one. Speaking of the judgment of false teachers, the Holy Ghost gave reference to the fall of angels in the dateless past. These angels committed a particular sin. When Satan sinned, he took a vast number of angels with him in his rebellion. 2. These fallen angels or devils are found throughout the Bible and are found to cause the people of earth great grief. Many in the days of Christ were filled with devils that afflicted the people that they inhabited. One had such a multitude of devils that they went into 2000 swine. The Apostle Paul was buffeted with a messenger of Satan in 2 Corinthians 12:7. 3. The angels found in 2 Peter 2:4 are again mentioned in Jude 6. These angels ‚Äúkept not their first estate but left their own habitation.‚ÄĚ The words first estate refers to their origin and purpose. The angels are beings created for the worship of God in heaven and for the ice of doing His will. The words their habitation refers to the place of their dwelling, which was heaven. 4. As to precisely what their sin was is not given though there is much unbiblical speculation of fallen angels cohabiting with women in Genesis 6. This erroneous assumption has absolutely no basis in Scripture. The sons of God in Genesis 6 referred to the godly line of Seth intermarrying with the ungodly line of Cain. We do not know for sure what the sin of these angels was, but there are several things that can be learned from this verse. D. There are several things that I want to look at:1. There Is A Warning Involved a. The Warning Of The Destructiveness Of Sin 1) There Is The Wonder Of Wickedness ‚Äď angels sin.2 There Is The Wonder Of Justice ‚Äď God spared them not.3) There Is The Wonder Of Containment ‚Äď He cast them down to hell.4) There Is The Wonder Of Judgment ‚Äď they are reserved. b. The Warning Of The Deceivableness Of Sin1) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Position - Psalms 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.2) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Possessions - Psalms 68:17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, eventhousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. (You would think that they were satisfied.)3) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Power - Psalms 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.4) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Purpose - Psalms 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.5) They Sinned In Spite Of Their Place - Ezekiel 28:13-14 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.a) They Were Around The Right Crowd ‚Äď (A perfect peer pressure)b) They Were Around The Right Circumstances ‚Äď (A perfect place)c) They Purposefully Chose To Sin c. The Warning Of The Destruction Of Sin1) Lucifer (Light Bearer or Shining One) became Satan (Adversary or one who withstands)2) The Son of the Morning (Son Of The Early Light) became Apollyon (Destroyer)3) Their Blessing became Mischief.4) Their Wisdom became Cunning.5) Their Strength became Viciousness.2. There Is A Wrath Incurreda. The Judgment Of God Is Without Respect ‚Äď ‚Äúspared not the angels that sinned‚ÄĚRomans 2:1-11 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.b. The Judgment Of God Is Without Relief - ‚Äúcast them down to hell‚ÄĚLuke 16:24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.Mark 9:43-48 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.c. The Judgment Of God Is Without Reprieve ‚Äď ‚Äúreserved unto judgment‚ÄĚRevelation 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Temple Baptist Church - 3-28-20182 Peter 2:4Introduction:¬ ¬ A.¬ Last week,¬ we looked at the ‚Äúmany‚ÄĚ who choose to follow these false teachers.¬ The god of this world, Satan, has been deceiving from the very beginning.¬ He led a rebellion against God in heaven before he beguiled Eve in the Garden of Eden.¬ He has blinded the minds of angels and men over the millenniums and continues to do so in our day.B.¬ Our text gives¬ three specific examples of deception in those who follow error: the angels, those in Noah's day, and those in Lot's day.¬ When prophesying about the end-time and its conditions, our Lord also spoke of these three examples.¬ C.¬ These lead us to 3¬ reasons that people reject the God, the Bible, and sound doctrine.1.¬ Because people do not like Authority.¬ If He is God, and He is, then He is to be loved and followed.¬ Thus, the mention of Angels.¬ People do not like a Final Authority found in the Bible.¬ 2.¬ Because people do not like Godliness that genders Loneliness.¬ If they follow God, they may have to follow God alone.¬ Thus, Noah's Day.3.¬ Because people do not like Distinction.¬ If it is God's Word, it is to be believed‚ÄĒnot debated.¬ True Christianity demands Separation and Distinction.¬ Thus, Lot's Day.¬ Lot called the Sodomites brethren.D.¬ Speaking in context¬ of a judgment that lingered not, the Holy Ghost takes us back now to the beginning and shows God's dealings with sin.¬ 1.¬ This is¬ an interesting verse of Scripture.¬ Speaking of the judgment of false teachers, the Holy Ghost gave reference to the fall of angels in the dateless past.¬ When Satan sinned in his rebellion against God, he influenced a vast number of angels to go with him in his rebellion.¬ 2.¬ These fallen angels or devils¬ are found throughout the Bible and are found to cause the people of earth great grief.¬ Many in the days of Christ were filled with devils that afflicted the people that they inhabited.¬ One had such a multitude of devils that they went into 2000 swine.¬ The Apostle Paul was buffeted with a messenger of Satan in 2 Corinthians 12:7.¬ 3.¬ The angels found¬ in 2 Peter 2:4 are again mentioned in Jude 6.¬ These angels ‚Äúkept not their first estate but left their own habitation.‚Ä̬ The words¬ first estate¬ refers to their origin and purpose.¬ The angels are beings created for the worship of God in heaven and for the ice of doing His will.¬ The words¬ their habitation¬ refers to the place of their dwelling, which was heaven.¬ E.¬ Our text ties angels¬ with false teachers.¬ The first false teacher was a serpent in the Garden of Eden.¬ ‚ÄúThou shalt not surely die!‚ÄĚF.¬ There are several things that I want to look at:1.¬ There Is A Warning Involveda.¬ The Warning Of The Destructiveness Of Sin1)¬ There Is The¬ Warning¬ Of Wickedness¬ ‚Äď angels that sin?¬ Whereas man is born into the world with a sin nature (they come forth out of the womb telling lies while still in a state of innocence), angels were created in perfection in a perfectly holy environment.¬ 2)¬ ¬ There Is The Warning Of Justice¬ ‚Äď God spared them not.¬ To whom much is given, much is required!¬ Their perfection and environment along with beholding the face of almighty God brought about much accountability.3)¬ There Is The Warning Of Containment¬ ‚Äď God still controls!¬ Though angels are free-moral agents, they can neither be forgiven nor redeemed.¬ What they have written, they have written.¬ Angels have a will to be exercised.Isaiah 14:13-14¬ For thou hast said in thine heart,¬ I will¬ ascend into heaven,¬ I will¬ exalt my throne above the stars of God:¬ I willsit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: ¬ (14)¬ ¬ I will¬ ascend above the heights of the clouds;¬ I willbe like the most High.4)¬ There Is The Warning Of Judgment¬ ‚Äď they are reserved.¬ They cannot escape the damnation of hell because hell was created specifically for them.Ezekiel 28:18¬ Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will¬ I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.¬ ¬ (An interesting statement concerning the first sin and mention of its impending judgment.¬ Was the flame of hell a result of Satan's sin?)Matthew 25:41¬ Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ b.¬ The Warning Of The Deceivableness Of Sin1)¬ They Sinned In Spite Of Their Position - Psalms 8:5¬ For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.Psalms 68:17¬ The chariots of God¬ are¬ twenty thousand,¬ eventhousands of angels: the Lord¬ is¬ among them,¬ as in¬ Sinai, in the holy¬ place.2)¬ They Sinned In Spite Of Their Possessions - Psalms 68:17¬ The chariots of God¬ are¬ twenty thousand,¬ even¬ thousands of angels: the Lord¬ is¬ among them,¬ as in¬ Sinai, in the holy¬ place.¬ ¬ (You would think that they were satisfied living in heaven with God.¬ Never having a need that was not fully met.)3)¬ They Sinned In Spite Of Their Power - Psalms 103:20¬ Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.4)¬ They Sinned In Spite Of Their Purpose - Psalms 148:2¬ Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.5)¬ They Sinned In Spite Of Their Place - Ezekiel 28:13-14¬ Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone¬ was¬ thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.¬ Thou¬ art¬ the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee¬ so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.a)¬ They Were Around The Right Crowd ‚Äď¬ (A perfect peer pressure)b)¬ They Were Around The Right Circumstances ‚Äď¬ (A perfect place)c)¬ They Purposefully Chose To Sin¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ c.¬ The Warning Of The Destruction Of Sin1)¬ Lucifer¬ (Light Bearer or Shining One)¬ became Satan(Adversary or one who withstands)2)¬ The Son of the Morning¬ (Son Of The Early Light)¬ became Apollyon¬ (Destroyer)3)¬ Their Blessing became Mischief.4)¬ Their Wisdom became Cunning.5)¬ Their Strength became Viciousness.2.¬ There Is A Wrath Incurreda.¬ The Judgment Of God Is Without Respect ‚Äď ‚Äúspared not the angels that sinned‚ÄĚRomans 2:1-11¬ ¬ Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.¬ But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.¬ And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?¬ Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?¬ But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;¬ Who will render to every man according to his deeds:¬ To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:¬ But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, ¬ Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;¬ But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:¬ For there is no respect of persons with God.b.¬ The Judgment Of God Is Without Relief - ‚Äúcast them down to hell‚ÄĚLuke 16:24¬ ¬ And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.Mark 9:43-48¬ And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:¬ Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. ¬ And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:¬ Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.¬ And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:¬ Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.c.¬ The Judgment Of God Is Without Reprieve ‚Äď ‚Äúreserved unto judgment‚ÄĚRevelation 14:10¬ ¬ The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:Revelation 20:10¬ ¬ And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Temple Baptist Church - 2-4-2018Romans 6:1-10Introduction:¬ A.¬ There is so much in these verses¬ that I will take my time with them.¬ Tonight, I want to look at the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.B.¬ There is a lot of unnecessary confusion¬ on this subject because of lack of study and rightly dividing the Word of Truth, our Bible.¬ Even among the independent Baptist, there are those who deny this precious doctrine.¬ C.¬ There is the presence¬ of false doctrine on the subject.¬ Most comes from the Pentecostal Movement.¬ The modern day Tongues Movement began in 1906 at the Azusa Street Mission in Los¬ Angeles, California.¬ Born in that ‚Äúrevival‚ÄĚ were heresies concerning the baptism of the Holy Ghost and, therefore, spiritual confusion.a.¬ The heresy¬ that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a second working of grace.b.¬ The heresy¬ that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for the ‚Äúspiritual elite.‚ÄĚc.¬ ¬ The heresy¬ that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by speaking in tongues.D.¬ Let us make this simple.¬ ¬ The word ‚Äúbaptize‚ÄĚ means to immerse or submerge.¬ It does not mean to sprinkle of to pour.¬ Baptism is placing something into something!1.¬ At the moment of salvation,¬ the believer is baptized into the body of Christ: also called the ‚Äúfamily‚ÄĚ and the ‚Äúchurch.‚Ä̬ Verse 3.Romans 6:3¬ Know ye not, that so many of us as were¬ baptized into Jesus Christ¬ were baptized into his death?¬ ¬ (Water baptism is a type of what was done at the moment of salvation and does not baptize us ‚Äúinto His death!‚ÄĚ)1 Corinthians 12:13¬ ¬ For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.¬ ¬ (Water baptism is done by man.¬ The baptism of the Holy Ghost is done by the [capital ‚ÄúS‚ÄĚ] Holy Spirit.)Galatians 3:26-28¬ For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. ¬ (27)¬ For as many of you as have beenbaptized into Christ¬ have put on Christ. ¬ (28)¬ There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.¬ ¬ (This baptism cannot be water baptism because, in the local church, we are Jew and Greek‚ÄĒGentile‚ÄĒbond and free‚ÄĒmale and female.¬ In the church or body of Christ, all are equal because all are the same.)¬ Ephesians 5:28-30¬ So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.¬ For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:¬ ¬ For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.¬ 2.¬ At the moment of salvation,¬ the Holy Ghost indwells the believer.Romans 8:9¬ But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.¬ Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.Ephesians 4:4-6¬ There is¬ one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; ¬ (5)¬ One Lord, one faith,¬ one baptism, ¬ (6)¬ One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all,¬ and in you all.¬ ¬ (Four things are tied together in these verses:¬ a)¬ one body¬ ¬ b)¬ one Spirit¬ ¬ c)¬ one baptism¬ ¬ d)¬ in you all.¬ Again, not water baptism.¬ These verse speak of salvation, not church membership.¬ That is the reason that ‚Äúbaptism‚ÄĚ is singular, water baptism has nothing to do with salvation, thus, the baptism of the Holy Ghost is referred to here.)Hebrews 6:1-3¬ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,¬ Of¬ the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.¬ And this will we do, if God permit.¬ ¬ (When speaking of doctrine in Hebrews 6, ‚Äúbaptisms‚ÄĚ is plural.¬ This does not mean ‚Äúwashings‚ÄĚ as some would interpret it because there were no ‚Äúwashings‚ÄĚ in the New Testament church as the Law was fulfilled in Christ.¬ ‚Äúbaptisms‚ÄĚ plural speaks of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and water baptism because both are New Testament doctrines.)¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 1.¬ The Baptism of the Holy Ghost¬ takes place at the moment of Salvation.¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 2.¬ Water Baptism¬ is an act of obedience taken after Salvation.3.¬ At the moment of salvation,¬ the believer is sealed by the Holy Ghost: eternal life.1 Corinthians 12:13¬ ¬ For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.Ephesians 4:30¬ And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,¬ whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.Colossians 3:3-4¬ ¬ For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. ¬ (4)¬ When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
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