Satan's Favorite Bible Verse? Why has one of the history's greatest "cottage industries" trafficking on calling Jesus a liar become so popular that people will destroy? Acts 2:38 baptisthêtô hekastos eis aphesin hamartiôn:






Dip in or under water;

every one, each one

into the

letting go, dismissal

of fault committed by one

Kataduô duck the whole person

every single one


EN = within one's power

to discharge from a bond

of guilt and sin

CHARISMATIC: Charismatic worship of Chara--the Grace-only goddess--is most often attached to perverted sexuality.

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BAPTISM -- A 'SIGN' AND A 'SEAL' - GracEmail - Edward Fudge

Edward Fudge of GracEmail believes that righteousness is PRIOR TO BAPTISM and that baptism is a SIGN of the faith God gives to certain people. Abraham's circumcision is used as the model. We will review this GracEmail and show why we respectfully disagree.

Edward Fudge: The minister of a large Church of Christ asks, upon reading Romans 4:10-11, whether baptism, like circumcision in this passage, is a "sign" and "seal" of righteousness which we have by faith even before we are baptized.

Paul's point here, of course, is that God declared Abraham righteous by faith many years before he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision, so that Abraham's justification is indeed a model for people of all nations and not only for Jews.

Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. Galatians 5:2

For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Galatians 5:3

Spiritual circumcision is not related to the flesh. It is the operation of God which separates the spirit from the dead "flesh" in Baptism:

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: Colossians 2:11

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. Colossians 2:12

Circumcision was not just a token: it was that which made one a citizen of the commonwealth of Israel. This was the antitype fulfilled in water baptism explained in the Flood and the Red Sea.

Edward Fudge: Some Jews in Paul's day valued circumcision so highly that they expected God to bless them merely because they had undergone this physical ordinance. Others expected God's favor because they were Abraham's descendants, a fact of which their circumcision always reminded them.

Without a doubt. Some still value "unbaptism" to the point of trusting it.

Edward Fudge: Paul here rejects both claims. Abraham received God's verdict of acquital -- he was declared "right" in God's sight -- because he relied on and trusted in God, NOT because he was a Jewish patriarch, and certainly not because he was circumcised. God declares Abraham justified by faith in Genesis 15:6, Paul notes, and God does not institute the ordinance of circumcision until Genesis 17.

Faith, here, is not simple belief. Rather, it is the "Amen"

Aman (h539) aw-man'; a prim. root; prop. to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; fig. to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; mor. to be true or certain; once (Isa. 30:21; to go to the right hand: - hence assurance, believe, bring up, establish, / fail, be faithful (of long continuance, stedfast, sure, surely, trusty, verified), nurse, (-ing father), (put), trust, turn to the right.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21

But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so. Genesis 42:20

The Lord appeared to Isaac He said that the blessings would come (not because of the Law of Moses) but-

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Genesis 26:5

The faith which causes one to be righteous is the faith which "goes to the right."

Edward Fudge: Seen at its best, circumcision SEALED or stamped a Jewish man as one who trusted in God alone, and it SIGN-i-fied that a Jewish man was righteous by faith. Circumcision was thus a "sign" and "seal" of the man's right standing ("righteousness") before God, based on his trust in the Almighty.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token (evidence) of the covenant betwixt me and you. Genesis 17:11

Owth (h226) oth; prob. from 225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (lit. or fig.), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.: - mark, miracle, (en-) sign, token.

It is a fact that being Baptized is a sign that God will give us A holy spirit or A good conscience or consiousness. When the Pharisees "rejected the counsel of God" it was a sign that they were UNbelievers and therefore treacherus.

And this shall be a sign unto thee from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he hath spoken; Is.38:7

When God hallowed the sabbaths as a token

And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. Eze.20:20

Does this mean that the Sabbath as a SIGN (of several things) can be polluted (meaning with music, pollution or prostitution) could be IGNORED as long as people just had faith? No!

Beriyt (h1285) ber-eeth'; from 1262 (in the sense of cutting [like 1254]); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): - confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.

Baptism does not mean SALVATION: it means death. It is compared to hypnosis and often HYPNOSIS created by instrumental music.

Baptismos , ho, dipping in water, immersion

lethargic sleep


kômoomai , Pass., fall into lethargic sleep. kôma , atos, to, (perh. cogn. with keimai, koimaô) deep sleep, autôi . . malakon peri kôma kalupsa Il.14.359 ; ê me . . malakon peri kôm' ekalupsen Od.18.201 ; kakon de he kôma kaluptei Hes : metaphor: of the effect of music, Pi.P.1.12.--Not in Trag.

kaluptô [lengthd. from Root !kalub, v. kalubê

to cover with a thing

to cover or veil oneself,

baptizô, dip, plunge

to be drowned, ebaptisan tên polin flooded the city,

2. draw wine by dipping the cup in the bowl,

If you baptize people BECAUSE they are saved by faith only then it CANNOT BE baptism because baptism is BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD.

God made the covenant with Noah because He intended to baptize those who were SPIRITUAL DEAD by drowning them.

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. Gen 6:17

But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons wives with thee. Ge.6:18

In 1 Samuel 17:8 the word means to "choose."

Edward Fudge: Were Paul living today, and should he hear some Christians rely on their baptism for their standing with God, I have no doubt he would respond much as he did concerning circumcision. God does not declare anyone righteous today because s/he receives baptism. Gospel baptism is rather a visible and physical sign of one's invisible heart-faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It seals that faith in one's own personal experience. The baptized person may always look back on his or her baptism and say, "I am a believer. I have been baptized."

No, Paul would say what Peter said of those who believed:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for (in order to) the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

Pistis (g4102) pis'-tis; from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; mor. conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), espec. reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstr. constancy in such profession; by extens. the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27

Paul used "faith" in the same way Moses used it. Faith is the Amen, the righteousness by going to the right hand. Mental ascent has no value unless it is made alive by obedience. To Paul becoming children of God by faith is explained by the "for as many of you as have been baptized" put on Christ.

Except to Calvinists who believe that God "gives" faith to those predestinated for heaven, baptism is no more of a work than is faith which Paul said "comes by hearing the Word of God." If you agree with Edward's understanding then we urge you to Click Here.

Edward Fudge: Abraham believed God's seemingly impossible promise that he and Sarah would have a son, and God imputed Abraham's trust as righteousness. Like Abraham, we also believe God's seemingly impossible promise -- that he forgives our sins and brings us near to himself for Jesus Christ's sake -- and our faith is also put down on the divine record as righteousness.

God pronounces Abraham righteous or justified each time Abraham hears, believes and obeys or trusts God's commandments.

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Paul never said that circumcision was not important. Rather, he said that it had nothing to do with the Law of Moses because it was given too early.

Jesus said that He existed before Abraham. Therefore, He was there as Spirit or angel or Rock to pour out supernatural knowledge to the prophets:

I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" John 8:58

Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' Luke 16:29

Peter showed that it was the Spirit of Christ who made the promises through the prophets:

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 1 Peter1:11

The promise of the Spirit was not the promise of the gift of the personal, literal Holy Spirit in the literal body. Rather, Paul shows that God supplied His spirit as a result of hearing and believing Paul's preaching:

Does God give (supply) you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? Galatians 3:5

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Galatians 3:6

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. Galatians 3:7

And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Galatians 3:8

Jesus said that "My Words are SPIRIT and LIFE" John 6:63. Paul always agrees by insisting that it is through PREACHING that SPIRIT is administered

Again, the Lord appeared to Isaac He said that the blessings would come (not because of the Law of Moses) but-

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Genesis 26:5

Scripture, like Spirit or Wisdom, is personified. When "Scripture" preached to those living under the Old Testament, it was Christ the Spirit preaching to them:

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1Pe 3:18 (Jesus laid down and took up His life)

The Law was given as a curse when Israel rejected the Abrahamic covenant restated as The Book of the Covenant at Mount Sinai.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13

That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:14

Now the blessing of Abraham is not Abraham as a blessing. Rather, the blessing of Abraham is the promise made by the Spirit of Christ that Abraham's descendants and the whole world would be blessed as a result of faithful obedience to the promise made by the Spirit. That is, the promise was not that we would personally have a literal person living in us. Rather, the promise was the promise which the Spirit of Christ made.

The rest of Galatians shows that the promise of the Spirit was the promise which the Spirit of Christ made:

Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. Galatians.3:16

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. Galatians 3:17

For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Galatians 3:18

Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. Galatians 3:21

And if ye be Christs, then are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

Christ, who was in the very form of God because He was God, laid aside His Majesty, glory and privileges as God. He was made manifest or apparent in the body of flesh "prepared for him." After He was crucified He was resurrected by that glorious power He laid aside. He ascended back and sat down beside the Majesty He laid aside to become a human. As a human He was God's right hand or shoulder.

Peter said that Baptism is for (in order to) the remission of sins. If one is saved before baptism then he is saved before his sins are remitted in accordance with the promise and command made by Jesus. Click Here for Bible 101

Baptism is the place where We Put on Christ as Clothing

Jesus Christ is "God manifest in the flesh" (1Tim 3:16). He is the "door" or the "gate" into the Spirit God Himself. To become children of the invisible, incomprehensible Father image of God we have to go through the door or get in connection with the human side of God. God has decreed that the way to exercise personal faith in a system of faith is to do faith in baptism. Faith is a noun which must become an active verb.

But after that faith (system of religion) is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. Galatians 3:25

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Gal 3:26

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27

We put on Christ "in the sense of sinking into a garment; to invest with clothing."

Verses 26 and 27 are in the form of a parallelism: One becomes a child of God by believing that Christ is God and that He is the door or access to Himself. One exercises the faith as "the power to become children of God" by walking through the "door" or by "putting on Christ" in baptism which is not a work of the Law of Moses or a work of self-righteousness but that which Christ clearly commanded with salvation on the wet side of the grave:

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus (Who died). Galatians 3:26
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:27

My father always said: "I have faith in the Boeing 747 but I don't have faith upon the 747." He said that he would fly anywhere in the world he could "keep one foot on the ground." This defines faith. If we do not "put on" the 747 we are not going to get off the ground. The "faith-only" people want to keep one foot on dry ground.

The Faith of Abraham

Abraham is the great example of faith only. However, Abraham was counted righteous by his faith each time he did what God commanded. This was not a one step plan of salvation. Paul wrote:

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted (credited) to him for righteousness. Galatians 3:6

Knowing that the masses would misread this fact, God restated the covenant to Isaac:

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; Gen 26:4

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Genesis 26:5

Abraham's faith included doing what God asked each and every time He asked it. Abraham was never personally righteous. However, God "filled in the account book" that Abraham was righteous because his belief led him to faith which adds up to obedience.

This was what Paul meant by faith. Faith is believing God and doing whatever He asks without question. He wrote about Abraham's salvation without circumcision or the Law of Moses:

Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God's commands is what counts. 1 Corinthians 7:19

Paul was totally disgusted with people who wanted to be justified by the Law of Moses or the commandments of man. However, the total New Testament idea is that obeying the commands of Christ is the only way to show love and permit both Father and Son to abide in our hearts.

However, he rejects the idea that man works his own will to put God under obligation in order to earn a wage of which he can boast. (Ephesians 2:9)

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; Ephesians 2:11

It is clear that Edward Fudge treats even faith as a work performed by God upon those He has elected. Those whom He has elected He calls through faith.

Kenneth L. Sublett

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