KDs are designed/developed/inspired/mused/auto-suggested/indigested to make folks think; an especially uncommon experience among Democrats, Republicans, and jingoistic mainline denominationalists who continue to discourage dissent with their ever-threatening thought police.
have laws against baptizing somebody who's been baptized as a baby.
believe in rebaptizing.
For them, once is
enough, uh, or should be enough, uh, or can be assumed to be enough, uh,
"baby" baptism is sufficient for anyone who's been, uh, baptized as a
baby; and they've devised elaborate covenantal theologies to make themselves
feel good about their, uh, restrictions.
I'm not about to
debate the distinctives or duplicities of such churches; and if you don't know
why I'm not interested in the former because of the latter, I can't as
well as won't even try to...
dripped, dabbed, or dunked, baptism, regardless of the age, is all about being
"marked off" for God.
"marked off" for God as parents and congregations promise to pray/try
to provide an education, environment, and example of Christianity that will
encourage "confirmation" of everything said in baptism about Jesus
and Biblical faith when the baby grows up into a more discerning soul.
that happens, make a decision to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior and
Biblical faith as true and then ask to be baptized or "marked off"
But it gets a
little dicey when somebody older than a baby shows up and asks after
confessing, "I know I was baptized as a baby; but I never knew about it
except for some certificate that I found among some old papers in a
closet. But now I really, really, really believe in Jesus as Lord and
Savior; and I really, really, really want to be baptized because, well, I just
want to be baptized because I love Him so much and want the whole world to know
how much I love Him. Will you baptize me?"
out the typical denominational law about it like a mindless drone, ask
yourself, "What would Jesus do?"
I can't even
reimagine Jesus saying, "Sorry, dude, you were baptized as a baby and
that'll have to be enough for you."
This sounds about
right: "Sure, I love you so much and you loving me so much makes this a
good day to baptize the relationship."
Jesus always gave
second chances; actually, second and third and fourth and...
again, I know this is tough for mindless drones who pay more attention to
denominational laws than Biblical revelation and Spiritual enlightenment, what's sooooooo bad about doing
If we can renew
marriage vows and auto licenses and magazine subscriptions...
Big Mac comes to
I'll never forget
the corny joke that he'd repeat in every class that he taught in seminary.
went to her pastor and asked if she could have her baby daughter done. The pastor
asked, 'Do you want her rare, medium, or well done?"
But whenever he'd
repeat it, I'd think, "I wonder if I'm rare, medium, or well done for
the Biblically literate know this already and others will just have to catch up
by reading the Bible a little bit more, there are two baptisms.
Water baptism -
being marked off for Him.
Spirit baptism -
being empowered by Him if the water baptism was more than a show of getting
baby or adult, uh, done.
John the, uh, Baptist:
"I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy
John marked off,
like all undershepherds
can do, for Him.
baptized with water; but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
as only He can do.
each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good."
In other words,
if a person is water baptized for real, then empowerment/abilities/charismata prove it.
There's a big lie
that persists in many churches.
I'm not sure how
it got started; and rather than theorize about that, I'll just expose it.
The lie is a
person's faith cannot be measured/proven.
Actually, I know
where it began - in hell with the enemy.
"Good works don't make a person good; but a good person does good
who are so much more predestinarian than Calvin himself - read his commentaries
- know people who are related to God and saved for eternity show the signs of
that eternal relationship.
Dang, they got it
from Paul and Jesus!
fruit/proof/evidence of the Spirit in a person's life includes..."
you love Me, you will..."
The lie is a
person's faith cannot be measured/proven.
The truth is a
person's faith can be measured/proven.
believed," Paul wrote, "you were marked in Him with a seal, the
promised Holy Spirit."
Or as Francis de
Sales observed: "Devout
souls ascend to Him...Devotion is nothing else but that spiritual agility and
vivacity by which charity works in us."
timing/logistics can be hard to figure out; but the results are, uh, obvious.
Here's a quick
list - indicative not exhaustive - of expressions/manifestations
when Spirit baptism confirms water baptism:
1. Hunger and
thirst for worship.
2. Hunger and
thirst for Bible study.
3. Hunger and
thirst to obey Jesus.
4. Hunger and
thirst to love Jesus by loving like Jesus.
5. Paul's lists in Romans 12, 1
Corinthians 12, Galatians 5:22-23, and Ephesians 4.
More than less.
It's often said,
"Blood is thicker than water."
Biblically/spiritually, there's another way to look at that.
paraphrase/translation of Jesus: "'Who do you think my mother and brothers
are?' He then stretched out His hand toward His disciples. 'Look
closely. These are my mother and brothers. Obedience is thicker
than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father's will is my brother
and sister and mother.'"
a tad more complicated than denominational laws about it/them.
Or as Tony said
to a denominationalist who had a hard time giving up his franchise's
constitution for Biblical revelation, "You do it your way; and I'll do it His way."
I'm not saying
it's always easy to figure that out; but I am saying I think we make it a lot
more restrictive and confusing than He ever intended.
I guess I'm with
Dodd who was with Jesus and concluded it's better to err on the side of gospel
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