June 15, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 25     

Answering Objections

In 1983 I received a letter and a tract from a Baptist in Alabama, who attempted to convince me that baptism was not essential to salvation, but only saved us figuratively, not actually. Noah and his family were saved by staying out of the water, and "everyone in the ark was dry." My reply was as follows:

"Dear Sir. I appreciate your interest in writing and after reading your tract, WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW, I would like to propose a few questions relative to the essentiality of baptism to salvation. An answer to these might help you to see things in a different light.

When baptism and salvation, or remission of sins, are mentioned in the same passage. why is salvation always mentioned after baptism?

Redemption and remission of sins through the blood are said to be IN Christ (Colossians 1:13,14). Now since we are baptized into Christ, (Galatians 3:26,27), how can we reach redemption through the blood without baptism?

Since we become new creatures IN Christ, (2 Corinthians 5:17), how can one become a new creature without being baptized into Christ, (Galatians 3:27)?

Will one that knows that Jesus said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved," and yet refuses to be baptized, be saved or lost?

Is baptism a part of the law which came by Moses, or part of grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ?

If baptism is intended for the saved, and thus a Christian duty, why is baptism the only Christian duty that need never be repeated?

Is it true that the English word "for" may at times mean "because of," but the Greek preposition "eis" (Acts 2:38) is never rendered "because of" in any recognized Greek lexicon?

Since the phrase "for the remission of sins" in Acts 2:38 is exactly the same words found in Matthew 26:28, did Jesus shed his blood because our sins were already forgiven?

Which of these two statements do you believe? [1] Baptism doth also now save us (1 Peter 3:21). [2] Baptism doth also not save us.

You seem to be saying Noah was saved by staying out of the water, "Everyone in the ark was dry"… others were lost by getting into the water. If you are a Baptist, didn't you become one by getting in the water?

The blood of animals under the old covenant was a type or figure of the blood of Christ which was shed for our salvation. Does the blood of Christ, typified by the blood of animals, only save us figuratively, but not actually, (Hebrews 9:24)?

I Peter 3:21 pictures two salvation: [1] The first is physical and temporal-a type. [2] The second is spiritual-the antitype. Since God used water to transfer Noah from the old world into the new, can you not see that God used water baptism as one of the conditions of our induction into a new life, (Galatians 3:26,27)?

Obedience to God is necessary both before and after salvation from past sins, so how can you ignore the plain statements found in these verses: [1] Obedience is necessary to entering the kingdom, (Matthew 7:21). [2] Paul was not disobedient in his conversion, (Acts 26:19). [3] Obedience is necessary if we would enter heaven, (Matthew 22:14).

My friend, if you die rejecting the essentiality of God's command to be baptized, and teach others to reject the counsel of God against themselves, (Luke 7:30; John 12:48), what do you think will be your fate?

This was my reply but to this day there has been no answer.

J.A. McNutt

On Friday, June 20th, Ted, Renee, Trisha, Troy along with Jackie & Joyce Stearsman will be leaving for Ghana.

They will fly from Tampa (Fri/3:01pm) to Miami to London to Accra (Sat/8:25pm GMT, i.e. 3:25am EST - Ghana is +5 hours).

Tentative Campaign Schedule

Friday, June 20

Depart USA

Saturday, June 21

Arrive in Accra, Ghana—Drive to Tema

Sunday, June 22

AM Worship at Accra Rd. (Ashaiman)
PM Worship at Sebrepor
* Radio Program, 5:30-6:00 am

Monday, June 23

Drive to Takoradi

Tuesday, June 24
Friday, June 27

* Eschatology Seminar at West Coast School of Preaching, Takoradi
* Ladies Classes, Takoradi
* Preach at area churches in the evenings

Saturday, June 28

Drive to Tema

Sunday, June 29

AM Worship at Kpone
PM Worship at Haana
* Radio Program, 5:30-6:00 am

Monday, June 30

Preaching in Haana

Tuesday, July 1
Friday, July 4

* Demons & The Occult Seminar at Vertical Centre church of Christ, Tema
* Ladies Classes, Tema, Ashaiman & Kpone
* Preaching at Haana (1st & 2nd) and at Dawhenya (3rd)

Saturday, July 5

Ashaiman Christian Centre

Sunday, July 6

AM Worship at Vertical Centre, Tema
PM Worship at Dawhenya
* Radio Program, 5:30-6:00 am

Monday, July 7

Depart from Accra

Below is a map of southern Ghana. The main towns where they will be working are underlined.

Depending on accessibility, they hope to be able to send back email updates—whenever possible.

Next Sunday morning they will be at the Accra Road church in Ashaiman where Paul & Matilda Addo worship.
Please remember their travels and the work in your prayers..

Upcoming Speakers

June 22 ...
Jim Beltz, Kissimmee
June 29 ...
Bill Norton, Auburndale
July 6 ...
Daniel Stearsman, Auburndale
July 13 ...
Delbert Leavens, Venice

"The Role of Fathers"
1 Thessalonians 2:8-12
"The New Testament Church"
Matthew 16:13-18

Mark Your Calendars:

  • June 20-July 8: Ghana Campaign 2003
  • June 29: Song Service
  • July 6: Fellowship Meal
  • July 20-26: Central Florida Bible Camp.
  • July 27: Song Service






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