During a Church service a woman confessed Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, and was admitted into the baptismal class. Soon, the Church discovered that she was not married but was living with a man (cohabiting). Should the Church stop her from being baptized and becoming a member of the local Church until she is either married or separated from the man?

The Apostle Peter said, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…" Acts 3:19. To repent and convert means to turn your life around and stop sinning. If a person is living in sin, that person has not yet fully repented. People should be ashamed of their sins and desire to […]

June 23rd, 2018|Baptism|

If a pastor baptizes a person but not all his practices line up with the word of God is that person's baptism invalid? Can the baptizer be a godly woman pastor?

Much later after Jesus' water baptism, Jesus said, "But I have a baptism to undergo, and how it consumes me until it is finished!" Luke 12:50 (CSB). What baptism was this? It was a baptism of Jesus' will and life to obey God's will unto death. All who want to follow Jesus are baptized into […]

May 15th, 2018|Baptism, Christian Character and Conduct|

Does a person have to be baptized to be saved or enter heaven?

“…do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of […]

April 2nd, 2018|Baptism, Christian Character and Conduct|

What's the difference between being baptized in Jesus' name and baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirt?

The words of the scripture, Matthew 28:19, have been changed from the original. At first, the verse read, “Go ye and make disciples of all the nations in my name, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19, 20)   CHANGED TO   “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing […]

How do you know when God's anointing is upon you?

There are likely as many proofs of spirit begettal or of God’s anointing as there are people experiencing it.  To some, the Lord may show His approval through answered prayer.  Others may experience peculiar incidents that demonstrate clearly that God is now dealing with them and supervising their lives.  The most evident sign is the shift […]

Once we receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit, should we be blessed by more future anointings?

The Holy Spirit comes to the church from the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ.  When John baptized Jesus at the Jordan River, he was told "…The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit."  (John 1:33)   To be baptized [Greek word […]

What is fire baptism and what are its effects on a Christian?

In Matthew 3:11, 12, John the Baptist says, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will […]

May 23rd, 2016|Baptism, Jesus’ Life, Teachings, and Death|

Can you explain Colossians 2:ll: – In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ.

Circumcision was a requirement for male Israelites under the Law. However, the ordinance preceded the law and was first practiced by Abraham.  When Jesus, their promised Messiah, fulfilled the Law, the Law came to an end and the aspects of  the promises to Abraham came to fulfillment. (Matthew 5:17, Colossians 2:13-17) But Christian believers are […]

January 18th, 2016|Baptism|

What is meant by baptized by the holy spirit'?

Acts 1:4, 5, “…wait for the promise of the Father…for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with (in) the Holy Spirit. Verse 4 tells us that this was a promise from God.

The Greek word for baptize is Strong’s #907 baptizo, and it means to make whelmed (fully wet). Spirit is Strong’s Greek word […]

October 31st, 2015|Baptism|

Is getting baptized as an adult okay?

Not only okay, but wise and supported by scripture.

John's baptism for the remission of sins was an invitation to consenting adults at the age of reason (Matthew 3). Jesus himself, the perfect son of God, was an adult when he presented himself in water baptism at the River Jordan (Mark 1). He declared (John 3:5) […]

August 29th, 2015|Baptism|