Hello brothers and sisters, and other readers.
This post will prove why an adult baptism of full water immersion is necessary to receive the Holy Spirit, and more importantly, to gain entry into the Kingdom of God. Recent events saw governments ban baptisms. You must ignore the laws of man and continue to baptise and be baptised, something the enemy seeks to stop. Do it in your homes in a bathtub, do not let Satan frustrate you or others seeking to receive the holy spirit.
There are probably hundreds of millions, if not billions, of believers with faith in God and His son alive today who have been deceived into thinking they don’t need an adult baptism, because they were baptised as a child, and perhaps later experienced ‘confirmation’ (whatever the hell that is), and perhaps were anointed with oil or a sprinkle of water. Pure deception by the churches. They want you to die eternally, rather than live forever in bliss with God and His son and the saints and angels.
So this post will shoot that deception in the head repeatedly until it is dead. You will be able to use this study to convince anyone of faith that they have been deceived.
If they are still unsure, use this line of reasoning:
‘If I am wrong about this, the only cost to you is an hour of your time and a swift dunking under water and the chance to proclaim your allegiance to our Father in Heaven, and your belief in the life, death and resurrection of His son. If, however, I am correct, and you choose NOT to be baptised, the cost to you is exclusion from the Kingdom of God, forever, and burning to death in the Lake of Fire at Judgement time’.
It is what my American brothers and sisters would call a ‘no-brainer’!
I am writing this post with lots of scripture references to hand, but I will start with a simple analogy that should show you why infant baptism is pointless.
Imagine you are advised by your local church that your 2-year old son should marry a 1-year old daughter of your best friends. You book the church and invite all of your friends, and the pastor is ready to go in front of the witnesses. He explains the concept of marriage under God’s laws, and then reads the vow to the male infant and asks him to repeat the vow as he goes. The child looks back in bewilderment, gurgling and laughing, with no idea what is going on, and the same reaction is true of the female baby, she can’t even speak yet, let alone grasp words or the concept of marriage. The pastor continues anyway and hopes no one will spot the deception, and pronounces them man and wife (baby and baby).
Can you see how everyone would find the above deception to be ridiculous and would not be fooled? Of course you can. The babies don’t have the capacity to be married, capacity and understanding arrives at a later age, perhaps 7-8 years old.
The same principle noted above applies to baptisms, which are a public affirmation of one’s faith and belief in God and His son, with a witness, along with a washing in water to allow the process of cleansing from the Holy Spirit to begin. Unless one is old enough to grasp the basics of the bible story, and knows they believe it and have faith, they CANNOT LEGALLY BE BAPTISED in God’s eyes, it’s a pointless exercise (other than, for its deceptive powers). I have been shown that a child from 7+ years old can safely explain their faith and receive baptism, but use your own discretion of course. Certainly, there is no need to wait until teenage years.
Who can say why people are deceived in this way, whilst we wouldn’t be deceived by the weddings of babies? Is it a 2 Thessalonian 2 deception perhaps? Or believers just aren’t as ‘wise as serpents’ as Christ told us to be (Matt 10:16)? A mixture of the two, who can say.
So, an adult baptism is your public declaration of your faith in God, and your belief in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and his ascension to Heaven. It’s a vow, made in public, before at least one witness. The baptiser and the witness must both be already adopted into God’s family themselves by their own adult water baptism. It’s like a wedding ceremony in many respects. You will revere, love, honour and obey your new husband!
Now let’s dig into some scripture, starting with the most plain and simple:
John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord, and he did so by preaching repentance and baptism in water (Luke 3):
He went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,‘Prepare the way for the Lord,5Every valley shall be filled in,and every mountain and hill made low.The crooked ways shall be made straight,6And all humanity will see God’s salvation.’”7Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit, then, in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9The axe lies ready at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”10The crowds asked him, “What then should we do?”11John replied, “Whoever has two tunics should share with him who has none, and whoever has food should do the same.”12Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”13“Collect no more than you are authorized,” he answered.14Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
15The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John could be the Christ. 16John answered all of them: “I baptize you with water,b but One more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.c He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.d 17His winnowing fork is in His hand to clear His threshing floor and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
For anyone who might be wondering about the definition of the verb ‘to baptise’, here it is:
So John was baptising ready for the arrival of the Lord Jesus (Yoshua). He called for repentance of sins.
Next, shortly after in John 1, The Lord Jesus, our messiah and Christ is himself baptised by John the Baptist.
We are told to ‘walk just as he (Jesus) walked’ in 1 John 1:7, so if our Lord was baptised, we MUST DO THE SAME.
Let’s see what happened when Jesus was baptised:
When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in a bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
That’s a truly beautiful moment to imagine isn’t it? Jesus has just been baptised, and is praying to God, his Father in Heaven. The Holy Spirit descends on Jesus, in the form of a lovely and beautiful dove, and then God’s voice is heard, proclaiming how pleased He is with His beloved son.
I will repeat, we are told to ‘walk just as he walked’, and like Jesus, it is baptism as an adult that enables the Holy Spirit to descend upon you, enabling you to understand all of Jesus’ teachings:
Jesus replied, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. The word that you hear is not My own, but it is from the Father who sent Me. 25All this I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.
So, is it not obvious why so many are deceived by these wolves in the pulpits in the churches, if they have never received the Holy Spirit, how can they be taught ALL THINGS and be reminded of the teachings of Jesus? They can’t, so the deceptions pile up. Very sad. MUST BE RECTIFIED WITH URGENCY…BY ME, BY YOU TOO.
I had my adult baptism on 7th September 2017 in the clear waters of the Welsh sea. It was a great day, with three fine brothers and friends who had been instrumental in guiding me to that point, and praying for me too. Here are a few photos, plus a video of the baptism, where I amusingly try to get in the water prematurely, not like me, as I am tardy all of the time, but on this occasion I just wanted it so much.
Ok, enough reminiscing!
Let’s quickly look at some scripture that tells us why baptism is critical for entry into the Kingdom of God, and all of the blessings that flow from that.
Luke 12-50 to start, the Lord himself tells us (Young’s literal version):
‘Fire I came to cast to the earth, and what will I if already it was kindled? 50but I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I pressed till it may be completed!’
As the Lord has already been baptised by water at this point, I think he’s referring to the crucifixion here, the ultimate test of faith for him, and indeed for any believer. If you have faith, you should be desperate to be baptised with water, and consider a martyr’s death to be the most worthy possible.
Next, when delivering the Great Commission to his team, Jesus specifically tells them to baptise, along with the other instructions regarding teaching of God’s commands and faith:
The Great Commission18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 19Therefore go and make disciplesd of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Nb, this is the only verse in scripture that mentions baptism in the name of the Father, and of the son and of the holy spirit. It conflicts with every other scripture on the subject, so it is a Roman corruption, pushing their trinity doctrine again.
He has ALL authority, in heaven, and on earth.
If you are not looking out most days for believers to be baptised (in your cities and towns, or by doing so online), you are ignoring the Lord’s command, it’s mentioned even before teaching them to obey his commands.
Please make this your number one priority from now on, reach out to believers who are being deceived by their wolves-as-pastors. Use this post as your sword of Truth. I see so many on twitter wasting their time with chit-chat and fun (and teaching and encouragement and prayer), but I see NOT A SINGLE ONE OF YOU obeying the Lord in this respect. We must repent and act NOW.
Just do it, now, time is short,we HAVE to save these believers.
Next, we see Jesus telling Paul himself to be baptised when they first meet:
Then he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear His voice. 15You will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised, and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’
So, confirmation from the Lord that baptism does wash away your past sins.
Next, in 1 Peter, we see why the ‘pledge’ of our faith is so important:
‘In the ark a few people, only eight souls, were saved through water. 21And this water symbolizes the baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body, but the pledge off a clear conscience toward God—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers subject to Him.’
It’s not your body that is washed, it’s your conscience that is cleared, your sin is washed away, through Christ’s resurrection, bless him for his faith, bravery and obedience.
Next, Jesus refers to baptism in Matthew 20: 22-23:
‘And Jesus answering said, ‘Ye have not known what ye ask for yourselves; are ye able to drink of the cup that I am about to drink? and with the baptism that I am baptized with, to be baptized?’ They say to him, ‘We are able.’ 23And he saith to them, ‘Of my cup indeed ye shall drink, and with the baptism that I am baptized with ye shall be baptized; but to sit on my right hand and on my left is not mine to give, but — to those for whom it hath been prepared by my father.’
So, Jesus knows that his disciples will drink of his cup (his blood), via their own baptisms. As Jesus rose again from the dead, so our baptism will raise us from the death of sin, to a life filled with the Holy Spirit, where sin becomes impossible over time.
Next, Paul makes an interesting analogy back to Moses’s time, showing us that even they were reliant upon the blood of Christ in their baptism, who was there with them (with the Father no doubt):
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud, and that they all passed through the sea. 2They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3They all ate the same spiritual food 4and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.
Next, in Hebrews 6, Paul clearly tells us that we must teach about baptisms:
‘Wherefore, having left the word of the beginning of the Christ, unto the perfection we may advance, not again a foundation laying of reformation from dead works, and of faith on God, 2of the teaching of baptisms, of laying on also of hands, of rising again also of the dead, and of judgment age-during,’
Next, in Luke 11:38, Jesus makes clear that it is the inward ‘cleansing’ (via baptism and the arrival of the Holy Spirit) that is important, rather than outward cleanliness customs of men:
‘And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 40Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? 41But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.’
Next, in Acts 11, Peter talks about baptisms:
‘Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. 17Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? 18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.’
So, gentiles (nations) were expected to be baptised with the Holy Spirit, which we know arrived for Jesus immediately after his water baptism, and I am sure all of us who have been water baptised as adults will attest to the speedy arrival and cleansing (and much more) of the Holy Spirit.
Next, Paul shows us baptism in action, in a very powerful way, and tells us the difference between John’s baptisms and those we have under Jesus’ authority and blood:
3“Into what, then, were you baptized?” Paul asked.4Paul explained: “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the One coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”
5On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. 6And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. 7There were about twelve men in all.
Cool story that one.
Next, we are plainly told in John 4 that Jesus (using his disciples) was baptising many people, so many that it started to irk the Pharisees:
‘When Jesus realized that the Pharisees were aware that Hea was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John 2(although it was not Jesus who baptized, but His disciples), 3He left Judea and returned to Galilee.’
When you are out baptising in the years ahead, be prepared to be mobile. I am going to baptise tens of thousands, mark my words, one part of my mission for God.
Next, in Romans 6, Paul again talks about how baptism in Christ washes us of our sins, so that we may die in the water (our old self) and rise again as he did, walking in a new (much improved) life:
‘What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2Certainly not! How can we who died to sin live in it any longer? 3Or aren’t you aware that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4We therefore were buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may walk in newness of life’.
Next, Paul affirms in 1 Corinthians 1 that the baptisms he did were all in Christ, not in his own name:
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that I do not remember if I baptized anyone else. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with words of wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
As we know, baptism wasn’t a big part of Paul’s mission, he was called to preach the gospel of the Lord all over the world, bless him for his great service for our Father.
Next, Paul confirms in Galatians 3 that everyone baptised in Christ is part of one body, and the seed and heirs of Abraham’s promise too:
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.
Next, a similar message to the Colossians, in chapter 2:
In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of your sinful nature, with the circumcision performed by Christb and not by human hands. 12And having been buried with Him in baptism, you were raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Water baptism is a form of burial, as Jesus was buried. Like him, we rise again, with no corruption, and a perfected empty vessel of a body, soon to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
I will finish with one of my favourite stories from scripture, the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch:
‘The Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to that chariot and stay by it.”30So Philip ran up and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.31“How can I,” he said, “unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.32The eunuch was reading this passage of Scripture:“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,and as a lamb before the shearer is silent,33In His humiliation He was deprived of justice.Who can recount His descendants?For His life was removed from the earth.”b34“Tell me,” said the eunuch, “who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?”35Then Philip began with this very Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.36As they traveled along the road and came to some water, the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is there to prevent me from being baptised?”37And Philip said, ‘If thou dost believe out of all the heart, it is lawful;’ and he answering said, ‘I believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God;’ 38And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and Philip baptised him.
39When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but went on his way rejoicing.’
NB, verse 37 above is omitted (a deception) from most versions of the Bible, but remains in Young’s literal. We know it was left out as a deception, as the verses in other versions jump from verse 36 to verse 38. Did Satan think we would not notice? My thanks to brother Riverly who alerted me to this deception (yes, I didn’t spot it, but God has our back, we’re a supportive family).
Believe in the Lord Jesus and His resurrection, have faith in our Father God, get baptised as an adult.
He was a very blessed man, that Ethiopian, because he already had great faith, God ensured he was baptised. No wonder he was rejoicing, best day of his life right there!
That same faith exists today, in our fellow-believers who have been deceived into not being baptised as adults. Based on my discussions with friends and clients so far, they all will jump at the chance to be baptised this summer, in the sea, and enjoy the party afterwards, what better cause for celebration.
Go and do the same, obey the Lord Jesus, make it your top priority.
May our Father bless your efforts and help you to reap a fine and bountiful crop in this late season. Amen.
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**Edit 13th May 2020 **.
This edit is simply to include another example in scripture where Peter commands the baptism of gentile people, as it becomes clear to the Jews that the gentiles are now grafted in, just after Peter’s vision about ‘unclean things’, which we know from the whole of this chapter referred to gentiles themselves, and NOT to unclean meats at all, so these are literally the first non-Jews to be baptised into Yah’s family via Christ, so it has to be included here of course (from Acts 10):
The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit
44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard his message. 45All the circumcised believers who had accompanied Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. 46For they heard them speaking in tongues and exalting God.
(PS…I garnered most of the scriptural evidence above using a book I was advised to buy a couple of years ago, but only started using at the Lord’s direction this week. It’s Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary. I would go as far as to say it is literally inspired by our Father Himself. Go order one today).