Will you please show one the necessity of baptism, if, indeed, it is essential to salvation? I am convinced that immersion is the best mode; and if I could see that baptism is essential to salvation, I would be immersed immediately. God commanded through John the Baptist baptism as a starting point to a… Continue reading The Necessity of Baptism
What is baptism for and what does John 3:6 mean? The leading purpose of baptism is to bury the man, dead through faith and repentance to the world, out of himself and raise him in Christ Jesus. “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them [eis] in the name of the Father, and… Continue reading For What Purpose is Baptism?
1) Can a person believe, as stated by you in the notice of mine, and receive water baptism, and still be unpardoned? 2) Is it your honest conviction from your knowledge of the Scriptures that no one is saved (living under Christian privileges and obligations) but those who comply with all the conditions mentioned by… Continue reading Baptism and Pardon
Brother Lipscomb: Is it essentially necessary in baptism to say: “I baptize you into the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?” Answer and oblige. We know of no necessity for saying one word in baptism to render it valid. We have no intimation in the Bible that there was any formula repeated, nor do we believe… Continue reading Formula in Baptism
Brother Lipscomb: There is a people among us who deny the authority in Matthew 28:19, where Jesus says: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” They say this baptism is not in the name of Christ, and they claim… Continue reading Baptism “in the Name of Christ”
Some of the brethren who desire to take a leading part in the church work joined a brass band. They would engage in band practice during our protracted meeting, at the same hour of service. They would also practice instead of attending prayer meeting. We admonished them not to let the band interfere with their… Continue reading Joining a Brass Band
Paul says (Romans 12:2), “Be not conformed to this world,” and John says (1 John 2:15): “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” Now, I am well aware that there is a line of distinction between the… Continue reading Is Playing Ball Conforming to the World?
Brethren Lipscomb and Sewell: In Numbers 22:20-22 we read, “And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and… Continue reading The Case of Balaam
A Baptist brother, preaching on “The Establishment of the Kingdom,” quoted Matthew 11:12 and Luke 16:16-21. In explaining Matthew 3:2, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” he says it means “already there.” He gave for an example that having received a letter, to which we were going to reply, we would say: “Yours… Continue reading The Meaning of “At Hand”
What is meant by saying: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you?” (Matt. 7:7.) Who is he talking to? Also please explain verse 11 and Acts 2:41. It seems to me three plainer sentences cannot be found in the Bible. They mean… Continue reading Asking, Seeking, Knocking