There seems to be many different beliefs regarding water baptism. However, the only belief we should be concerned about is the Scripture teaching on water baptism.
Some sprinkle a little water upon the head of babies, and call that baptism. Some pour water over the babies head or use their hands to put water on their heads. Some claim water baptism is not essential. These various teachings cause confusion, and are believed by people who do not really know the Scriptures and those who do not understand what baptism represents or means, and the false teaching of sprinkling on babies are by those who take Scripture out of context or add things to the original languages of Scripture and can be dispelled easily when the word of Yahweh is taken as authority.
Water baptism is likened to a marriage ceremony to Yahshua Messiah. How can a baby be married and understand the vowels and commitments made? Answer, the baby cannot!
Infant/Baby baptism is not a Scriptural doctrine. It is not found in the Bible. There is not one example in the Bible of one single baby being baptised. Infant/Baby baptism is of pagan origin!
HISTORY OF INFANT BAPTISM: Infant baptism appeared in the Pagan Christian church history around the Second Century, coming from the pagan influences of Baal Worship, came about as a result of the doctrine of baptismal regeneration – the teaching that baptism is essential to salvation; or, if you want to turn it around, that water baptism saves the soul (or at least is a part of a person’s salvation). Consequently, as the teaching of baptismal regeneration started being propagated, it was natural for those holding to this doctrine to believe that everyone, should be baptised as soon as possible. Thus, baptism of infants came into practise among many of the churches.
WHERE DID THIS INFANT/BABY BAPTISM COME FROM? One has to go back to Genesis 10 and 11 where we read of Noah’s Great grandson, NIMROD, and his wife SEMIRAMUS, who started the great pagan BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGION at the Tower of Babel. This great pagan religion was later known as ‘BAAL WORSHIP’ in the Old Testament, simply another name for Nimrod.
Armitage’s History (p73) explains the pagan civil law and social customs of that day. These pagans had no standard of morality as you and I have. Their marriage rites were not on the basis ours are. One man might be the husband of a hundred women, and he might be the father of several hundred children. The mother had no right at all to determine whether the child she bore was to live or not, that was left up to the FATHER. Just as the farmer would go down to the pigpen and pick out the pigs he wanted to keep and do away with the runts, so was the father the one who decided if the child was to be kept and allowed to live. The mother could not even name the child if it was kept, the pagan priest did that. If the child was decided to be kept, the daddy would take it down to the pagan priest and the ceremony would be arranged. The Priest first must ‘exorcise’ evil spirits from the infant by anointing the baby’s head with OIL. With the oil the priest puts the occult mark of Tammuz on the child’s head by marking a “T” with the oil. (later to become the ‘Sign of the Cross) The Priest then put SALT and SPITTLE on the baby’s tongue to preserve it from future influence of evil spirits. “HOLY WATER” is now sprinkled or poured over the baby’s head, and the baby is said to be cleansed from any original sin and is now “born-again” and a member of the Babylonian Religion. This process was known as INFANT CHRISTENING and was practiced hundreds of years before Yahshua Messiah, (Hislop,pl38) and is found NOWHERE in the Bible! As stated before, there is not a single example of a baby being ‘baptised’ or ‘christened’ in the Bible! So knowing that, WOULD YOU WANT YOUR BABY CHRISTENED/Baptised?!?
Paul says, in Eph. 4:5, regarding the faith, that like as there is but one Yahweh, (or one Master) so there is but one baptism — “One Yahweh, one faith, one baptism,” and not many.
Baptism is very essential, when done correctly. It is the gateway into the one body — the body of Yahshua for “by one Spirit are we all baptised into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles” (1 Cor. 12:13). Yahshua said, in Mark 16:16, that “He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved.”
This settles the matter for those who take the Scripture as authority; but there are other texts equally decisive. Peter, for instance, in 1 Peter 3:21, says that like as Noah and his family were saved by the ark from the great flood, “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 Yahweh,) by the resurrection of Yahshua the Messiah.” — See Acts 22:16.
John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Savior, came preaching water baptism, the “baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Luke 3:3), and the Savior came to John for baptism, and that prophet forbade him; but the Saviour said, “Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” — Matt. 3:15.
These texts prove to the unbiased student that water baptism is essential to salvation. In the words of the Saviour, in His example, in the examples and words of the apostles, water baptism is essential, and was given to the disciples in the beginning of His ministry.
The word “baptize” is not an English word, but is a form of the Greek word “baptizo,” which has been brought into the English language untranslated. The reason of this was that at the time the early English versions were translated, the various modes of baptism were practiced in the churches. To make a translation in harmony with all was a difficult task. To antagonize none, it was deemed best to leave the word “baptizo” untranslated, and this was done.
The advocates of sprinkling, of pouring, of immersion, when reading the texts, with the word untranslated, would think of their accepted mode. Thus the word was used to fill a common need; but it has been the means of covering the real meaning of baptism and many therefore do not understand the Bible teaching on this subject. The Greek word “baptizo” means to dip, to plunge, to cover up.
Knowing this, one cannot harmonize the thought of sprinkling, or pouring, with baptism; but rather think of an immersion, and this is right. Baptism, as practiced by John the Baptist, by the Saviour and His disciples, was that of FULL immersion. This is easily learned by reading the texts relating to baptism. Notice, for instance, that Paul, speaking of baptism, in Rom. 6:4, likens it unto a burial, saying, “We are buried with him by baptism into death.” Here is the picture of a death, a burial, and a resurrection, all brought to the eye by the immersion of a repentant sinner, baptised into Yahshua by immersion in water. How can a baby understand that water baptism is a symbolism of their burial, death and resurrection? How dare an adult even sprinkle water on a baby when they should understand what water baptism really stands for? As the person has died to sin, and is buried in the water by immersion, and is raised from the water by the immersion, it tells to the world our faith in the One who died for our sins, was buried, and arose from the dead again. No form of baptism can show this faith, save the baptism of FULL immersion, and that alone, by someone at the age of understanding and accountability.
The baptism of the Saviour by John shows us that full immersion was the mode followed by the Saviour. When the Master was baptised, Matthew records (3:16) that “Yahshua when he was baptised went up straight-way out of the water.” Yahshua could not have come up out of the water unless he had been in the water. This would be true of immersion. In Acts 8:38, the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch by Philip is recorded, and it states that the one who was baptised and the one who did the baptizing, “Went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptised him.” One may readily see that immersion was practiced here, for both went down into the water, and this would not be true in sprinkling or pouring.
Again in the case of John the Baptist, John records (chapter 3:23) that he was baptizing his disciples in the river Aenon, “because there was much water there!” Much water is not needed for pouring or
sprinkling hence immersion is implied. Surely these texts are sufficient to show the truth seeker that immersion was the original mode of baptism; yet we should also remember that the text used
the word “baptizo” which means immersion. This can be verified by Greek lexicons, Bible dictionaries and Greek interlinear translations, as well as other reliable translations.
So where did the various modes of baptism come from?
We learn that they were practiced by the pagans, before Yahshua, in their religions; and when multitudes of these unconverted heathens came into the state church of the old Roman Empire, these rites came along. When the Roman Catholic grew out of the Roman state church, these rites were retained; when the Protestant sects came from the Roman Catholic fold, these various modes were never dropped; thus, we have them with us today.
Alexander Hislop, the noted English clergyman, in his “The Two Babylons,” says the pagans practiced baptism in various forms before Yahshua. He says, on page 133, that the Spaniards when they came to Mexico, found the pagan Mexicans observing sprinkling as it is practiced in the various churches today. He said that the mid-wife performed the rite; and after using various words and ceremonies, she “sprinkled water on the head of the infant.” He quotes Tiletanus, a Roman Catholic writer, that trine baptism was not Scriptural but traditional, hence pagan, by saying, “Yes, I pray you, whence cometh it, that we dip the child three times in water? Doth it not come of the hidden and undisclosed doctrine, which our forefathers have received” (P. 138).
Again, as regarding pagan rites, Hislop says, “So far as heathenism is concerned, ‘Every person who came to the solemn sacrifices (of the pagan Greeks) was purified by water. To which end, at the entrance of the (pagan) temples there was commonly placed a vessel full of holy water.’ ” — P. 143.
The early congregation, as set in order by Yahshua himself, always baptised by FULL immersion. There was no exception!
Later the Roman element which was the forerunner of the Roman Catholic Church of today, began to practice various modes, e.g sprinkling on babies, and these are with us today.
During the Dark Ages, countless thousands were slain because they would not submit, but immersed their followers by true Scriptural baptism. The name of Anabaptists (or Rebaptizers) was given to all dissenters who practiced the original mode, and immersed their disciplines in opposition to Rome. These facts, long hidden to many, are due to the world, for all should know the truth, and be governed thereby.
Infant baptism came into the false Roman church from those who taught that children were born sinners, and would be lost unless baptised: whereas the Scriptures teach that we all must be converted and become as little children to be saved. To be eligible for baptism one must be old enough to believe, or have faith in Yahweh, for the command is, “Believe on the master, Yahshua, the Messiah,” and until such a time as the child can believe, baptism is not in order. — Read Acts 16:31, 8:37.
Some teach that men may be baptized, but not female believers; but it is recorded that Phillip “baptized both men and women” in Samaria (Acts 8:12). We are safe to follow this example. Yahshua gave command that baptism was to be practiced throughout the glad tidings age, saying, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit): teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always even unto the end of the world.” — Matt. 28:19-20.
When should baptism be administered? Answer: After genuine repentance for sins past. Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Yahshua the Messiah for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). If you have truly repented, made things right with your heavenly Father and with your fellow man, and accepted the Saviour, Yahshua the Messiah, as your sin offering, your atonement, you are then ready for baptism — thus showing unto the world your faith in Him who died, was buried, and arose again by the power of Yahweh.
Claiming babies should be water baptised is an abomination, for they claim babies have wilful sins they need to repent and wash themselves off! This unrighteous and anti-Scripture teaching is mostly taught and pushed by the Catholic and Orthodox Pagan Churches! If anyone does a truthful study into this, and everyone who truly is educated in Scripture will learn that the doctrine of infant/baby baptism has a long and sinister history, and it has been one of Satan’s doctrines to mislead millions of Catholics and Orthodox Christians! Satan creates a counterfeit for everything, and sprinkling babies or sprinkling in general is just Satan’s and the Pope’s false and counterfeit water baptism, opposite to the true FULL IMMERSION!
After baptism, which followed true repentance, the Ruach ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit) gift is yours by promise, and we find Paul (by example) laying on hands for the Spirit to come upon those who were baptised (Acts 19:5-6). Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot live a consecrated holy life. It enables us to “walk in newness of life.” May we follow the example of the saints of the Messiah Yahshua.
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