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September 19, 2021


Do you believe that Arminians are saved? I came accross a troubling article entitled `Three Reasons why Arminians are not saved` by Christopher Adams. http://www.outsidethecamp.org/three.htm Here are a few statements from the article that I would like your thoughts on, the first statement I have listed below I find to be the most disturbing: Reason Number Two: Arminians are not saved because they do not believe the truth. This is related to the previous reason but has more to do with the evidence of a person`s salvation. Any Calvinist who defends the salvation of Arminians must explain 2 Thessalonians 2:12, which says, `That they all might be damned who believe not the truth ...` Some use the excuse that Arminians believe the important, essential doctrines of Scripture. But do they? Reason Number One: Arminians are not saved because they worship an idol. By an idol, I mean `a god who cannot save.` But wait a minute, you say, don`t they worship Jesus? No, as a matter of fact, they don`t. They may say they worship Jesus, but the jesus they worship simply cannot save. The Pharisees said they believed in God and even convinced themselves they believed in God, but their faith was really in a god who could not save them; their faith was not in the one true God. This is obvious from the fact that when the one true God come to live among them, they blasphemed him and had him executed. Reason Number Three: Arminians are not saved because they hate the truth. This reason also has more to do with the evidence of a person`s salvation.

***In responding I thoroughly read the article by Adam’s that you referenced.

Revelation 12 v 10

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

***Consider first this, THE ACCUSSER OF THE BRETHREN IS SATAN HIMSELF!!!!!!!

Are Arminians Christians? Are Baptists Christians? Are Catholics Christians? Are Methodists Christians? Are Protestants Christians? Are You a Christian? Am I a Christian? Is Christopher Adams a Christian???????

A Christian is a person WHO HAS A GENUINELY TRUE LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!!!

***Only God and the individual know whether they ARE TRULY CHRISTIAN…

We are saved by GRACE and GRACE alone through FAITH and NOT OF WORKS THAT NO MAN, NO WOMAN, NOR ANY CHILD CAN BOAST!

Ephesians 2 v 8-9

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Titus 3 v 5

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

The answer, in most Christian denominations and in Christianity as a whole, and in our local Churches, THERE ARE MORE PEOPLE PROFESSING THEIR SALVATION, THAN ARE ACTUALLY SAVED!!!!!!!

Matthew 7 v 13-14

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

It is not so much the details of what we believe, as MUCH AS IT IS IN WHO WE BELIEVE IN…

Its not so much what Church denomination we align ourselves with, as MUCH AS IT IS THAT WE ARE ALIGNED AND COMMITED TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST IN OUR MOMENT BY MOMENT DAILY LIVES!!!!!!!

Adams reason one:

He quotes scripture, BUT HE DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. He just makes unspecified and ungrounded accusations. “They worship idols”, “They may say they worship Jesus, but the Jesus they worship simply cannot save.”

This is a LIE, and who is the father of LIES???

Absolutely those who come from the Arminian theological perspective WORSHIP THE ONE TRUE GOD, JESUS CHRIST!!!!

ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!

ABSOLUTELY, JESUS CHRIST CAN SAVE!!!!!!!

THE ARMINIANS TEACH THAT, AND BELIEVE THAT!!!

The difference is those who come from the Calvinist Theological perspective put an emphasis on GOD’S SOVEREIGN WILL.

ABSOLUTELY GOD IS SOVEREIGN…

ABSOLUTELY!!!

The Arminians teach this, and believe it as well!!!

Arminians on the other hand stress and emphasis FAITH in God.

Remember, we are saved by GRACE(God and His SOVEREIGN WILL) through FAITH…

Calvinists stress GRACE, Arminians stress FAITH…

But both GRACE and FAITH are ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION!!!!!!!

The problem lies in the biblically incorrect extremes of  BOTH PERSPECTIVES…

The truth is both GRACE and FAITH come from Jesus Christ, and we as fallen human beings can DO NOTHING AT ALL TO OBTAIN EITHER, WITHOUT GOD HIMSELF GIVING US THE POWER TO DO SO!

*******IT IS ALL GOD, AND THE TRUE ARMINIAN PERSPECTIVE WOULD BE IN AGREEMENT WITH THAT!!!

What Adams may be referring to is the Arminian belief that a person can

lose their salvation, by denying their faith.

I know a truly SAVED PERSON CANNOT LOSE THEIR SALVATION, THAT IS THE BIBLICAL TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!

In this respect, the Arminians ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG!!!!!!!

But we are not saved by the details of what we believe, but in the reality of OUR LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST!!!

We are not saved because we know we cannot lose our salvation, WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST!!!

We are not saved because we stress the sovereignty of God, but again by LOVING HIM!!!!!!!

Adams’ reason two, again SIMPLY MANIPULATES THE SCRIPTURES TO JUSTIFY his BELIEF, his alleged TRUTH, not God’s  TRUTH at all!!! His accusations are nothing and ARE VERIFIED AND GROUNDED IN NOTHING. Just a vague accusation, “they do not believe the truth”.

Truth, what truth??? His truth, meaning Adams’ belief, his perspective?

What truth???

He again quotes scripture, BUT TO WHAT END??? Satan also miss-quoted scripture to both Eve in the garden and even attempted to miss-quote scripture to Jesus Christ Himself!!!

2 Thessalonians 2 v 12

“That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

Again what truth, the text is referring not to John Calvin’s truth, or Arminius’ truth, or my truth, your truth, nor Adams’ truth; BUT THE TEXT IS REFERRING TO GOD’S TRUTH, THE INERRANT, INFALLIBLE BIBLE’S TRUTH!!!

*******Certainly Arminians teach and ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD, AND THE RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT GOD EXPECTS OF HIS SAVED CHILDREN!!!

Matthew 5 v 48

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

1 Thessalonians 4 v 7-8

“For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.”

***The doctrine of God’s righteousness and God’s expectation of His childrens’ righteousness and holy living is perhaps the Arminians strongest belief, and for many Calvinists perhaps OUR WEAKEST BELIEF!!!!!!!

So are Calvinists not Christians???

Is Adams NOT A CHRISTIAN???

Holiness of heart and life IS GOD’S TRUTH!!!

Adams also says: “God's glory is the only reason he does anything.”

Once again he quotes scripture, JUST LIKE SATAN DID TO JESUS, just like many people; Adams very carefully picks and chooses scriptures to attempt to prove not God’s Plan, but Adams’ own idea of the “Truth”.

God’s glory is the only reason He (God) does anything???

What about:

John 3 v 16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God does what God does because HE LOVES US!!!!!!!

God’s LOVE for us was HIS MOTIVE TO SAVE US!!!!!!!

Save who? WHOSOEVER BELIEVES!!!!!!!

The person is not predestined to Heaven or Hell; THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE TO BE SAVED IS PREDISTINED!!!!!!!

God in His SOVEREIGN WILL PREDISTINED THE WAY TO BE SAVED, THE ONLY NAME TO BE SAVED BY; JESUS CHRIST!!!

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

All those who are willing to accept Jesus Christ as their LORD, GOD, and SAVIOR: WILL BE SAVED!!!!!!!

Even that willingness is by the GRACE of GOD!!!!!!!

Adams reason three, Arminians hate the truth. Again Adams is so extremely vague!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What truth???????????????????????????????

With all his talk he DOES NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH…….

Arminians ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE IN THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN, man in NO WAY WOULD EVER SEEK GOD ON HIS OWN…

That seeking is the GRACE OF GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Certainly the Arminians teach and believe ONLY GOD CAN SAVE!!!!!!!!

***I HAVE FOUND THE MOST BITTER PEOPLE TO BE THOSE, WHO THINK THEY ARE JUST CHOSEN BY GOD, AND THEIR FAITH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR SALVATION…

I have also found those who believe the extreme of Calvinism, ARE THOSE WHO ONLY LOVE THOSE WHO AGREE WITH THEM. Even then, do they really love those who agree with them, or do they only pretend???

Salvation is a gift and an act of God’s SOVEREIGN WILL, how God accomplishes His will is not by the Calvin method, or the Arminian method, BUT BY HIS METHOD; AND THAT METHOD ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

John 3 v 17

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
 

 If the Arminians cannot be Christians because of some of their wrong understandings, then ALL THE CHRISTOPHER ADAMS ARE LOST, FOR THEY TRULY LACK THE TRUTH OF GOD IN THEIR OWN LIVES… And he, they, can rant and rave all they want, BUT THEY ARE STILL WRONG…….

Salvation is a Love relationship with Jesus Christ, and that LOVE originates from the GRACE and LOVE of God!!!

God provides us with the choice, and it is God’s SOVEREIGN WILL that our ETERNAL ESTATE IS DEPENENT ON THAT DECISION…

All is by His Grace, and the FAITH to believe in Him is also by His SOVEREIGN WILL…….

If the Christopher Adams of the “world” are correct, and THEY ARE NOT, but if they were, THEN NO ONE COULD TESTIFY TO THEIR OWN SALVATION; FOR SINCE IT IS ONLY GOD’S DECISION, ONLY GOD COULD REALLY KNOW.

***But since God by His SOVEREIGN WILL provides all humankind the grace and the ability to make the choice, and God demands WE MAKE THE CHOICE, then both God and the individual CAN KNOW THAT THEY, WE, ARE SAVED…

This making John the apostle truthful and not a liar.

1 John 5 v 13

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

If God simply picks and chooses, then we can never know we are saved. For since we are saved by Grace through Faith, our works, our lives still prove nothing…

For many seem to be His, but few really are…

Matthew 7 v 21-23

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

The works are only an indication of salvation, but God, and the repentant sinner KNOWS THE HEART…

But if our repentance means nothing, THEN WE CANNOT KNOW IF WE ARE TRULY SAVED!!!

So again, whose truth, Christopher Adams’, or God’s???????

Arminians believe in Jesus Christ, and the individuals are indeed Christians, if, they TRULY LOVE JESUS CHRIST, that is true of all professing Christians; even when they are wrong about some things, even true of Christopher Adams…

For ONLY GOD and the individual KNOW THE TRUTH OF THEIR SALVATION!!! That is true of any individual in any denomination, Baptist or otherwise… For any Christian faith that believes in the ABSOLUTE SUPREMACY OF THE ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE OF JESUS CHRIST……………………………………………………………..

So I end as I began:

Revelation 12 v 10

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

The accuser of the brethren is Satan!

Answered by: a servant of Jesus Christ, Harold Chris Smith



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September 12, 2021


((( What would be my Dad's birthday, he would be: 113 )))


​How is Jesus sacrifice on the cross sufficient? If a person rejects Jesus as Savior they die, are judged, and go eventually to the Lake of fire for all eternity. Jesus died for our sins, but he did not go to the Lake of Fire for all eternity so how is that equal? Thanks

John 3 v 16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

***Jesus is God’s ONLY BEGOTTEN SON!!! How is Jesus’ sacrificial death upon the cross not more than adequate payment for the forgiveness of our sins???

True Jesus did not spend an eternity in Hell, but He ABSOLUTELY experienced the ‘second’ death, when ALL the sins of humanity were put upon Him on the cross. Then for the ONLY TIME IN ETERNITY Jesus was stripped of His intimate and vital oneness with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 27 v 46

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

At that moment Jesus Christ, the sinless, without blemish sacrifice was DAMNED BY GOD FOR OUR SINS!!!!!!!

He was in that instant separated from His beloved Father!!!

Not for anything He did, but for our transgressions…

Those who are eternally LOST, eternally DAMNED, WILL NEVER EVEN COME CLOSE TO THE PAIN AND ANGUISH JESUS CHRIST EXPERIENCED IN HIS MOMENT OF BEING DAMNED!!!!!!! 

Isaiah 53 v 7-12

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. 10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12.  Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

He deserved none of that, WE DESERVED IT ALL; THEREFORE HIS LIFE, DEATH, and RESURRECTION PROVE HIS BLOOD SACRIFICE WAS AND IS ETERNALLY SUFFICEINT FOR OUR SINS…….

And those who say “NO” to Jesus gloriously sufficient and LOVING atonement, justify ETERNAL DAMNATION and WILL RECEIVE IT; IF THEY DO NOT ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR LORD, GOD, AND SAVIOR!!!

At this very moment Jesus pleads with the LOST to accept Him.

Revelation 3 v 20

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Jesus is presently OUR atoning blood sacrifice and OUR advocate with the Father, OUR High Priest.

Hebrews 2 v 17

“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

Hebrews 4 v 15

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Hebrews 7 v 26-27

“For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27. Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

Hebrews 9 v 11-15

“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15. And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

Now Jesus can be OUR High Priest, but the day is coming when JESUS WILL BE MOST PEOPLES” ETERNAL JUDGE!!!

Revelation 19 v 11-16

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

***THAT IS WHY HIS ATONING BLOOD SACRIFICE EVEN EXCEEDS AND HIS SUFFERING MORE THAN EQUALS ANY PUNISHMENT WE MAY HAVE…….No matter how long it lasts for the LOST…


Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris smith, sbc ​



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​​September 5, 2021


You Chrsitians make a big deal when a woman decides to abort the glob in her stomach, fetus, that you unscientifically call a baby, yet, you are all forb the death penalty. How do you possibly justify that, those on death row our certainly living human beings.

Interesting question, and one I’ve heard many times before. I hope I can answer it to the satisfaction of yourself and those that ask it.

Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV2011)
8  Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

God for LOVE’S sake commands those who are called by His name, His children, to speak up and protect those who for whatever reason cannot speak up for themselves, we are called to protect such as these.

The generally accepted secular scientific stages of developing life are:

1)…Zygote: is a eukaryotic cell formed by a fertilization event between two gametes ((( a mature male or female germ cell: sperm/egg ))).

***This is commonly known as conception.

2)…Embryo: is an early stage of development of a multicellular organism. Embryonic development refers to the portion of the life cycle that begins just after fertilization and continues through the formation of body structures, such as tissues and organs.

3)…Fetus or foetus:  is the unborn offspring of an organism that develops from an embryo.

***Fetus is Latin for “child”. Offspring means: “child”.

That being said, God through His Bible, declares that at the moment of conception WE ARE LIVING HUMAN BEINGS.

Psalm 51:5 (NIV2011)
5  Surely I was sinful at birth, SINFUL FROM THE TIME MY MOTHER CONCEIVED ME.

We as human beings at the exact moment of conception have a SINFUL WILL. Though it may not manifest itself until we are born, once conceived we HAVE THE SINFUL HUMAN CHARACTER. WE EXIST AS FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS !!!

Exodus 21:22-25 (NIV2011)
22  “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23  But if there is SERIOUS INJURY, YOU MUST TAKE LIFE FOR LIFE, 24  eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25  burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.

God again teachers through His holy, inerrant, infallible word the Bible, that fertilized eggs, that at CONCEPTION THERE IS LIFE, a human being. A being that if killed by another, by anyone, is reason for that perpetrator TO BE PUT TO DEATH !!!

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV2011)
13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

The Christian knows we were fearfully and wonderfully made by God. That the fertilized zygote, the conceived baby, the child within the mother’s womb is a living human being formed by God !!!

The child of God, the Christians’ obligation of LOVE is to speak up for the baby within, to protect that HUMAN BEING’S RIGHT TO CONTINUE TO LIVE OUTSIDE THE MOTHER’S WOMB !!!!!!!

Now as for the person on death row, they too must be protected from false judges and false allegations. But if they are found guilty, and after much appeal they are still guilty, God is absolutely clear through His holy writ, that THE PENALTY FOR MURDER IS DEATH…

Theirs’s is not innocent blood, but BLOOD DESERVING DEATH…

Exodus 21:12 (NIV2011)
12  “Anyone who strikes a person with a fatal blow is to be put to death. 

Numbers 35:16-21 (NIV2011)
16  “ ‘If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a murderer; the murderer is TO BE PUT TO DEATH. 17  Or if anyone is holding a stone and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is TO BE PUT TO DEATH . 18  Or if anyone is holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a murderer; the murderer is TO BE PUT TO DEATH . 19  The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death; when the avenger comes upon the murderer, the avenger shall put the murderer to death. 20  If anyone with malice aforethought shoves another or throws something at them intentionally so that they die 21  or if out of enmity one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person is TO BE PUT TO DEATH ; that person is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when they meet.

Intensely throughout the Bible the penalty for murder IS THE DEATH PENALTY…….

So, though you and a great many others think we as Christians are hypocrites for NOT WANTING ABORTION for the sake of convenience, or lack of “self-control”, and we do however believe in the DEATH PENALTY under certain circumstances, WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO APOLOGY.

***WE BELIEVE AND FOLLOW GOD’S TEACHINGS IN THE BIBLE IN CONTEXT WITH BOTH THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS…***

 Matthew 4:4 (NIV2011)
4  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

EVERY WORD FROM GOD IN THE BIBLE !!!!!!!

We want no one to die or to go to Hell, unfortunately because of sin, many will…….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc


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​August 29, 2021


Some Christian denominations practice what is called infant "dedication" or "christening." What is the difference between these two practices and are they Biblical?

Proverbs 22 v 6

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Each denomination has it’s own emphasis and understanding of “infant baptism”, “child dedication”, “christening, etc.

Some denominations believe that infant baptism saves the child, the Roman Catholic Church is the primary source for this belief. ****Infant and or adult baptism however SAVES ABSOLUTELY NO ONE!!! Only a LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST SAVES ANYONE!!!!!!!

Accepting Jesus Christ as YOUR Lord, God, and Savior: SAVES YOU…

But there is certainly a biblical concept of “child dedication”, “christening”, and “infant baptism”!

In their proper biblical concept and context, these rituals are a symbol. One, the parents, the blood family, and the Church family pledge together to raise the baby, the child in the understanding and truth of God. To dedicate their lives in training the child in the truth and wisdom of the one true God.

As Abraham did,

Genesis 18 v 19

“For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.”

As the people and nation of Israel, as the children and people of God are commanded to:

Deuteronomy 4 v 9

“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;”

Deuteronomy 6 v 3-9

“Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. 4. Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord: 5. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

As Christians and as especially Christian parents it is OUR glorious and gracious obligation of LOVE to raise OUR children from the moment they are born of the saving knowledge and beautiful truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

Whether it be by sprinkling, emersion, or no water or ceremony at all, WE ARE TO TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION THE TRUTHS, LAWS, and the LOVE of GOD ALMIGHTY…….

***If we do not, who will???????

These ceremonies or rituals are a physical symbol of OUR obligation of LOVE to share the HUMILITY, TRUTH, and LOVE of JESUS CHRIST…….

Our being dedicated to do so!!!!!!!

Secondly, they are a symbol of the child being dedicated to God. Not that these ceremonies save them, but that We are in agreement as the followers of God, that the child, the baby is from God and is meant to live and be for the service of OUR LOVING God…

Psalms 78 v 3-6

“We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. 5. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: 6. That the  generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:”

This obligation of LOVE to dedicate OUR lives and OUR children’s lives to the understanding and knowledge of God is clearly taught in the New Testament as well,

Ephesians 6 v 4

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

 That, these verses and many more are what “christening”, “child dedication”, or “infant baptism” SHOULD BE A SYMBOL OF…….

These ceremonies, rituals are a physical symbol of adults dedicating OUR lives in teaching God to OUR little ones ALL THE DAYS OF THEIR AND OUR LIVES!!!!!!!

These ceremonies, rituals are symbols of OUR desires that these very precious little ones will one day be saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ!!!!!!!

Acts 4 v 12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Answered by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc