Al Maxey Baptism Sacrament.

Al Maxey Blasphemes by Teaching that Baptism is a Visible Sign and Not a Vital act of obedience. The worst part of his organized diatribe against those who will not endorse his views is that even when he remotely mentions a Bible passage it is to use his own imagination to describe why it is not true. He says at baptism has SOME significance.

Al Maxey Acts 2:38 and the Greek EIS   The Baptists thank Al Maxey very much for defending their LATEST view but which older scholars reject based on simple reading and deeper scholarship.

Al Maxey:
If you should desire to get into an intense theological discussion with someone, one that may quickly deteriorate into quite a heated debate, just bring up the topic of baptism. It will not be boring! Few of us question the fact that the NT writings place some significance upon the place of baptism in our spiritual journey.

Uncensored response posted here.

When God sends strong delusions that people believe their own lies it is to make it impossible for them to repent. The MARK of strongly deluded people. We take liberties because Al gets paid by  a church of Christ but spends most of his time attacking Biblical principles which have been held throughout history.

While claiming that OBEYING the prophecy and direct command is a SACRAMENT meaning nothing counts but the ACT (false), Al etal gets paid for things he must believe ARE sacraments.

While sermonizing was outlawed for the synagogue or church Al Maxey's profession is making the Word of God suitable for the paying audience: this is clearly a sacrament.

Al etal believes that "listening" to a sermon is a Act of Worship and therefore is a Sacrament.
Whilere there is not a singlel command or example for singing or using non-inspired text, Al promotes praise singers using instruments: they claim to be required to lead you into God's presence. Therefore, all is promoting his own sacramentalism and promoting a human mediator when Jesus died to get that exclusive right.

Because there is no command or example for a weekly collection to pay Al, the collection must ba a sacrament.  If it is an ACT of required worship (obedience) then it is clearly a sacrament.

The Bible is filled with the absolute command to be baptized in obedience to the "pattern" of Christ in Jesus Christ and most recorded history. However, Al says that obeying that command BEFORE God bestows His righteousness is NOT required.

Al derives "sacrament" from the Catholics use of a "mystery."  However, we will show that the sacramental mysteries were initiatians into the perverted religions Jesus came to remove. Music is derived from mystry and means "to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter" just as the initiates into the mysteries made loud noises but the "music" was to hid the horrors.  Al in fact promotes the Sacramental Mysteries when he defends the use musical instruments in all paganism.

Al's Thesis is that when one believes one is "saved" and might be baptized to enhance their faith.  However, Jesus was confessed as a SON only because He obeyed the prophecy of baptism by Christ in the prophets. Obedience is a hard word and those who cannot accept it are deeemed "Appointed" to that.  Jesus didn't pray for the "world" and God hides himself from the wise or sophists meaning trained speakers, singers, instrument players and actors all who answer to the only literal meaning of a hypocrite.

Added notes 1.27.12

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him;
        but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him,
        lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

It is possible to believe totally in a person:
Pist-euō Entertain a confident opinion, Id.5.105 : they were believed in what they said, were believed to possess foreknowledge
3. c. inf., believe that, feel confident that a thing is, will be, has been
However, in the Christian conversion one must agree that a person is to be trusted and you avow or agree to "come to terms" in openingly confessing it: Faith in the trust upon sense means that you must comply with what you believe in confess. 

ALL pagan trinities were father, mother (spirit) and son, or father, son and spirit: none of these are names of PERSONS or people.
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is ONE God; thou doest well:
        the devils also believe, and tremble.
The ANTITHESIS to all paganism is that God ordained Jesus--the SEED of Abraham to make known what ALL pagans needed in a "family of Gods." Because God had abandoned Israel to worship the starry host (Acts 7 etal) they were polytheist whatever the Scribes wrote.  If Jesus claimed to be the SON then Philip demanded to see the "father" meaning another "god" person in paganism and much of Judaism:
John 14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you,
        and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
        he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
        and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?
        the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:
        but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive,
        because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:
        but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Because the name of the "another Comforter" or Holy Spirit OF truth is Jesus Christ the Righteous, it is Christ Who will be in us to give us A holy spirit (at baptism).  Al Maxey says we do NOT have to keep the commandment to be baptized but no one has A holy spirit (Acts 2:38) or A good conscience (consciousness) until they have been baptized:
1John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.
            And if any man sin, we have an advocate (paraclete) with the Father,
           Jesus Christ the righteous:
1John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only,
        but also for the sins of the whole world.
1John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
1John 2:4 He that saith,
        I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar,
        and the truth is not in him.
Therefore, it is Jesus Christ as Father/Son in our time and space who indwells us:
Romans 8:10 And if Christ be in you,
        the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

And Christ does not LIVE INSIDE of our carnal body but in out immaterial Mind or Spirit:
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
        the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

If you believe that Christ lied about baptism in the prophets and Jesus absolutely connected remission of sins to obedience to His commands to be baptized, it is most likely that you are a trinitarian or polytheist which no historic inventer and user of "trias" ever taught. Furthermore, the absolute sign in MANY passagese about obeying the commands of God is "replacement thology" in the sense that God sends stong delusions always manifested in lying wonders which includes ALL of the performing arts and crafts which are declared SACRAMENTAL because they are necessary to "give heed" to the Word which is THE spiritual worship concept.

Another MARK of Anti-Christ is denying that Jesus Christ IS the promised Holy Spirit Comforter and He comforts through His Words.

NOT confessing that Jesus of Nazareth was that one MAN promised as the SEED of Abraham made by God in Christ, is preaching that Father and Son are two of the THREE MEMBER GOD FAMILY.

Claiming that faith in Jesus Christ which does not extend the word to compliance makes one an Apistos or believeth not which means "I do not HAVE to comply" and makes one a traitor.

Jesus of Nazareth was the Seed of Abraham: he did not exist until he was born as a human.  Jesus is our ONE and only avenue to approach the ONE Deity of the whoe universe.
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
        that God hath made
        that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,
    
   both Lord and Christ.
There is ONE GOD the Father: the Spirit in whom we live, move and have our being. This universal Spirit makes everything that exists faithfully follow the pattern or spirit He instills.
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God,
        and one mediator between God and men,
        the man Christ Jesus;

Philip had an Isaiah Scroll and was a disciple of Christ in the prophets. As soon as he understand that Messiah had come, he immediately wanted to be baptized.  The condition was not just "faith" or belief that Jesus existed: He believed that Jesus was the SON of God Who came as the Prophet Moses prophesied about the the Messiah of the woman at the well who would "Tell us ALL things."
Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.
        And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

The unuch as a Jew separated from the evil at Jerusalem would have no remote hind of a "trinity" of Gods or in the words of John Mark Hicks "three persons each with their own center of consciousness."  That would deny BOTH the uniquenes of God as well as the the faithful obedience of the Son who as--in the words of the scholars who used the word trias--was the personified WORD: when the One God the Father spoke He BREATHED (spirit) and articulated Words.

ALL of the epistles salute the One God in heaven and the One Son on earth now king over His church.  John wrote
1John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time:
        and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come,
        even now are there many antichrists;
        whereby we know that it is the last time.

No one in history before H. Leo Boles in 1942 ever thought of the godhead consisting of three separated persons. Men like the Campbells in the American Restoration Movement denied the dogma of even speaking of a "trinity." Therefore, in the present apostasy it is logical as the "patternism" always repeats.
1John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us;
        for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us:
        but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

John continues to agree with Peter in Acts 2:38 that it is OUR spirit which becomes A holy spirit or in 1 Peter 3:21 it is OUR conscience or consciousness which allows us to read BLACK text on BROWN paper (2 Cor 3)
1John 2:20 But ye have an unction [of spiritual grace] from the Holy One,
        and ye know all things.
1John 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth,
        but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. John 17:17

And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-- not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience-- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3:21NAS

A holy spirit or a sanctified spirit or a good conscience enables us to be "washed with water INTO the Word or Into the School of Christ."

-Suneidêsis , knowledge shared with another, clandestinely informed of. 2. communication, information,

Heurēseis find that, find means, be able,
eisēnegkan tois kollēgais autōn carry with one, sweep along, of a river,
2.
bring in for oneself, 3. bring in with one, introduce,

3. knowledge
4. consciousness, awareness,

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God:
for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. John 3:34

John has said that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised COMFORTER and he equates our unction from God to receiving A holy spirit.  Going further, a liar and antichrist denies the One God the Father and One Son Jesus Christ.

1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
        He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son


The personified WORD or words were with the One God in the Beginning. Jesus of Nazareth as a human was selected to validate the prophecies by the Spirit OF Christ in the prophecies. Again:

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
        that God
        hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified,
        both Lord and Christ.
THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROVE THAT YOU KNOW THAT GOD SENDS MEN OR INSTRUMENTAL MEANS TO CARRY OUT HIS WILL.  HE TEACHES AND DOES NOT ZAP.

Believing is a private opinion: confession is putting your life on the line by admitting that Jesus is the Christ and that obedience to Him can save you from those whose hearing your confession were condemned: This was Christ's way to dismantle the Jewish "worship of the starry host" where Scribes and Phariesses are called hypocrites. Christ in Isaiah and Ezekiel names self-speakers (sons of the Devil), singers and instrument players.  They were the "crooked race" of skolion musicians.
Homolog-eō , S.Ph.980 avow
2. agree to a thing, grant, concede, homologō tade S.l.c. : abs., Hdt.8.94 ; “tini tiPl. Smp.195b ;
3. agree or promise to do, make an agreement, come to terms, tini with another,
C. Pass., to be agreed upon, allowed or granted by common consent, X.An.6.3.9, etc.
JESUS COMMANDED THE PUBLIC CONFESSION AT BAPTISM: THIS SEPARATED THE BELIEVER FROM SIN (LAW) AND FROM THE CROOKED RACE OR RACE OF VIPERS.


Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him,
        and the publicans, justified God,
               [Confessed God's Right Credo]
        being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luke 7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected  the counsel of God against themselves,
        being not baptized of him.

Rejected Atheteo 2. c.dat., refuse one's assent  3. deal treacherously with, break faith with,
Opposite of Pistis  —trust in others, faith 2. in subjective sense, good faith, trustworthiness, honesty, b. of things, credence, credit,

The Counsel of God is Boule God's will, determination, decree
John 12:41 These things said Esaias,
when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also
     many believed on him;
     but
because of the Pharisees
     they did not confess him,
           (Homologeo 2.  agree to a thing, grant,
           concede, 3. )
agree or promise to do,
       lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

John 12:44 Jesus cried and said,
        He that believeth on me, believeth not on me,
        but on him that sent me.
NO BIBLE DISCIPLE COULD USE THEIR OWN IMAGINATION WHEN  WAGED TO SELL THEIR WARES DO NOT CARE ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND THE TEXT.
1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,
        to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  
You cannot worship "in spirit" and worship with "religious observations." The only role of church is to read, discuss and obey the Word of God. Woe to those who hatch opinions out of their own imagination which confesses that the example and command of Jesus Christ is NOT FOR THEM even those they eat up the houses of widows claiming that their words are superior.

Beyond the scope of this review, the "corner" in Judaism and paganism was the "hidden" or secret ceremonies the godly people were never permitted to witness. All of the not-commanded animal sacrifice and the loud instrumental noise defines music as meaning "to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter." The Jews silenced Jesus to fulfill the prophecy that the Judas people would attemt to silence Jesus with "vocal or instrumental rejoicing." This was secret and history notes that all Priesthoods and too many preacherhoods were effeminate and performed "the role of women."

The progressive SACRAMENTALISTS are built upon the Levites whom they lie about: they say that the Levites were God's patternism for instrumental worship in the future church.  In fact, the Levites were SOOTHSAYERS with instrumental accompaniment warning the "laity" that if they come near the sacrificial center--the podium--they will endanger themselves and the whole "worship service."

Jesus dismantles the "camps" or STAFF INFECTED clergy who usurp the role of the elders and members and ALWAYS speaks openly without the "MYSTERY" of sacraments. Sacraments performed by self-speak sermons and performed music CONFESSES--like their Catholic mother--that the sacraments can only be performed by the Levite-based clergy called in all such sacramental "worship centers" parasites. The pattern in the wilderness which has NEVER been abrogated is inclusively and exclusively:
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
        hath in every city them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
The Lord's Supper is preaching the death of Jesus Christ as a perpetual confession that Jesus died for our sins.  In the same way, salvation by grace through faith is a perpetual way to SHOW how God saves when people obey and are baptized.


1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:
    
 1 Peter 2.7  humin oun timē tois pisteuousin: apistousin delithos hon apedokimasan hoi oikodomountes houtos egenēthē eis kephalēn gōnias

and he that believeth
pist-euō 2. comply , hōs oukh hupeixōn oude pisteusōn legeis; S.OT625, cf. 646 ; Opposite. apisteō, Id.Tr.1228.
1Peter 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:

on him shall not be confounded.

kataiskhun-ō , i.e. show myself not unworthy of thee
3. ho mellōn Khronos emon kataiskhune . . Khreos covered me with dishonour in that my debt remained unpaid, Pi.O.10(11).8
con-fundo , fūdi, fūsum. I. To pour, mingle, or mix together  “sermones in unum,Liv. 7, 12, 14; cf.
subjecta sibi vocalis in unum sonum coalescere et confundi nequiret,id. 1, 7, 26.
—Of bringing together in speech: “cuperem equidem utrumque (una dijudicare)
b. Trop., of intellectual confusion, to disturb, disconcert, confound, perplex
oratio confusa, perturbata,Cic. de Or. 3, 13, 5
but unto them which be disobedient,

apist-eō  II. = apeitheō, disobey,tiniHdt.6.108, freq.in Trag.and Pl., A.Pr.640, S.Ant.381 (lyr.), Tr.1183, 1224, Pl.Ap.29c, al.: abs., to be disobedient, tois apistousin tade in these things, S.Ant.219, cf. 656; ēn d' apistōsi but if they refuse to comply, E.Supp.389, cf. Pl.Lg.941c.
2. to be faithless,ei hēmeis apistoumen, ekeinos pistos menei2 Ep.Tim. 2.13.

Notice that believe is always contrasted with disobedient
Rĕ-prŏbo  to disapprove, reject, condemn, repugnantibus

2Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned,
        but cast them down to hell,
        and delivered them into chains of darkness,
        to be reserved unto judgment;

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, [Zoon, Zao, Zoe] made to be taken and destroyed,
speak evil of the things that they understand not;
and shall utterly perish in their own corruption
the stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the head of the corner,
1Peter 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence,
     even to them which stumble at the word,
     being disobedient:
nōn crēdo

whereunto also
they were appointed
     

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.
Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves
with their own deceivings [delusions] while they feast with you;

They are APPOINTED by being agents of the Babylon mother of harlots
entru^ph-aō , “dikaiosunēPh.2.258; of persons, “PelopidaPlu.Pel.30; “en tiniD.C.65.20; in bad sense, “en tais agapais2 Ep.Pet.2.13; komai anemois enetruphōn it was playing in the wind
treat haughtily or contemptuously

Paison paizô [pais] 4. to play (on an instrument), Hhymn. II. to sport, play, jest, joke, Hdt., Xen., etc.; p. pros tina to make sport of one, mock him,


Revelation 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride  [the heiro gamos sacred prostitution] shall be heard no more at all in thee:

vineyard/wineskins Sexual Climax with God

for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries WERE all nations deceived.

B.  pharmak-eus , eōs, o(, A. poisoner, sorcerer, S.Tr.1140, Pl.Smp.203d, etc.; “gnēsioi sophistai kai ph.juggler, cheat.

Revelation 18:14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.
MARKS OF BEING CONFOUNDED OR DELUSIONED.
con-fundo , fūdi, fūsum. I. To pour, mingle, or mix togethersubjecta sibi vocalis in unum sonum coalescere et confundi nequiret,id. 1, 7, 26.
A. sūb-ĭcĭo  I. Lit., to throw, lay, place, or bring under or near suborn, subject
2. To substitute false for true; to forge, counterfeit
B. Vōcālis , I. that utters a voice, sounding, sonorous, speaking. NYMPHA (of Echo, clanging brass), II. Nymphae, demi-goddesses, who inhabit the sea, rivers, fountains, woods, trees, and mountains; nymphs. MUSES

Musical praise teams enact the Sacred Prostitute (Rev 17) she uses "lusted after fruits" parallel to Amoss: Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.  Amos Chapter Eight.

Pind. P. 3 She did not wait for the marriage-feast to come, nor for the full-voiced cry of the hymenaeal chorus, such things as unmarried girls her own age love to murmur in evening songs to their companion


Revelation 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

The Mother of Harlots (Sodom) is Jerusalem: the patternism for all instrumental "worship."

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Sophis-tês adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, meletan sophistais prosbalon Pi.I.5(4).28 , cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, sophistês . . parapaiôn chelun [harp]

II. from late v B.C., a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money

hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” A sophist, serpent, makes MUSICAL MELODY

Strabo 10.3.19] Further, one might also find, in addition to these facts concerning these genii and their various names, that they were called, not only ministers of gods, but also gods themselves. For instance, Hesiod says that five daughters were born to Hecaterus and the daughter of Phoroneus, from whom sprang the mountain-ranging nymphs, goddesses, and the breed of Satyrs, creatures worthless and unfit for work, and also the Curetes, sportive gods, dancers.

Al Maxey: If you should desire to get into an intense theological discussion with someone, one that may quickly deteriorate into quite a heated debate, just bring up the topic of baptism. It will not be boring! Few of us question the fact that the NT writings place some significance upon the place of baptism in our spiritual journey.

Theology is a pseudo-science like phrenology: the clear commands in the Bible is that it contains the great epics and patterns of human development: it is to be read in the belief that reading the Epic aloud instills and confirms the values of the story.  Preaching is sacramental in that it believes that ammending bits and pieces of the epic and making it another narrative has redemptive value or is a "worship service."

Al Maxey sells his body to violate the direct command to "teach that which has been taught" and also preaches the Law of Lay By in Store: as an ACT of worship he confesses that it is a SACRAMENT to divert the money to him and from the poor:

"Concerning budgets--it is now a mark of the identity of a scriptural church to have or not to have certain benevolent programs and missionary projects in the budget; but the time was when churches had no such problems, for there were no budgets. The apportionment of the contributions into a pre-arranged budget is comparatively new, and it met with opposition for the early writers of both the Gospel Advocate and the Firm Foundation, perhaps for the foreseen reason of what is happening now--an an issue develops on what may or may not be scripturally included in the budget, and the budget becomes a sacramental thing, the depository for the 'Lord's Money.'" (Foy E. Wallace, Jr., The Gospel for Today, p 552)

Here is the direct command never changed by 1 Corinthians 16:

"If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and shall generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks" (Deut. 15:7, 8-11).

H5670 abat aw-bat' A primitive root; to pawn; causatively to lend (on security); figuratively to entangle:  borrow, break [ranks], fetch [a pledge], lend, X surely.

Jesus said that doctors of the law take away the key to knowledge. Therefore, the only arena for discussion is to read the Biblical text and try to understand each passage in context.  Private interpretation means "further expounding" out of your own imagination.

Christians are ONLY those who have been discipled by BAPTISM and ongoing teaching: Church has no other role. A Disciple understands that the Scriptures are an account of God's interaction with many nations and types of nations.  The Bible contains the Scribe's accounts of the King, Kingdom, Temple, Sacrificial system as God's abandonment to the idolatry of nationhood. Christ in the prophets warns about the "lying pen of the Scribes." Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. He quotes from Christ's prophecy in Isaiah and the Exekiel account. Christ in Ezekiel defines these two classes by the marks of self-preaching, performance singing and playing instruments.  He identifies all of these hypocritic arts as nothing: just nothing at all.

The godly thread was quarantined to the Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ in the wilderness. A disciple does not look to the Scribal history of the secular nation. God in Christ spoke through the Prophets. The Civil-Military-Clergy complex murdered the Prophets of Christ from the beginning.

A. CHRIST IN SPIRIT DEFINED THE FUTURE CHURCH BOTH INCLUSIVELY AND EXCLUSIVELY

After the musical fall from grace at Mount Sinai, Christ--the Rock and Cornerstone--who was rejected by the Israelites, the Qahal, Synagogue or Church of Christ was defined inclusively and exclusively. The Church or Assembly was open to all people from the beginning:

Acts 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
Acts 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them,
        which from among the Gentiles are turned [converted=baptized] to God:
Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, a
        nd from things strangled, and from blood.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
        hath in every city them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Originally the people were "baptized" unto or into discipleship to Moses. That never changed for the Godly people who were quarantined from the sacrificial system which God never commanded.  They attended the assemblies in their own neighborhood: Work included "sending out ministers of God."  Rest meant Rest and never a day of "worship" according to Al Maxey's patternism. Jesus "taught" in the synagogues: He stood up to read and then decently sat down for any discussion.  Paul's come together, assembly or gathering is the "synagogue" word. Therefore, if you need a pattern for the assembly  of Christ you go to the synagogue which was a school of the Word of God.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,
        as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:
        and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Al Maxey thinks that the "clergy" has the right to call the assembly: He and everyone believes that "not forsaking" carries sacramental power and is therefore a SACRAMENT for religious performance and not a school where Christ does the teaching.

Al Maxey teaches people to forsake the assembly:
That is true of all who reject the clear commands of God in Christ.
Con-grĕgo Congrego Academia congregation.  where plato taught, scholars are called Academici, and his doctrine Philosophia  Academica.. The philosophy of the Acadamy,  instaret academia, quae quidquid dixisses, OPPOSITE to the academy of the Cynics to be excluded as "dogs" by Paul.
Episun-a^gōgē , ,
A. gathering or being gathered together, LXX 2 Ma.2.7, 2 Ep.Thess.2.1, etc.

The Synagogue was to read and discuss the Word (only) of God (only)

paraka^leō
  III.  exhort, encourage,
2.  comfort, console, “tous penthountasLXX Si.48.24:—Pass., Ev.Matt.2.18, 5.4.
To mnēmon-euō II. call to another's mind, mention, say, c. acc., “alēthē -eueisPl.Lg.646b, etc.; m. tini tinos make mention of a thing to another, Phalar.Ep.2: c. gen., make mention of, tou ethnous en tais historiais J.l.c., cf. Plu.Them.32, etc.; “m. adelphōnLXX 1 Ma.12.11.
B. Pass., to be remembered, had in memory,
The INCLUSIVE and EXCLUSIVE pattern defined by  Christ in the Wilderness.  Under Jesus Christ the church is edified or educated on the Prophets and Apostles with Christ being the author of both.
lectĭo , ōnis, f. lego.
I.  A gathering, collecting.
II.  A reading, perusal; a reading out, reading aloud.
B.  Transf. (abstr. pro contr.), that which is read, reading, text (post-class.): “lectio
tamen docet, eo tempore solitos, etc.,Macr. S. 7, 7, 5: “haec sunt quae lectio pontificalis habet,id. ib. 7, 13, 11 fin.: “juris lectiones,passages of the laws
lego. to recite what is written, labe to biblion kai lege Plat., etc.:—but the sense of Lat. lego, to read.

Logos, verbal noun of lego
        Opposite kata pathos
        Opposite music, poetry or rhetoric
        Opposite human reasoning
        Opposite Epagoge bringint in to one's aid, introduction
                Alurement, enticement, incantation, spell

Opposite Pathos  A. that which happens to a person or thing, incident, accident,
where this incident took place, unfortunate accident,
2. what one has experienced, good or bad, experience
II. of the soul, emotion, passion (“legō de pathē . . holōs hois hepetai hēdonē ē lupēArist.EN1105b21), “sophiē psukhēn pathōn aphaireitai
Exhortātĭo  exhortor, I.  an exhorting, exhortation, encouraging (mostly post-Aug.; not in Cic.):   studiorum,Quint. 12, 11, 25.   Vulg. Act. 13, 15 stŭdĭum , ii, n. studeo, I. a busying one's self about or application to a thing; assiduity, zeal, eagerness, fondness, inclination, desire, exertion, endeavor, study: stu dium est animi assidua et vehemens ad aliquam rem applicata magnā cum voluntate occupatio, ut philosophiae, poëticae, geometriae, litterarum, Cic. Inv. 1, 25, 36.—
Acts 13:14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia,
        and went into the
 on the sabbath day, and sat down.
Acts 13:15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets
        the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them,
        saying, Ye men and brethren,
        if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.
Acts 13:16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said,
         Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
Acts 13:17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers,
        and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers
         in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.
B. Application to learning or studying, study; in the plur., studies (very freq.; also in Cic.; cf.: “studeo and studiosus): pabulum studii atque doctrinae,
b). A place for study, a study, school (late Lat.): philosophum (se egit) in omnibus studiis, templis, locis,
Pābŭlum  . food, nourishment.
Doctrīna  I. teaching, instruction (class.; cf.: litterae, artes, disciplina, praecepta, scientia, humanitas). A. Object., the knowledge imparted by teaching, i. e. science, erudition, learning
A Church of Christ is built (edified, educated) on the Prophets and Apostles.  The Spirit OF Christ prophesied the nature of the future "rest" both inclusively and exclusively; Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled these prophecies as a man.  Peter said that if you do not teach that resource you are a false teacher.

PAUL DIRECT COMMAND BASED ON CHRIST IN THE WILDERNESS AND JESUS MAKING THE PROPHECIES MORE CERTAIN
But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2Co.3:15
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Ep.3:4

Colossians 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas,
        and the church which is in his house.
Colossians 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you,
        cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans;
        and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. 2Co.3:15
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Ep.3:4
1Timothy 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to [public] reading, to exhortation, to doctrine
1Thessalonians 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren

Anaginosko (g314) an-ag-in-oce'-ko; from 303 and 1097; to know again, i.e. (by extens.) to read: - read.

"The word that is employed for this "anaginosko, anagnosis) is the technical term for the cultic reading aloud of the Old Testament in the synagogue. By applying this terminology to the reading of his own epistles he not only ascribes the same authority to the apostolic word as to the Old Testament writings...he also combines a quotation from the Old Testament with a word of Jesus and introduces the whole with the familiar formula: 'for the Scripture says.'" (Ridderbos, Hermon, Paul, P. 483 an Outline of His Theo., Eerdmans) 

"anaginosko--of written characters, know them again, and so, read, 6. Med., attach oneself to a thing, cling, cleave to, 7. Pass., to be held fast by a thing

1. know well, know certainly,ou gar tis heon gonon autos anegnōOd.1.216, cf. 21.205, Il.13.734.
b. perceive, Theoc.24.23.
2. know again, recognize, Od.4.250; once in Hdt., acknowledge, own,anagnōnai tous suggeneasHdt.2.91, cf. Pi.I.2.23: aor. Pass. once in E., “ei men gar ezē posis, anegnōsthēmen anHel.290.
II :—of written characters, know them again, and so, read, first in Pi.O.10(11).1, cf. Ar.Eq.118, 1065, Th.3.49,
books read aloud, hence, published, opp. ta anekdota, [unpublished] Lycon ap.D.L.5.73.

Homologia (g3671) hom-ol-og-ee'-ah; from the same as 3670; acknowledgment: - con- (pro-) fession, professed.

We confess or profess our SUBJECTION to the Gospel which has the condition of baptism.

Those who rejected the COUNSEL or WILL for thei r lives were those who refused to be baptized

THE DIRECT COMMAND IS TO REFUTE THESE "PROGRESSIVES" WITH THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.
1 Ti.6:3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words,
        even the
words of our Lord Jesus Christ,
        and to the
doctrine which is according to godliness;
1 Tim 6:4  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words,
        whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil
surmisings
1 Tim 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds,
        and
destitute of the truth,
        supposing that
gain is godliness:
        from such
withdraw thyself.  [apostasize]

Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.


Aiskhros ,
disgrace, put to shame, muthon e. treat a speech with contempt, Il.9.522; e. tina put one to shame, Od. 21.424
Hom. Il. 9.492,
[505] Howbeit Sin is strong and fleet of foot, wherefore she far out-runneth them all,
        and goeth before them over the face of all the earth
        making men to fall, and Prayers follow after, seeking to heal the hurt.

[520] and hath sent forth warriors to beseech thee, choosing them that are best throughout the host of the Achaeans, and that to thine own self are dearest of the Argives; have not thou scorn of their words, neither of their coming hither; though till then no man could blame thee that thou wast wroth. Even in this manner have we heard the fame of men of old

Od. 21.424 But he spoke to Telemachus, saying: “Telemachus, the stranger [425] that sits in thy halls brings no shame upon thee, nor in any wise did I miss the mark, or labour long in stringing the bow; still is my strength unbroken—not as the wooers scornfully taunt me. But now it is time that supper too be made ready for the Achaeans, while yet there is light, and thereafter must yet other sport be made [430] with song and with the lyre; for these things are the accompaniments of a feast.” He spoke, and made a sign with his brows, and Telemachus, the dear son of divine Odysseus, girt about him his sharp sword, and took his spear in his grasp, and stood by the chair at his father's side, armed with gleaming bronze.

II.  cross-examine, question, accuse one of doing, test, bring to the proof,
4. refute, confute, b. put right, correct, prove by a reductio ad impossibile
5. get the better of betray a weakness,

BECAUSE THE "SCHOLARS" CLAIM THAT AMOS WASN'T CONDEMNING MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS:

"Not surprisingly, most Israelites declined the prophet's invitation to enter into a dialog with Yahweh.  They preferred a less demanding religion of cultic observance either in the Jerusalem Temple or in the old fertility cults of Canaan.  This continues to  be the case: the religion of compassion is followed only by a minority; most religious people are content with decorous worship in synagogue, church, temple and mosque.

"The ancient Canaanite religions were still flourishing in Israel... the Israelites were still taking part in fertility rites and sacred sex there, as we see in the oracles of the prophet Hosea, Amos' contemporary.  (Armstrong, Karen, A History of God, p. 47).

AL MAXEY AND MOST PREACHERS ARE WAGED TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM ASSEMBLYING THEMSELVES AS SYNAGOGUE: SCHOOL OF THE WORD. That is why most "scholars" are deprived of Christ in the Prophets.

THE WORD OF CHRIST IN THE PROPHETS AND APOSTLES IS TO BE READ AND MEDITATED UPON: the Words of God are NOT subject to "further expounding" or being challenged.

The Word of Christ is to be OBEYED.
Prophecy of Baptism in Isaiah 1 is parallel to Mark 16.

The Isaiah DSS Scroll the Ethiopean Enoch would have with him caused him to want to be baptized as soon as he discovered that Messiah had come.

12. (10) Hear the word of YHWH princes of Sodom and give ear to the Torah of our God people of Gomorrah. (11) What are they to me,
13. your multiplied sacrifices, says YHWH, I am sated with holocausts of rams and the fat of fatlings, and in the blood
14. of bulls and lambs and goats I have no delight.  When you come to see my face to make this request
15. from your hands treading my courtyard.  Do not continue to bring empty gifts,
        Incense is an abomination
16. to me, new moon and sabbaths, calling of reading meetings,
        I am not able to endure even the sacred assembly.
        Your new moons and seasonal feasts
17. my soul hates, they are a burden to me, I am tired of bearing them.
        And when you spread your hands I will hide my eyes
18. from you, also when you multiply prayer I will not listen, your hands are full of blood.
19.  Wash and make yourselves clean and turn away the evil of your habitual practices from before my eyes, stop doing evil. (17) Learn

Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present,
        in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices,
        that could not make him that did the service perfect,
        as pertaining to the conscience;

parabol-ē, A. juxtaposition, comparison

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings,
        and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
        by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands,
        that is to say, not of this building;
Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.

When Jesus went into the heavenly Tabernacle it was not to replace animal slaughter but to purify the "chuch" as His body.  The Church of Christ as "calling of assemblies" were no better because they did not follow the direct command to PREACH the word by READING the Word of God.

Those whom He adds to that heavenly kingdom must themselves by washed to become an apostle.

lăvo , lāvi, lautum, lăvātum and lōtum
II. Trop., to wash away: “venias nunc precibus lautum peccatum tuum,Ter. Phorm. 5, 7, 80: “dulci Mala vino lavere,Hor. C. 3, 12, 2.—Hence, lautus , a, um, P. a.

Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

Rachac
(h7364) raw-khats'; a prim. root; to lave (the whole or a part of a thing): - bathe (self), wash (self).
The baptism of Naaman had real effects because it was obedience to the commands of God.  Baptism was the instrumental means because God made it so.

We know that if we take a bath it has no effect on our spirit or conscience.  However, If God promises that He will give us A holy spirit or A good conscience IF we obey Him which is the first step of being a disciple to anyone. If we debate with God we are not fit to be a disciple.

Only after baptism is our spirits translated into that heavenly kingdom which has been sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ.


20. to do well, pursue judgement, bless the oppressed, judge the orphan,
        contend for the widow. (PP)
17] Learn to do well. Seek justice, Relieve the oppressed, Judge the fatherless, Plead for the widow."
21. Please come and let us reason together says YHWH,
         if your sins are like scarlet they shall be white as snow
22. if they be as red as crimson they shall be as wool.
        (19) If you are obedient and you give heed then of the good of the Land [
        {you shall eat.}]
23. (20) But if you refuse and you rebel you will be devoured by the sword
        because the mouth of YHWH has said it.

"He that believeth" means he that complies. He that "believeth not" is the Greek Apistos which means that you understand but you REFUSE and REBEL against God. No person who has a remote hint that God is God and they are not CANNOT question the Eternal God of the Universe.

Jerusalem is "the Mother of Harlots." She is Sodom.

How the faithful city has become a prostitute! She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in her, But now murderers.

Those who claim to teach FOR God in Christ are infidels almost by definition.

Isaiah 1.23 Your princes are rebellious [infidelis], and companions of thieves. Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards. They don't judge the fatherless, Neither does the cause of the widow come to them.
THOSE WHO REFUSE TO BE INVITED INTO THE SCHOOL OF CHRIST ARE CONDEMNED TO BE AFFLICTED BY FALSE PREACHERS, SINGERS AND INSTRUMENT PLAYERS.
Those who refuse to obey are rebels and Challenge God to a contest. Devouring in the religious operation sense means:

Dē-vŏro  C. ejus oratio, nimia religione attenuata, a multitudine et a foro devorabatur, qs. swallowed but not digested (i. e. heard without being understood), Cic. Brut. 82, 283.
ē-lŏquor II. In partic., to speak in an oratorical or eloquent manner (only absol.): et Graece ab eloquendo rhētōr et Latine eloquens dictus est .: “composite, ornate, copiose
Itaque eius oratio nimia religione attenuata doctis et attente audientibus erat inlustris, a  multitudine autem et a foro, cui nata eloquentia est, devorabatur.
When a group claims that "a" spirit told them to impose ceremonial legalism with the best performance preacher money can buy, performance singers, adding instrumental music and trying to dramatize the work of God this IS PROOF that God has turned the people over to the Scribes and Pharisees to be devoured alive.
Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: by quoting Isaiah and Ezekiel 33 Christ named self-preachers, singers and instrument players.
Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Hupo-kri^tēs , ou, ho,
A. one who answers:
I. interpreter or expounder,tēs di' ainigmōn phēmēsPl.Ti. 72b; “oneirōnLuc.Somn.17,
II. in Att., one who plays a part on the stage, actor, Ar.V.1279, Pl.R.373b, Chrm. 162d, Smp.194b, X. Mem.2.2.9, etc.
2. of an orator, poikilos hu. kai perittos (of Dem.) Phld.Rh.1.197 S.; one who delivers, recites, declaimer,
Oneiros  'you are telling me what I know already', leave the gender doubtful. in similes or metaphors, of anything unreal or fleeting,
Poikilos 2. of Art, p. humnos a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, Pi.O.6.87; “poikilon kitharizōn Id.N.4.14; “dedaidalmenoi pseudesi poikilois muthoiId.O.1.29; of style, “lexis poiētikōtera kai p.Isoc.15.47 (Comp.); “skhēmatismoiD.H.Is.3.
EpōnTim.Lex. s.v. rhapsōdoi; rhapsodist, D.S.14.109, 15.7; this sense or sense 11.1 is possible in PCair.Zen.4.44 (iii B. C.).
Epos , older wepos SIG9 (v. infr.), etc., eos, to
IV. in pl., epic poetry, opp. melē (lyric poetry), iambeia, dithuramboi, etc., “rhaptōn epeōn aoidoiPi.N.2.2 ; “ta Kupria epeaHdt.2.117, cf. Th.1.3, X.Mem.1.4.3, Pl.R.379a, etc. ; “epea te poiein pros luran t' aeideinTheoc.Ep.21.6 ; “nikēsas epo
3. metaph., pretender, dissembler, hypocrite, LXX Jb.34.30, 36.13, Ev.Matt.23.13, al.
2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Epi-lu^sis , eōs, ,
A.  release from, “e. phobōn didouA.Th.134 (lyr.): abs., exemption from banishment,

It is Anti-Christian to try to preach that people are under "grace" and cannot be punished: by releasing people from fear you are usurping the role of Scripture.

2. solution, “sophismatōnS.E.P.2.246; explanation, 2 Ep.Pet.1.20, Vett. Val.172.3 (pl.), Hld.1.18, 4.9, Iamb.Protr.21

It is Anti-Christian to use machines, music or anything presumed to AID the Word of God.
Soph-isma , atos, to, A. acquired skill, method,
Mēkha^n-ē
II. any artificial means or contrivance for doing a thing
3. theatrical machine by which gods, etc., were made to appear in the air
Soph-isma , atos, to, A. acquired skill, method II. clever device, ingenious contrivance, stage-trick, claptrap,


       
Ekhn-ē , , (tektōnA. art, skill, cunning of hand, soothsayer (Levites)
        2. craft, cunning,
        II.
an art or craft, i.e. a set of rules, system or method of making or doing,
        whether of the useful arts, or of the fine art Art of Rhetoric,
Pind. O. 13 But the fame for every work is due to its inventor. Whence did the graces of Dionysus first come to light, with the ox-driving dithyramb?
Plek-ō , Pi.O. 6.86,
II. metaph., devise, contrive, mostly of tortuous mean
2. of Poets, p. humnon, rhēmata, Pi.O.6.86, N.4.94; ōdasCritias Fr.1 D.; “p. logousE.Rh.834, Pl.Hp.Mi.369b; form the plot of a tragedy, opp. luein, Arist.Po.1456a9:—hence in Pass., muthoi peplegmenoi complex,
Pind. O. 6 [85] who bore horse-driving Thebe, whose delicious water I drink, while I weave my embroidered song for heroic spearmen. Now rouse your companions, Aeneas, first to shout the praises of Hera Parthenia, and then to know whether we have truly escaped the ancient reproach [90] of men's speech, “Boeotian pig.” For you are a faithful herald, a message-stick of the lovely-haired Muses, a sweet mixing-bowl of loud-sounding songs.
tēs rhētorikēsLongin.17.2; opp. a true logical argument (philosophēma, epikheirēma),
rhētor-ikos , ē, on, A. oratorical, rhētorikē (sc. tekhnē) rhetoric, Pl.Phdr.266d, Phld.Rh.1.187 S.; to rh. Pl.Phdr.266c, Plt.304e; ta rh. D.L.4.49,
2. of persons, skilled in speaking, fit to be an orato
2Corinthians 11:20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
A1. FULFILLED BY JESUS IN MARK 16
What Christ prophesied MUST BE fulfilled by Jesus of Nazareth before the Law passed away.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
        and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth [complieth] and is baptized shall be saved;
        but he that
believeth not shall be damned.

If you give Jesus Christ Credit that he will fulfil His promise

crēdo

I. Orig. belonging to the lang. of business, to give as a loan, to loan, lend, make or loan to any one: (vilicus) injussu domini credat nemini
A. With the prevailing idea of intended protection, to commit or consign something to one for preservation, protection.
b. Mihi crede, believe me, confide in my words, upon my word, emoi pithou, an expression of confirmation,

Non Credo g). After negatives it forms a strong affirmative, and after the adverbs above named a strong negative. by no means, not at all, the reverse of:

con-demno , āvi, ātum, 1, v. a. damno.
I.  to sentence, condemn, convict (in good prose; rare in the poets).
B. CHRIST THROUGH MALACHI PROPHESIED JOHN THE BAPTIST AND BAPTISM

Mark begins and ends by speaking about the command to BAPTIZE.

THE beginning (Arche, most important) of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; Mark 1:1

The gospel defined by Paul concerning the WORKS OF JESUS CHRIST are the first principle ot the PROTOS gospel. That is, the Gospel is that Jesus provided a way for us to be saved.

The word "beginning" is the word ARCHE: that means that Mark is going to tell us the MOST IMPORTANT part of the Gospel for we who are humans.

Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon

archê , hê, (v. archô) beginning, origin
beginning,
from the first, from of old, lay a foundation,
from the
beginning, from the first, from of old,
logos the original argument,
the
principal sum, first principle, element

The ARCH is that upon which the structure is built. The GOOD NEWS is that we can obey a FORM of the POTOS gospel.

Therefore, Mark looks back to the GOSPEL prophesied by Malachi and forward to "THE" faith or the Christian system.

Mark 1:2  As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy WAY before thee. 

Mark 1:3 The voice (shouting) of one crying in the wilderness (a very lonely place), Prepare ye the WAY of the Lord, make his paths straight (level at once). 

Mark then reveals the most important principle of the gospel for those who are not Jesus the Christ.

John DID baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance FOR the remission of sins. Mark 1:4

Those who believed and repented were baptized for or THAT their sins be remitted.  They were the promised remnant which had not bowed their knees to bail and were alive in Jerusalem.

Notice the two GROUPS which is always the meaning of PREDESTINATED purpose.

And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
........[1] and to restore the preserved of Israel:
........[2] I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles,
........[3] that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Isa 49:6

The Baptism of Jesus was for the same purpose but promised the gift of A holy spirit or A good conscience which was not possible to those under the curse of the law.

This was the MARK of the presence of God in the flesh. Many Jews saw this baptizer as a SIGN of Messiah:

And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. Mark 1:5

And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet? John 1:25

John explains his role to make known the Messiah. The passage noted is:

Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

To understand Malachi it is important to look where Mark points to prove that Baptism was prophesied.

BEHOLD, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the WAY before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1

But who may abide (comprehend or receive) the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a REFINER'S FIRE, and like FULLER'S SOAP: Malachi 3:2 (To Wash)

The refiner's fire made silver and gold to become a water vessel pure enough to enter into the temple. Our spirit is the temple of God. Fuller's Soap makes Crimson garments as white as snow.

THE WASHING PROCESS BY JESUS CHRIST WAS PROPHESIED TO BE:

Kabac (h3526) kaw-bas, to trample; hence to wash (prop. by stamping with the feet)... WASHING. The Greek Louo (g3068) means to bathe the whole person.

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Re.1:5

Christ causes us to contact that Blood BY GRACE when we obey a "form of that action" instead of being crucified ourselves. Therefore, Al Maxey denes that the FUNDAMENTAL principle of the Gospel is that Jesus has to wash us before He adds to His Church, His Kingdom.

CHRIST IN ISAIAH DEFINED THE FUTURE CHURCH INCLUDING THE DEMAND TO BE BAPTISM


Al Maxey says it isn't so.
Al Maxey blasphemes against the Spirit of Christ in the prophets.

As the ANTITHESIS to the performance of religious observations Christ called out the spiritual people people to His School of the Word of God.  Disciples of Christ do not invent dogma to justify getting a dole for a role God in Christ specificially made impossible if you follow the spiritual PATTERNISM which made Paul, Timothy and the Gentiles wise unto salvation.

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city
        them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

The absolute patternism is to READ and DISCUSSS the Word of God: anyone who goes beyond that is trying to justify riding on the backs of widows and honest working people.  Because there is no law of tithing or law of giving anyone who is informed from the enemies of Christ is an enemy of Christ.  That is a mark: it is called corrupting the Word or selling the Word at retail also defined as adultery.

THE FULFILLED PROPHECY IN THE GREAT COMMISSION

Excluding all other pseudo-scholars whom God loves to make into a joke:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,
        All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
legō (B), opp. ouden legei has no meaning, no authority, “ouden l. to sōphronōs traphēnaiAr.Eq.334, cf. V.75; ouden legeis nonsense! Phone sounds vocal or instrumental

G1849 exousia ex-oo-see'-ah From G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and
[1] teach all nations, [make disciples]
By 

[2] baptizing them in the name [singular] of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Ma^thēt-euō ,
A. to be pupil, tini to one, Plu.2.832c.
II. trans., make a disciple of, instruct, “panta ta ethnēEv.Matt.28.19, cf. Act.Ap.14.21:—Pass., Ev.Matt.13.52.
Acts 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples,
        and exhorting them to continue in the faith,
        and that we must through much tribulation
        enter into the kingdom of God.

NOT BY FAITH ONLY:
bapt-izō , A dip, plunge,xiphos eis sphagēnJ.BJ2.18.4; “spathion eis to embruonSor.2.63:—Pass., of a trephine, Gal.10.447; “baptison seauton eis thalassan
3. [select] baptize,tinaEv.Marc.1.4; “en hudati eis metanoianEv.Matt.3.11:—Pass., “baptisthētō hekastos eis aphesin hamartiōnAct.Ap.2.38; “eis KhristonEp.Rom.6.3, etc.:—Med., dip oneself, LXX4 Ki.5.14; get oneself baptized, Act.Ap.22.16, 1 Ep.Cor.10.2:—Pass., perform ablutions, Ev.Luc. 11.38.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Hebrews 11:6 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.
Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
        moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
        by the which he condemned the world,
        and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Genesis 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven,
        and will give unto thy seed all these countries;
        and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Genesis 26:5 Because that Abraham
        obeyed my voice,
        and kept my charge,
        my commandments,

        my statutes,
        and my laws.



Making a disciple who has been instructed demands:

And

[3] TeachING them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mt 28:20
di^daskō , in causal sense:—instruct a person, or teach a thing,
tēr-eō (tē- watch over, take care of, guard, III.  observe or keep an engagement
Jesus commanded us to be baptized to be saved.
That is spelled CENI for those who will RESIST all authority.

Jesus Christ TAUGHT the demand to be baptized to be accepted as HIS disciple.
Al Maxey says that believing in Aaron the Tentmaker makes YOU a master Tentmaker.


[4] We will note that those who gladly received the Word WERE baptized: there is no questioning of God's command IF you are of faith or of truth.  Those who debate with God are not and can never be added to the invisible, internal kingdom of God.

If you are PROFESSIONED to lead a congregation into Worship Services be aware that Jesus said that the Kingdom of God does not come with observation.  Pau defined such religious services with performace acts as LYING WONDERS always to identify those STRONGLY DELUDED.

Jesus speaks only what He hears from God the father.  How can anyone on God's side deny His right to command.

Entellō, A. enjoin, command, Act. only in Pi.O.7.40, S.Fr.269:— mostly in Med., “tini tiHdt.1.47, etc.; in a will, “philois tauta entellomaiDiog.Oen.66: c. dat. pers. et inf., Hdt.1.53, Pl.R.393e, etc.; enteilasthai apo glōssēs command by word of mouth, Hdt.1.123: so in pf., “entetaltaiLXX 3 Ki.13.17; “entetalmenoi eiēsanPlb.18.2.1, cf. Hdn.1.9.9:—Pass., “ta entetalmenacommands, Hdt.1.60,5.73, S. Fr.462, X.Cyr.5.5.3.
II. invest with legal powers, authorize to act,e. soi kai epitrepō” 

Jesus said:
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

First: 1317. didaktiko didaktikos, did-ak-tik-os´; from 1318; instructive (“didactic”): — apt to teach.

Second: baptism in the NAME of Jesus Christ (not a magical formula). Christ removes sin from THEIR spirit so they have A holy spirit. This, says Paul in 2 Corinthians 3, is the only way you request A good conscience (co-perception) so that you can read BLACK text on BROWN paper.

It is a lie that baptism just ENHANCES our faith without any power as Christ's INSTRUMENTAL MEANS

Third :1319. didaskali÷a didaskalia, did-as-kal-ee´-ah; from 1320; instruction (the function or the information): — doctrine, learning, teaching.

ALL OF THE TEACHING RESOURCES HAVE BEEN DELIVERED ONCE FOR ALL.

The direct command from the Church of Christ in the wilderness was to:
  1. PREACH the Word
  2. by READING the Word.
  3. That is what Paul commanded Timothy.
  4. Al Maxey etal deliberately DISOBEYS this direct comand.
  5. A disciple goes to Bible Class: not to a pagan worship center.
Jesus by the authority of God hand picked those He wanted to be His Apostles. Since Al is not an apostle it is only the business of Jesus Christ how He made them disciples.  The stumbling block that

Luke 6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields;
        and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

Jesus made disciples by personally teaching them. It is probably that as part of the remnant they were baptized by John.   Jesus does not speak to us--whatever the progressive preachers say--and He provided another way to SELECT disciples by a Clear Go-No go test at baptism.
Discĭpŭlus , i, m. disco, and root of puer, pupilla; cf. Sanscr., putras, son; Gr. pōlos; Engl., foal,
I. a learner, scholar, pupil, disciple.
I. In gen., -Plaut. Bacch. 1, 2, 44 sq.; Cic. Div. 1, 3, 6; 1, 23, 46; id. N. D. 3, 7 et saep.—Trop. Prov.: “discipulus est prioris posterior dies,Pub. Syr. 120 (Rib).—In the fem.: discĭpŭla , ae, a female scholar or disciple: “ego te dedam discipulam cruci,Plaut. Aul. 1, 1, 20; Plin. 35, 11, 40, § 147; Hor. S. 1, 10, 91; Vulg. Act. 9, 36 al.—Cf. transf., of the nightingale, Plin. 10, 29, 43, § 83.—Of Latin eloquence: “Latina facundia similis Graecae ac prorsus ejus discipula videtur,Quint. 12, 10, 27.— —
II. A learner in an art or trade, an apprentice, Plaut. Aul. 3, 1, 4; id. Ps. 3, 2, 76; 96; Paul. Sent. 2, 8, 3.—
III. (Eccl. Lat.) A disciple of Christ, Vulg. Luc. 5, 30 et saep.
A disciple is never called a worshiper in a ceremonial legalistic  sense: the unique word for worship is to give heed to Jesus by giving heed to the Words of Jesus Christ.

Al Maxey: Because "the Churches of Christ have always taught that baptism is the event during which salvation occurs" [ibid]. Thus, we have historically insisted upon "a sacramental understanding"..

Churches of Christ teach that baptism is the event where salvation occurs.
Churches of Christ DO NOT believe that baptism is a sacrament which is just as effective on an infant as it is on a believer.

Only those who know enough to believe, repent and confess the name of Jesus Christ as God's only Son and believe that baptism is the only time and place Jesus ordained as the instrumental means of requesting the remission of sins are baptized. People understand that Jesus died for their sins and there is nothing that they can do which actually remits sins or saves.  Everyone understands that Jesus Christ is the one who does the saving.  A sacramentalists believes that their act does the saving.

Therefore Al Maxey is a False Teacher.

Sacramentalism discussions was in the context of the Catholics insisting that infants were free from sin BECAUSE someone sprinkled water on their heads.  It didn't matter whether the child was fully human enough to even have brain cells to believe. Therefore, all the Phduhs always miss the point.

Salvation or remission of sin occurs as a request to God for A holy spirit or A good conscience. None of the pseudo scholars know of any one who believes that the ACT of baptism is the saving power but Scripture says that water is Christ's INSTRUMENTAL MEANS: those who dispute this are not believer.

Al Maxey fails to understand because he fails to understand that Baptism washes away sins because that is the way to "call on the name of the Lord" or be baptized "in the name of the Lord."

Only after baptism did God the Father acknowledge Jesus of Nazareth as a son.  Only after believers obey that form or type or "a pattern capable of being imitated" does Paul say that they are THEN free from sin.

Al Maxey:  The Baptists, by way of example, have rather frequently characterized us as "baptismal regenerationists," which is just another way of characterizing us, with regard to our traditional perception and practice of baptism, as rigid sacramentalists.

They Lie, you know: people are saved by Grace (teachings of Christ) through faith WHEN they have been buried and raised with Jesus Christ.  No one teaches that dipping in water without respect to the saving power of God in Christ so that is repeating a lie.

Al should know that God in Christ REGENERATES us when we obey His direct command to be baptized IN ORDER to the remission of sins and receive A holy spirit or A good conscience.  Early church theologians always denied that water regenerates (Maxey) but that regeneration never happens without REQUESTING rather than DEMANDING based on the Baptist's own power to believe.

Alexander Campbell THE BATH OF REGENERATION.

Man in his ruins is, however, a proper subject of a remedial system. He is susceptible of renovation. Therefore God has placed him under a regenerating economy. This economy contemplates the regeneration of the whole human constitution, and proposes as its consummation the transformation of spirit, soul, and body. The destiny of the regenerate is described by Paul in one sentence: - "As we now bear the image of the earthly Adam, we shall then bear the image of the heavenly Adam."

God's own Son is proposed as a model. Conformity to him in glory, honor, and immortality, as the perfection of the regenerate, is the predestination of him who speaks of things that are not, as though they were.

Regeneration is, therefore, moral and physical: or, in other words, there is now a renovation of the mind - of the understanding, will, and affections - and there will hereafter be a renovation of the body: - "For this corruptible body shall put on incorruption, and this mortal body shall put on immortality."

By "the bath of regeneration" is not meant the first, second, or third act; but the last act of regeneration, which completes the whole, and is, therefore, used to denote the new birth.

This is the reason why our Lord and his apostles unite this act with water. Being born of water, in the Saviour's style, and the bath of regeneration, in the Apostles' style,

in the judgment of all writers and critics of eminence, refer to one and the same act - viz.: Christian baptism.

Hence it came to pass, that all the ancients (as fully proved in our first Extra on Remission) used the word regeneration as synonymous in signification with immersion. In addition to the numerous quotations made in our Essay on Remission, from the creeds and liturgies of Protestant churches,

we shall add another from the Common Prayer (?) of the Church of England, showing unequivocally that the learned doctors of that church used the words regeneration and baptism as synonymous.

In the address and prayer of the minister after the baptism of the child, he is commanded to say, -

"Seeing now, dearly beloved brethren, that this child is regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christ's church, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayer unto him that this child may lead the rest of his life according to this beginning."

Finally, our great prophet, the Messiah, gives to water the same place and power in the work of regeneration.

But the New Testament itself confirms this exposition of the phrase. We find the word loutron once more used by the same apostle, in the same connection of thought. In his letter to the Ephesians,

he affirms that Jesus has sanctified (separated, purified with the water of purification) the church by a loutron of water - "a bath of water, with the word" - "having cleansed it by a bath of water, with the word." [NOTE: Ephesians v. 26]

All the means of salvation are means of enjoyment, not of procurement.

Campbell contiinues when speaking of being born again - when explaining to Nicodemus the new birth, he says, "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he can not enter into the kingdom of God." May not we, then, supported by such high authorities, call that water of which a person is born again, the water or bath of regeneration?

While the Word is the seed which engenders life, a fertilized egg cannot be a Disciple of Christ. A mature adult must go through the process of regeneration which begins with hearing the Word and have his OLD spirit made into A holy spirit before they can become a Disciple of Christ.

WASHING AFTER BEING PURIFIED WAS A PAGAN PRINCIPLE.

Along with many other pagan practices, the Catholic Encyclopedia notes that lights and music were adopted because they were common to all pagan sects.  Baptismal regeneration of infants presuppose that in sexual contact with the father the mother transmitted a deadly virus.

Baptismal regeneration was a pagan baptism where people were WASHED after they had been initiated into the mysteries at which they were saved. Because this was a sexual or homosexual ritual you can understand why the "mystery" as the source for "music" meaning to make the lambs or initiates dumb before the slaughter or initiation.

Why would Al the Baptist want to wash off AFTER he has gone through the ritual they tried on Jesus? Baptism outwardly is washing the body: washing the body is "obeying that pattern capable of being imitated."

Al Maxey: Before getting too much more deeply into this study, we need to define some terms. First, it needs to be noted that the word "sacrament" never occurs in the English Bible, but comes to us from the Latin Bible, in which the Greek word musterion, from which we get words like "mystery" and "mysterious," was translated with the word "sacramentum." "Although none of these passages" in which this Latin word appears "uses 'mystery' to refer to baptism, Lord's Supper, or any other religious rite, the later church began to make that identification" [Holman Bible Dictionary, p. 1218], and therefore began to ascribe to these select practices of the church a much deeper, somewhat "mysterious," spiritual significance!

No one who understood the true meaning of musterion would understand it as a Christian sacrament. It was a military sacrament just as Al's Levite musicians were under the king and commandersof the army.

Al Maxey is subconsciously or unconsciously reading off the page of STRONG DELUSIONS when he brings up the subject that religious musical performers were always homosexuals performing the roles of women.

The Catholics are clearly imitators of Judaism which is God's abandonment of them to Babylonianism.

A Christian is a Disciple: a Disciple of Christ PREACHES by READING and discussing the Word. This was a direct command for the Church in the wildernes. practiced throughout the Old Testament for the godly people, exampled by Jesus and command by the word ekklesia or synagogue.

Scripture is not given for wannabe scholars to make Dogma and get paid teaching lies all over the place. Music is derived from "mysteries" which meant in sacrificial systems "to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter." Apparently it still works.  Since there is no history which does not question the gender of religious musicians it may help to warn people not to participate in a VIRTUAL initiation where the "audience" is being used by the musicator for his own pleasurees.

Why Males in the Post-Biblical Effeminate Church are Disguised as Empty Pews or Hostile Masculines: it Will Get Worse! "Of the Effeminate Willow-Creek "Holy Entertainment" System: "The cost of this approach is hard work and loads of strife with church insiders." Christianity Today

Johannes Quasten. In Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, beginning on page 41 He uses many of the church Fathers and Classical resources we also rely upon:
"Philodemus considered it paradoxical that music should be regarded as veneration of the gods while musicians were paid for performing this so-called veneration. Again, Philodemus held as self deceptive the view that music mediated religious ecstasy. He saw the entire condition induced by the noise of cymbals and tambourines as a disturbance of the spirit.

He found it significant that, on the whole, only women and effeminate men fell into this folly.
Accordingly, nothing of value could be attributed to music; it was no more than a slave of the sensation of pleasure, which satisfied much in the same way that food and drink did.
Similar opinions may be found in the writings of Philo. On one occasion he spoke of the Jewish "Feast of Fasting," used by the Greeks for the Day of Atonement:
"Now, many a man from the false religions, which are not ashamed of criticising what is noble, will ask: how can there be a feast without carousing and overeating, without the pleasant company of hosts and guests, without quantities of unmixed wine, without richly set tables and highly stacked provisions of everything that pertains to a banquet, without pageantry and jokes, bantering and merry-making to the accompaniment of flutes and citharas, the sound of drums and cymbals and    
        other
effeminate and frivolous music of every king,
        enkindling unbridled lusts with the help of the sense of hearing.
        For in and through the same [pleasures] those persons
openly seek their joy,
        for what true joy is their they do not know.
Women's singing was a vital part of all pagan worship. In very early times women became priestly singers of the gods in the temple.
"Women and girls from the different ranks of society were proud to enter the service of the gods as singers and musicians. The understanding of this service was universal: these singers constituted the 'harem of the gods'." (End of Quasten)

Mustēri-on , to, (mustēs, mueō)
A. mystery or secret rite: mostly in pl., ta m. the mysteries, first in Heraclit.14, cf. Hdt.2.51 (of the mysteries of the Cabiri in Samothrace), etc.; esp. those of Demeter at Eleusis, A.Fr.479, S. Fr.804, E.Supp.173, Ar.Ra.887, etc.; mustēriois tois meizosin, tois oleizosin m., IG12.6.93,96; but usu., ta megala, ta mikra m., Sch.Ar. Pl.846, cf. IG12.313.144, 22.1672.4, Pl.Grg.497c, etc.; “pro tōn megalōn m. ta mikra paradoteonIamb.Protr.2; apienai pro tōn m., i.e. before you have reached the heart of the matter, Pl.Men.76e; ta tēs theou (sc. Megalēs Mētros)“ m.OGI540.21 (Pessinus, i A.D.); “hoi theoi hois ta m. epiteleitaiIG5(1).1390.2 (Andania, i B.C.); “ta m. poieinAnd.1.11, Lys.14.42, cf. Th.6.28 (Pass.); m. erein And.l.c.: later in sg., PMag.Leid.W.3.42 (ii/iii A.D.).
2. mystic implements and ornaments , “semna stemmatōn mustēriaE.Supp.470; esp. properties, such as were carried to Eleusis at the celebration of the mysteries, onos agō mustēria, prov. of an over-loaded beast, Ar.Ra. 159.
b. later, object used in magical rites, talisman, dote pneuma hup' emou kateskeuasmenō m.PMag.Leid.V.10.19 (iii/iv A.D.).

AL MAXEY HAD TO SCRATCH HIS KNEES LOOKING FOR THIS MEANING


3. metaph
., “hupnos, ta mikra tou thanatou m.Mnesim.11; tēs Rhōmaiōn arkhēs semnon m., of the military sacramentum, Hdn.8.7.4:
BUT ONLY FOR THE HOLY PREACHERS OR PRIESTS meaning GODS. The use of musical instruments and instrumentalists WAS and IS a pagan sacrament claiming that they can "lead you into the presence of God."
Semnos ,, ē, on, (sebomai)
A. revered, august, holy:
I. prop. of gods, e.g. Demeter, h.Cer.1,486; Hecate, Pi.P.3.79; Thetis, Id.N.5.25; Apollo, A.Th.800; Poseidon, S.OC55; Pallas Athena, ib.1090 (lyr.); at Athens the Erinyes were specially the semnai theai, Id.Aj.837, OC 90,458, Ar.Eq.1312, Th.224, Th.1.126, Autocl. ap. Arist.Rh.1398b26; or simply Semnai, A.Eu.383 (lyr.), 1041 (lyr.), E.Or.410; to s. onoma their name, S.OC41; s. bathron the threshold of their temple, ib.100; s. telē their rites, ib. 1050 (lyr.).
2. of things divine, orgia s. h.Cer.478, S.Tr.765; “themethla dikēsSol.4.14; “hugieiaSimon.70; “thusiaPi.O.7.42; s. antron the cave of Cheiron, Id.P.9.30, cf. O.5.18; s. domos the temple of Apollo, Id.N.1.72; “paianA.Pers.393; selma s. hēmenōn, of the Olympian gods, Id.Ag.183 (lyr.); s. erga, of the gods, Id.Supp.1037 (lyr.); “mustēriaS.Fr.804, E.Hipp.25; termōn ouranou ib.746; s. bios devoted to the gods, Id.Ion 56; semna phtheggesthai, = euphēma, A.Ch.109 (v.l.), cf. Ar.Nu.315,364; ē pou ti s. estin ho xunampekheis; A.Pr.521; to s. holiness, D.21.126.

Phtheggomai , Od.10.228, etc.: fut.
3. of inanimate things, of a door, creak, Ar.Pl.1099; of thunder, X.Cyr. 7.1.3; of trumpets, Id.An.4.2.7, 5.2.14; of the flute, Id.Smp.6.3, Thgn.532; of the lyre, “phormigx ph. hiron melos” [Apollo's harp for making melody in a "holy place."] Id.761, cf. Arist. Metaph.1019b15; of an earthen pot, eite hugies eite sathron ph.rings sound or cracked, Pl.Tht.179d; ph. palamēsi to clap with the hands, Nonn.D.5.106, cf. AP9.505.17 (dub.).
whether it
generally, mystery, secret, Pl.Tht.156a; “mustērion sou kateipēs philōMen.695, cf. LXX Si.27.16, To.12.7; prosēggeile ta m. tois polemiois ib.2 Ma.13.21; “mustēria biouSor.1.3; toumon to m. [the remedy] is my secret, Aret.CD2.7
4. secret revealed by God, i.e. religious or mystical truth, Corp. Herm.1.16, etc.; “ta m. tēs basileias tōn ouranōnEv.Matt.13.11; “pneumati lalein mustēria1 Ep.Cor.14.2; to m. tēs anomias the mystery of iniquity, 2 Ep.Thess.2.7; “ton Antipatrou bion ouk an hamartoitis eipōn kakias m.J.BJ1.24.1; esp. of the Gospel or parts of it, “to m. tou euaggeliouEp.Eph.6.19, cf. 3.9, Ep.Col.1.26, al.; symbol, “to m. tōn hepta asterōnApoc.1.20, cf. 17.7.
5. sunēthes ti m. some vulgar superstition, Sor.1.4.
II. Dionysius the tyrant called mouse-holes mustēria mus, tērein), Ath.3.98d.

Orgi-a , iōn, ta, A. secret rites, secret worship, practised by the initiated
of Cybele, E.Ba.78 (lyr.): most freq. of the rites of Dionysus, Hdt.2.81, E.Ba.34, al., Theoc.26.13.
II. generally, rites, sacrifices, SIG57.4 (Milet., v B. C.), A.Th.179 (lyr.), S.Tr.765, Ant.1013 orgia MousōnAr.Ra.356.

Eur. Ba. 78 Chorus
Blessed is he who, being fortunate and knowing the rites of the gods, keeps his life pure and [75] has his soul initiated into the Bacchic revels, dancing in inspired frenzy over the mountains with holy purifications, and who, revering the mysteries of great mother Kybele, [80] brandishing the thyrsos, [shaken reeds] garlanded with ivy, serves Dionysus.

"Go, Bacchae, go, Bacchae, escorting the god Bromius, child of a god, [85] from the Phrygian mountains to the broad streets of Hellas—Bromius,

Gallus , i, m., = Gallos Strab., A.Galli , ōrum, m., the priests of Cybele, so called because of their raving, Ov. F. 4, 361 sq.; Plin. 5, 32, 42, § 146; 11, 49, 109, § 261; 35, 12, 46, § 165; Paul. ex Fest. p. 95 Müll.; Hor. S. 1, 2, 121.--In sing.: Gallus , i, m., a priest of Cybele, Mart. 3, 81; 11, 74; cf. Quint. 7, 9, 2: resupinaticessantiatympanaGalli, Juv. 8, 176 .--And satirically (on account of their emasculated condition), in the fem.: Gallae , ārum, Cat. 63, 12, and 34.--

At Mount Sinai the Musical Idolatry implicated
2.
(Acc. to II. A., of or belonging to the priests of Cybele; hence, transf.) Of or belonging to the priests of Isis, Gallic: turma,the troop of the priests of Isis, Ov. Am. 2, 13, 18 .

Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians:
Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115 ."
Ver. 12.
"I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."  "A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will, let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated.
Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees? ... But if you will not allow this,
why do you not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?
For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the soul;
and the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it frantic for pleasure .

Catullus,Carmina 63     Notes
Thy timbrel, Mother Cybele, the firstings of thy rite,
And as her tender finger-tips on bull-back hollow rang
She rose a-grieving and her song to listening comrades sang.

"Up Gallae, hie together, haste for Cybele's deep grove,
Hie to the Dindymnean dame, ye flocks that love to rove;
The which affecting stranger steads as bound in exile's brunt
My sect pursuing led by me have nerved you to confront

The raging surge of salty sea and ocean's tyrant hand
As your hate of Venus' [ZOE] hest your
manly forms unmann'd,
Gladden your souls, ye mistresses, with sense of error bann'd.
Drive from your spirits dull delay, together follow ye
To hold of Phrygian goddess, home of Phrygian Cybebe,
Where loud the cymbal's voice resounds with timbrel-echoes blending,
And where the Phrygian piper drones grave bass from reed a-bending,

"In every Greek city the god Dionysus [new wineskin god] was worshipped by fraternities and sororities and also by mixed communities. Dionysus was a god of fruitfulness and vegetation but especially of wine. The Dionysiac festivals provided an opportunity for stepping outside of the daily routine. The festivals included not only drinking wine and engaging in sexual activity but also participating in such significant features of Greek civilization as choral singing and mimes. In many cases, only the initiated could participate in the ceremonies. As almost every Greek did join in, initiation into the Dionysiac cult might be compared to tribal initiations. It seems that initiation into the Dionysiac Mysteries was accompanied by initiation into sexual life. The act of producing offspring, however, could never be wholly separated from the thought of death, so that the worshippers of Dionysus were aware of a mystic communion among the ancestors, the living generation, and the future members of the community. Britannica Members

The Mysteries or Initiations are Listed Here
Livy defines the Bacchus or New Wineskin worshipers in Rome

10. As such pledges of mutual love subsisted, and as neither kept anything secret from the other, the young man, jokingly, bid her not be surprised if he separated himself from her for a few nights; as, "on account of a religious duty, to discharge a vow made for his health, he intended to be initiated among the Bacchanalians." 

On hearing this, the woman, greatly alarmed, cried out, "May the gods will more favorably!" affirming that "it would be better, both for him and her, to lose their lives than that he should do such a thing," she then imprecated curses, vengeance, and destruction on the head of those who advised him to such a step.

The young man, surprised both at her expressions and at the violence of her alarm, bid her refrain from curses, for "it was his mother who ordered him to do so, with the approbation of his stepfather."

"Then," said she, "your stepfather (for perhaps it is not allowable to censure your mother) is in haste to destroy, by that act, your chastity, your character, your hopes, and your life." To him, now surprised by such language, and inquiring what was the matter, she said (after imploring the favor and pardon of the gods and goddesses, if, compelled by her regard for him,

she disclosed what ought not to be revealed) that "when in service, she had gone into that place of worship, as an attendant on her mistress; but that, since she had obtained her liberty, she had never once gone near it: that she knew it to be the receptacle of all kinds of debaucheries; that it was well known that, for two years past, no one older than twenty had been initiated.

When any person was introduced he was delivered as a victim to the priests, who led him away to a place

resounding with shouts, the sound of music, and the beating of cymbals and drums, lest his cries, while suffering violation, should be heard abroad."

She then entreated and besought him to put an end to that matter in some way or other; and not to plunge himself into a situation, where he must first suffer, and afterwards commit, every thing that was abominable. Nor did she quit him until the young man gave her his promise to keep himself clear of those rites.

Gnostics believed that those who passed through initiation (as in the earlier Mysteries) and achieved Gnosis, had the right to interpret the message of Jesus in their own way.

In an introduction to the finds at Nag Hammadi, the distinguished Gnostic historian Elaine Pagels writes about Professor Gilles Quispel's dicovery of a complete text of the Gospel of Thomas

Now please notice II Kings 17:17, Jeremiah 8:18-22, and Deut. 4:16-19. Alexander Hislop, in his book, page 309 says:

"As Baal (Nimrod) the Lord of Heaven had his visible emblem -- the sun, so she (Semiramis) as Beltes, Queen of Heaven, must have hers also -- the moon." Josiah (II Kings 23:11) "burned the chariots of the sun with fire."

With regard to Israel's and Judah's gods being represented by stars, the New Standard Bible Dictionary, p. 827, says "The stars formed a class . . . corresponding to the Igigi or 'heaven gods' of the Babylonians." From Atrahasis:

When the gods instead of man
Did the work, bore the loads,
The gods' load was too great,
The work too hard, the trouble too much,
The great Anunnaki made the Igigi
Carry the workload sevenfold.
Anu their father was king,

Of course the minor gods just shifted the burden to mankind just as God warned Israel's elders when they demanded a MAN-KING.

Belet-ili the womb goddess is present-
Let her create a mortal man
So that he may bear the yoke...
So that he may bear the yoke, the work of Ellil,
Let man bear the load of the gods!
...
Belet-ili the womb goddess is present,
Let the womb goddess create offspring,
And let them bear the load of the gods!

This is why God ordained the SABBATH for REST instead of WORSHIP.

HERE IS HOW JESUS TOLD US IN PROPHECY AND IN FULFILMENT:

Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

5953.  ALAL, aw-lal´to effect thoroughly; specifically, to glean (also figuratively); by implication (in a bad sense) to overdo, i.e. maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose (also literal): abuse, affect, x child, defile, do, glean, mock, practise, thoroughly, work (wonderfully).
5954 THRUSTING youself, 5955 Grape Gleaning.
chALAL wound, profane, play flute, take inheritance, gather the grapes, playe on an instruments, pollute PROSTITUTE
.

Women oppressors  

Nagas (h5065) naw-gas'; a prim. root; to drive (an animal, a workman, a debtor, an army); by impl. to tax, harass, tyrannize: - distress, driver, exact (-or), oppress (-or), * raiser of taxes, taskmaster.

Nagash (h5066) naw-gash'; a prim. root; to be or come (causat. bring) near (for any purpose); euphem. to lie with a woman; as an enemy,

Nagan (h5059) naw-gan'; a prim. root; prop. to thrum, i. e. beat a tune with the fingers; espec. to play on a stringed instrument; hence (gen.) to make music: - player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er, -ing..

Boys: Effemino II.Trop., to make womanish, effeminate, to enervateA.Womanish, effeminate,
            Histrio, stage-player, actor, mimus, boaster, used with
            Scaena,
1. Of a place like a scene of a theatre, school of rhetoric, display of eloquence.
B. In mal. part., that submits to unnatural lust: pathicus, Cinaedos: a sodomite, catamite, one who dances publicly

1 Kings 14:[22]  10. and will utterly sweep away the house of Jeroboam, as a man sweeps away dung, until it be all gone. Judah did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they committed, above all that their fathers had done. [23]  For they also built them high places, and pillars, and Asherim, on every high hill, and under every green tree; [24]  and there were also sodomites in the land: they did according to all the abominations of the nations which Yahweh drove out before the children of Israel.

Luke 7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the MEN of this generation?
        and to what are they like?

Luke 7:32 They are like unto CHILDREN sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
2354. threneo, thray-neh´-o; from 2355; to bewail: lament, mourn.
2799.  klaio, klah´-yo; of uncertain affinity; to sob, i.e. wail aloud (whereas 1145 is rather to cry silently):  bewail, weep.

hēlios , ho, Ep. ēelios , identified with Apollo,
enopê  , (enepō)
A. crying, shouting, as of birds, “Trōes men klaggē t' enopē t' isan, ornithes hōsIl.3.2; esp. war-cry, battle-shout,makhē enopē te12.35, 16.246, etc. (hence, battle, AP6.163 (Mel.)); also, cry of sorrow, “enopēn te goon teIl.24.160; wild cry,en Phrugiaisi boais enopaisi teE.Ba.159 (lyr.).
2. generally, voice,enopēn te puthoimēnOd.10.147; “Phoibou . . glōssēs enopaiE.El.1302 (anap.), cf. Hyps.Fr.11(9).13 (lyr.); “nukhioi e.Id.IT1277 (lyr.); “taurōn e.Nic.Th.171.
3. of things, sound,aulōn suriggōn t' enopēnIl.10.13; iakhēn t' enopēn te, of thunder, Hes.Th.708; “kitharas e.E.Ion882 (anap.); “sarkōn e. ēd' osteōncrushing
Note 2. lura  A.lyre, a stringed instrument with a sounding-board formed of the shell of a tortoise (not in Il. or Od.), h.Merc.423, Margites 1, Pi.O.10(11).93, N.10.21, etc.; kelados heptatonou lurasE.IT 1129 (lyr.); tonaneu luras thrênon (since the dirge was accompanied by the flute) A.Ag.990 (lyr.); l. kaikithara Pl.R.399d, cf. Aristid. Quint.2.16: prov. onosluras (sc. akouôn), v. onos; anêrdepheugônoumeneilurasktupon Ar.Fr.11 D. (q. v.)
      III. the constellation Lyra, Anacr.99, Arat. 269; Mousôn l., of the Pleiades, Pythag. ap. Arist.Fr.196.

Plutarch.Symposium.VII.html

Sportive is what the clergy wanted Jesus to do when they piped:

Paig-ma , atos, to, A.play, sport, lôtoshotan . . paigmatabremêi whene'er the pipe sounds its sportive strains, E.Ba.161(lyr.); Ludia p. lurasLyr.Alex.Adesp.37.15 .

Note 1. E.Ba.16 Euripides Bacchae
Chorus
[135] He is sweet in the mountains, whenever after the running dance he falls on the ground, wearing the sacred garment of fawn skin, hunting the blood of the slain goat, a raw-eaten delight, rushing to the [140]  Phrygian, the Lydian mountains, and the leader of the dance is Bromius, evoe!  The plain flows with milk, it flows with wine, it flows with the nectar of bees. [145]  The Bacchic one, raising the flaming torch of pine on his thyrsos, like the smoke of Syrian incense, darts about, arousing the wanderers with his racing and dancing, agitating them with his shouts, [150]  casting his rich locks into the air. And among the Maenad cries his voice rings deep:  “Go, Bacchae, go, Bacchae, with the luxury of Tmolus that flows with gold, [155]  sing of Dionysus, beneath the heavy beat of drums, celebrating in delight the god of delight with Phrygian shouts and cries, [160]  when the sweet-sounding sacred pipe sounds a sacred playful tune suited [165]  to the wanderers, to the mountain, to the mountain!” And the Bacchante, rejoicing like a foal with its grazing mother, rouses her swift foot in a gamboling dance

STRONG DELUSIONS COME ACROSS PRETTY VILE

Al Maxey: Thus, [they claim] baptism is sacramentally perceived as "a channel of divine grace into the heart and life of the believer" [ibid, p. 1218]. As the very means of salvation,
         it thereby becomes absolutely essential to salvation in sacramental theology,
         and those who fail to perform the ritual
                precisely
according to the group's established laws and regulations
                are eternally damned, regardless of what other redeeming qualities they might possess.

The Churches of Christ, I am embarrassed to admit, have a reputation for being among the worst,changing rapidly and dramatically in our fellowship as my brethren are taking off their sectarian blinders although I am very pleased to report this is

        and discovering what the Scriptures actually teach on a number of issues
        in which, previously, divine Truth took a backseat to human Tradition.

If Jesus chooses to make baptism the INSTRUMENTAL MEANS of bestowing Grace to those who ask it why does this trouble Al Maxey so much.

A SECTARIAN WOULD BE APPLAUDED BY AL MAXEY FOR THIS:

Hairesis , eōs, , A. taking, esp. of a town, Hdt.4.1, etc.; basileos hai. the taking by the king, Id.9.3; “elpizōn takhistēn -sin esesthaiTh. 2.75; hai. dunameōs acquisition of power, Pl.Grg.513a:—generally, taking, receiving, “epigenēmatōn
2. FREE WILL: system of philosophic principles, or those who profess such principles,the Christians, ib.24.5,14, 28.22, generally, faction, party, App.BC5.2.

Al Maxey: Almost as bad, and just about as "mercenary," are those "crusaders" and "campaigners" today who boast of taking a complete stranger "from doorstep to baptistery in 15 minutes!!" (a claim I myself have actually heard a well-known evangelist in our own fellowship make -- and to my absolute horror)!!

For Al there is no Biblical or rational ROLE or DOLE.  Jesus sent men OUT to preach the gospel which is FREE and paid in fully. The enoch was a student of Isaiah: there is only one qualification for baptizing a person TO BECOME a Disciple of Christ.

Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.
        And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still:
        and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
Acts 8:39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
The purpose was to baptized them INTO the school of Jesus Christ: Why  isn't that good enough for Al Maxey?

One wonders why Al Maxey violates a Law of God just trying to find something which will neutralize the Word of God.

Logos, verbal noun of lego
        Opposite kata pathos
        Opposite music, poetry or rhetoric
        Opposite human reasoning
        Opposite Epagoge bringint in to one's aid, introduction
                Alurement, enticement, incantation, spell
There is no horror story Al can invent which has any effect on the meaning of the Word of God which OUTLAWS using such personal "preacher's stories" in order to do what they cannot do by appealing to the Word of God.  Using music or made up stories or myths are both identified as sorcery or witchcraft because they intend to take the attention off the Word of God.
Opposite Pathos  A. that which happens to a person or thing, incident, accident,
where this incident took place, unfortunate accident,
2. what one has experienced, good or bad, experience
II. of the soul, emotion, passion (“legō de pathē . . holōs hois hepetai hēdonē ē lupēArist.EN1105b21), “sophiē psukhēn pathōn aphaireitai

Opposite
Poiein to excite passion, Arist.Rh.1418a12; V. Rhet., emotional style or treatment, to sphodron kai enthousiastikon p. Longin.8.1; “pathos poieinArist. Rh.1418a12; “

Using the hypocritic arts and crafts to:
aphair-eō , take away from:—
b. exclude, separate,to Hellēnikon hōs hen apo pantōn aphairountes khōrisPl.Plt.262d; opp. prostithenai, Id.Phd.95e, etc. take away for oneself; also in reciprocal sense, aphaireisthon tukhēn ye have received each the fortune of the other.

Therefore those who use any of the performing arts: Scribes and Pharisees, Hypocrites defined by Christ in Ezekiel 33 as self-preachers, singers and instrument players.

Zwingli would define Maxey as a mercinary and worse:

During the last disputation, Zwingli preached a sermon on the corrupt state of the clergy, which he published by request in March, 1524, under the title "The Shepherd." 101  He represents Christ as the good Shepherd in contrast with the selfish hirelings, according to the parable in the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John. Among the false shepherds he counts the bishops who do not preach at all; those priests who teach their own dreams instead of the Word of God; those who preach the Word but for the glorification of popery; those who deny their preaching by their conduct; those who preach for filthy lucre; and, finally, all who mislead men away from the Creator to the creature. Zwingli treats the papists as refined idolaters, and repeatedly denounces idolatry as the root of the errors and abuses of the Church.

Al Maxey: They denounced that the efficacious power of the sacraments came "ex opere operato" -- essentially by the very fact of said sacrament being administered. Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), leader of the Reformation in Switzerland, openly denied that God worked through the sacraments to impart grace.

Churches of Christ cannot be accused of teaching that just "dipping" a person in water has any saving power.

By his mistreatment of Zwingli I suppose that the EXTERNAL work of Jesus Christ on the Cross could have been replaced with raising one's hands.  Jesus was declared a Son of God only after He had obeyed the Will of God the Father.  God is Spirit and therefore always operates by events or people as His INSTRUMENTAL MEANS of conveying His will.

You need to know what the meaning of IS, IS. The "IS" is the Catholic teaching that baptism (sprinkling) remits original sins from an infant.  No one ever said that "baptism does not save" who did not quickly add "without faith."  Zwingli insisted that the church be made up of people who had been baptized after they came to have faith.


No literate preacher for the Church of Christ would believe and practice just the EXTERNAL ACT as having any saving power: to make the claim is pretty crazy.  Otherwise, the preachers would just line everyone up and march them through the water.
HISTORY of the CHRISTIAN CHURCH 8.III

The Radicals could find no trace of infant baptism in the Bible, and denounced it as an invention of the pope 127 and the devil. Baptism, they reasoned, presupposes instruction, faith, and conversion, which is impossible in the case of infants. 128  Voluntary baptism of adult and responsible converts is, therefore, the only valid baptism. They [Radicals] denied that it was required for salvation but only for church membership.

However, conversion and remission of sin at baptism CANNOT be separated.

Moreover, Zwingli doubted for a while the expediency (not the right) of infant baptism, and deemed it better to put off the sacrament to years of discretion

He rejected the Roman doctrine of the necessity of baptism for salvation and the damnation of unbaptized infants dying in infancy.

He understood the passage, Mark 16:16, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved," as applying only to adults who have heard the gospel and can believe, but not to children.

They [radicals] took an active part in the early stages of the Reformation, prematurely broke the fasts, and stood in the front rank of the image-stormers. They went ahead of public opinion and the orderly method of Zwingli. They opposed the tithe, usury, military service, and the oath.

They denied the right of the civil magistracy to interfere in matters of religion.

However, they understood the only direct command for a Church:

They met as "brethren" for prayer and Scripture-reading in the house of "Mother Manz," and in the neighborhood of Zurich, especially at Zollicon.

On maturer reflection [Zwingli] he modified his views. He learned from experience that it was impossible to realize an ideal church of believers, and stopped with what was attainable.

As to infant baptism, he became convinced of its expediency in Christian families.

He defended it with the analogy of circumcision in the Old Testament (Col. 2:11), with the comprehensiveness of the New Covenant, which embraces whole families and nations, and with the command of Christ,

Circumcision did not ask Jesus Christ to accept them as His Disciples.
Here, then, is Zwingli’s trilogy: one covenant, one covenant people, and one covenant sign. This new set of ideas is the basis for the usual Protestant doctrine of baptism. It is the reason many Protestant churches “baptize” infants, and it is the foundation of the commonly accepted Protestant faith-only approach to the baptism of adults.
JESUS DEFINED A TRUE, EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL CIRCUMCISION MADE ONLY BY GOD
What?
Colossians 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Colossians 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands,
        In putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
This Spiritual circumcision is to repudiate the physical circumcision which had no effect on the conscience or spirit.
How?
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him
        through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

Al Maxey: In their way of thinking it's nothing less than the "precise point of salvation," with salvation being impossible without it. Thus, they regard it as more than an "ordinance" (which view they do accept with respect to the Lord's Supper).

If you are a disciple you will PREACH the Word by READING the Word. Then you do not have to follow human imagination which God says is only evil continually.

Again, Al has lots of trouble believing the Bible where it SPEAKS clearly.
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
        his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
        whether of sin unto death,                    [not sin BECAUSE of death]
        or of obedience unto righteousness?  [not obedience BECAUSE of death]
Romans 6:17 But God be thanked,
        that ye were the servants of sin,
        but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine
        Which was delivered you.

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin,
        ye became the servants of righteousness.

They were NOT free of sin UNTIL they obeyed that "pattern capable of being imitated." Al does not believe that and mocks God. They were NOT free before obedience: they WERE free after baptism. That isn't hard to understand.

Al Maxey: Instead, it is regarded as a sacred act by which God conveys His gift of salvation. That makes baptism a sacrament, although "sacramental terminology is still not widely used in churches of the Stone-Campbell tradition" [ibid].

That's not true: Baptism was obeying the prophecy by Christ and the direct commande by Jesus and Paul. They understood that baptism was the Jesus-Ordained way to be FREED FROM SIN. Too bad for Al and the Baptists. All recorded Bible says that baptism is the way to REQUEST A holy spirit or A good conscience: iIf it DOES NOT happen after that obedience then Al needs to go back to remedial reading.

Al Maxey: The non-sacramental view of both baptism and the Lord's Supper is that they are "signs of covenant promise" that very closely, in many ways, parallel circumcision and Passover under the old covenant. These new signs, therefore, bear special significance to the Christian believer (whether Jew or Gentile), serving as "historical actualizations of what Jesus accomplished in His life and ministry" [ibid, p. 257].

NOT TRUE: The Covenant promise made by God in Christ to Abraham was only appropriated according to Paul.

Gal. 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal. 3:27 (What I mean to say is) as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

[27] quicumque enim in Christo baptizati estis Christum induistis

Enim why because, for, for instance, namely, that is to say, I mean, in fact I. To corroborate a preceding assertion, yes indeed, yes truly, of a truth, to be sure, certainly, indeed: A. To prove or show the grounds of a preceding assertion
Cic. Off. 1.39 13. Again, if under stress of circumstances individuals have made any promise to the enemy, they are bound to keep their word even then.
For instance, in the First Punic War, when Regulus was taken prisoner by the Carthaginians, he was sent to Rome on parole to negotiate an exchange of prisoners;
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed,
        and heirs according to the promise.

The ARK was the sign or mark: baptism was "obeying a pattern capable of being imitated."
The Red Sea was the type: "obeying that pattern brought salvation."
Jesus died, was buried, was regenerated and rose to a new life.  Baptism is a FORM and a Pattern capable of being imitated.

A Check for a million dollars is a SIGN: The death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus was the SIGN  or TYPE or pattern capable of being obeyed. A sign is different from OBEYING the Sign. Baptism is NOT a sign of anything except the person is OF FAITH who is never iseen arguing with the Word.
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.
The Baptists and Al are deliberately wrong: Eis never means "because of."  Baptism is INTO or turning in the direction of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
        and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Does Al and the Baptists think that receiving the words being preached MAKES one into a disciple: do they think that believing in brain surgeons makes one a disciple of brain surgery?
Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
        And the Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved.
They were not added to the church until they were baptized: they were baptized IN ORDER to be saved. Does Al and the Baptists think that "faith only" asks Christ to add you to HIS Church.

In order to TRIP UP Al Maxey and the Baptists which is not connected to the historic church, Jesus made sure that they would fail:
Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted,
        that your sins may be blotted out,
        when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Al and the Baptists say that means "Repent and be converted BECAUSE your sins WERE blotted out."

Al Maxey: our immersion in water is a representation of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As believers participate in both these new covenant acts,

Not True: Paul says that our baptism is OBEYING THAT PATTERN CAPABLE OF BEING IMITATED.
Only THEN are we free from sin. Does Al think one can OBEY that pattern by just believing in the pattern?

"They are thus visible words which, as adjuncts and seals of the preached word, confirm and stimulate the faith of participants. ... Taking a more concrete form than the preached word, they make a wider appeal to the senses" [ISBE, vol. 4, p. 257].

False: faith is made perfect by obedience to commands.

WE NOTED THAT FORGIVENESS OF SINS OR REGENERATION IS IN THE MIND OF GOD.

The Word "pistis" realy includes "to comply with what you have been commanded to do.
Believeth not or Apistos means "I will NOT comply" and therefore marks the traitors.

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
        for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
        and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
        and how shall they hear without a preacher?

People at Pentecost called on the name of the Lord to serve him:

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.

Paul was told:

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized,
        and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lo

Peter says that Baptism SAVES us. Case closed.  How does baptism SAVE us?

1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,
        wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us
        (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
        but the answer [request for] of a good conscience toward God,)
        by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

[20] qui increduli fuerant aliquando quando expectabat Dei patientia in diebus Noe cum fabricaretur arca in qua pauci id est octo animae salvae factae sunt per aquam

Per I.  Lit., of space, through, through the midst of, throughout, all over, all along: per amoena salicta raptare aliquem
B. To indicate the agent, instrument, or means, through, by, by means of: Cic. Ver. 2.2.9
C. To designate the reason, cause, inducement, etc., through, for, by, on account of, for the sake of:

Cic. Ver. 2.2.9 But as they were unable to endure luxury, cruelty, avarice, and pride, when they had lost by the wickedness and lust of one man all their own advantages, all their own rights, and all fruits of the kindness of the senate and the Roman people, they determined either to avenge themselves for the injuries they had suffered from that man by your instrumentality or if they seemed to you unworthy of receiving aid and assistance at your hands, then to leave their cities and their homes, since they had already left their fields, having been driven out of them by his injuries.

Peters says that Baptism is the INSTRUMENTAL MEANS
Al Maxey says there is no connection
Al Maxey has blasphemed the Holy Spirit of Christ in the prophets.


Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written,
        How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace,
        and bring glad tidings of good things!
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.
        For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

A believer is always a Baptized person: Those who "have faith" but do not put that faith into operation just repudiates the command.

Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou?
         arise, and be baptized,
        and wash away thy sins,
        calling on the name of the Lord

In proselyte baptism you always named in whom you were being baptized.

Al Maxey Somewhere in the middle are those who view baptism as an "ordinance" of the church -- i.e., it is necessary to be baptized in obedience to the Lord's command, but it's not necessary to the acquiring of salvation itself, which is "by grace through faith.

Ephesians is parallel to Paul's other letters: Baptism is the perpetual SHOWING of how God saved by grace through faith.  Grace teaches: Faith obeys.

Grace, like Word, is another name of the role of Jesus of Nazareth made to be both Lord and Christ and Word and Grace and Righteousness.  This is the antithesis to the pagans who believed that the Graces (Muses, dirty adulteresses) were the goddesses who saved you.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith;
        and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

That is, we didn't invent the way God chose to save us FROM the crooked race.

Titus 2:11 For the [1] Grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Titus 2:12
[2] Teaching us that,
Acts 2:14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
[3] denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
[4] we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Titus 2:14
[5] Who gave himself for us,
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them Repent,
[6] that he might redeem us from all iniquity, [Lawlesness]
      Lutron redeem, Luo lavo , cleanse or wash, bathe,
      lave. 
louôpurify, tina ek tôn hamartiôn  
Col. 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood,
and be baptized every one of you in the name of  
      Jesus Christ
      for the remission of sins,  
Redemption or Remission happens ONLY after BAPTISM
even the forgiveness of sins:
[7] and purify unto himself a peculiar people,
                zealous of good works.
and ye shall receive the gift of A holy spirit

THOSE WHO FIGHT BAPTISM REJECT GRACE: 
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Al Maxey  I was raised in a faith-heritage that primarily taught a sacramental view of baptism. Although many are now moving away from such a theology, I fear a great many of those within this heritage are still bound by this thinking. 

Al always has horror stories which he thinks can trump the Word of God.

By denying that Baptism is the Christ prophesied and Jesus commanded INSTRUMENTAL MEANS Al uses the word "heritage" like "traditionalism" which he says  is a vile virus causght from the historic church.

Al wasn't very alert.

It is my conviction that genuine faith WILL evidence itself in baptism, as well as in repentance, confession, loving others, observing the Lord's Supper, etc. A willful refusal of one to submit to any of these commands of our Lord reflects, in my view, an absence of saving faith.

That is not the fact: Jesus did not pray for the world. Many of them believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. However, they are OF the world and are the hostile majority tasked in many pulpits to try to defeat the Word of Jesus.

God HIDES Himself from the wise sophists: speakers, singers, instrument players, actors.

Jesus commanded that he that believeth AND is baptized SHALL BE saved.
It is slandering Jesus to say that He reall meant: "He that believeth is saved and might be baptized to increase their faith.  Now, how would baptism contribute faith when the patternism of God and human reasoning is that "faith comes from hearing the Word of God." It is legalism to think that our actions can substitute as a means to faith.

That is not what Jesus said:


Luke 7:29 And all the people that heard him,
        and the publicans, justified God,
               [Confessed God's Right]
        being baptized with the baptism of John.
Luke 7:30 But the
Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves,
       
being not baptized of him.

Rejected Atheteo 2. c.dat., refuse one's assent 3. deal treacherously with, break faith with,
Opposite of Pistis  —trust in others, faith 2. in subjective sense, good faith, trustworthiness, honesty, b. of things, credence, credit,

The Counsel of God is Boule Gods will, determination, decree
John 12:41 These things said Esaias,
when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also
     many believed on him;
     but
because of the Pharisees
     they did not confess him,
           (Homologeo 2.  agree to a thing, grant,
           concede, 3. )
agree or promise to do,
       lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

John 12:44 Jesus cried and said,
        He that believeth on me, believeth not on me,
        but on him that sent me.

Al Maxey: Saving faith shows itself (James 2). If you SAY you have faith, God expects you to SHOW it -- and baptism is one such evidentiary act of faith. My position is stated quite well by the Holman Bible Dictionary:

"When Paul wrote of being 'buried with Christ' in baptism, he certainly meant that this visible rite demonstrates our spiritual union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection! It is not, however, an automatic or mechanical transmission of divine grace. It depends upon the inward faith and spiritual response of the believer" [p. 1218].

Al believes that HIS power to believe automatically saves him.

No one believes that the PHYSICAL ACT of dipping in water automatically transmits grace.  Baptism is a commanded act for those who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and express a wish to become a disciple of Christ.  It is NOT true to say that churches of Christ preach that the raw act bestows grace. Without faith it is impossible to come to God

Hebrews 11:6 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.

Al Maxey:  Are there actual blessings associated with both of these symbolic representations in which we, as true believers, participate? Absolutely! They each imprint upon our hearts and minds, far better than mere words, the powerful realities of our Lord's atoning work. As one is buried in the "watery grave," and then is "resurrected" from that tomb, one cannot help but be personally impacted for life by the experience; it is one that the participant will never forget, nor will those who witness this powerful declaration of faith, hope and love.

AL MAXEY PUTS ALL OF THE POWER OF BAPTISM ON WHAT IT MEANS TO HIM. That's false, remission of sins, giving A holy spirit and translating our spirits into the church or heavenly kingdom is in the MIND or Spirit of God.

FORGIVENESS OF SINS OCCURS IN THE MIND OF GOD: JESUS THE HOLY SPIRIT

1 Pet. 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient,
............ when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,
............ while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is,
............ eight souls were saved by water.

Baptism is like God, the Ark and the Water: it was given POWER by Faith which worked. God's power is always VESTED in something.

Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
............ moved with fear,
............ prepared an ark to the saving of his house;

............  by the which he condemned the world,
....... ..... and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Being SAVED is the same as having our SINS REMITTED.
You will find ONLY Baptism being associated by God with REMISSION OF SINS.

Heb 10:18 where REMISSION of these is there is NO MORE OFFERING for SIN. What we call "Church" or "Kirke" exists too often as a SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM.

Baptism is a SIGN or MARK against the World which it CONDEMNS so that they are WITHOUT EXCUSE.

1 Pet. 3:21 The like figure (Antitupon or Antitype counterpart) whereunto
..........even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
..........but the answer of [Appeal FOR not PLEDGE] a good conscience toward God,)
..........by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
but ye have
obeyed from the heart that form (tupos a model for imitation) of doctrine which was delivered you. Ro 6:17
............ But now being
............ made free from sin, and
............ become servants to God, ye
............ have your fruit unto holiness, and
............ the end everlasting life. Ro 6:22
  1. CHRIST through Paul said that you are not FREE from sin until you have OBEYED in baptism
  2. Al Maxey says: not, it is just a sign that your sins were REALLY remitted the instant you believe
  3. Al Maxey has made FAITH a magical sacrament and blasphemes the Holy Spirit of Christ.

2 Thess 3:9 Not because we have not power,
but to make ourselves
an ensample unto you to follow us.

Baptism is GRACE or INSTEAD of dying for our own sins.

Anti (g473) an-tee'; a prim. particle; opposite, i.e. INSTEAD or because of (rarely in addition to): - for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, SUBSTITUTION, correspondence, etc.

  1. We are baptized by GRACE instead of having to build an Ark or drown
  2. We are baptized by GRACE instead of having to cross the Red Sea or be destroyed by FAITH ONLY when God said "Quit whining, lift up your arm and MOVE into the jaws of death.
  3. We are baptized by GRACE instead of having to be pinned on a stake and shed OUR blood.

When you have to EXPLAIN AWAY what the text MAKES CLEAR you may have exhausted God's Grace.

Tupos (g5179) too'-pos; from 5180; a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. a statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning): - en- (ex-) ample, fashion, figure, form, manner, pattern, print.

Maybe YOU can be SAVED without the REMISSION OF SINS (connected only to baptism) but I DON'T THINK you can go into the Most Holy Place wearing DIRTY CLOTHES.  Paul says we are saved BY FAITH when we are BAPTIZED to be CLOTHED with Christ. Then we have A holy spirit translated into heaven WHEN we are added to the CHURCH which is AFTER we have been baptized.

To the general assembly and
church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all,
........... and to the Spirits of just men made perfect, Heb 12:23

NO ONE DENIES IT: Baptism is always a Request from us to God to give us A holy spirit or A good conscience. The only condition imposed by Jesus and Philip is "do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God."  Al Maxey does not know of any he labels as "sacramentalists" who baptized unbelievers. If baptism was a sacrament then baptism would DEMAND that we be forgiven.  Al maxey makes FAITH a demand for forgiveness and makes faith a sacrament.

Faith Only, however which Al Maxey is promoting is that just BELIEVING without repenting, confessing and being baptized SAVES or REMITS SIN. That is called blaspheming the Holy Spirit OF Christ

Al Maxey:  If baptism is a sacrament through which God imparts the gift of His saving acceptance, then the Cornelius account in Acts 10-11 makes no sense whatsoever!! In this historical narrative we find God pouring out His Spirit upon this man and his household, thus demonstrating powerfully for all to see His divine acceptance of them, just as He had accepted the upper room disciples in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

  1. God purposed to save Cornelius by commanding words which he must obey.
  2. Peter only commanded that he be baptized.
  3. Otherwise, Peter would have been unfaithful to God.

It makes SENSE if you can read the whole story: being surrounded by a blast of "wind" did not save the apostles and it did not save Cornelius.  He was already a Godfearer and was a righteous man. Therefore, he was justified or not ceremonially impure. The doubting Jews doubted that.

  1. Cornelius was told to send for Peter who would "tell him words by which he might be saved. Cornelius wanted to know what PETER had been told.
  2. Having the WIND fall on you as "breath" does not save or remit sins.  Parables to fool the mercinary foolish.
  3. Peter consistent with all direct commands COMMANDED Cornelius to be baptized.

JESUS OF NAZARETH HAS BEEN MADE LORD AND CHRIST AND THE ONLY HOLY SPIRIT

Pneuma means WIND: it never means a person of spirit.  Only in a transfered form does it speak of the Spirit or Mental Disposition of God.  The signs in sight and sound that Jesus had returned to guide the Apostles (only) into all truth was WIND and FIRE. This did not save the apostles in the upper room.

You cannot see "spirit" but you can hear the words produced by breath. This was a one-time event and it never happened again.  The wind or air or breath which caused Cornelius to speak did not "save him" but proved that at Pentecost Jesus Christ as the Spirit Word WAS now available to "all nations" to which the Apostles were slow to accept.

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God:
for God giveth not the Spirit by measure [meter] unto him. John 3:34

Turn you at my reproof: behold,
        I will pour out my spirit unto you,
        I will make known my words unto you. Proverbs 1:23

God made known Judean words understood clearly by Judean speaking Jews.

Why would God go to all the trouble if He choose to save Cornelius or give him A holy spirit to enlist him into the School of Chrsit when He could have just zapped him. God sent a human as INSTRUMENTAL MEANS to baptize another as the INSTRUMENTAL MEANS of bestowing His Spirit or Mind.

All Maxey disputes that and cannot have A holy spirit and cannot read BLACK text on BROWN paper

Acts 11:12 And the spirit bade me go with them, nothing doubting.
        Moreover these six brethren accompanied me,
        and we entered into the man’s house:

WHY if God intended to save Cornelius by blasting him with a Holy Wind?

Acts 11:13 And he shewed us how he had seen an angel in his house,
        which stood and said unto him, Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter;
Acts 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost [wind] fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

If Cornelius believed on the Lord and that saved him would it be silly to COMMAND him to be baptized?

The testimony of God was required to dare the Judaizers to object.
THEN Peter told him how to be saved; "Be baptized.

The SOUNDS of WIND or Air was the LIKE GIFT: The RETURN of Jesus as The Holy Spirit was made known fully in the upper room. Ten years later this never happened.

ONCE FOR ALL TIMES.

Ekkheō b. pour away: hence, spill, a vessel, “podaniptronAr.Fr.306; ton khoa Pass., to be drained, eis diōrukha]

2. of words, pour forth, utter, Ar. Th.554; “molpasE.Supp.773; “pollēn glōssan ekkheas matēnS.Fr.929, cf. A.Ag.1029 (lyr.).

The Spirit WAS poured out to both Jew and Gentile on the day of Pentecost. It was made known by SPEAKING Words from God and not saving people.

Eur. Supp. 773
Messenger

[770] It is in vain to weep and move to tears these women.

Adrastus
I think it is they who give the lesson. Enough of that! My hands I lift at meeting of the dead, and pour forth a tearful dirge to Hades, calling on my friends, whose loss [775] I mourn in wretched solitude; for this one thing,
        when once it is spent, man cannot recover, the breath of life,
        though he knows ways to get his wealth again.

Aesch. Ag. 1017 But blood of man to earth once falling-deadly, black --In times ere these,
Who may, by singing spells, call back?
Zeus had not else stopped one who rightly knew
And unless one fate ordained of the gods restrains another fate from winning the advantage, my heart would outstrip my tongue and pour forth its fears  [1030] but, as it is, it mutters only in the dark, distressed and hopeless ever to unravel anything in time when my soul's aflame.

Ef-fundo A. In gen.: “effudi vobis omnia, quae sentiebam,” i. e. have freely imparted, Cic. de Or. 1, 34 fin.; cf. id. Att. 16, 7, 5; id. Fl. 17, 41; Quint. 2, 2, 10; 10, 3, 17; Val. Fl. 7, 434: “procellam eloquentiae,Quint. 11, 3, 158:
A. Effudi Pour out, pour forth, Send out, to pour out in a multitude, to rush out, spread abroad. b. With the accessory notion of producing, to bring forth, produce abundantly:  Patrimony,
B. Vobis  B. Vos, addressed to one person as a representative of more than one, or with a collective noun in the sing.:
C. Omnĭs I. all, every: all, even of the oldest families,
A. omnes , ium, comm., all men, all persons: “
II. In sing., every, all, the whole: not without all knowledge, a complete philosophy,
D. Quis , A. Alone, any one, any body, any thing; some one, somebody, something,
E. Sentĭo A. In gen., to discern by the senses; to feel, hear, see, etc.; to perceive, be sensible of (syn. percipio). Charis, Grace
1.
To perceive the effects (esp. the ill effects) of any thing; to feel, experience,
II. Mentally.  A. Lit., to feel, perceive, observe, notice (syn. intellego). have perceived
III. Transf. (in consequence of mental perception), to think, deem, judge, opine, imagine, suppose
F. co-gnosco I. To become thoroughly acquainted with (by the senses or mentally), to learn by inquiring, to examine, investigate, perceive, see, understand, learn;
II. With the access. idea of individual exertion (cf. Gr. gignōskō), to seek or strive to know something, to inquire into, to investigate, examine
Spirit literally means WIND: no more and no less.  It is used figuratively of "breath." Way down the list it means the spirit or mental disposition of a person: never a person. What were the SIGNS of the outflow? Peter said that it reminded him of the long ago and only other similar event:
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty WIND, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Acts 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, 
        because that on the Gentiles also
        WAS poured out [At Pentecost]
        the gift of the Holy Ghost.

At Pentecost: they were not "receiving" but received in its fullest sense

and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost,
         HE hath shed forth this, which ye now SEE and HEAR

Acts 10:[45] et obstipuerunt ex circumcisione fideles qui venerant cum Petro quia et in nationes gratia Spiritus Sancti effusa est

Here Spirit and Breath are equated. Spirit is never a "people" but the spirit OF (preposition) of that person.

Pneuma , atos, to, (pneō) A. blast, wind, first in Anaximen. 2, holon ton kosmon p. kai aēr periekhei: II. breathed air, breath,

Eur. Her. 170 abstain from all violence, else you will suffer by it whenever the god causes fortune's breeze to veer round.

Boreas north wind, personified as Boreas, Od.5.296,
Anemos anemōn amegarton autmēnOd.11.407, “anemōn phthoggos
anemou kationtos megalou a gale having come on, Th.2.25; anemou
metaphor, anemos . . anthrōpos 'unstable as the wind', Eup.376 Breath 

Aura   I.The air, as in gentle motion, a gentle breeze, a breath of air (syn.: aër, ventus, spiritus): agitatus aër auram facit, the popular breeze, popular favor
3. Sound , tone, voice, echo:ignarae,brutish, Cat. 64, 164, ubi v. Ellis: “rapida,Ov. M. 3, 209: “stridens,Val. Fl. 2, 586: “violentior,Stat. Th. 6, 157: “aurae flatus

Phthogg-os
II. generally, sound,anemōnSimon.37.11; “daimonos pedarsiou . . pterōtos ph.Ar.Av.1198
2.  of musical sounds,lōtos phthoggon keladeiE.El.716 (lyr.); “lurasPl.Lg.812d, etc., cf. “phthoggous alurous thrēnoumen
b. pl., notes on a musical instrument; strings of lyre, D.Chr.10.19; stops of flute, Philostr.VA5.21
Matthew 24.31 He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.

Agĭto , C. Of the motion caused by the wind, to drive to and fro, toss about, agitate, disturb: “ventus enim fit, ubi est agitando percitus aër, when the air is violently agitated and driven, Lucr. 6, 686: “mare ventorum vi agitari atque turbari
2: “est magni viri, rebus agitatis (= perturbatis, Beier) punire sontes, id. Off. 1, 24, 82: “agitabatur animus inopiā rei familiaris et conscientiā scelerum,
hoc agitemus convivium vino et sermone suavi,let us celebrate, Plaut. As. 5, 1, 7: “Dionysia,

Aēr , aeros, 3. personified, “ō despot' anax amet rēt' A.Ar.Nu.264; “A. hon an tis onomaseie kai Dia

AND BESIDES ALL OF THAT BLATHER, AL MAXEY IS NOT CORNELIUS

ONLY THEN DID PETER HAVE THE POWER TO REBUKE THE JUDAIZERS AND COMMAND WHAT WAS REQUIRED OF A GODLY MAY TO BE SAVED OR ADDED TO THE KINGDOM.

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
        which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
Acts 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
        Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Al Maxey:  Did they comply in order to receive God's acceptance? No! They had already received that by grace through faith.

NOT SO, THE JUDAIZERS HAD RECEIVED PROOF THAT THEY DARE NOT FORBID WATER.

Al Maxey would REFUSE the water.

Al doesn't understand that GRACE, like Word etal are NAMES of Jesus led by the Spirit OF Christ.

THE COLOSSIANS PROOF OF BAPTISM
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the LUSTS of our FLESH, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of WRATH, even as others. Ephesians 2: 3
In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Col 2:11
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2: 4
Buried with him in BAPTISM, wherein also

And hath RAISED us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:6

ye are RISEN with him through the faith of the OPERATION of God, who hath raised him from the dead. Col.2:12

Even when we were dead in sins, hath "QUICKENED" (regenerated) us together WITH Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:5
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Col 2:13
THE ROMANS PROOF OF BAPTISM
And in Romans 6, one DEAD TO SIN has a regenerated, holy, sanctified human spirit:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the LUSTS of our FLESH, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of WRATH, even as others. Ephesians 2: 3
God forbid. How shall we, that are DEAD TO SIN to sin, live any longer therein? Rom 6:2

Not at the cross!

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Rom 6:3

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Ephesians 2: 4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:

Even when we were dead in sins, hath "QUICKENED" (regenerated) us together WITH Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:5

that LIKE AS Christ was RAISED up from the dead by the glory of the Father,

 

And hath RAISED us up together, and
even so we also should walk in newness of LIFE. Rom 6:4
made us sit together in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus: Ephesians 2:6
For if we have been planted together in the likeness (Form) of his death,

we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Rom 6:5

Al Maxey: Are there actual blessings associated with both of these symbolic representations in which we, as true believers, participate?

That's deliberately untrue: The Tupos or type was "a pattern capable of being imitated.  Only when the Romans had obeyed a FORM or "instead of" teaching could they then be FREE from sin.

Absolutely! They each imprint upon our hearts and minds, far better than mere words, the powerful realities of our Lord's atoning work. As one is buried in the "watery grave," and then is "resurrected" from that tomb, one cannot help but be personally impacted for life by the experience; it is one that the participant will never forget, nor will those who witness this powerful declaration of faith, hope and love.

False: only the Word of God can describe the atoning work which He does when we obey..

We cannot save ourselves: Baptism is a request for God to DO SOMETHING.  It has no power to help the person be self righteous. Only God saves: if you  "believeth not" or are APISTOS Jesus said that you DO NOT COMPLY and are therefore MARKED as a traitor: of the world for which He would not even pray.

THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM WAS FOR (IN ORDER TO) THE REMISSION OF SINS.

Then they will not have a blast of air on them making them speak.  They will have A holy spirit or A good conscience which is absolutely required before Jesus will accept you  as His student.

Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost [Breath],
        and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  1. Paul said that only after you have obeyed a FORM of the work of Jesus are you THEN free from Sin.
  2. The Form or Tupos is "A pattern capable of being imitated."
  3. Baptism is an imitation of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
  4. Baptism is therefore an IMITATION and you are NOT free from sin until you have obeyed.
  5. Faith only is not obeying anything and people who teach others not to obey are "believeth nots" or Apistos
  6. and Jesus in Mark 16 calls you a rebel, a traitor. Baptism is a way to MARK the traitors of the world.

John Calvin

2. Its virtue not in water without the Word 

Eph. 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water INTO the word,

Eph. 5:26WEB That he might sanctify and cleanse it
        with the washing of water
        [INTO] the word,   (In Verbo, En, Eis)
        Into Converto , epistles of a writer, to be occupied in,  Into —In eccl. Lat., to convert to Christianity, etc.: “aliquem ad fidem Christi,
2. Pregn., to change the nature of a thing; i. e. to change, alter, transform, turn.
En en paidotribou, en kitharistou, at the school of Ar.Nu.973,

In this sense is to be understood the statement of Paul, that "Christ loved the Church,
        and gave himself for it, that
he might sanctify and cleanse
        it with the washing of water
by the word," (Eph. 5: 25, 26;)

and again, "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
," (Titus 3: 5.)
4. True relationship of baptism and repentance 

14. Sign and thing

Now that the end to which the Lord had regard in the institution of baptism has been explained, it is easy to judge in what way we ought to use and receive it.

Although all men should be false and perfidious, yet God ceases not to be true, (Rom. 3: 3, 4;) though all were lost, Christ remains safe. We acknowledge, therefore, that at that time baptism profited us nothing, since in us the offered promise, without which baptism is nothing, lay neglected.

Now, when by the grace of God we begin to repent, we accuse our blindness and hardness of heart in having been so long ungrateful for his great goodness. But we do not believe that the promise itself has vanished, we rather reflect thus:

God in baptism promises the remission of sins,
and will undoubtedly perform what he has promised to all believers.
That promise was offered to us in baptism, let us therefore embrace it in faith. In regard to us, indeed, it was long buried on account of unbelief; now, therefore, let us with faith receive it.
No one said that Baptism does not save without meaning that the Catholic sacrament was said to save an infant who could not believe.

Al Maxey cannot accuse "churches of Christ" as a "sect" for believing anything not understood by any scholar who presumed to teach others. 

Churches of Christ believe the STATED FACTS: Baptism saves. Baptism remits sin. Because persons BELIEVE and understand that their personal actions cannot save. Al is false.

DON'T BE SHAKEN BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO SPIRITUAL POWER

OF ZWINGLI PERIOD: Even the organs were removed, and the Latin singing of the choir abolished, but fortunately afterwards replaced by congregational singing of psalms and hymns in the vernacular (in Basle as early as 1526, in St. Gall 1527, in Zurich in 1598). "Within thirteen days," says Bullinger, "all the churches of the city were cleared; costly works of painting and sculpture, especially a beautiful table in the Waterchurch, were destroyed. The superstitious lamented; but the true believers rejoiced in it as a great and joyous worship of God." 

Don't believe Al Maxey and the Progressive Churches of Christ who do not use the Bible for their dogma.

2Th. 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled,
        neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us,
        as that the day of Christ is at hand.
2Th. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
        except there come a falling away first,
        and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  {Judas}

2Th. 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
        or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
        shewing himself that he is God.
2Th. 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th. 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2Th. 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
        only he who now letteth will let,
        until he be taken out of the way.

There has been a sudden rise in men willing to "infiltrate and divert" non-instrumental Churches of Christ intending to "turn YOUR school of the Word into THEIR "theater for holy entertainment.

The MYSTERY is held and practiced by a small select group being a "leadership in exile." They slowly introduce LAWLESS activities but gradually until they get the message from "a" spirit that it is time to mount an Ambush.

2 Chron 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set AMBUSHMENTS against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 2 Chron 20: 22


Musteri-on , A. mystery or secret rite: mostly in pl., ta m. the mysteries, first in Heraclit.14, cf. Hdt.2.51 (of the mysteries of the Cabiri in Samothrace), 2. mystic implements and ornaments b. later, object used in magical rites, talisman Anomia A. lawlessness, lawless conduct   2 Ep.Thess.2.7; 2. the negation of law, opp. nomos, D.24.152.
Eur. Ion 443 How then is it just for you to write laws for mortals, and yourselves incur a charge of lawlessness? If—for it is not so, but I will handle the subject— [445] you pay the penalty to mortals for rape, you and Poseidon, and Zeus, who rules heaven, you will empty your temples paying for your crimes. For you do wrong to go eagerly after your pleasures without thinking.
Isoc. 6 64 For by revolting from us they have gained nothing of what they anticipated; on the contrary, they have got just the opposite of freedom; for having slain the best of their citizens, they are now in the power of the worst; instead of securing self-government, they have been plunged into misgovernment of many terrible kinds;
Plat. Rep. 575a but the passion that dwells in him as a tyrant will live in utmost anarchy and lawlessness, and, since it is itself sole autocrat, will urge the polity, so to speak, of him in whom it dwells to dare anything and everything in order to find support for himself and the hubbub of his henchmen, in part introduced from outside by evil associations, and in part released and liberated within by the same habits of life as his. Is not this the life of such a one?” “It is this,” he said. “And if,” I said, “there are only a few of this kind in a city,
Mustes one initiated
Orgia most freq. of the rites of Dionysus, of the rites of the Cabeiri and Demeter Achaia, Hdt.2.51,5.61; of Orpheus Hdt.2.81, E.Ba.34, al., Theoc.26.13. “orgia MousōnAr.Ra.356. most freq. of the rites of Dionysus, Hdt.2.81, E.Ba.34, al., Theoc.26.13.
Kabeiroi [a^, hoi,
A. the Cabeiri, divinities worshipped especially in Lemnos, Samothrace, and Boeotia,
Hdt. 2.51 [2] For the Athenians were then already counted as Greeks when the Pelasgians came to live in the land with them and thereby began to be considered as Greeks. Whoever has been initiated into the rites of the Cabeiri, which the Samothracians learned from the Pelasgians and now practice, understands what my meaning is. [3] Samothrace was formerly inhabited by those Pelasgians who came to live among the Athenians, and it is from them that the Samothracians take their rites. [4] The Athenians, then, were the first Greeks to make ithyphallic images of Hermes,[NEW HERMENEUTICS MARK] and they did this because the Pelasgians taught them. The Pelasgians told a certain sacred tale about this, which is set forth in the Samothracian mysteries.
Mousa II. mousa, as Appellat., music, song, (dirty adulteresses, musicians in Rev 18 called sorcerers) (Prob. cogn. with erdō, rhezō, cf. ergon, [WORK] orgeōn.
0rg-eōn , ōnos (nom. pl. once A. orgeōnaiIG22.2361.18 (iii A. D.)), o(, at Athens, member of a religious association, Is. 2.14,16, al., Philoch.94, IG22.1252 (iv B. C.), etc.: poet., generally, for hiereus, priest, A.Fr.144 :—a poet. form orgeiōn (in codd. sts. orgiōn), ōnos, o(, is used by Antim.Eleg.Fr.2, Hermesian.7.19 : in acc. with o for ō, orgionash.Ap.389 codd. :—a gen. pl. “orgeōnLys. Fr.112 S. is prob. f.l. for orgeōnōn :—a fem. pl. orgeōnai, = hiereiai,
2Th. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed,
        whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit [breath] of his mouth,
        and shall destroy with the brightness of his comi
ng:

Lying Wonders: -Teratourg-eô, A. WORK wonders, pseudôsti Sch.Pi.I.7(6).13.

               - Muthos
logos , o(, verbal noun of lego  (B), with senses corresponding to lego  (B) II and III (on the various senses of the word v. Opposite Pathos or peacher's tales
Opposite epagogue , 2. bringing in to one's aid, introduction, 4. allurement, enticement b. incantation, spell, leading away into captivity.
Opposite to Music or Poetry

Aristot. Rh. 3.6.3 [3] Use metaphors and epithets by way of illustration, taking care, however, to avoid what is too poetical. Aristot. Rh. 3.6.7   Poets also make use of this in inventing words, as a melody "without strings" or "without the lyre"; for they employ epithets from negations, a course which is approved in proportional metaphors, as for instance, to say that the sound of the trumpet is a melody without the lyre.

Note: Psallo is never translated "melody" in the Greek literature.  If you want to sow discord instead of psallo and add TUNEFUL MELODY with an instrument the word is Melos. That's why Paul nor the Bible ever uses the word and why it is A LIE to make "melody or grace IN the heart mean melody WITH a harp.  The word PSALLO would absolute outlaw using any instrument you cannot pluck WITH YOUR FINGERS and never with a plectrum.
    From the Church in the wilderness onward and defined by the Campbells the command was to speak the Words of God externally and rehearse or meditate on them in the heart.

-[3. 8. 1 The form of diction should be neither metrical nor without rhythm. If it is metrical, it lacks persuasiveness, for it appears artificial, and at the same time it distracts the hearer's attention, since it sets him on the watch for the recurrence of such and such a cadence.

-Pindar, Pythian, Odes 4:[216] Aphrodite [ZOE] of Cyprus brought the maddening bird to men for the first time, and she taught the son of Aeson skill in prayerful incantations, so that he could rob Medea of reverence for her parents. and a longing for Greece would lash her, her mind on fire, with the whip of Persuasion.

WE NOTED THAT A SECTARIAN OR HERETIC IS ONE WHO WILL LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL YOUR CHURCH HOUSE.

A WORK OR WONDER WOULD BE TO PERFORM ANY RITUAL CLAIMING THAT IT IS DOING A DIVINE WORK OR WORSHIP.  A heretic is someone who chooses to CARRY AWAY something that belongs to another.

-Plato Athenian Laws  [884a] Next after cases of outrage we shall state for cases of violence one universally inclusive principle of law, to this effect:--
        No one shall carry or drive off anything which belongs to others,
        nor shall he use any of his neighbor's goods unless he has gained the consent of the owner;
        for from such action proceed all the evils above mentioned--past, present and to come.

Of the rest, the most grave are the licentious and outrageous acts of the young;
        and outrages offend most gravely when they are directed against sacred things,
        and they are especially grave when they are directed
        against objects which are public as well as holy, or partially public,
        as being shared in by the members of a tribe or other similar community
.
        [885a] As to temple-robbing, whether done by open violence or secretly...


AL MAXEY APPLAUDS RICK ATCHLEY AND THE NACC WHO DO THIS VERY THING.


Rick Atchley: The era of the progressive Church of Christ is over.

"Back in the 80’s you could go to any major city, especially in the South, and you could find a progressive Church of Christ — and if they would preach grace, and if they would put words on a screen, and if they would let divorced people place membership, they would grow.

The generation of Boomers has enough denominational loyalty that they’re going to find the least legalistic

Well, we discipled the children of those progressive churches
        for a whole generation to grow past us Boomers.
        They never heard the sermons we heard.
        They never heard the rationale for a cappella music.

We sent them to youth rallies and Church of Christ events
        with some of the finest Christian bands in the world.

        We discipled our children to leave our Movement!

THAT IS THE MEANING OF A LEGALISTIC SECTARIAN ALWAYS BLAMING OTHERS FOR THEIR LOSTNESS.

Lying Wonders are defined as religious services using performing arts and artics and claiming that it is by the god's commands.

People who do not just READ the Words of Christ and discuss them is NOT A church of Christ which is a synagogue. They have FORSAKEN THE ASSEMBLY (synagogue) and constructed a neo-Judaism, neo-Babylonianism "worship service" after their own vain imagination. That defines ANTI-Christ.

 
1.15.12

Home Page
Musical Worship Index
Kenneth Sublett Retired Engineer E-Mail

<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?df=piney/counter_Al.Maxey.Baptism.Sacrament.html.dat">

----

--