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The Stubborn Fact About Bible Baptism

Little Tommy's grandfather was something of a philosopher and never missed an opportunity to pass on his deep insights on the human condition to his grandson. One day grandpa pronounced in a somber tone, "Tommy, you need to remember that only fools are absolutely certain, but wise men question." Tommy asked, "Are you sure about that, Grandpa?" With a straight face, the old man nodded his grey head and said, "Yes, Tommy, I'm absolutely certain." Certainty is a hard commodity to come by these days. Our's is an age when it is cool philosophically to not be too sure of anything. A fuzzy view of truth has washed over into our moral, spiritual, and religious views in life. The result is that now all ways are viewed as equally valid, except for the view that says all ways are not equally valid. No view is judged as wrong, except for the view that judges some ways are wrong. A world that prides itself on not being certain about anything is ,absolutely certain you cannot be absolutely certain about anything.

More than 235 years ago the fiery Boston lawyer (and later second President of the U. S.) John Adams very unpopularly but very successfully defended some British soldiers in court over what is now known as The Boston Massacre. In his arguments before the jury, Adams said, "Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictims of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." Adams logic can be applied to the very controversial religious topic of baptism. Opinions on this vital Bible topic are all over the map. Space won't allow us even to scan them here, but the world is awash in theories about baptism. Consider just four Bible statements about baptism: (1) Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned"; (2) Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"; (3) Acts 22:16 "And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (4) 1 Peter 3:21 "The like figure whereunto even baptism Both also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." All four verses connect baptism with salvation, forgiveness, the washing away of sins, etc. Read and study them in context for yourself These declarations of truth did not originate with a pope, a president, a priest, or a modern day preacher in the church of Christ or any other religious group. They came from Christ and His inspired spokesmen. Rather than being an addition to salvation by faith, baptism is an expression of obedient, saving faith. Neither the passing of time nor the tide of popular opinion can make this truth go away. Two thousand years after it was first preached by Jesus and the apostles, the biblical truth about baptism and its direct link to forgiveness of sins is often unpopular, but remains unaltered. The truth about Bible baptism has not changed. Facts are still stubborn things.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ