Bible Baptists (?) - and Baptism
C. D. Plum
Parkersburg, W. Virginia
I. Where Do We Read About Bible Baptists?
1. We read about Bible Baptists over the doors of a few church houses.
2. We read about Bible Baptists in newspapers, and in other writings9 of these people.
II. Where Do We Not Read About Bible Baptists?
1. We do not read about Bible Baptists in the Old Testament.
2. We do not read about Bible Baptists in the New Testament.
3. Therefore we do not read about Bible Baptists in the Bible. If these people were God's people they would have been God planted. And if they were God planted, their name would have been in God's book. Every religion that is not God planted, and God named, "shall be rooted up." (Matt. 15:13) Therefore God's true people should "Let them alone." (Matt. 15:14).
We do not read of Baptists (plural) in the Bible.
We read about - "John the baptist" (Matthew 3: 1.) The name "baptist" tells us his work. He was John the baptizer. "They were baptized of him in Jordan." (Matt. 3:6). Originally, before his conception and birth, God told his father Zacharias, "Thou shall call his name John." (Lu. 1: 13). After his birth, his mother Elizabeth said of him, 11 e shall be called John." (Lu. 1:60). Also after his birth, Zacharias settled an argument between Elizabeth and her neighbors by writing, -"His name is John." (Lu. 1: 63).
III. What Do These Humanly Named Bible Baptists Teach?
I was told by one of them, an aged man, that Jesus was baptized for all people so no one else will have to be baptized. They twist Jesus' statement to John: "Thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness" to mean just that to them, and 'to all others whom they can confuse and deceive with this twist. (Matt. 3:15).
This Statement by Them Is False Because:
1. After Christ's baptism, death, burial ' and resurrection, he had Holy Spirit guided apostles (Jno. 14:26) to command of the people "repentance and baptism for the remission of sins" (sins Jesus did not have --1 Pet. 2:22). Thus a difference in purpose between Christ's baptism and man's baptism, so, Christ's baptism by John could not answer for our baptism (Acts 2:38). Baptism is to save man (I Pet. 3:21), whereas Jesus never was lost. Hence, the differences in purposes of the two baptisms, and the differences in the states of Christ and man show conclusively that his baptism by John could not answer for our baptism.
2. Jesus' baptism took place under the Law of Moses, because he had not yet died on the cross (Col. 2:14-16). We are baptized as gospel subjects, the gospel of Jesus being the power of God unto salvation. (Rom. 1: 16).
3. Those baptized unto John's baptism, after the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 had to be re-baptized by the authority of the Lord. (Acts 19:1-5).
4. John's baptism and the baptism commanded by Christ were not the same baptism. The people at Ephesus (12 men) were re-baptized because John's baptism was out-dated. They did not even know about the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:2). Had they been baptized by the Lord's baptism, they would have known about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19). We see here that Christ's baptism by John was not enough for these people; nor is it enough for you, or anyone else.
5. Bible Baptist Church (you never read of it in the Bible) claims baptism cannot save because it is a work. "Faith" is a work also (a work of God, like repentance and baptism are also works of God, God commanded, that is (Jno. 6:29). You cannot be saved by a man made plan of work (Eph. 2:8-9); But you cannot be saved ("blessed") without obedience to the God made plan of work. (Rev. 22:14). See also Acts 10:34-35. We must work righteousness. That is, Obey God's plan of work.
6. The choirs, mechanical music, and human organizations of the Bible Baptist Church (whose name you cannot find in the Bible) are additions to the word of God. Addition to, or subtraction from, the word of God will cause souls to be lost (Rev. 22:1819; 2 Jno. 1:9, 10, 11).
TRUTH MAGAZINE, XVI: 2, pp. 10-11