Baptism for the little ones...

Written by Terry Dashner

Baptism for little ones, too…

Terry Dashner……………...Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Why would I, a former Southern Baptist minister, advocate infant baptism? As I grow older inrepparttar Lord, some topics that I once labeled—“errant-church doctrines”—now have come under closer scrutiny. One doctrine I have reviewed and renewed my thoughts to is infant baptism. Why?

I do this for several reasons. For one,repparttar 142562 Holy Spirit has been directing me this way. The Holy Spirit has impressed upon me that there is more to baptism thanrepparttar 142563 argument of immersion verses sprinkling. He has shown me that there is more torepparttar 142564 scope of baptism than simply baptizing a new (adult) convert in water.

What I’m about to share with you does not includerepparttar 142565 ontological, metaphysical, or philosophical import of Soteriology (the doctrine of salvation in Jesus Christ). Although I concur that these precepts are very important torepparttar 142566 doctrine of baptisms—forrepparttar 142567 sake of time and space—I’m going to keep this very simple. I also stipulaterepparttar 142568 fact that we are called unto salvation fromrepparttar 142569 beginning. Also, I stipulaterepparttar 142570 fact that salvation is a work of God’s grace—totally.

Granted. There is an awareness that people grow into with age that prompts them to call uponrepparttar 142571 Lord for salvation; however,repparttar 142572 awareness and faith to believe unto salvation does not nullify grace. God provides everything for my salvation. I don’t add anything, not evenrepparttar 142573 faith to believe. God called me even before I was in my mother’s womb. God convicts me ofrepparttar 142574 need for His salvation in His timing. God providesrepparttar 142575 grace andrepparttar 142576 faith to receive His salvation (Eph. 2:8-10). Grace always comes before faith.

With that said, let me return to baptism. The argument against infant baptism is this. An infant is not capable of confessing his sin and calling uponrepparttar 142577 name of Jesus for salvation; therefore, no infant should be baptized because baptism always followsrepparttar 142578 conversion of person who has reachedrepparttar 142579 age of accountability. May I ask you this: What isrepparttar 142580 age of accountability? Is that term found inrepparttar 142581 New Testament? No, it isn’t. As a matter of fact, it is a term coined by some ofrepparttar 142582 radical groups ofrepparttar 142583 Reformation, such asrepparttar 142584 Anabaptists (re-baptize). The Anabaptists believed that infant baptism was wrong and re-baptized all their adult converts who had been baptized as infants.

Here is an important point. Infant baptism is older thanrepparttar 142585 Reformation. It was practiced byrepparttar 142586 early church, thenrepparttar 142587 Roman Catholic Church as well asrepparttar 142588 Greek Orthodox Church and was undisputed untilrepparttar 142589 16th century. Torepparttar 142590 Roman Catholic, infant baptism is a “sacramental theology” issue and not a “church ordinance” issue as upheld by many Protestant groups. The Roman Catholic believes thatrepparttar 142591 baptism of an infant washes awayrepparttar 142592 original sin ofrepparttar 142593 infant. The Bible declares that ALL are born into Adam’s sin. I agree, but for merepparttar 142594 issue is neither “sacramental theology” nor a “church ordinance” issue. I believe thatrepparttar 142595 baptism of an infant has more to do with “covenant relationship” than washing awayrepparttar 142596 infant’s sins.

Allow me to explain, please. In I Corinthians 16:1 Paul writes, “Now I did baptizerepparttar 142597 household of Stephanas…” The word “household” isrepparttar 142598 key word. Inrepparttar 142599 Greek New Testamentrepparttar 142600 word oikos is translated, “household” and meansrepparttar 142601 entire family—men, women, and children (infants too). There is no evidence of this word being used either in secular Greek, Biblical Greek, or inrepparttar 142602 writing of Hellenistic Judaism in a way which would restrict its meaning only to adults.

As a matter of fact,repparttar 142603 Old Testament parallel for “house” carriesrepparttar 142604 sense ofrepparttar 142605 entire family. The Greek translation ofrepparttar 142606 original Hebrew manuscripts (completed in 250 B.C.) uses this word when translatingrepparttar 142607 Hebrew word meaningrepparttar 142608 complete family (men, women, children, infants). I believe that a Christian home should baptize every one of their new-born babies into God’s covenant relationship that He has established withrepparttar 142609 parents. In this way—as Paul alludes to in his letter torepparttar 142610 Corinthians—the children are sanctified. I believerepparttar 142611 rite of infant baptism sets apart, as special,repparttar 142612 children of Christian parents. These children will grow up inrepparttar 142613 “nurture and admonition ofrepparttar 142614 Lord” to embrace God’s salvation more fully as they mature in age. The baptism is a special covering of God’s grace.

Great White Throne Judgment

Written by Michael Bradley

Before we getrepparttar new heaven and new earth, there is one more event that must take place -repparttar 142295 Great White Throne Judgment. In my last article, Satan is Let Loose One More Time, you saw that Satan will end up inrepparttar 142296 Lake of Fire and Brimstone forever and ever - never to bother, harm or tempt humans ever again! Now what happens torepparttar 142297 rest of unsaved humanity?

They will all come before God in what is calledrepparttar 142298 Great White Throne Judgment. This event has to berepparttar 142299 most disturbing and most bothersome event in all of Scripture. Before this happens,repparttar 142300 Bible tells us that allrepparttar 142301 unsaved people are kept in a place called Hades (Hell) untilrepparttar 142302 Millennium Kingdom is up. Hades (Hell) is a temporary place of torment that these souls are kept in until they have to appear before God in this final judgment, which will determine their eternal fate once and for all.

The New King James version calls this place Hades. However,repparttar 142303 Original King James version calls this place Hell. Either way - Hell or Hades is a temporary place of torment where all unbelievers go to before this judgment comes to pass.

Here isrepparttar 142304 verse giving usrepparttar 142305 details on what will be happening in this judgment ofrepparttar 142306 unsaved.

"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose facerepparttar 142307 earth andrepparttar 142308 heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I sawrepparttar 142309 dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which isrepparttar 142310 Book of Life. Andrepparttar 142311 dead were judged according to their works, byrepparttar 142312 things which were written inrepparttar 142313 books.

The sea gave uprepparttar 142314 dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered uprepparttar 142315 dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast intorepparttar 142316 Lake of Fire. This isrepparttar 142317 second death. And anyone not found written inrepparttar 142318 Book of Life was cast intorepparttar 142319 Lake of Fire." (Revelations 20:11-14)


1. The above verse refers to a "second death." The first death is whenrepparttar 142320 unsaved are thrown into Hades after they physically die and are kept there untilrepparttar 142321 Millennium Kingdom is up. The second death refers to whenrepparttar 142322 unsaved are cast intorepparttar 142323 Lake of Fire and Brimstone where they will remain for all of eternity.

Notice thatrepparttar 142324 above verse definitely establishes that these unsaved people are in kept Hades until this judgment comes forth. The verse says that "Hades delivered uprepparttar 142325 dead who were in them."

2. After this final judgment is pronounced, not only arerepparttar 142326 unsaved cast intorepparttar 142327 Lake of Fire and Brimstone, but Hades itself is also cast intorepparttar 142328 Lake of Fire and Brimstone. This would thus be a "merger" of Hades andrepparttar 142329 Lake of Fire and Brimstone. Not only is God going to merge His heaven with our earth when we getrepparttar 142330 new heaven and new earth - God is also going to merge Hades (Hell) withrepparttar 142331 Lake of Fire and Brimstone when all is said and done. This will God’s final ultimate end forrepparttar 142332 saved andrepparttar 142333 unsaved.

The Bible does not give usrepparttar 142334 specific details ofrepparttar 142335 nature ofrepparttar 142336 torment that they will be under once they are thrown intorepparttar 142337 Lake of fire and Brimstone. And God may never tell any of us, even when we get intorepparttar 142338 new heaven andrepparttar 142339 new earth. It may be something He may never really want us to know about and we may be better off not knowingrepparttar 142340 full details.

However, justrepparttar 142341 thought that a certain percentage of humanity will not make it intorepparttar 142342 new heaven and new earth, and will have to spendrepparttar 142343 rest of their eternal lives in this horrible place of torment just blowsrepparttar 142344 human mind!

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