Every now and again a person will come in contact with an idea that does not correspond with what another understands about the same topic. Baptism is one of those topics that generate different understandings. For instance, some believe that baptism is scriptural when water is sprinkled on or over the candidate (regardless of age), while another disputes this strongly. Others will say that it does not matter the mode of baptism (sprinkling, pouring, immersion), as long as one is baptized. There are some who say that one is baptized because it is essential to salvation, while others say it is not. Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16, KJV). In a debate many years ago, Julian Pope was asked if he believed the following statement to be true, “He the believeth and is not baptized shall be saved.” He answered, “Yes, I believe that, too” (Howard-Pope Debate, pp. 22-23). In other words, Pope believed what Jesus said, but he also believed that if Satan inserted the word “not,” then it was just as true. Remember Eve? Without being unkind, we need to remember the words of the Holy Spirit, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1, KJV).
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Married (Anne), two daughters (Jenni, Nikki). Preacher and serving as one of the elders (2007) at the Highway Church of Christ since June 1998. Now lives in Chillicothe, Ohio, preaching for the Sunrush Church of Christ. View all posts by Ron Thomas