Test for Christianity - Are You In or Out?

Ever listen to a sermon and the pastor gives you a test for you to evaluate whether you are are Christian or not? It's biblical to test yourself ( 2 Corinthians 13:5), but are the tests given during the sermon biblical? Do they pass the test? Here are a few. You could be the judge, but that would not be biblical. Search them out scripturally.
  • Love of God
  • Love of Jesus
  • Be baptized
  • Concern for one's sin
  • You know that you know that you know (you are a Christian)
  • Have the Spirit
  • Keep the commandments
  • Speak and think the bible
  • Have faith
  • Assent to God. Know the truth. Trust in Jesus
  • Totally in love with Jesus - not halfhearted, lukewarm, partially committed
This page will be updated as more are heard. 

Trump 2020

Donald Trump will be primaried in 2020 probably by John Kasich, who shouldn't have even been on the debate stage in 2016, and Ted Cruz. This will dramatically weaken his reelection bid paving the way for the Democrat candidate. While his Twitter activities are deplorable, he continues to act in positive ways for this country. 

October 29, 2017

Baptism and Salvation

Baptism, say the proponents of infant baptism, is merely a sign that the child is part of the larger community of God's people, the church in general. However, how is baptism shown in the pages of scripture? It is linked inextricably to salvation. See how each of the following baptisms is linked to those who have been converted, not to those who may or may not be converted years later. 

Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Acts 22:16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’
Acts 18:8 Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.
Acts 8:13 Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
Acts 2:41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
1 Peter 3:21a Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ

What more needs to be said? There is a bond between baptism and salvation where, as shown clearly above, those who are converted receive baptism. Those who say infant baptism is appropriate minimize the importance of baptism by saying those who are not yet converted may participate. The sign and seal of God's covenant of grace is much too glorious a thing to say it merely signifies entrance into the broader, not so much saved, community of the "church". No. It is much more important and sacred than that. 

We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins

Do you believe the words the Nicene Creed? They are orthodox. You should believe them. However, there appears to be confusion as to what baptism really is. The reformed creeds take it seriously. So should we. It is the sign and seal of the covenant of God - not to be taken lightly. Should we give this sign and seal to someone we know to be an unbeliever? We do. Babies. They by their very nature cannot believe. Has God given them His seal that they are part of his covenant family? No. 

No matter what the minister says when performing this sacrement, we must go back to the confessions, creeds, and the word of God itself. It is clear even when the one administering it makes it unclear. Only a believer, a Christian, should be given this seal of one's faith. 

Key to Life

The key to life is a child-like faith in our heavenly Father. We need to trust that He knows what is best for us just as the trusting little child does his earthly father. That little child may not understand or agree with his father, but his love and faith in his father puts him at ease with the day’s stress and pain. The child knows that whatever happens, his father will hold him up, protect him, and do everything in his power to do what is best for him. We too need this faith in our heavenly Father. When we have it, we have discovered the key or meaning to life (actually God has revealed it to us). Nothing that comes will be able to move us from the deeply known trust that God has what is best for us. Distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword, or unemployment, or friendlessness, or homelessness – nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God through our Lord Jesus Christ and this knowledge will ground us day to day enabling us to have a peace that passes all understanding. Lord, give us this today and never let us forget.