May 1, 2010
How Do I Become A Christian?

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  1. Why have you dropped the plan of salvation, or statement of faith from Endtimes? Are you still a person who supports Acts 2:38. Many in UPC and ALJC now have questions that need a prompt reply. Thanks, TD

  2. Malisa, the gifts spoken of in 1 Cor. 12 are given by the Holy Spirit as needed for God’s service. The manifestation of tongues is given when the individual Christian is baptized with the Holy Spirit. Since the Spirit cannot be seen, this is the only visible sign that this work is taking place in the person being baptized. When this tongue or language is interpreted it is most always praises to and worship of the Lord. This is what happened to Cornilius and his household, and to the Sameritans belivers ( when Phillip called Peter to come down and lay hands on them ), and to the small band of Ephesian belivers Paul met on the road. Read these experiences carefully. Do not get the gift of tongues and tongues used as evidence of the Baptisim confused.

  3. Romans 12:11-12 doesn’t say that Christians will speak in tongues. “Fervent” in spirit means that we have zeal…not a new language. Tongues is ONE gift of the Holy Spirit…and not everyone gets the same gifts.

    Here’s what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:
    4 There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given by the same Spirit. 5 There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. 6 There are different ways to work. But the same God makes it possible for all of us to have all those different things. 7 The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all. 8 To some people the Spirit gives the message of wisdom. To others the same Spirit gives the message of knowledge. 9 To others the same Spirit gives faith. To others that one Spirit gives gifts of healing. 10 To others he gives the power to do miracles. To others he gives the ability to prophesy. To others he gives the ability to tell the spirits apart. To others he gives the ability to speak in different kinds of languages they had not known before. And to still others he gives the ability to explain what was said in those languages.

  4. The church is it not the Catholic Church the church Jesus built upon Peter who is the rock Jesus built upon that the servants the priests about being given the keys of Peter. The bible clearly says Jesus went on a journey giving his authority to his servants till his return. You folk seem to miss the rapture of the first fruits the bible clearly uses the plural in respect to the first fruits which as you all know the saints that arose out of the grave went to the Holy City never said these raptured folk went back to the grave. Mary is simply of the first fruits they correctly believe she was too raptured assumed to heaven at the end of her life and is alive in heaven with all the first fruits of the first wave of the first resurrection. The problem it appears with protostants is they are not taking the bible literally in respect to the first fruits not that protostants are not too believers in Christ. It just seems the catholic folk are the more correct in respect to the scriptures. We all too want to be given glorified bodies within the first resurrection the next step is it not about the marriage of the lamb. Catholics do not worship Mary and only simply pray to the saints that went up not to the folk that went up do that is the goal when one dies that our spirit goes up not down. The power of prayer sometimes wonder if protostants even pray for each other like is intecessant prayer too you folk seems wrong due you feel only Jesus is the intercessor between God and man which is not in agreement with James that the power of prayer of a righteous man seems protostants are confusion but then at least we all believe Jesus is the reason for this age of the gentiles. Mary is believed in heaven and with Jesus with all the old testament saints in their glorified bodies as revelation chapter 7 that its these folk asking the question at the rapture who are all these folk which is the rapture before the tribulation of the seven years of the coming apocolapse. Protostants are right about the coming rapture pre trib just miss the point of the first fruits being plural that its inclusive to the inclusion of Mary that mary is alive in her glorified body with all the first fruits in the first phase of the first resurrection. The power of prayer of the righteous instead of mocking Catholics we should all be praying for one another in Christ. Its our faith in Christ not our faith in ones self that is the basis of the Christian due Jesus is the head corner stone not the rock he built upon that is Peter Jesus is the head but we all are one in Christ. I guess do not expect protostants to understand just keep your faith in Christ not in oneself.

  5. chalesdor, please, deep breath and chill out for one moment. First of all, God, the only God and Lord of all, sent his Son, Jesus Christ as a loving, redeaming, sacrifice for ALL mankind. “…blood thristy…..” really? Misunderstanding and and ignorance is not bliss. God so loved the world He gave his only begotten Son to go to a brutal, cruel death so that YOU and I can eternally live by simply believing in Him. Jesus and God teach Love, Forgiveness, Charity, Hope, Sacrifice for each other, and all things good. How hard is that to understand? It is not. Twisting and bending the Word is “of this world” and of this world only. Being a true Christian and following Jesus IS difficult because it requires one to surrender all WORLDLY attitudes, pride, ego, lust, jealously, self, etc. and to give your efforts and sacrifice to your neighbor without reward or thought of reaping anything for your self. Love thy neighbor as thy self; meaning as The Rotary Clubs of America have as a creed, “Service Above Self”. Numerous creeds and doctrines in America are founded in Jesus’ teachings. Jesus taught self sacrifice in service to your fellow man and loving all no matter who they are. There is NO ulterior motive other than making this world; a world drowning in Satan’s evil, as Godly as possible by simply not judging, helping, loving everyone. Gee is that such a rotten thing? I don’t think so.

  6. Ok i understand that the blood thristy christian god demands human sacrifice (jesus) and a human blood drink offerin. But i dont understand why you christians worship the human sacrifice insted of the one that the human sacrifice is offered to ???? Is the sacrifice to Satan ????

  7. I get sick to my stomach because I’ve repented and have been baptized in Jesus’ name but apparently I have not been born again because I have not spoken in tounges which is the evidence of being infilled with the Holy Ghost. I just plan to continue to live for God and follow his Word and pray, pray, pray about receiving the Holy Spirit.

    • Tina, I too used to worry about not being able to speak or pray in tongues. But Romans 12: 4-8 is very clear. We don’t all have the same spiritual gift. Discover yours and use it for God’s glory. Pray about this Tina, and may you find the peace that Christ mentions in John 14:27. Jesus said, “…My yoke is easy and My burden is light”. (Mt. 11:30). People try and lay too many burdens on new Christians instead of encouraging them to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit. God bless you Tina.

      • It is important to note, the people in Acts 2 were not exercising a gift of the Spirit as spoken of by Paul. The gifts Paul referred to could be desired or sought for. These gifts were also to be used in the church and for the church. The gifts of the Spirit come after a person has had the Spirit. In Acts 2:4, speaking with tongues came with the Spirit. The Spirit gave all the utterance of tongues.

        Many times we miss the most important thing because people tend to place so much emphasis on tongues. People worry so much about having to speak in tongues that they get things backwards. We should seek for the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God living inside of us. We should not be seeking to speak in tongues. If we will simply seek God for His Spirit, we will receive the same Spirit of the unchanging God those in Acts received, and we will have the same experience. My advice to everyone would be to simply seek for the Holy Ghost because the Spirit gives the utterance; that’s the Spirit’s job, not ours. God bless.

    • When I was seeking the Holy Ghost it seemed hard to me that I had to make some kind of sacrifice or pentence to God to show Him how sincere I was. I was willing to do anything to receive this (gift) everyone was telling me about. I even tried fasting. I had fasted 3 days with water only trying to get God’s attention. On the third day I went to chruch listened to the sermon went to the alter and proceeded to cry and beg God to fill me with the Holy Ghost. Finally the man of God asked me if I.had repented of all my sins? I replied to him I think so, and he told me you have to know for sure. He put one hand on my shoulder and told me Brother Chris I’m going to pray for you and you ask God to forgive you of all your sins and HE SHALL FILL YOU WITH THE HOLY GHOST! I closed my eyes and started to pray and I saw my life flash before my eyes all the time God was watching He had seen every second of my life good and bad. I started bawling like a little baby as I started speaking in tounges as like a flood had overcame me. The reason I shared this my testimony with you is because it isn’t supposed to be hard as I found out, just be honest with yourself and Him and it will happen. God bless p.s. I hope this story helps you.

    • Keep seeking God. It is a gift from Him. Also, if you have not been connected to a Bible believing church, please do so. If you need help finding one, please call us 1-800-363-8463 and we will help get you connected. God bless.

      -Derrick Weeks

  8. Dear. Pastor Irvin,

    Is Islam mentioned in the Bible? I agree with you regarding the green horse shown on CNN in the uprising in Egypt, and have wonder for a long time why is was glossed over???? Also, when our President said we had 57 states, could he have been referring to the 57 Islamic states/nations? The media let that slide too, but NEVER has such a basic faux pas by a leader been allowed to pass.

    Thank you,
    Connie/Kentucky

  9. Gilbert you are my brother and I know that from your doctrine. I love you bro and the grace of our Lord has saved all the saints. Anyone on this form should search for his comments below. Well done and God bless

    • Helder: I think digging more deeply into Church history would be good here. There is nothing in the Bible that is contrary to Catholic teaching and there is nothing in Catholic teaching that is contrary to the Bible. “Seek and you shall find.” God bless.

  10. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT WHAT EVER IS WRITTEN IN THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE WILL BE SOON FOLLOW IN THE DAYS TO COME. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS MESSIAH THE SON OF GOD WHO IS TO COME & TAKE TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE WAITING FOR HIM ESPECIALLY BELIEVERS.AS A CHRISTIAN I TRULY AGREE THAT JESUS DIED FOR MY SINS & HAD REDEEMED
    ME FROM THE POWER OF SIN I THANK YOU FATHER FOR BEING SO MERCIFUL TO ME. YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST I RECEIVED HIM AS MY SAVIOR & LORD OF MY LIFE IN JESUS NAME I PRAY

    • Now you must spend some quiet time to read your Bible, Antonio, so you can learn to know God’s will for your life – ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you as you read His word. Remember, you are under grace (God’s unmerited favour to His children) and your spirit can commune with His. God knows the thoughts He has towards you, to give you a future and a hope.

  11. Dear Brother Baxter,

    Thank you for your dedication and steadfast ministry. I truly enjoy the dialog of this blog. I pray that it will stir the hearts of those who have questions and doubts on what they have been taught regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
    From my personal experience of witnessing God’s miraculous supernatural power, I have discovered that the Lord is faithful and true to his promises. However, it is up to each person to seek him with all their heart, soul, strength and mind. The foundational principal or key to seeing his face is on the basis of faith. Believers should know this based on the scripture Hebrews 11:6 that says “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” In fact, Hebrews 11 is dedicated to establishing the understanding of what faith is according to God. He doesn’t just reveal himself to anyone. The Gospel is not designed for the scoffer and the mocker. Those who harbor arrogance and pride and outwardly boast of their vast knowledge of God will be made foolish. ” The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate Proverbs 8:13.”
    So, one day while I was grieving over the death of my father-in-law, I put aside my pride and came to the conclusion that the modern denominational Christian Church made absolutely no rational sense to me and only brought about confusion and more questions. So, I broke down and asked a serious question to Jesus and pleaded with him to reveal himself to me. Shortly after I asked for truth regarding his identity he answered during a dream or vision I had. In the dream I asked the Lord if I was being deceived by what I was taught through the vain philosophies of men. The Lord replied and said ” Not many people ask what you have asked.” He then continued to speak and said: ” I want to show you some things.” Through that conversation many things were revealed to me that I was unable to see because of so many traditions and doctrines that have been developed over the centuries. I started to study the book of Acts and Colossians more closely and saw things I never saw before. I too was blind just as Saul was on the road to Damascus. Might I say that the Lord remains faithful to his promises and rewards those that diligently seek him. Through this epiphany I started to realize that Acts 2 reveals the epicenter of true Christian Faith. Peter didn’t get it wrong! We know this by Acts 2:42 “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Paul reiterates in 1 Timothy chapter 2. Specifically, 1 Timothy 4:16 states “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” Galatians 1:6-11 points out that there is only one true doctrine. This passage comes with a strong warning! Galatians 1:8-9 says:
    “8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
    I could write a book about all the personal experiences I have encountered since asked the Lord to reveal himself to me in 2007 but I don’t have that much time to do it on this blog. However, for those folks who haven’t sought after the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as in Acts 2:38 please make every effort to seek Him with all your strength. He does not disappoint those who come hungry and thirsty for Him. After being baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I was blessed with the gift of the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues and it was amazing! The new birth experience puts a whole new meaning to the term “amazing grace.”
    In the four years since my rebirth experience I have had numerous visions which I can only say are if things to come. Time is running short and no one knows which day may be their last. There is a definite push toward the culmination of Lord’s return and we need to be ready to meet Him. Make sure you are ready.

    Bless you all in the name of Lord Jesus Christ.

    • Hello Steven,
      This is an awesome testimony. I love to hear others testimonies of what God has done for others. God is very able to answer prayers just like He has always been able to do. I myself also have a testimony of what God has done for me. It is similar to yours. I remember praying and asking the Lord to reveal to me what He would have me to do and just show me the truth. Not long after this the Lord gave me a vision when I was driving down the road of doors; some were opened and the others were closed with the old key style locks on them. Then I saw a hand that had a ring around it full of keys.
      Not long from this vision I had a dream that I was in my parents front yard and then I was taken up very quickly and I saw earth grow small very quickly. This happened twice and then I was in the presence of God and He had at least one stone and in that stone He wrote something in front of me and I saw the words that looked like they were in another language. I understood them while I was in the dream and in my mind I knew I was dreaming and I thought, “remember these things so you will know when you wake up.” After this the Lord sent me back to earth and I saw a giant skeleton. I knew there was no way around this confrontation so I broke the skeleton’s bones into pieces and piled them in a great big pile.
      Please Steven if you would like to talk more about your testimonies write to me: LvsJesus@yahoo.com.
      God bless

  12. I believe in Jesus and the Lord and the Holy Spirit. i also believe that he died for me and rose up from the grave…but I am afriad that i am not in the right. I have a lingering feeling that I am not doing something i need to or that i am missing a key factor i want nothing more then to be in Gods eternal light and i am afraid im not safe…

  13. 2 questions: I understand that Jesus wants us to be water baptised and I was. If a person is not baptised by water imersion, is he saved? Also, I don’t speak in tongues. Does that mean I’m not saved?

  14. I am wondering if someone can be saved once they have been turned over to a reprobate mind; esp if they have once known God. Thank you. I really appreciate your ministry!

  15. Well, I’ve read the comments on baptism here and I feel compelled to add my two cents. My fiance’ who loves the Lord with all her heart has not been baptized. I’ve talked to her about it and she is fearful. She has been taught that we are “saved by grace”. The old Roman road to salvation doctrine. She can see the evidence but is blocked by years of teaching that baptism is of works and of the law, and we are free from the law. I pray for God’s wisdom to reach her, for I love her with my very soul! The following are some of the scriptures I have shared with her, and I now share with all.
    He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
    (Mark 16:16)
    Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
    (Matthew 3:13-15) I explained that here Jesus was setting an example for us, (it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness)
    In Matthew 28:19 I asked her what is the name of the Father? Name of the Son, Name of the Holy Ghost? one name, its singular not plural. And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
    (Zechariah 14:9)
    Acts 2:38 Upon this an debate…,. ahem broke out. I asked this question: If Peter had just been filled with the Holy Ghost, which is the Spirit of truth, and is our guide, how then could he lie? Jesus showed us the example and was baptized, he commanded it at least twice. Let me restate that again, Jesus commanded baptism. His apostles commanded it, ref. Acts 10:48 also method of baptism is questioned in Acts 19:3-4. Then we find in the epistle of Paul to the church at Rome, aka Romans, Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For IF we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    (Romans 6:3-5)
    I have pleaded this cause for years, and I feel as though I am talking to a wall many times. The modern doctrine of seeker sensitive teaching has replaced the doctrines of Christ. Paul himself was a hard nut to crack even after the witness of the martyr Steven, Saul Saul, its hard to kick against the pricks. At least Saul was obedient to that heavenly vision. We have cast out the gospel as unclean in the modern church and listened to the voice of Jezebel the harlot false prophetess of the church in Thyatira ref. Rev. 2:18-20. Let us return all of us to the true Gospel, I cor. 15:1-4. and obey it. Please brethren and sisters pray for my beloved that she overcomes her fears and can obey the gospel. Love all in Jesus name.

    • Hello Joe,
      I believe it is often hard to convince people of things as well as I have experienced. Alot of times we want to just try and convince someone and we get weary doing so. Something I have experienced was trying to cram the truth not realizing what I was doing. But later I backed up and realized that if I believe God is able then I will ask Him to deal with my own wife. After prayer and fasting and trusting and believing God, He began to deal with my wife and I could see him dealing with her. This is after I asked God to deal with her Himself. Many times it is difficult to just trust God with things, but if we will then He will work on our loved ones.
      Trust means that we have put self aside and have allowed God to be in control. If we can’t trust God, alot of times that means we are in control. Please reply back if you would Joe and let me know how things are going now. God bless you.

  16. Praise the Lord you teach the N.T. plan salvation. Your lesson on the rapture was the clearest I’v heard.
    I appreciate your hour of research and study.

    In Him, Jim

  17. We often read in tracts that one must accept Jesus as “Lord and Savior” to be saved. Many preachers use this terminology in their preaching. Likewise, Bible teachers often refer to this phrase. The problem is that some people have a different meaning for the word “Lord.” The words “Lord and Savior” can be misleading. It all depends on what is meant by “Lord.” If you mean that a person needs to trust Jesus Christ as deity to be saved, the Bible agrees. If you mean that a person must be willing to commit their life to serving God, the Scriptures do NOT agree. Let me say, there is a “growing-in-grace” period for the Believer. As a matter of fact, it is a life-long growing process. No Christian can ever claim to have “arrived” in this fleshly body. We are all sinners saved by God’s grace—deserving of hell. It matters not how good a Christian you may think you are, you are a nobody without God. Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 6:3, “For if a man think himself to be something, when HE IS NOTHING, he deceiveth himself.”

    Oh the delusion of so many people, they think they’re God’s gift to the world. Let me tell you, we are nothing without God. The only good thing about any Believer is the Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from God, we are simply wicked, hell-deserving sinners. Don’t misunderstand the Bible, we are special to God and the object of His love—so much so that He laid down His own life for us. However, Jesus Christ will never truly be in absolute control of our life until we are rid of this earthly body. Question: how much would a person have to make Jesus the Lord of their life to be saved? The answer is simple, none. Why? Because you can do NOTHING of your own to merit God’s free gift of eternal life—it was paid for by Jesus alone. It is silly and wicked for anyone to teach that a person must make Jesus the Lord of their life to be saved.

    A person only needs to trust the Lord, not dedicate their life to Him. This may come later but it has nothing to do with being saved. You need NOT do anything to be saved except admit you’re a sinner and then call upon the precious name of Christ Jesus. Likewise my friend, you do NOT have to give up your sins to be saved, except one—the sin of unbelief! The unbelief which has kept you from being saved for so long. When a lost sinner turns to Christ for salvation, they have just turned from their unbelief (this is repentance, a turning point, a change of mind). If you are truly repentant concerning your sins, then you won’t have the arrogant attitude that you can happily continue living in sin. No way! If you are sincere, then you’ll feel convicted over the sins and failures throughout your life. God does not expect you to clean up your act in order to be saved; on the contrary, He wants to help you clean up your act after you’ve been saved. Just as lost people cannot save themselves, neither can Believers live the Christian life apart from the Holy Spirit of God. We absolutely need God to help us along the way. We are saved by faith—we live the Christian life by faith!!!

    Anyone who adds anything to simple faith in Christ is wrong. Salvation is NOT found in good deeds or merit, it is NOT found in religion or behavior, it is NOT found in giving up sins or turning over a new leak, it is NOT found in being kind or giving away lots of money, it is NOT found in how good a person you may think you are—salvation is found in a person, Jesus Christ.

    Do you believe that Jesus is God’s Son Who came to this earth as God Almighty in the flesh? Do you believe that Jesus is Almighty God today? Do you believe He died in your place to pay for your sins and redeem you from hell? Do you believe Jesus was crucified, buried and raised up after three days? If so, won’t you trust Christ now as your personal Savior if you’ve never done so? If you will simply confess to God that you are a wicked sinner, deserving of hell, then all you must do is turn to Jesus in heart’s faith, asking Him to forgive and save you. You don’t need to make Him the Lord of your life to be saved, just realize that Jesus Christ is God Almighty and trust upon Him to forgive your sins and save you. You don’t need to give up your sins to be saved, just be sorry for the sins you’ve committed and confess them to God. How sorry do you have to be? Just sorry enough to trust Christ for forgiveness (Romans 10:13). Jesus never told anyone to give up their sins to be saved, He simply asked us to believe on Him (John 6:40). All Jesus wants from us is simple childlike faith. Jesus didn’t require people to give up their sins to be saved, He saved them and then told them afterwards to go and sin no more (Jesus said “…go, and sin no more” -John 8:11). To be saved, a person needs only to confess their own sins and seek Christ’s forgiveness; hence, they have repented.

    The second I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and asked Him to forgive my sins, He became my Lord and Master. Never let anyone lead you astray from the simplicity of God’s Word. The “growing in grace” process is a lifetime process; no believer is without fault or sin. If we as believers had to meet a certain standard for Jesus to be our Lord, then NONE of us would qualify. The only condition, which needed to be met, was our simple faith in the Blessed Saviour. So again, if you are a born-again child of God, Jesus is already your LORD. He becomes your LORD the same moment He becomes your SAVIOUR.

  18. Brothers and sisters, may I share a revelation that MORE than settles the FACT that the ONLY VALID WATER BAPTISM IS IN THE NAME OF JESUS. I believe that many of you are familiar with Rabbi Sid Roth of “It’s Supernatural.” He has produced a Bible called “The One New Man” Bible, and it can be purchased from him on his website. Matthew 28:19-20, is written as follows: (V19) “Therefore, when you go, you must make disciples of all the heathens, (20) teaching them to keep all the things that I have been commanding
    you: and behold I AM with you all the days until the end of the age.” As one can plainly see, there is nothing in this verse that says anything about baptism in the “name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”! There is an explanation for this in the Glossary which reads as follow: “Matthew 28:19 in the Greek text contains a reference to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is considerable evidence that this phrase was ‘added’ at the Nicean Council in 325 AD. Several early Christian theologians, who had seen the complete book of Matthew, attested that the early copies of Matthew ‘did not containthe phrase.’ Eusebius of Caesarea was one of those and even though he believed in the Trinity, he wrote that the phrase, “immersing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” was not int he early texts. Today, there are only two copies of Matthew earlier than the 4th C and the last page of the Codex of each of those was destroyed many centuries ago.” William R. Connor, Litt. D. writes, “While no manuscript of the first three centuries is in existence, we do have the writings of at least two men who did actually possess, or had access to manuscripts much earlier than our earliest now in existence. These bring forward evidence from the following, either to direct quotation from their writings, or indirectly through the writings of their contempories, viz. Eusebius of Caesarea, the unknown author of De Rebaptismate, Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Justin Martyr, Macedonius, Eunomius and Aphraates.” Dr. Connor’s discussion of these covers twenty-one pages so it is not included here, but the evidence he cites is overwhelming that the original Matthew 28:19 did not include the phrase “immersing them in thena me of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” For that reason the phrase does not appear in the text of this translation.”
    Jesus said in John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” I hope and pray that someone is “made free’ after reading this. In my understanding of the Word of God, scripture interprets scripture (Isaiah 28:9-10). I believe that the Lord is “pulling the cover off the the lies of the devil” in these last of the last days so that people who really LOVE HIM, (regardless of denomination), will KNOW THE TRUTH AND BE SAVED ACCORDING TO THE TRUE WORD OF GOD.” Man will have NO EXCUSES when he stands before the Judgement Seat of God. The men who came up with the “doctrine of the Trinity” were not true disciples of Jesus, but were members of the Roman Catholic Church, which as the Apostle Paul said, in Romans 1:23, “changed the truth of God into a lie.”I have been studying with Brother Irvin Baxter since 1996, and have found that he has been blessed by the Lord Jesus to be the leading endtime prophet for the nations. If you are like me, you like to research things for yourself, so study the history of the Catholic Church, especially the Nicean Council of 325 AD. There is no example of anyone in the Bible of being baptized in the titles of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; every instance of baptism is in the Name of Jesus (Matt1:21, Acts 4:12)..”FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.” Jesus is not about DENOMINATION BUT SALVATION. I believe it doesn’t matter to Him what your denomination is, just as long as one OBEYS His Word-only HIS WORD IS THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH! I could go on, but I just wanted to share what God has revealed in these last days. What I like to call “the beginning book of prophecy-Daniel, and the ending book of prophecy-Revelation,” is in play and being FULFILLED BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. JESUS IS COMING SOON-”DON’T MISS HIM!” Be Blessed in Jesus Name!

    • Who do you think Jesus is? He is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus says “I and the Father are one.” “If you seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” Jesus prayed that “we would all be one.” We need to unite, not divide. And where do you think the Bible came from anyway? Nothing in the Bible is contrary to Catholic teaching and nothing in Catholic teaching is contrary to the Bible. Delve more deeply into Church history. Like the teachings of the 12 Apostles called “The Didache.” See what they originally said about Baptism. God bless.

      • All of you are using other materials outside of the accepted complete Bible to prove your point. Has anyone forgotten the Holy Spirit? – He is the great corrector and He must not be impressed with what we’re doing!

    • Pastor Frank of what ever church you are a part of, the first thing to be a Christian is to try to act like Christ. It seem that you deny the trinity and blame the Catholic Church of adding to the bible to justify your beliefs.

      Preach the Gospel at all times… and when necessary, use words. – Saint Francis of Assisi

    • Praise the Lord, Pastor. I totally agree. Very good teaching. May the Lord bless you and smile upon you.

  19. I agree that the Bible clearly teaches that belief, repentance, confession, and baptism are all part of accepting the gift of grace and mercy that God has offered us. Virtually every conversion story in the New Testament includes baptism immediately following belief. I think the scripture that most clearly demonstrates the necessity of baptism is Acts 22:16. Paul is giving the testimony of his own conversion after meeting Jesus on the road to Damacus. Paul (Saul at the time) clearly believed immediately and was obedient to Jesus’ command to go to Damascus to see Ananias. After healing Saul’s vision, Ananias said, “Why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Three days after meeting Jesus, being blinded, believing, and obeying Jesus command, Saul’s sins were still with him. They still needed to be washed away through baptism. It is sin that seperates us from God. If they are still with us, we cannot possibly be saved. I don’t think it could be any clearer.

    However, I do have questions regarding other theings I have read on here. Please know that I ask these questions only to gain a better understanding and not to create strife.

    1. It is stated in several comments that one must be baptized in Jesus’ name; that the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost just won’t do. How can that be reconciled with Matthew 28:19 where Jesus commanded the apostles to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”?

    2. How can you suggest that speaking in toungues is necessarily the evidence of the infilling of the Holy Ghost? I have read the article about toungues being divine or devilish, and there are some great points made. However, to state that being born-again requires speaking in toungue seems to be a stretch as I understand the Word. Yes, the Holy Ghost revealed itself this way on at least three occasions, but 1 Cor. 12 shows that each Christian fulfills a role as a member of the body. Some are given the gift of toungues, while others are given the gifts of healing, prophesy, faith, miracles, or interpretation of toungues. Verses 29 & 30 asks a series of rhetorical questions, all of which can be answered “NO”. Not all are apostles, not all are workers of miracles, and not all speak with tounges. 1 Cor 14:1-5 indicates that some may have no spiritual gifts at all, but they should desire them (v. 1). Paul says he wished they all spoke in toungues (indicating that some don’t), but would rather that they prophesied because it is the greater gift (v. 5). I just can’t make the connection that you make. There is also the “fruit of the spirit” which, as stated in Eph. 5:9-10, prove what is acceptable to the Lord. I believe the Bible teaches that the GIFT of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost is given to all those that are born again and is ALWAYS evidenced through the “fruit” of the Sprirt and sometimes through “spiritual gifts”. We should all possess the fruit of the Spirit, and we should all desire the spiritual gifts.

    I greatly appreciate the work you do for the Lord. May God bless you. May God bless us all.

    • In the Gospel according to Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, ” Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. If you will notice the word name is singular and not plural. Also read St. Luke Chapter 24: 45-49. May God bless you.

      • Hope I can help you. 1st. the 4 gospels are witness accounts of Jesus and HIS ministry. Acts is he beginning of the church and Peter was given the keys to the Kingdom. Matt. 28:19 is corroberated in Acts 2:38. What is the name of the FATHER, the SON, the HOLY GHOST?
        Acts 4:12 says there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved (singular) Col. 3:17 says, whatever we do in word or deed do it all in the name of JESUS CHRIST. 1st. Timothy 3:16 GOD was revealed in the flesh. What was told in Acts 2 is for now and until the LORD stops calling people to Salvation. Romans thru Jude are epistles written to the churchs already established to keep everyone true to the doctrine . I tried to be brief and hope I was able to be clear enough to help. God bless.

        • Very good reply Lora…there is so much more in the Word of God for this understanding…also, with all respect to the honest hearted…the Catholic Church changed the baptism in church history from what the original Church that Jesus set up did…All the Church that was birth forth baptized in Jesus name…the Universal Church that was changing many truths, this was one of them, and is in there own writings…it was changed to emerge three times to the tittles, Father, Son and Holy Ghost..because the heathen temples they were trying to win over also, by joining them and the Church into one form of religion they were establishing with Rome Control and leadership..nothing like the Church Jesus set up and was to continue until the the wonders in the heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come…this has not happen, and the same gospel message Jesus gave, and the apostles in agreement in Acts 2:37,37,39,40,41…Acts 8:12-17, Acts 9:2,5,14,15,16,17,18, Acts 19:1-9,17, Acts 10:34-42-48; Acts 11:14-18. Isaiah 28:9-11. John 7:37-39. Luke 24:26,27,44-53. Acts 1:4-8-15,36-41. Acts 4:4-13,17,18,29,30,31, Acts 5:28-32,40,41,42..Read all…the name of Jesus was hated among those of Rome and the Jews who rejected Jesus being Messiah..Jesus=Jehovah/Salvation…all through Isaiah 40-46 chapters…God said, He is the only Savior, that His glory He will not give unto another, He is the first & last, no other beside Him, He span the heavens and He walked upon the earth..Israel knew there was ONE GOD, Hear, Oh Israel, the LORD our GOD is ONE…those who rejected Jesus as Messiah, did not see God manifested in the flesh…Jesus is the God of the Old & New Testimant gone back into HIS glorified body..when Jesus came in the body and talked of the Father…HE was speaking of HIS Spirit over his flesh while HE set the example for us to follow…HE did nothing, but what the Father (Spirit) said…Flesh obeyed the Spirit, HE walked in the Spirit as HE tells us to do. Jesus said, I come in my Father’s name (Jesus)..Mary shall bring forth a Son and call His name (Jesus)..Jesus said, HE would send forth the Holy Ghost in his name (Jesus). The twelve disciples very well knew and obeyed exactly what Jesus commanded them to do…Baptized (emerged completely calling on the name of the LORD Jesus) as they went down into the water, burried with Christ, putting on Christ in baptism…do not let traditions that faught this truth keep you from the full understanding of the Word that the Church Jesus set up…Reformation of all things is now…man changed it from the scripture way, trying to lure heathens in their new way, for the heathen ceremonies emerged three times for all their gods came off from three main gods during the time of Babylon…understand the death of this in Jesus name open your understanding to the scriptures…those who hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled…others will reject it for tradition of men.

  20. I don’t believe that you need to be baptized in water to be saved. I believe that Jesus wants us to be baptized, but not to be saved. If you think about it, this would not be salvation merely by the Grace of God, but also by works! I received the Holy Spirit right after I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. Without being baptized in water. I was baptized later, because I wanted to be closer to God.

    I think if Jesus was here right now in the flesh, that he would be disappointed with all of the bickering. I wonder what he would say to us in a comment?

    Perhaps “Oh you of little faith” then John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. That whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”.

    He did not say, however, you must also be baptized in water, then I will save you!

    Just a thought. ;-)

    • Praise the Lord!

      I have a thought about John 3:16. Before you reach v.16, you have to read v1-15. In 3-8 Jesus told Nicodemus he MUST be born again. Then in 16 He tells him you have to believe. We know we can not be born again if we do not believe. Do we just have to believe He came? Or, do we also have to believe His words? The very first step would necessarily be belief. Then, we must respond by obeying.
      If I don’t repent, but I say I believe, am I saved?
      Jesus said, “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”(Luke13:3)
      Am I saved because I repented?
      Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”(Mark16:16)
      Jesus made a distinction between repentance and remission of sins when he said, “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”(Luke24:47) His blood was shed so that we could have remission of sins, because without It we would just be getting wet at baptism.
      Jesus made the distinction first. Then, Peter on the day of Pentecost repeated that distinction. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”(Acts2:38)
      Jesus said you must be born again, He then explained that it was rebirth by water & Spirit.(John3:3-8) How does this all come together?
      He says you must believe, in other passages He says you must repent, in others still you must be baptized. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”
      In the book of Acts, receiving the Holy Ghost was not the same as believing, repenting, and being baptized(Acts2:38;8:12&15-17). This is where we get our Spiritual birth! Repentance and baptism produces a clean & empty vessel, that is ready for His Spirit to fill it. None of which could have been obtained without the prerequisite of belief!
      When people believed the gospel being preached to them they responding by obedience to the gospel.(Acts2:1-4&41-42;8:12&36-38;9:17-18;10:44-48) There are more examples in Acts, but I suggest you study for yourself. Simply put though, if you don’t believe, you won’t obey.
      Remember this also when you read the New Testament, everything after Acts was written to those who were already part of the New Testament Church. To find out how they became part of it, you have to go back to Acts.

      Steve

    • We know that the word of God is forever settled in heaven and Jesus would say exactly what His word says. 1 Peter 3:21 tells us that baptism saves us. Also Titus 3:5 tells us that we are not saved by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy God saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost. God saves us by baptism and the Holy Ghost, we do not save ourselves by doing those things. We simply accept the work of Jesus Christ through baptism according to Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12.

      • thank you brother it is refreshing to know that not every ones minds have been darkened
        In the book of rev. we read they were judged by their works

  21. The book of Hebrews tells us that ” a testament is of no force while the testator liveth” so the Gospel of Jesus Christ wasn’t of force while Jesus was still alive. The theif on the cross was saved by “God with us”.
    To be saved today a person must repent (with Godly sorrow) or die to the old ways then be buried with the Lord Jesus by baptism into His death in the name of Jesus Christ then recieve the GIFT of the Holy Ghost in order to raise with Him at the last trump. ” Blessed and Holy is he that hath part in the First Resurection on such the Second Death hath no power”. Baptism in the name of Jesus saves us “by the resurection of Jesus Christ” Who is the First Resurection.

    • Amen Brother! Thanks for that Hebrews 9:17 insight! Helps me and others to understand the Thief on the cross. The thief was bound by the old covenant and Jesus had the power to forgive while he was with us, which he did indeed during his ministries as indicated in the Gospels.

    • Reading what you wrote is not very clear at all. I’ve read it a couple of times now and I still can’t tell what you’re actually saying here.

  22. Hello all,
    I am a born again Christian. I have been baptized twice in my life, the first time was because I had always been taught that you join church and then get baptized. I was 16 at the time. Later on at the age of 38 I got baptized again because I had a better understanding and had led a very sinful life and wanted to cleansed from my sins after repenting; however each time I remember the baptizer saying I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. It was not in the name of Jesus. Am I still saved. I don’t want to be lost forever w/o hope. I’ve prayed the sinners prayer often and I know that God loves me dearly and doesn’t want me to go to hell.

    • I too was baptized more than once. I was 7 when I asked a question concerning a
      message on hell and it was decided I was under conviction and was asked to pray
      the sinners prayer. Of course I had no idea what it really meant and was not baptized
      but at 9 I knew I needed to do something and still not really understanding thought
      “well I prayed the sinner’s prayer as I was told so the next step must be baptism”.
      I was never satisfied with my salvation at that point and with good reason.
      I was immersed in water but because I had not been first baptized by the Holy
      Spirit it only showed a willingness to follow Jesus but still I was not truly saved.
      As I grew into a teenager I was very unsure of my salvation and being a
      preacher’s child and involved in all things church, I felt under great pressure
      to be a Christian. I knew the mechanics of being saved, ask Jesus to forgive your
      sins and ask Him to come into your heart. But you see just knowing things in your
      head does not always translate into your heart. I kept trying and ended up
      being water baptized twice more before I finished high school. I convinced
      myself I was saved, as I had done all the right things, I thought. But
      still I had doubts. I married at 23 and thankfully God gave me a wonderful
      Christian husband that I could attend church with. Every one has their own
      salvation experience. The one constant is truly opening your heart to Jesus Christ
      who died for our sins. Oh what a wonderful day, actually night, when what had
      always been in my head reached my heart and Jesus came flooding in. What a joy
      to finally know I was truly a Christian. I wasn’t walking down the aisle of a church
      when Jesus filled me, I had tried that, I was in our car with my Bible opened excitedly
      discussing a point we had discussed at a Bible study we had just attended. I felt the
      Holy Spirit fill me, it was really a strange feeling and at first, to be truthful, I wasn’t sure
      what had just happened, after all wasn’t I already saved? The thing was I no longer had
      doubts about my salvation. and I was so anxious to get to work for God. I didn’t want to
      just sit on a pew any more, I truly wanted to serve God. Oh, I had went through
      the motions before in somethings but now my heart was involved, not just my head,
      in what I was doing and I couldn’t do enough. I was baptized again, that was over
      20 years ago and I have never looked back. God is with me in all that I do, I can’t
      imagine having gone through life without His strength and love. I worked with kids
      in the church for many years and now am teaching a senior adult class in Sunday
      School. I praise God for His goodness. God bless you. If you have doubts
      that doesn’t mean you are not saved but talk to a minister about your doubts
      and maybe he can help you find the answers you are searching for.

    • Hi Adrene, it is good that you are asking this question. I myself was in your situation before. The answer is found in Acts 4:12 and Acts 19:1-5:

      Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

      Acts 19″1-5 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

      *Walking with God is a journey, and as we stay in His Word, He reveals his truth to us. As I really began studying the Word, I was convicted in my heart to be obedient just as the disciples did in Acts 19, to be rebaptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

      Everything we do should come from the heart, not a matter of legalism. So, Adrene, if this is in your heart to do, you are ready! I am excited for you.

  23. Hi, actually the thief did repent.
    He had a change of heart. In one gospel account, both thieves mocked Christ. In another one thief had a change of heart and rebuked the mockers. Since Jesus is God, He alone could see the repentance in his heart even if he didn’t say a sinners prayer. Remember repentance is clearly a change of heart and direction. He turned from his sin by his attitude. The thief also asked Christ to remember him when he came into his kingdom, recognizing that Jesus was who he claimed to be –God. This was good enough for Jesus to invite him into the kingdom.
    And as someone else noted, the thief wasn’t baptized. Baptism is an outward show of faith, the evidence of faith, but like any good “work” baptism will never save you. Every christian should want to be baptized.
    Important yes, necessary for salvation-no.
    The scripture someone gave about baptism for the forgiveness of sins Acts 2:38…. I think this is a language issue in the modern text compared to the original language… Think of it as being baptized BECAUSE OF of the forgiveness of sins, NOT FOR the forgiveness of sins. I.e. we are baptized outwardly for others to see because of the gracious forgiveness of sins we received. Baptism is a response to forgiveness. Not a tool for forgiveness. Very important difference.
    Remember, the cults have a long list of ‘stuff’ you have to do in addition to Jesus, once you go down that road, even requiring baptism, you open the door to a works-based salvation.
    you are saved by your repentance and faith in Christ… Both of these are within your heart. There is no extra work, duty, ritual, or ordinance needed for salvation itself.

    • Please read Paul’s testimony of his own conversion in Acts 22. Three days after a very literal encounter with Jesus, after believing and going to the person Jesus sent him to for instruction, he was told to “arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins.” His sins still stained him after believing. His obedience through baptism was necessary to wash them away. This is no cult teaching. It is God’s Word. It is not salvation through works. It is submitting to the commands of the Lord. It is the pledge of a good conscience towards God (1 Peter 3:21). “Those who love Me will keep My commandments.” Paul, the greatest Gospel preacher the world has ever known, submitted to God in baptism; the rest of us should as well.

    • The Apostle Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 that we are saved by the gospel which he goes on to define as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a result the thief on the cross could not have been saved by the gospel because Jesus had not even died yet. As a result we cannot look to the thief on the cross for our example of salvation.

      Baptism is not an additional work or an outward show of faith. Baptism is a part of salvation. Mark 16:16 says he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. It is not just the believer without any response to that belief who receives salvation. 1 Peter 3:21 clearly tells us that baptism saves us. Titus 3:5 says that God saved us according to His mercy by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. Baptism is how God saves us, not how we save ourselves. Repentance, baptism, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost are not our works but God’s works. We simply believe and obey them. Baptism does remit our sins. Acts 2:38 is correct when it instructs us to be baptized for the remission of sins. We find this same command in Acts 22:16. The instruction is given to arise and be baptize, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Through baptism our sins are remitted or washed away.

      If someone wants to teach that no response or actions are required for salvation then to say a person is saved by faith in Christ and repentance is a direct contradiction. To believe in something requires a response or action within one’s self. To repent requires a person to ask for forgiveness and to completely surrender their life to God. These are actions one must do. These things do not happen involuntarily. The Bible gives us a clear path to follow. We are saved through faith and obedience to God’s word. God is the savior.

  24. It’s the Blood of Jesus that saves us! Not baptism.
    Hebrews 9:22. Without the shedding of blood there
    Is no remission of sin. Jesus forgae sin in the bible
    But he never baptized anyone. Baptism is just a symbolism
    Of the old mans death. How can a man be soo smart
    On end time and believe these Jesus only false teachings?

    • Rev Kevin,
      Have you ever heard the term “Cafeteria Christian”? Your remark shows that you are picking a scripture verse that you like and ignoring the scripture verses that don’t agree with your liking. Come on Rev, get you a full serving of all the gospel.

    • Rev Kevin Barbour,
      If Jesus only is false teaching, please explain Acts 4: 12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. and Matthew 28: 18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”.

      Now for baptism, Jesus said to John the Baptist who thought himself unworthy to baptise the Lamb of God. (John 1: 29) “And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer [it to be so] now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him”. (Matthew 3: 15)
      At His baptism was Jesus said he and the baptizer were required to fufill all righteousness. That being God’s requirement for Jesus; was Jesus our example of submission to God’s righteous purpose and plan for all men/women to follow?

    • The Bible teaches us that baptism is extremely important. Mark 16:16 tells us that he that believes and is baptized shall be saved. This verse tells us that it takes more than belief to be saved but that baptism is a part of the process. 1 Peter 3:21 clearly tells us that baptism saves us. Peter instructed the people on the day of Pentecost to be baptized in the name of Jesus when they questioned what they should do. Peter commanded those in Acts 10:44-48 to be baptized after they were just filled with the Holy Ghost. When Philip preached Jesus to the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8, the eunuch sought to be baptized. Paul taught that we are saved by the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 which he explained to be the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Colossians 2:12 and Romans 6:4 teach that we are buried with Christ in baptism. From what the Bible says, baptism is necessary.

  25. I’ve been deeply researching many of Mr. Irwin Baxter’s End Time topics. This man is right on and is one of a very few Evangelists who will cover the people and institutions behind our current world and national events with our fear. May the power of GOD be with you Mr. Baxter. And the world thanks you for your bravery to stand up to these demonic institutions and globalist.

  26. As important as the “endtime message” is, nothing is more important than the answer to the question “what must I do to be saved”? I am so thankful Dr. Baxter has always kept this at the forefront of his ministry. Blessings to you!

  27. We are supposed to turn from our sins. To do that we must first know what sin is so we can turn from it. 1 John 3:4 tells us, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.” So sin is breaking God’s law. Logically then, in order to practice not sinning, we must keep God’s law. This is how we know God and His way of righteousness. 1 John 2:4 “He that saith, “I know Him,” and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.” We must keep God’s commandments so we know how God wants us to grow. He talks to us through His word. It is our instructions. Christ’s magnicficant sacrifice was made to cover us for when we mess up.

  28. This is a very simple and sound doctrine introduction for believers of any level. I Thank the Lord Jesus Christ for the standard of truth in the Ministry. May you be fully blessed in Jesus Name.

  29. Wow! Thank God for these conversations. I believe God is using this page as a revelation of truth for the readers. This is truly very clear and enlightening. Acts 2:38 which is REPENTANCE, WATER BAPTISM IN JESUS NAME, and RECEIVING THE HOLY GHOST is the direct application of the Gospel taught by the apostle Paul in 1Cor 15:1-4; DEATH, BURIAL, & RESSURECTION. (and other related Scripture references mentioned in the above conversations) It can’t be any clearer than that!!!

    My favorite is what Ann says:
    “… If God’s word says it, do it. Don’t mess with your eternity. I would rather be baptized in His name, and find out when I die that it wasn’t necessary than do not do it and find out when I die that it was necessary.”

    May others who read this column read it with an OPEN MIND and allow allow God to speak life through it that will bring revelation (Rhema).

    Thank you Mr Baxter for putting up this page. This is eternally helpful. God bless your ministry.

  30. The God we are serving is full of Love and compasion, but is a God that sets His standards and principles. If He Himself baptized & recieved the H/Ghost( Matt 3:14-17) and speaks plainly in Jon 3:3,5 with the command to His apostles(Matt 28:19, Mark 16:16,17, Luke 24:47), all starts in Jerusalem. Rest of the apostles with him, Peter’s message was simple; Repentence, water baptism in Jesus name for the remission of sins and recieve the promised H/Ghost. 3000 souls believe and were baptized in AD 33(act 2:38,41). Same salvation message in Samaria a year later, AD 34(act 8:12-17) and in Caesarea in AD41(act 10:43-48) and finally in Ephesus, 21 years after the same Salvation message preach by Peter. Here, Paul is comandin saints in Ephesus to exactly do the same(act 19:1-7). See also Act 16:15 (Philippi) and Act 18:8(Corinth). All letters writen by Paul addresses the believers as saints or brethren (see charter 1 of each letters), meaning he is writing to a santified church who had fulfill the gospel, death(repentence), burial (water baptism in Jesus name) and resurrection (recieving H/Ghost), Rm 6:2-4. Thanks. Rabi png.

  31. This is what i ‘ve been studying for somedays now to fix ,because there are so many false doctrines in the world today…But im happy that we solving this one here which known as salvation part of the doctrine

  32. God’s word does not belong to anyone. The KJV is not nor can be copyrighted. Most new versions are controled by copyrights. If it is copyrighted then the text belongs to someone not God. The KJV says for John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only BEGOTTEN Son that whosoever believes in Him SHOULD NOT PERISH but have everlasting life.” the Lord Jesus is the only begotton Son of God. and no one should perish doesn’t some don’t perish just that they should not perish. A person that smokes should not keep on smoking. That doesn’t mean they will stop smoking. There is a choice to be made. KJV John 3:16 leaves room for a choice after one believes. NIV John 3:16 doesn’t leave room for a choice after one believes. NIV has a copyright meaning it belongs to someone and not God. KJV Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written,

  33. The question “Do all speak with tongues?” (I Cor. 12:30)
    This 12th chapter of first Corinthians practically lists the gifts of the Spirit (verses 8-11) that come from the Spirit AFTER a believer receives his own personal Holy Ghost experience. All original believers in New Testament church spoke in tongues Acts 2:4; 2:45-48 and 19:5-6. The Holy Ghost is readily available to all who believe they can have it, and in sincere worship, intense hunger, seeking Jesus, the baptizer (Luke 3:16) will receive.
    After having received this powerful personal experience and praying thereafter the believer can pray in tongues, a special form of personal self devotion to edify himself or be reinforced inwardly to face his fiery trials and problems sooner or later with life. It is strengthening to have Christ in him and this continuing evidence. (I Cor. 14:2, Col. 1:27) But if one goes to a meeting of believers this personal devotion is secondary and subject (1 Cor. 14:32) to the believer at the time of listening to the minister speak a message in the local language to edify, exhort, and comfort all.
    Tongues is listed in another use as one of the gifts of the Spirit in this book of Corinthians which was written to believers who had already received the Holy Ghost and been baptized in Jesus Name, (I Cor. 6:11) which may come audibly distinct in the middle of a meeting of believers and may be reinforced by another similar utterance as a witness of a special message to be interpreted to the church and as a sign to unbelievers present that God is among them. At this time not all in the local assembly speak in tongues but the messenger(s) by two or three in order with one who interprets.
    To use the above question “Do all speak with tongues?” totally out of context to convince people to go the “easy believe” route and not seek and receive this glorious experience as all did “at the beginning” (Acts 11:15) in Acts chapter two, is to deprive them of tremendous spiritual dividends. Since all the gifts and fruit of the spirit come from the Holy Ghost “tree” too many will be condemned at the final day because they did not believe nor go up the Acts 2:38 tree. Obeying Acts 2:38 is life or death! No other scripture is people-inclusive, “every one of you” nor time-inclusive, “as many as the Lord shall call.” If you want the gifts and fruit, and in the end, salvation, GO UP THIS TREE!

  34. All I can say is what (real) bride refuses to take her husband’s name. If you want to take part of an individual’s life their name is involved somewhere – birth, marriage, identification, and death – almost every aspect in life involves a “name.” Even when you get hired on a job, you get a badge with the name of the company, all your benefits and checks are associated with the name of that company. So you say, “What’s in a name?”

    If Jesus died for your sin so that you can have eternal life, then why can’t you take His Name? What can it hurt really? I’m so glad to have had the name Jesus Christ called over me when I was baptized! So glad for the Holy Ghost! With the way this world is shaping up, I would be baptized in Jesus name seventy times if that’s what it took for me to be saved!

    I am amazed at how this one issue creates a great gulf amongst “believers.” There’s so much more to be said about this. But if you truly want to please God and your heart is right, you’ll do whatever it takes to obey His word! When it is all said and done, the bottom line is we all had an opportunity to obey the scriptures or not – your choice. Hope you can live with it. I’d rather be ready than wrangling.

    One final thought: to those who are struggling with whether just saying the sinner’s prayer, merely believing on Jesus is enough – I challenge you to go to the Lord in prayer (sincere prayer) for the truth to be revealed and ask Him what He would have you do and ask him to help you (through His word). Either you will believe or you won’t (He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved – he that believeth not is damned already). However, he’ll tell you from out of His word that baptism in water (immersion) in the name of Jesus and receiving the baptism in the Holy Ghost with evidence of tongues is the way. If you don’t believe it then, you be like so many who go to the airport -just seeing us off!

    • We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

      2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

      2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

      —- So.. these men of Old were well familiar with the Holy Ghost ( spirit) and the workins of the Spirit and the Salvation by the Spirit.. and Baptism into and by that Spirit.. and

      ONE Lord one faith , one baptism.. One God and father of all, who is above all, through all, and in you all!!! have you considered that baptism has two parts? baptised of the water ( flesh) and of the Spirit ( Holy Ghost). Baptism symbolizes death to the flesh, and life in the spirit. Buried? with him in BAptism.. that ye may rise, and walk in Newness (Spirit) of Life. rather a death of the old mortal sinful man, (now) than face an everlasting death of hellfire and torment .. where the worm never dies.. at the judgement.. its our part to partake of the new birth.. our choice.. to take part of the free works of the Holy Spirit.. of the Salvation that Jesus bought with his own life.. Its interesting.. but most of those people who say that baptism is not necessary because it is a “work” in their mind, beleif you have to have repentance, but that that is not a “work” as well? one preacher in a big life changers church in fact declares that the act of repentance is not necessary either.. how far will people go in this heritical modern slippage of true gospel? they indeed declare “say this prayer after me” and I say, why? is that not a work as well? by their own claims? then if they hold this nonsense, then indeed we could only be saved truly by this non action salvation by “preselection” for you have no part of your own salvation!.. RATHER I would stay in the book.. stay in the Gospel.. If the Early Disciples were baptized then I need to be baptized. if I am being baptized into Jesus Christ, then I need to be obedient and be baptized in his NAME.. not his titles.. Acts 4:12

      This writer has given 12 years of his life in a native culture in Alaska where there was no roads to leave on.. captive and isolated, except by air. and during this time I found out that you can’t become a fisherman properly without getting wet.. Hope I got ya to laugh, but also realize you can’t become a real christian without getting yourself immersed in this Word, in this Faith, and indeed washed in this pure water, this living water.. and drink of it as well..

  35. though many spoke in tongues, many didnt. paul asked do all speak in tongues.maybe you know the scripture im talking about. acts 2:38 promises after repentance, and baptism in jesus name,we shall recieve the gift. what is a gift. god doesnt break promises.when someone is raised in a certain belief, its hard for them to understand the truth. irvin changed his belief to post trib rapture.im not saying some of us wont speak in tongues, but not all will. please show the scriptures that back your belief. im worried for your souls, as the scripture tells us not add or take away. i include irvin, his family, and ministry, in my prayers.his ministry has helped many, including myself,remain informed on whats going on in our world;helping us see that the lord will soon be returning for the church.

    • Tommy, you should request Bro. Baxter’s pamphlet on tongues. He answers your question and others well. The scripture you are referring to (I Corinthians 12:30) is dealing with the gifts of the Spirit in the church. It is true that not all have the gift of tongues for use in the church, but all who receive the Holy Ghost do speak with tongues (see Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-19; 10:44-46; and 19:6). Remember that Paul’s epistle was written to the Corinthian church, not to prospective converts. He was teaching them about using the gifts of the Spirit in the church. He was not teaching them about receiving the Holy Spirit for the first time.

      • I understand this in the same manner as Tommy. Look at the rhetorical questions in verses 29 & 30. We are not all apostles. We do not all work miracles, and we don’t all speak in tongues. Not all of those in the Corinthian Church were all of those things either inside or outside of their worship assembly. However, we all have the Spirit making intercession on our behalfwith groanings which cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26). Some may consider this speaking in tongues. I think there is a distinction. We all show we are acceptable to the Lord through the fruit of the Spirit (Eph 5:9-10) not necessarily through spiritual gifts. I Cor 14:1 does make it clear that we should all desire spiritual gifts.

  36. God the Father is seeking a relationship of love with you for which He has created you.
    But there is a problem. Because of sin all people
    are born separated from God,makink it impossible
    for us to have a relationship with Him.The Bible
    says,”For all have sinned and fall short of the
    glory of God”(Romans 3:23).
    There is a remedy.Sin affects us so much we won’t seek God on our own.Therefore God takes the initiative and draws to His Son Jesus Christ
    -who is the only way to the Father.(John 14:6).
    Jesus says,”For God so loved the world that he
    gave His one and only Son,that whoever believes
    in him, shall not perish but have eternal life.”
    (John 3:16)
    Eternal life defines the relationship God desires,Jesus says,”Now this is eternal life:
    that that they may know you,the only true God.
    and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent”.(John 17:3).”That they may know you,” means an ongoing love relationship that begins when we trust in
    Christ and continues for eternity.
    To enter into this relationship you need to place
    your trust alone in Jesus Christ for your salvation- which means the forgiveness of your sins and entering a right relationship with God.

  37. The Bible says,’That if you confess with your
    mouth,’Jesus is Lord’,and believe in your heart
    that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved.For it with your heart that you believe and are justified,and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved”(Romans 10:9-10).
    To enter into this relationship you need to put your trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation- which means the forgiveness of your
    sins and entering a right relationship with God.

  38. ‘Moreover,Bretheren,I declare unto you the gospel
    which i preached unto you, which also ye have received,& wherein ye stand;By which also ye are
    saved,if you keep in memory what i preached unto you,unless yoy have believed in vain.For I deliv-
    ered unto you first of all that which i also rec-
    eived,how that Christ Died for our sins according
    to the Scriptures;And that He was Buried,& that He Rose Again the third day,according to the Scr-
    iptures,& that He was seen of Cephas(Simon Peter)
    then of the twelve:After that He was seen of above five hundred bretheren at once;of whom the
    greater part remain unto this present, but some
    are fallen asleep.After that He was seen of James,then of all the apostles.And last of all He
    was seen of ne also, as of one born out of due time………..Therefore whether It were I or
    they,so we preach, & so ye believed.’1Cor.1-11.
    ‘And they(Paul & Silas)said,Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,& thou shalt be saved,& thy house
    (household).And they spake unto him(Philippian
    jailer)the Word Of The Lord,& to all that were in his house.And he(Jailer) took them the same
    hour of the night(Paul & Silas)& washed their stripes,& was baptized(he the jailer)he & all his
    ,straightway.And when he(jailer)had brought them
    (Paul & Silas)into his house, he set meat before them,& rejoiced,believing with all his house.’
    Acts.16:31-34.
    ‘Neither is there salvation in any other:for there is none other name under heaven given among men,whereby ye must be saved.’Acts.4:12.

  39. Jesus said, he is the way and the truth, no one goes to the father except him. So i believe that for one the received the grace of love,righteous and holy living from God one needs to believe in the death, resurrection of body and forgiveness of sin which have been done through Our Lord Saviour(De Christ). By doing so, one received one most powerful indwelling spirit ie Holy Spirit which always draw us the the love of God and his blessings.

  40. If God tells you directly and in person that “today you will be with me in paradise” then you probably don’t have to worry about doing anything else, but if you haven’t had that type of experience, I highly recommend Acts 2:38.

    • Good One!!!

      Obey Acts 2:38 and All of it’s variations in Acts!!!

      1. Repent

      2. Water Baptim calling upon the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ

      3. Recieving The Holy Ghost Evidenced by speaking in other Tounges as the Spirit gives utterance.

      2 and 3 can be switched in order ,but number 1 is always First!!!

      This is not works it is a Command and if we don’t obey Matt 7:21-23 will be our portion!!!

  41. It is refreshing to hear the truth of GOD’s Word on how to be saved. Not everyone will speak the truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,especially tele-evangelism. Too many souls are deceived by “easy believism”. Many think that they are saved because they’ve quoted Romans 10:9, or stated the ever-so popular, “Lord come into my heart..” But in the third chapter of the book of John, Jesus told Nicodemus,”Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Further, Peter, on the Day of Pentecost, declared the proper Way to be saved in Acts 2:38. When you are born of
    His Spirit, (born again)God will fill you with His Spirit with evidence of speaking with other tongues.

  42. Ladies and gentle men,this is one thing i know which is certain. Either you don’t know or you don’t understand this dose not nullify the fact that baptism is very important, because JESUS CHRIST Him self commanded it (Matt.28:19). But get this very clear, baptism itself has no power to save anyone. By faith in JESUS CHRIST… we are saved (Rom.5:1, 10:9). God is God and Man is Man.

    • Many people do not realize that Mathew 28:19 Mark 16:15, and Luke 24: 45-48 ARE ALL of the same event and time of the Account of ACTS 1:6-8 Ascension of Jesus!!!!!!! beware that you try to redescribe it as different accounts! lay them side by side and see what it tells us… many things to consider here, and maybe the one to mention the highest is of Jesus’s Diety… Jesus said if I go NOT away, then the Holy Ghost cannot come to you, ( I must Leave first) which the Father will send in MY NAME! does anyone know that Corinthians asserts the earthly Office of sonship will be completed at a certain point?

      1st Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

      1Cr 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

      1Cr 15:24 Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

      1Cr 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

      1Cr 15:26 The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.

      1Cr 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

      1Cr 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

      Jesus as a fleshly being as we know him as savior, will according to this word we read, will surrender and fold into full deityship of God…. His name will remain “Jesus”.

      It is not as the gnostics trinity imagarie depicts: there was not a physical, old white haired man in heaven, with a younger man figure, and a mystical being somehow depicting a third magical person of a divine holy trinity. this is all pagan and from peoples imaginations.. > this is what has mens eyes and hearts blinded.

      When you’ve tried everything and everything has failed try JESUS! HE IS ETERNAL//

      For unto us a child (JESUS) is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name (JESUS) shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

    • Baptism is taught throughout scripture as being a part of salvation. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 shows us that we are saved by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 tell us that we are buried with Christ in baptism. Mark 16:16 teaches that he who believes and is baptized shall be saved. So from that scripture we see faith and baptism being necessary. 1 Peter 3:21 also says baptism doth also now save us. So we see that baptism is a part of salvation according to the Bible. Remember that faith alone will not save us as found in James 2. Faith without works is dead.

  43. If it’s one thing I know from experience is the evil one plagues us with guilt from our past and we self-condemm ourselves unless we forgive and forget the occurance … The evil one can only play with your past and if you are still living in your past in your mind , you can give him a sronghold on you… Let it go and give it to who loves you and paid the price for you.. Not by your works nothing you do can ever repay for what you do in life -the wage of sin is death… But to please god is to worship him and we do this through jesus christ- Jesus is the only way to the father… You following god’s plan for you to walk the narrow path live in peace and set an example for others who are lost…..Read proverbs all of it for wisdom is my sister and knowledge is my kingsman always…

  44. I cannot understand how so many people can read one scripture verse and have so many different answers. My God in Heaven. No wonder this world is a mess. So much confusion about something so simple, and we certainly know that God is NOT the author of confusion.

    Come Lord Jesus Come….

    • SGO,
      Most believers interpret the Word of GOD through the filter of their life experiences; for example their parent’s faith or what someone they have confidence in has said. Therefore they force the scriptures to speak to their pre conceived belief system. If a believer is truely seeking God, he/she will allow the simplicity of the scriptures to reconcile him/her with Jesus and his salvation plan. Jesus was direct with Nichodenas in John 3: 3-5. The apostles were direct with the thousands at Pentecost. Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14-15; 15: 10). Hebrews 6: 1-3 specificall lays out the foundational principles of salvation for all.

      Erbin

  45. Pertaining to John 3:16, I was taught and believed it to be the plan of salvation until you understand the context of the entire conversation that it is concluding. Jesus is dealing with a Pharisee who only recognizes Him as a “teacher from God”, not as Lord and Savior. Because Nicodemus should know the scriptures better than most as a Pharisee and therefore should know who Jesus is, Jesus cuts to the chase and declares to him salvation is from being born again, of water and spirit. Look in Strongs Concordance and water is from streams, rivers, lakes, etc indicating baptism, not amniotic fluid of natural birth as some tried to tell me. Nicodemus still didn’t get it, Jesus tried explaining it, and finally concludes with vs. 16 that no one will ever be in obedience to born again salvation without first believing that Jesus is God and not just a teacher sent from God. Traditional American culture already believes Jesus was God, but that belief alone doesn’t save them. Obedience to His word saves him.

  46. I believe Jesus saved the thief on the cross without a doubt thru faith under the Old Testament. Gal 3:8

    Please think on this… If using this example for salvation is acceptable for the New Testament, then you have to ask yourself… when did he repent? I never once heard him repent or repeat a “sinners prayer.” No one will disagree repentance is essential.

    Because of the thief example, some will use the dangerous logic that baptism isn’t necessary. By using the same logic we must infer repentance isn’t necessary either.

    I believe repentance and baptism is necessary to be born again. Acts 2:38 is the New Testament way.

    Isa 1:18
    Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    Thank you all at Endtime for all you have done.
    God Bless

  47. I don’t have the verse numbers and chapters in front of me, but please look into the following with the help of a concordance.
    “The like figure where unto baptism doth also now save us…” and “Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Why fight God. Please be baptized in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, the Almighty!

  48. When people who refuse to be baptized in Jesus name after they repented and claim that that baptism is just works and an outward confession of an inner faith received they forget some things. The apostoles all preached the message of being baptized for pardon, cancelation, blotting out, remission of sins etc because there is no other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)We must be carefull to not fall into the trap of an opinion with no Bible claiming that baptism is just an outward confession etc. When the Philipian jailor took Paul and Silas to his home, the two who were beaten with sores from the stripes were washed and at midnight was baptized. When Philip was called by the Spirit to go to the desert where he met the eunic and explained to him what the Bible meant there is no doubt that Baptism was also mentioned because the man said “Here is water” He was not interested in a group to watch his “confession” because all that saw it was the sand, so baptism is really important because the Apostles preached it along with the other two items to obey of Acts 2:38. Often Ephesians is quoted where we are saved by grace but did the reader ever study how the Ephesians were saved that Paul was writing to? Check Acts 19:1-5. Was baptism in water left out and they only believed to be saved? Let the Doctors of Divinity, steeped in tradition twixt the scripture to make big congregations with no real obedience to God’s plan but the fact remains that we are built upon the Apostles (Eph. 2:20) and follow in their steps and the doctrine that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost became the Apostles doctrine that they all continued in. To try to be baptized and not use the name of Jesus, in view of sins being washed away by being baptized in His name (Acts 22:16), is like going to the landromat with a load of very dirty clothes and not bringing along the soap. Only an idiot would try to wash stains out of clothes without soap. Jesus name baptism is the detergent that washes away sin when people believe, repent and obey. See also, Acts 10:45-48; 8:16. Acts, the history of the beginning of the church is full of these historical accounts.

    • I agree with you very much! I think there is some confusion on what “works” is and why it is involved in these scriptures. Jews believed that if they did something bad (like stole something) then the only way to be justified is by returning it and maybe apologizing for the bad deed. This is justification by works. Being baptized in Jesus name is not a work of our own, but we are commanded by Peter as believers to do so in Acts chapter 2. If we follow the book of Acts carefully, we will see that EVERY believer in the new testament was added to the church daily by repentance, water baptism in Jesus’ name, and being filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues – and sometimes not in that order! God bless you all for the wonderful communication I see here from lovely, God-fearing people!

  49. So then what do you do with John 3:16 that says “…….that whosoever believes in Him should not perish,but have everlasting life.” “Believes in Him” doesn’t have to include water baptism and/or speaking in tongues. What about a prisoner who repents and accepts Jesus as his Lord and Savior but is unable to be baptised? Does he go to hell bcs he wasn’t baptised? Not what my Bible says..

    • If you truly want to be saved and you truly love God, then just be obedient to what His word says you must do to be saved. There are scriptures that mention believing, there are scriptures that menton being baptized, just do it all, and focus on your relationship with God and how to live a life that is pleasing to HIm. If God’s word says it, do it. Don’t mess with your eternity. I would rather be baptized in His name, and find out when I die that it wasn’t necessary than to not do it and find out when I die that it was necessary.

    • Susan-
      The Scriptures teach that salvation is by grace through faith, but the faith that saves is not mere faith (agreement to the truth of certain propositions about God) but it is a perfected faith. Faith has two limitations; faith without love is nothing and faith without works (obedience) is dead and useless. When faith is combined with love it is energized and motivated to obey. That is what the Apostle Paul meant when he said the faith whuch avails (KJV) or means something (NASV) is the faith which works through love. (Gal 5:6)
      The faith in view in John 3: 16 is certainly a faith that avails, as it results in everlasting life. This implies that it is a faith which works in love.
      To be fair to yourself take a good concordance, like Young’s Anaytical Concordance, and look up all the factors that “save” or are associated with “salvatiion. The next step is to deny yourself and all the things you think you have learned. Pray to God to show you the truth and give you strength to accept it even if it is contrary to what you have been taught. God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud.
      Praying for you,
      Arland Pafford

    • John 3:16 is true but we cannot only take one scripture out of the entire Bible and use that for salvation. James taught us in the second chapter of his writings that faith without works is dead. If you truly believe then you will have actions that prove your belief. If a person believed that their house was on fire then they would get out of their house and not just sit there saying, “My house is on fire.” So when a person truly believes in Jesus they will act on that belief and live in obedience to God’s word. As a result of this a person who believes will obey the plan of salvation given to us in scripture.

  50. BTW….I’m not saying I don’t believe in baptism and tongues. I’ve been baptized in water and I have a prayer language in tongues. I’m just saying I don’t believe either of these are necessary for salvation. Some people are,for whatever reason,unable to be baptized,etc. Are they bound for hell bcs they weren’t baptized and/or don’t speak in tongues?? I don’t think this is what Jesus taught at all.

    • There are a number of scriptures that teach we are saved by baptism and the Holy Ghost. We do know that God is a merciful God and He will have the final say. However we know that God will use His word to judge and His word does not change. We can think of situations where it appears someone cannot fulfill the gospel but the Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 9:11 that time and chance happens to all. Jesus Christ paved the way for salvation and that is why we are saved by the gospel, which is the death, burial, and resurrection, according to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

  51. It seems to me that most churches of most denominations use John 3:16 as a very important salvation verse. Shouldn’t it read “For God so loved the world that whosoever believes in Him,and is baptized in water and speaks in tongues,should not perish….etc.”??

    • Apostle Peter in 1Pet.3 talked about Noah and how 8 souls were saved by water and then in said
      in verse [21] The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

      it is by the resurection that we are save like as the water saved Noah and his family by lifting up the ark therefore saving them from drowning Baptism into Jesus’ death Romans 6:4 allows us part in the resurection of Jesus Christ.

      in the KJV bible you will find that John 3:16 doesn’t say a believer will be saved it says should be saved which gives the believer a choice to obey and be a doer of the word not decieving one’s ownself. Should is not an imperitive and agrees with other scripture believers need to be saved. Look at Simon the Sorcerer he believed and what Peter said to him.

      Believers need to be saved. 1Cor 1:
      1.[21] For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

      If you don’t obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ this will be your lot with God. 2 Thes. 1:[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
      [8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

      Holp this helps.

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    • Like I previously stated in James 2 when we believe we will have works that follow as a result of our belief.

  52. If water baptism and speaking in tongues are necessary for salvation,then what about the people who have death-bed conversions without either??

    • We have to remember that God is the final judge. We do know that God will use His word to judge and we know that His word is forever settled in heaven. I am not aware of a death bed conversion in the Bible but as I said God will have the final say. For now, we need to focus on our personal salvation and make sure that we are aligned with God’s word.

  53. Greetings Bro. Baxter, This is a perfect explanation for Biblical Salvation. Anyone can believe, but not be saved. REPENTANCE, WATER BAPTISM IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND INFILLING OF THE HOLY GHOST WITH EVIDENCE OF SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES. People, Please obey the Gospel. God Bless you.

  54. Timothy tells us to study the Word, rightly dividing…Knowing God’s Word often takes more than pulling a few verses out of context. We have to be careful to put each verse in context of the chapter, book, and bible.

    One cannot be saved by any work. It is a turning of one’s heart to Jesus Christ, God the Son, asking Him for forgiveness and believing that He died and rose from the grave. Asking Him to be Lord and Savior and truly giving one’s life to Him is salvation. If any work or action, like baptism or speaking in tongues is added, then it contradicts Ephesians 2:8-9 concerning Grace alone through Faith alone.

    The biggest sin of all is PRIDE. Pride says that what Jesus did on the cross is not enough. That is why man has tried to add something to faith and grace. We have a hard time trusting that Jesus’ sacrifice as God the son was enough. But that is the faith we must have. “Jesus, I could never earn your salvation. I am a sinner. I believe you are God and Savior and I believe you died and rose from the grave for my sins. Please come into my heart and save me. I give my life to you. Please help me to follow you all the days of my life. In your name Jesus, Amen.”

    Acts 2:38 here is not interpreted correctly as stated above. The Greek is telling us that we are being baptized in response to salvation received, not in order to receive salvation. The correct structure is that we repent for the remission of sin, and then we are to be baptized as the first act of obedience in salvation, but not required for it.

    This is clear from what follows Acts 7. In Acts 8, an individual from Africa is saved (before baptism). In Acts 9, an individual from Asia is saved (before baptism). In Acts 10, an individual from Europe is saved (before baptism). Why didn’t these individual conversions occur before Acts 7? Because the first seven chapter of Acts deal with Israel (1:6-8; 2:36; 3:12; 4:8-10; 5:31; 6:7-14; 7:1-60). The question of INDIVIDUAL salvation is asked and answered in Acts 16:30-31: “. . . Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Those who fail to make this distinction are guilty of violating II Timothy 2:15 where we are told to RIGHTLY DIVIDE the word of truth.

    Paul said in I Corinthians 1:17 that “. . . Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” This “gospel” is defined by Paul in I Corinthians 15:1-4, and it does NOT include water baptism. The idea that anything is required beyond faith and grace and believing on the Lord Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice is truly false. It is our pride that does not trust Jesus 100%. We must admit that we cannot follow rules to get to heaven. We cannot obey the commandments in their entirety. Breaking the least of the rules breaks all of God’s laws. We need complete forgiveness through Jesus’ sacrifice alone. You cannot add to His finished work on the cross anything at all.

    Trust Jesus and his sacrifice alone for your salvation. Then follow His commands to walk close to Him, but never to earn or keep your salvation. Works cannot earn salvation or keep it. Remember Ephesians. I want my children to obey me, their father, because they love me, not because they only fear me. God made us for relationship with Him. Salvation through Jesus obtains that. We then serve Him out of love and appreciation for what He did for us, not to earn or keep salvation. Do you trust Him? I trust in His finished work at Calvary.

    • The Bible does teach that we are saved by faith and not by works. However James 2:24 says that we are justified by works and not faith only. James throughout this chapter teaches us how faith without works is dead. What the Bible is teaching is that when we have true faith, works will follow. Our actions show our beliefs. If a man screamed that the house was on fire but he casually sat on the couch, no one in the house would believe him. If a man screamed that the house was on fire and he dashed out of the house, people would believe him and they would follow him. Works and faith go hand and hand.

      If a work is defined as an action then believing and repenting could be considered works. So we need to take all scripture into perspective so that we can see how we obtain salvation. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 teaches that we are saved by the gospel which is defined as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. So we have to accept or apply the works of Jesus to our lives to be saved. When we repent we are dying to ourselves and turning toward God. Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 teach that we are buried with Jesus in baptism. Romans 8:11 teaches that the Holy Ghost is the resurrection power. So it appears that Peter was preaching the saving gospel message in Acts 2:38 when he said to repent, be baptized in Jesus name, and receive the Holy Ghost. When Jesus taught that we had to be born again to enter into the kingdom of God, he taught that we had to be born of the water and of the Spirit. 1 John 5:8 shows us that the three that bear record on the earth are the Spirit, the water, and the blood. It goes on to say that these three agree in one. So throughout scripture we see that repentance, baptism in Jesus name, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost are taught for salvation. The reason Paul said he did not come to baptize is because the Corinthian church had been baptized. You can read in 1 Corinthians 1 that they were boasting about who baptized them. Paul even mentioned that he had baptized people but his purpose then was to preach to the church to give them instruction.

      To sum everything up we can look at Titus 3:5. It says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Jesus saves us by his mercy by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost. We cannot go around doing good things and expect to be saved. When we believe in Jesus works will follow. They are not works that we do by ourselves but they are God’s works which we do.

      • Yes, but see the problem is we have to respond to what God has given us. Of course, we are not saved by works, but Christ demands us to obey what is written in his word in regards to the gospel. It is the death, burial, and resurrection. We have to repent, we have to be baptized (if its not required, then throw it out of the bible. period) in the name of Jesus, and God will fill you with his spirit as he did on the day of pentecost. As for 1 Corinthians, Paul is not saying that baptism is not necessary. remember he is dealing with division in the church. some are following, apollos, paul, jesus etc.. what he is saying is anyone can baptize you, im not coming for that, im coming to preach the gospel in its entirety. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, he that believeth not shall be damed” Mark 16:16. Also, 2 peter 1:21 “like unto baptism which now doth also save us”.

  55. Awesome stuff!!! When compared to typical news sites, etc, this is night and day. I can get my news but remain encouraged. I don’t have to wade through a bunch of garbage. Thanks guys for your burden and hard work!!!!

  56. Thank you bro for your wondrful msgs. N may the Holy Name of Lord and Christ Jesus be forever blessed. Come soon O Jesus. Amen…

  57. Everyone has their opinion of salvation until you get a revelation of God’s word you will never understand salvation. I have always wanted to be save but didn’t know how. I remember praying to the Lord, “When you do save me I want to be save the right way, and lead me to the church that knows the right way”, and He did. I have repented, baptized in Jesus name, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I know that I am saved because I obeyed the word of God. It was until then that I really understood John 3:5 when Jesus said you must be born again of the water and of the Spirit and Acts 2:38.

    In the book of Acts the Apostles have the revelation of salvation. In Acts 2: Peter preached his first sermon after receiving the Holy Ghost and in vs 37 the people asked what shall we do(to be saved)? Peter told them in vs 38 Repent, (Jesus said be born again)and be baptized ( of water) everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (of the Spirit). This is the plan of salvation it is the only way. It was acted out in the book of Acts by the Apostles.

    Thank you Bro. Baxter for showing us the way of how to become a Christian. Your teaching on End of the Age has truly help me to be aware of what is going on around us. And as Christains we need to be ready for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  58. My dad, now with Jesus, was a simple hard-working, uneducated man. He had never heard of a trinity. He lived far out there in the country where his family lived poor and barely survived. He had never heard of church fathers of Bible concordances, colleges or seminaries, or anything. He knew nothing only to survive.
    He started to drink and gamble. Still ignorant of the Bible. But after they moved into town he happened to be passing a little church. He went inside because he liked the beautiful music coming through the window.
    He heard for the first time the gospel message. He could not stop gambling or drinking or chasing women and knew he needed help.
    The people in the little church were uneducated also. They took the Bible literally just what it said they believed it meant. They barely knew how to read it but they could read. They told him what the Bible said about his condition and what to do about it. So he repented (asked forgiveness and died to the old man. He was baptized in Jesus name because they read the Bible in order and finally when they got to what did the apostles do in Acts after they saw Jesus go up and he had told them to tarry in Jerusalem, so they simply baptized in Jesus name (saying the name out loud, not thinking of the name as just an authority, they literally vocally said the name of Jesus when the pastor immersed the repentant dead to sin person. My dad was a new creature and new man in Christ. He understood it and to the day he died an old man, he never backslid but served the Lord all his life. My dad understood it as brother Baxter explained on this site.

  59. I can see your scripturally sound on your teaching but I am troubled that you seem to have overlooked an absolute essential scripture on Salvation:

    Ephesians 2v8-9… ”For by GRACE you have been saved through FAITH, and that not of yourselves; it is the GIFT of God, NOT of works, lest anyone should boast.”

    Baptism in the Holy Spirit is also core to the Christian walk which I see you acknowledge & I don’t disagree a water baptism is good, it’s a public statement of faith but it’s not absolutely essential to Salvation since the criminal on the across acknowledged Jesus as Lord & he was promised Heaven ~ Luke 23:42-43

    ”Then he (one of the criminals on the side of Jesus) said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. 43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    • Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 that we are saved by the gospel which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I believe the thief on the cross was with Jesus in paradise because Jesus told him that he would be. However the gospel that we are saved by was not the message of salvation at that time seeing that Jesus was still alive. Peter preached the same message Paul did in Acts 2:38 when he said repent, be baptized in Jesus name, and receive the Holy Ghost. Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 teaches that we are buried with him in baptism. Romans 8:11 shows us that the Holy Ghost is the resurrection power. Mark 16:16 says that he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. So I believe we have to be born again of the water and of the Spirit just as Jesus taught in John 3:3-7.

  60. Thank you for your write up. If we consider Romans 10: 9 – 10. This talks about believe and confession as the condition to be saved. Kindly expalin the meaning of these cerses in the context of your teaching on this matter. Yours in Christ, Stephen.

    • This passage in Romans is one of encouragement to the saints. We must remember that this letter was written to believers, not unbelievers. Paul was using the words of Moses from Deuteronomy 30:11-14. Moses was giving instructions to the children of Israel, AFTER they had left Egypt and crossed the Red Sea. They were already “saved”. He was reminding them what they needed to do, as believers, when they began to encounter fear and doubt; that they knew God’s word was true, they just needed to speak it and believe it (in other words, walk in faith!). Paul was saying the same thing to the saints in Rome.

    • This passage does deal with salvation but this does not cover everything the Bible teaches about salvation. We know that actions will follow our beliefs just as James taught in James 2. There are also many passages of scripture that teach we are saved by things such as Titus 3:5, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and Mark 16:16. We have to take all scripture and put it together so that we can fully understand.

  61. There’s a problem here: Water immersion is NOT required for salvation. Spirit immersion, the cleansing of Christ’s blood, His righteousness, imputed to us, yes; but not water immersion. That is a a form of works-salvation! Repentance and faith, wrought in us by the Holy Spirit, are all that’s required for salvation. We receive the Spirit at salvation.

    I do not want to misunderstand you; I’ve seen some of your television program, and found it interesting. However, you’re teaching salvation partially through immersion, which is, plain and simple, works-salvation!

    • Water baptising is required, immersion is required. I would advise staying with the words of scripture rather than rehersing what you have been tought. I was told all my life that water was not required but it is not bible. The bible teaches that you must be born of water and spirit or you will not enter heaven.

    • This isn’t “works for grace”, Act 2:38 say’s: what must we do to be saved? Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus… this isn’t works, it’s a commandment! Why do you guy’s make this so hard? God bless

    • Ecclesiastical . a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water, as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian church.

      FROM THE DICTIONARY

      • When accompanied by faith and repentance, baptism (immersion) is how and when our sins are washed away. If it is not done with the understanding that our sins are being washed away (Acts 22:16), it is not the one baptism of the New Testament (Ephesians 4:4-5). We need to respond to the truth we have been given, as soon as we understand it. Although I had been baptized before, I discovered recently that when I was baptized in the correct, scriptural manner, I actually received the new life that I had always wanted.

    • The New Testament “Books” are very clear.

      The first (4)…Bio of Jesus Christ

      Acts of the Apostles (Church born!)

      Rest of the epistles were written to “Church” folks.

      So really the gospel message is launched at Acts 1:8……This power changed Peter’s life! He preached the 1st message about the “New” dispensation of grace, and concluded it with a answer to the listeners question,… “What must we do?” Cannot get any simpler than that!

      Now when we go to the epistles..we find God’s word “correcting” the church through “Holy Men of God” as they were inspired by God to speak and write.

      The death…the burial…and the ressurection, it will never be anything else but…..

      Thanks Bro Baxter, for sacrificing your time and effort for “all” God’s kingdom! Love ya brother.

    • How can you say this when Jesus clearly said “John 3:5 – Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God”?
      Also Peter said “Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”. This was following the message that he preached after Pentecost, when the crowd askd “what must we do”.

    • He who believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Mark 16:16. Baptism is essentially for salvation. WE do NOT wash away our sins. GOD does. IT is NOT OUR work but His.

        • OT believers were saved by faith. But without circumcision and keeping the sabbath they would be cast out. In the new testament we are saved by faith. But the works of the flesh (circumcision and keeping the sabboth) are replaced by works of the spirit (water baptism and baptism of the Holy Spirit). Just like in the OT the NT requires circumcision/baptism in Jesus name and the sabbath/baptism in the Holy Ghost. The requirement is the same. Only it’s converted from works of the flesh to works of the Spirit.

        • Throughout time there have been different dispensations of salvation. For example in the time of Noah and the flood salvation was through the ark. Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 that we are saved by the gospel which is the death, burial, and resurrection. Obviously this would not have applied to anyone in the Old Testament or even the thief on the cross as many have questioned because Jesus had not died, been buried, or resurrected yet. This way of salvation came after Jesus was glorified. Dealing with baptism in particularly, Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 teach that we are buried with Christ in baptism. So scriptural we learn that through baptism we fulfill the burial process which is a part of obeying the gospel whereby we are saved.

          • So are you saying the thief was not saved? Jesus said he would be with Him in paradise..and Jesus would have gladly accepted anyone else if they would have asked.

          • I am not denying the fact that the thief was with Jesus in paradise. All I am saying is that the thief was not under the same dispensation as we are now. We are saved by obeying the gospel which is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus was still alive when corresponding with the thief so obviously the thief could not obey the gospel since it was not in existence at that time. We today however must obey the gospel and live according to God’s holy word.

    • There are many scriptures that talk about water baptism. Some of those consist of Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, John 3:3-5, and Matthew 28:19. There is a great importance placed on baptism in the scriptures for a reason. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us that we are saved by the gospel which is the death, burial, and resurrection. Romans 6:3-4 and Colossians 2:12 show us that we are buried with Jesus in baptism. James 2 tells us that faith without works is dead and that we are not justified by faith alone. Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” Baptism and the infilling of the Holy Ghost are not our works of righteousness but they are made available to us for salvation by the mercy of God.

  62. God will continually bless your ministry, for making the truthfulness of His word,accessible by all,through your site.May His empowerment come upon this ministry,like a raging wind in Jesus name.Amen