“I indeed have baptized you in water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8 MKJV).
A correspondent, who considers himself a Christian of many years, has never been water baptized because he cannot find a worthy place or person to baptize him. We explain the Lord’s unfolding revelation of what He came to do, what He did, and what He is presently doing, all related to the act of water baptism.
We answer a proponent of water baptism and his many arguments in support of what he considers to be the one essential baptism, showing him that he is missing the Substance while focusing on Its shadow.
The physical act of water baptism never changed anyone’s sinful nature. It is the new birth from above, the baptism in the Spirit of Christ, that joins a person to God and makes one a member of His Body.
My experience with water baptism, and what the Lord has taught me about it through His understanding.
Richard contacts us with his esoteric theories about baptism and charges that the apostles had no authority to water baptize. This gives us the opportunity to respond with the Scriptural record and sensible view of water baptism and baptism in the Spirit, the latter being the substance Christ came to give us.
A man falsely accuses us of requiring water baptism for salvation and criticizes the fathers of the faith for water baptizing Gentiles.
We received this note in response to How the Lord Exposed Billy Graham: While I respect your difference of opinion about the gifts of the Spirit and their application today, I cannot subscribe to teachings that would take these differences and create division within the Body of Christ. This is not a salvation issue.
This paper lays out in explicit terms the who, what, where, when, how, and why of this entrance into the presence of God that only God can perform, howbeit through His chosen vessels as He sees fit. There are many spurious (counterfeit) baptisms in the Holy Spirit, deceiving many. If the seeker of God is sincere and prepared to pay the price, he or she will flee, and will be kept from, the false and will be given to know the truth.
This is denial by non-experience. Those who never received the Spirit of God, and don’t believe, deny God (the Holy Spirit) and His spiritual gifts.