THERE IS ONLY ONE BAPTISM

This article is not a seperate one of it's own but is simply cut out of Lecture 4.3 of www.TheTrueacademy.com

8 DOCTRINAL ERRORS IN THE BIBLE

The Bible- though is scripture, yet has been infiltrated and corrupted

Casual observation and study of the Bible seem to reveal doctrinal errors but careful observation and study of it further classifies these observed doctrinal errors into 2 categories:

  1. Doctrinal errors arising from a desperate infiltration and corruption of the Bible text.
  2. Doctrinal errors arising from a mere misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the Bible.

We aim to look at true doctrinal errors that arise from the actual corruption of the Bible text and are therefore supposed to omit the second category of doctrinal errors from our discussion, but it would very much be helpful to use this opportunity to discuss them so as to clarify them.

8 major cases which are either actual doctrinal errors or which only appear to be doctrinal errors will be discussed here and briefly studied to determine if they are errors by text corruption or errors by text misinterpretation. The number of doctrinal errors in the Bible is not limited to just 8 actually but these 8 have been picked out because they are the ones that can rid or almost rid one of his or her salvation if they’re strongly believed and not denounced. They include:

  1. The Gospel
  2. Apostleship
  3. The Calendars
  4. Baptism
  5. Tongue Speaking
  6. The Nature of God And of Man
  7. Rapture
  8. Tithe

4BAPTISM

Yahushua/Jesus revealed that except a man be born of water and the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God [Joh 3:5]. While the spirit is the Holy Spirit, the water is baptism. And the Bible reveals that there are 2 types of baptism:

  1. That before the resurrection of Yahushua/Jesus
  2. performed by John the Baptist which was merely a water baptism of repentance [Mt 3:11; Acts 19:4; Mar 1:4] and could not really save anyone from sin but was only done to publicly prove that the people who had previously committed grievous sins had turned from their ways in repentance. This baptism could not save from sin because it lacked the Spirit (the Holy Spirit) which Yahushua/Jesus in [Joh 3:5] revealed could grant men eternal life in the kingdom of God.

  3. The baptism after the resurrection of Yahushua/Jesus
  4. specifically after the day of Pentecost. This is the one instituted by Yahushua/Jesus. This one perfects John’s baptism by including the spirit as an extra constituent to John’s water baptism. Those who had already received water baptism received this spirit directly on the day of Pentecost. Those who had not received water baptism before Pentecost were then baptized ONCE with water which was inclusive of the now attached Holy Spirit. This is why Paul after the death of Yahushua/Jesus rightly said that THERE IS ONLY ONE BAPTISM NOW, not two [Eph 4:5].

  • One baptism which is a water baptism that included water as well as the Holy Spirit.
  • One water baptism that involved the immersion of one into water in the name of the Father, son and of the Holy Spirit [Mt 28:19] to immediately indwell one with the Holy Spirit. This is the baptism preached by Yahushua/Jesus and his disciples.

This is the one true baptism scripturally endorsed after the death and resurrection of Yahushua/Jesus.


The Church’s baptism


But then again there seems to be a contradiction, if you follow the church and see with their eyes, we yet see another type of baptism different from the one Yahushua/Jesus and his disciples taught. This one involves the laying on of hand on the one who had previously received water baptism (which is supposed to be the only baptism consisting of water and the Spirit) to impart in them the Holy Spirit (which they are supposed to have received already from water baptism), the proof of this activity then manifests as tongue speaking. This one the church calls the Holy Spirit baptism.

If there is only one baptism- the new Spirit-included water baptism, why is the believer yet again given the Holy Spirit which he had already received in water baptism through what the church tags a Holy Spirit baptism? Could it be that the new water baptism lacks the inclusion of the Holy Spirit or could it be that one has to receive this Holy Spirit twice to be saved? This is the doctrinal error of baptism.

But this so-called doctrinal error is not one introduced into the Bible by evil men, but actually arises from the incorrect interpretation of the Bible which proves that the receiving of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands (which always comes after the saving water baptism) is not to baptize one with the Holy Spirit again but to empower one with the gift of the Holy Spirit so he or she can do supernatural exploits.


The Church unscripturally requires believers undergo 2 baptisms to be saved


The church believes if one doesn’t undergo the so-called Holy Spirit baptism and speak in tongues, one therefore does not have the Holy Spirit which Yahushua/Jesus was talking about in [Joh 3:5] and ultimately, one is not saved and cannot enter into the kingdom of God. This insinuates that the church does not believe that today’s water baptism includes the Holy Spirit and can save like [Acts 6:1-6] teaches. This belief of the church created what seemed to be a doctrinal error about baptism. It is all a matter of interpretation.


2 Simple questions for the church about baptism

  1. If scripture says there is only one baptism [Eph 4:5], how then does the church explain the Holy Spirit baptism received after water baptism? Could it be that there is another Holy Spirit in which the church believes in?
  2. If the 7 men chosen to be laid hands upon (to impart in them the gift of speaking in tongues of course) in [Acts 6:3-5] were already filled with the Holy Spirit (of course from water baptism) before they were laid hands upon, how then does the church explain where these 7 Holy Spirit-filled men got their Holy Spirit from?

Take your time; I’ll wait for the answers on my email or Facebook inboxes.


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