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Hurt not the Oil and the Wine

There is a spirit in the world today which seeks to spoil the joy of life. It is a spirit of scarcity. It is a spirit of stinginess.

Light – It might not come to mind first, but I believe it even exists in church architecture. Few are the churches that I’ve visited which allow natural light and fewer still with windows that have views of the outdoors.

Water – Baptism is supposed to be by immersion in water. That is in other words by complete submersion of the baptizee. Fresh water is acceptable, saltwater is acceptable, dirty water is acceptable. Yet while the world is virtually covered in water, people baptize (or attempt to baptize) people with a sprinkle of a few drops of water or by pouring from a pitcher.

Oil – Spare the oil and spoil the carpet. James 5:14-15 clearly tells us how God will perform miracles of cures in his churches today. Why is this not performed? Is it for scarcity of oil, lack of belief in God’s word or fear of ruined carpets?

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Led

Some might say that my writing highlights the negative more than the positive. So following are positive comments on the state of Christ’s Church. They are worthy to be dwelled upon, shared with others, and emulated:

The Church of Christ denomination understands baptism. Both they and I believe baptism is by complete immersion in water in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. We further believe baptism should be at an age of understanding – where the youth can differentiate between good and evil, repent of sin, and understand the significance of being baptized into the family of God.

The Catholic Church accepts confession.

The Amish and Mennonite women cover their heads when they pray.

Russians greet one another with a Holy Kiss.

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Let There Be Light

I just watched Kevin Sorbo’s new movie today. It was an okay movie, but at the baptism scene I said, Let There be Deeper Water!

Baptism is not a public declaration of faith. It is the point where we join God’s family. The water not only represents Jesus’s blood, but resurrection, and God’s plenty. The Earth’ surface is 2/3 water. Yet people today actually practice non immersion baptism.

Why? They do not understand baptism. People get baptised multiple times. Which one counted, if any?

Baptism requires an age of understanding. One must confess Jesus is Messiah repenting of their past sins. These elements require an acquired knowledge, who Jesus is, the difference between right and wrong. Age of understanding may vary among individuals, but baptizing an infant accomplishes nothing.

The act is both admission of faith and submission to the Lord, it is the shared death and resurrection of our Savior.

It is correctly performed by immersion in water by another, that person saying I baptize you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost or in the name of Jesus Christ.

The man, woman, or child of appropriate age arises from the water a new creature in Christ.

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