Baptism Series Next Week

Just wanted to give you a heads up that I will be posting a four-part series on baptism in Acts 2:38 starting Tuesday of next week. Although the series will be adapted from my book A Biblical Critique of Infant Baptism, it will not focus directly on the issue of baptizing infants, just baptism in Acts 2:38. If this is a verse you have struggled to understand, I invite you to tune in. In the meantime, have a great Labor Day weekend!

15 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by amzolt on August 29, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Well, Peter was the Rock, eh?

    Coming from a family of ministers–Mom, Dad, and two sisters, I remain not of the clergy, yet my blog could be seen as a “ministry”…

    So, I’ll append a quote that I feel adds to the discussion of baptism:

    “Cleanliness and sanctity in all conditions are characteristics of pure beings and necessities of free souls. The first perfection consists in cleanliness and sanctity and in purity from every defect. When man in all conditions is pure and immaculate, he will become the center of the reflection of the manifest Light. In all his actions and conduct there must first be purity, then beauty and independence. The channel must be cleansed before it is filled with sweet water. The pure eye comprehendeth the sight and the meeting of God; the pure nostril inhaleth the perfumes of the rose-garden of bounty; the pure heart becometh the mirror of the beauty of truth. This is why, in the heavenly Books, the divine counsels and commands have been compared to water. So, in the Qur’án it is said, ‘and we have caused a pure water to descend from heaven;’ and in the Gospel, ‘Except a man hath received the baptism of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.’ Then it is evident that the divine teachings are the heavenly grace and the showers of the mercy of God, which purify the hearts of men.”

    ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith – p. 333

  2. Amzolt,

    You are welcome to comment here so long as you are interacting with a particular post. Simply because we mention baptism does not mean any ideas on baptism are “on topic.”

    Nevertheless, the fundamental flaw in Abdu’l-Baha’s quote is that no human being could ever get beyond the “first perfection.” The one true God put on flesh and came to earth for the very reason that man could not purify himself. Jesus came that we might have abundant life which is not found in ourselves (Ephesian 2:8-9). It is the Spirit of God who gives life through Jesus (2 Cor. 3:6).

    The Hebrew prophet, Isaiah, looked forward to the Messiah’s coming and stated in graphic terms that we are all unclean and our best works are filth before the Lord our God (Isaiah 64:6). If we confess the truth about ourselves to God (i.e., confess our sins) then He is faithful and will righteously forgive our sins. If we deny that we are sinners then we make God out to be a liar (1 John 1:9-10).

    I pray that you will search the Christian Scriptures and see that I have stated the truth about the Lord. I realize that there is a great temptation to follow the Baha’i Faith because it appeals to the idea that we are in control of our destiny and can renew ourselves with enough effort. However, we do not need a little help we need total rescue from our sinful condition and only Jesus the Messiah is able to save us from ourselves. Please contact me through the “contact info” if you have any questions or if I can assist you in any way.

  3. Posted by Mike Jarvis on August 29, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Matt, I just finished your book and found it extremely well-written and your points very clear. Thank you. I’m looking forward to your series.

  4. Matt, I presented my lecture on this topic a few months back. During preparation you helped solidify some things in my mind and i trust this series will do so for others.

  5. Posted by Paul E on August 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I purchased your book a few months ago, interestingly enough for the appendix; The Newness of the New Covenant Revisited, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This subject (New Covenant), along with Hermeneutics/Contemporary Hermenuetics (I’m working through “Thiselton on Hermeneutics”) is to me of utmost importantance and has been facinating to study. I’m going to give you a great compliment Matt, I have purchased or downloaded everything that I know of that you have wriitten. Your work is a great source and I have benefited from it. Thanks, and keep it up!

  6. It’s a Matt Waymeyer love fest:

    I think the above commenters are overlooking the fact that Matt is ten feet tall, weighs two-tons, breathes fire, and could eat a hammer and take a shotgun blast standing. I would also like to credit Matt with the fall of gas prices, the end of the drought in Alabama, the mastermind behind universal world peace and the reason why Big foot has yet to be found. Matt has also counted to infinity . . . twice.

  7. Matt has also delivered 2,500 babies and in their first hour of life he taught them Greek.

  8. Most people dream in black and white, Matt dreams in Greek and Hebrew.

  9. Matt Waymeyer is the reason that Waldo went into hiding.

  10. Remember the “unknown” shepherd boy that found the Dead Sea Scrolls? Yep, it was Matt.

  11. Posted by Chris Pixley on August 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Matt can lead a horse to water…and make him drink!

  12. Posted by Scott Christensen on August 30, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Why can’t Matt stop Brett Favre?

  13. I’d like for Matt to have the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl this year. :-)

  14. Chuck Norris fears Matt.

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