What is the one baptism of Eph. 4:5?

Question: What is the one baptism of Eph. 4:5, a baptism into Christ’s death? Answer: The “one” baptism, is a spiritual baptism, not to be confused with literal baptism in water. [Romans 6:3-4; Col. 2:12-13, 1 Peter 3:21 are all excellent examples of the “one” spiritual baptism.] Of the two, the “one” baptism ranked highest … [Read more…]

Does your church practice baptism by immersion in water?

Answer: No, our church does not practice any form of immersion in water. Water baptism was dispensational (that is, belonging only to the people of a particular age) and here are a few additional thoughts on this. Remember, though, that the point is one of emphasis and not correctness for the command to baptize was … [Read more…]

Is the Trine Baptismal formula (Matt. 28:19) inauthentic text?

Question: I read in your literature that the Trine Baptismal formula stated by Jesus in Matt. 28:19 may not be authentic text. What is your authority for this statement? Answer: Although its authenticity has been questioned by many serious students of Scripture, the so-called Trine Baptismal Formula, (“in the name of the Father, and of … [Read more…]

What did Paul mean by “baptism for the dead”?

Answer: Baptism for the dead is mentioned only once in Scripture, in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians (15:29). All through this chapter Paul’s theme has been the resurrection of the dead. The text reading: “Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why … [Read more…]

Is The Old Testament Primary for You?

Question: It seems that the Message breathes the atmosphere of the Old Testament primarily. Would you please comment? Answer: We believe that the whole Bible is the Word of God and contains all that we need to obtain salvation. The apostle Paul stated that we are built upon the “foundation of the apostles and prophets, … [Read more…]

What Does “Precept” Mean, in its Biblical Sense?

Question: I was looking in the Bible Encyclopedia for the meaning of the word ‘precept’ but could not find it. Webster’s Dictionary says it is ‘a rule of conduct.’ Is this fairly accurate in the Bible sense? Answer: In the Bible the word precept is used seldom, except in the plural form, in which it … [Read more…]

Which Bibles Do You Recommend?

Answer: As everyone knows, there are many Bible translations available today, all of which are the work of human hands and minds and none of which are completely accurate. But the imperfections in the translations are not an obstacle that keeps one from understanding the Bible. The variety of translations are actually a help, providing … [Read more…]