#237: Hello again folks! Last weekend we were over in Wales again with good friends; helping them along a little. Every time that we go over there we have to go on the ring road around Shrewsbury. As soon as you approach the River Severn; there is a sign on the roadside proudly exclaiming "Shrewsbury - Birthplace of Charles Darwin". I have to tell you that this annoys me in no small degree! It's another sign of the times me thinx. I have deliberately avoided talking about all the spin surrounding Darwin's 200th birthday hype. Because there are other more important topics to cover and I don't wish to engage at present in drawing even more attention to this subject - there are more than enough good believers enjoining that battle - and I will add my voice when the time is right. Having said that, one thing that does come to mind is that people are more than willing to celebrate so-called man's wisdom than repent and return to the Lord; Whose ways are much higher than ours could ever be.
Now back to the core subject of today's blog. While in Wales one does not only eat lamb! When folks work together they fellowship together - or so I've found. Whilst gettings my hands dirty, I have had a few conversations with my friend Dickon. One of the issues we talk about [often] is the CoE. "Here we go again!" I hear you say! But not only the CoE; indeed any 'christian' sect or religious denomination that seeks to add layers of men and/or the commandments of men [in other words: nicolaitism - please read Revelation chapters two and three - this is the 'thing' that the Lord truly hates] to the 'true' early church model. I like what Dickon said to me last weekend. He said that just as one needed circumcision in the OT period [even before the Law] to 'join the club'; it seems that in the NT era, one needs to be baptized to 'join the club' now and not only that - the church can supply all your needs according to its riches in grace in place of the Lord's direct provision; it seems.
I am speaking as one who was not baptized as an infant; but someone who was sprinkled at the age of 16 [because I knew no better at the time - you don't want to know how I fitted into a font!] and then who was truly baptized at the age of 28 [when I did know better]. That any baby or unregenerate soul can be baptized [and I use the term loosely] without an understanding of True Salvation is horrendous. But for it to be used to 'join up' someone to a largely man-made organization is frightening. I've lost count of the folks who honestly believe, because they were sprinkled/'baptized' as infants, that they are Christians, are saved and are headed to heaven as a result of an act performed in their ignorance &/or innocence at such an early age and despite what they do in their 'accountable' years of life.
The other day I watched an interview on a Sunday morning 'religious' TV programme where a man, now a self-confessed atheist, had now got hold of an 'Unbaptism' Certificate to divorce himself from the CoE! You can, again, see the correlation here between wrong doctrine and wrong conduct. Genuine baptism is a heartfelt; obedient act as unto the Lord representing physically outwardly what has already happened inwardly. State religion turns it the other way around into an initiation ceremony where the subject is, in most cases, entirely unaware of what is happening. We get the word 'baptize' from the Greek word 'baptizo' and it means 'to fully immerse' or 'be fully immersed'. I was not baptized at the age of 16; I was sprinkled. But I was scriptually baptized at the age of 28. And there is a world of difference between the two.
Have you been sprinkled or are you baptized? Do you know the Lord? I have just one  tip for you: Ask Him! or - in other words - "If in doubt; Ask!" ... our God is The Answer. God and all you have been given is all you need my friends.
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 31-March-2009