Does the Shepherd Hermas match up with the word of God? How about the early recorded writings of the Catholics? Let us see. First the scriptures. Acts 2:36-41Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized...Read Full Story
To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is to save. No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to "be saved". To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ and live with him forever. -Luther's Large Catechism, 1529 Swiss Reformer Huldrych Zwingli differed with the Lutherans by denying sacramental status of baptism. Zwingli identified baptism...Read Full Story
Comparative Summary of Baptisms of Denominations of Christian Influence. (This section does not give a complete listing of denominations, and therefore, it only mentions a fraction of the churches practicing "believer's baptism".) DenominationBeliefs about BaptismType of BaptismBaptize Infants?Baptism Regenerates, Gives Spiritual LifeStandardAnglican Communion"Baptism is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian men are discerned from others that be not...Read Full Story
The word of God is not difficult to understand. Instead it is impossible to fully understand it. As it is a sealed book. That is unless one has the spirit of God to lead them and guide them into all truth. If you have not heard the Gospel and believed it by being baptized in the name of Jesus, this would be a excellent time to do so. The verses and checklists to follow should help the reader look within his heart for the start of the knot, and then look up to God for the unraveling.* The...Read Full Story
Jesus said, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. "Go ye into all the world and make disciples of all the nations in my name" (Matthew 28:19). Or this, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."We will now look into what is written in the Scriptural record, and what many of the greatest Greek scholars have said about the wording of Matthew 28:19. Luke (who...Read Full Story
The real meaning and importance of Matthew 28:19 according to context and scripture as well as historical applications.