Probably some of you read my last couple of posts and are thinking that I am obsessed with water. But, to be clear, the Bible never says that there are any spirit-cleansing elements in the water itself. We hear popular songs about some kind of miraculous power in the elements of the water, e.g., “must have been something in the water.”
I like the old hymns that have so much doctrinal teaching in them. Ideas like, “Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it, Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.” Or, “He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.” We must focus on Christ and Deity in the saving process. If we can see how the Bible does not diminish baptism in the process, but how without any doubt “Salvation belongs to our God.” He is Sovereign. He reigns over all, and His Son is the author and finisher of our faith.
But would you say True or False to some of the following ideas?
- If Christians would stick to the main and plain things, we would get a whole lot more done.
This might be true; however, are we willing to let secondary issues just float around in the wind? Every wind of doctrine has its place and should be tolerated? I personally am not willing to let itching ears dictate what I hear and believe. The Bible is the final authority. We may not like what it says about some popular doctrines, but we have to trust that God’s way is not always the way of humanity.
- You’ve been left behind. “I wish you had all been ready” (for the Rapture).
I have been asking for years how that 1 Thessalonians 4 verses 13 and following could be referring to a secret Rapture of the Church. There is a loud shout and trumpet sound mentioned in the passage. So far, no one has been able to give me a good answer to my question.
- We should treat people with gentleness and respect—except in this volatile political season.
I have heard a lot of venom from both sides this year. God doesn’t give us a free pass to get ugly during the presidential election year. This is definitely a “he said, she said” kind of atmosphere. It is hard to stay focused on the “speak the truth in love” pattern that Christ would have us live out. But we must live it out, in all seasons.