The following articles are related to the topic of BAPTISM

Faith-Based Bathing — A Friendly Review

Christianity Today is probably the most popular journal in the protestant religious community. The magazine was founded by Billy Graham in 1956, and more than 100,000 copies of the journal are distributed each month. At times the magazine has some very good articles; on other occasions, it seriously is at variance with the Scriptures. The periodical has a regular feature ... read more »

Ephesians 2:8 & Revelation 2:4-5 – The Church at Ephesus

The cause of Christ was planted in Ephesus when Paul came to that city during the course of his third missionary journey. There, he encountered twelve men who had known only the baptism of John the Baptist (having received that ordinance after its expiration). Accordingly, Paul instructed them more precisely in the gospel, and immersed them "into the name of ... read more »

All Good People Go to Heaven — No Matter What?

My interest was piqued when one of the Pennsylvania coal miners related a conversation between himself and another trapped miner during an emotional interview that aired last Tuesday night with Stone Phillips of Dateline NBC. This young miner said that he asked an older veteran during the ordeal, "Will I go to heaven. . . cause I know the Bible ... read more »

Please Explain 1 Peter 3:21

Please explain 1 Peter 3:21, especially the phrase which says that "baptism" is the "answer of a good conscience." Would not this teach that a person has a good conscience before he is baptized? Would not this indicate then that salvation precedes baptism? 1 Peter 3:21 says: . . . which also after a true likeness doth now save you, ... read more »

The Bapto Word-family in the Septuagint

A gracious gentleman, who appears to be a sincere Bible student, suggests there is evidence in the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament; abbreviated LXX) that the word bapto (or kindred forms) may be used to signify the acts of sprinkling or pouring as a form of baptism. His assertion has troubled some. I have been asked to comment. By the ... read more »

What Is the History of Infant Sprinkling?

"Could you tell me when infant baptism first began and why it was started?" In the first place, there is rarely any such practice as infant "baptism."The Greek verb baptizo means to immerse.Babies, whenever they are administered what is commonly called "infant baptism," are almost never immersed.Whatever else one may wish to call the practice, it is not infant "baptism." ... read more »

The Great Commission According to Matthew

Before Jesus ascended back to heaven, he gathered his disciples together and declared: "All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I ... read more »

God Made No Distinction

One of the first doctrinal problems encountered by the early church involved an attempt by certain Jewish Christians to graft the Mosaic law onto the gospel system as a means of divine justification. When Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, certain Judaizers came from Jerusalem, contending: "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts ... read more »

The Philosophy of John Calvin

John Calvin was born in 1509 in a small village about fifty miles north of Paris. When he was fourteen years old, he went to Paris to study theology and philosophy. For a while, he turned his attention to pursuing a law degree. But in 1534, he began work on his famous Institutes of the Christian Religion, which he completed ... read more »

Acts 8 – Philip Preached “the Christ”

According to Luke's record in Acts 8, following the death of Stephen, a severe persecution broke out against the Jerusalem church. The disciples, with the exception of the apostles, were scattered throughout the regions of Samaria and Judea. As these noble saints fled the Jewish abuse, they declared the gospel of the Son of God. Philip went to the city ... read more »