The Urgency and Requirement of Baptism, You Must Be Born of Water and Spirit

New Testament Scriptures for Baptism, When to be Baptized, How to be Baptized, Why to be Baptized

BREAKING NEWS: John 3:16 is NOT the ONLY verse in the bible!

(All scriptures below are from the Orthodox Study Bible. We accept the authority of the Greek scriptures.)
(To read this same article with KJV, please click here.)

Brethren, There is an increasing attempt of the devil to teach people to not obey God. I have recently discovered more ministers preaching AGAINST water baptism! Their teachings are antichrist! I will give some New Testament Holy Bible scriptures right here for you to read and apply. Also, we need to correct the manner and timing of baptism. The most common practice in the churches today is to wait, wait and wait for people to get baptized, and then to baptize them backwards, which is direct opposite of how it should be done!

Mark 16:16 He who believes AND IS BAPTIZED will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned..

Acts 2:37-42
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (You must HEAR/receive the word of GOD Romans 10:17 and be convicted of your sins.)

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit..

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

After they were baptized, they continued to fellowship often with the brethren. They continued in the doctrine, they continued in fellowship, they ate food with the brethren and prayed. They deserted the world and surrounded themselves with the fellowship of believers. "Breaking of bread" in this verse has nothing to do with the LORD's Supper or communion. The phrase simply means they would visit each others houses and have meetings where they would eat together. People should NEVER attempt to use this verse to try to prove that they can casually observe the Passover every day of the year or many times per year. But what this verse does prove is the the people should continue to go to church and stay in fellowship, AND that fellowship is MUCH, MUCH MORE than just shaking hands once or twice a week. GOD's People need to be inviting one another over to each others houses and having regular meals together and growing together as family.

Acts 8:12-17
12 But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. 13 Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done. 14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

So, in Acts 8 we see two events occurring: 1. Water baptism (born of water John 3:5) 2. Receiving the Holy Spirit, also called, "Holy Ghost baptism" (born of Spirit John 3:5).

In their case they received water baptism first. But not in all cases will it be in that order. There is no scripture that proves which must be done first. You must receive both. Some receive water baptism first and others the Holy Ghost first. But both are instructed and when possible should be done about the same time. Whenever one is lacking, the person must complete the other as soon as possible. We also see here again the the receiving of The Holy Ghost was via the laying on of hands. Sometimes it comes without the laying on of hands. But Whenever the Holy Ghost has not yet been received, The person baptizing the people should lay hands on them and ask for The Holy Ghost. Then believe. It is done.

We also see another account of water baptism in Acts 8
26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.” 34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.

Notice how quickly the baptism occurred. Philip did not recommend that the man keep studying or come to any level of perfection or maturity. The man believed, he understood that baptism is required and it was accomplished as quickly as possible without hesitation.

Let's Read the Example of Paul's baptism Acts 9:17-18
17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.

Here we see that Ananias laid hands on Paul, Paul both received physical eye sight AND received the Holy Ghost. I know most people miss that. But that's exactly what happened! Then immediately Paul went and got baptized. He didn't put it off to another day! We should always, as much as possible, be born of water and spirit as soon as we surrender to Christ! The devil is waging an intense war against us. We don't need to be waiting to take action. We need to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. Let's get in there all the way, not just a foot in the door.

Immediate baptism shows seriousness about your submission to GOD. When salvation is taught properly, People will not be going to the altar and then never returning to the Church and still think they got saved. When salvation is taught properly, The People will realize that this a marriage/engagement ceremony at the altar! (Wherever it may be, living room, car, church building, etc) To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish and to obey, till death us do part.

When you Hear, Believe, Confess, Repent, Accept, Submit, Be Baptized and Receive the Holy Ghost/Spirit, You will truly be saved & the evidence of that is not another gift, but rather a change of person, the change of life. The person is converted, becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and starts the process of unleavening. They CONTINUE in doctrine and fellowship and church attendance. Hebrews 10:22-26 We cannot be perfect before baptism. baptism is one of the very FIRST STEPS, NOT one of the last steps. baptism is connected with Receiving the Holy Spirit/Ghost. We must have the holy Ghost within us, in order to do the work of cleansing us. Concerning the marriage, I realize that the actual marriage takes place in Heaven after the First resurrection, Rev. 19, However, at baptism/repentance, we are agreeing to enter into that marriage and are committed partners now.

Here is an account of some people having received the baptism of the Holy Ghost first and then received water baptism afterwards Acts 10:44-48
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” (The wording of this is similar to "does any one have any reason why these two people should not be married")

48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Acts 16:28-33
28 But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” 29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.

Again above in Acts 16, we see that there was no waiting. baptism was immediately within that very night!

Acts 19:1-7
:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.

We see above that Paul laid hands on them at baptism, they received the Holy Ghost. This time they spoke in Tongues. That is not the case in every scripture of baptism. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. It's not required. I don't care what anyone taught you. The Bible NEVER requires speaking in tongues as proof of anything.

Later in Acts 22, Paul retold his testimony of his conversion.
Acts 22:16 And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ (Ananias clearly instructed Paul to not wait but to take action immediately.)

Matt. 28:19-20
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Jesus set us an example Matt. 3:13-17
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

If you accuse me of preaching salvation through works, then you are also accusing Christ of doing the same thing!!!

The New Testament scriptures are VERY CLEAR that Christ commanded water baptism & that He also brought with Him Holy Ghost baptism. This combo is called being "Born Again". Please be sure to click to read that article as well because it is very much proves that you MUST be baptized. Holy Ghost baptism does NOT automatically mean that you MUST speak in tongues. Please see our articles on the Holy Ghost and Tongues.

No where does it say that water baptism is no longer necessary! Christ set us a perfect example and then also instructed us to go and baptize others! Paul and the apostles and the others continued to do baptism well into the book of Acts and other books. These scriptures I have listed here are a small example of what is available in the scriptures. I encourage you to obey GOD and repent and then immediately be baptized in full immersion in water and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which is easily and quickly received upon asking and should be done as close as possible to the timing of water baptism. Just because you don't speak in tongues doesn't mean you did not receive it. Ask, Accept and Believe and move forward. You don't have to ask again every week or month. Ask and receive and believe that you received it. If you received it, you will notice a change in your life as The Holy Ghost teaches you the scriptures and makes Understanding available unto you. Those that preach against water baptism and/or Holy Ghost baptism must be marked and avoided! They would take your crown! Don't let any man take your crown! We MUST obey GOD. Do NOT be rebellious!

The following is something I believe every person should read before Water baptism Romans 6:1-23
:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were BAPTIZED INTO Christ Jesus were BAPTIZED INTO His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Peter 3:21 Orthodox Study Bible: "There is also an antitype which now SAVES US—BAPTISM (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,"

1 Peter 3:21 KJV "The like figure whereunto [even] BAPTISM DOTH ALSO NOW SAVE US (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ"

1 Peter 3:21 ESV (English Standard Version) "BAPTISM, WHICH CORRESPONDS TO THIS, NOW SAVES YOU, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"

1 Peter 3:21 Geneva Bible "Whereof the baptisme that nowe is, answering that figure, (which is not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but a confident demaunding which a good conscience maketh to God) saueth vs also by the resurrection of Iesus Christ"

JESUS SAVES WITH WATER

Actually, it says "go ye therefore and teach all nations BAPTIZING THEM ...." Matthew 28:19 A brother in Christ said, "I see no example of a sinner's prayer in the Bible. And when I say example I mean someone actually doing it. In Acts 2:37 when these people were pricked in the heart by Peter's sermon and they cried out " Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Does Peter say repeat after me?" End quote from Brother Terry. This is one of the many reasons we need real gatherings, not just television preachers. We need local pastors & evangelist & all of the five fold ministry. baptism is necessary for long lasting Salvation.

Mark 16:16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Eph. 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

I say unto you, that those that are preaching and teaching AGAINST water baptism are Antichrist and you should avoid them at all cost!!! They are wolves in sheep's clothing. They are very very dangerous!!!

Repent and be baptized! You should be baptized very soon after your prayer of submitting to Jesus as LORD and Saviour. It will help empower you in your walk for Christ.

Objection

The Greek word for "for" the remission of sins in Acts 2:38 can be translated as "because", as in "because of the remission of sins", NOT FOR the remission of sins. In Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ FOR the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Answer

I looked at Strong's Concordance and I do NOT see anything about it being translated as "because". It is G1519 - eis, The KJV translates Strong's G1519 in the following manner: into (573x), to (281x), unto (207x), for (140x), in (138x), on (58x), toward (29x), against (26x), misc (322x).

It DOES say that there are 322 additional miscellaneous ways of translating it. So I agree that it POSSIBLY could be translated as "because" in OTHER verses, but there is nothing in Scripture or context to cause us to translate it that way in this specific verse. When I look at all 18 bible translations at the BlueLetterBible website, one of the most known, used and respected bible websites on the internet, NONE of these 18 bible versions translate it as "because" in this verse. Look at the context. Verse Acts 2:37 says: "Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

These people were convicted of their sins and asked what to do. Peter did not reply that all they had to do was believe or say a prayer or "repeat these words after me". NO. But rather instructed them to be baptized. This was their conversion and method of salvation into the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Again look at the context. Not only the preceding verse but also the verses following verse 38.
Acts 2:39-41
:39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.

It's very clear that these people were saved via that baptism!

Mark 1:4 John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Look at the conversion of the Ethiopian man in Acts 8. The baptism was the method of conversion and salvation. It was NOT to picture that Christ had already saved him. NO. There is NO verse in the Bible that describes anyone being baptized AFTER they were already saved. In EVERY baptism verse, people were being baptized immediately after deciding they wanted to be Saved! I cannot find ANY New Testament verse where a person was spiritually saved only via prayer alone.

Objection

This is in contradiction to John 3:16, All you have to do is believe.

Answer

James says even the devils believe but tremble. It's NOT enough to just believe! The devils believe! You have to do something to receive Christ. You have to make a conscience decision to live for Him, even if you believe that commitment is done only via a prayer of salvation, that's still going beyond mere belief. The Greek word for believe in John 3:16 is much more than our modern English understanding of "believe". The Greek means to actually put your trust in Him and COMMIT to Him. How can we say that we love Him, trust Him or commit to Him if we are unwilling to obey His Commandment to be born again of water and spirit? Acts 2:38 tells us how to be born of water and spirit. John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.

It DOESN'T SAY that all you have to do is to just believe. We MUST read the entire bible to fully understand doctrine. We can't read just John 3:16 and ignore all of the MANY verses on required obedience, required growth, required bearing of fruit, required baptism, required communion, required keeping of the 7th Day & Holy Days. There's a whole lot more to it than just a mental thought of believing.

James 2:18-19
:18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!

The context of verse 19 clearly shows that what James is saying is that people are thinking that all you have to do is to just believe in GOD or in the oneness of GOD & that you are not required to do any works. But that even the devils believe but they do not work for GOD.

1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Matt. 28:19-20
:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, : (The original scriptures said "...baptizing them in my name". The apostles/disciples always baptized only in "Jesus Name" . The Catholic church admits they added the trinity to this verse!)
20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Objection

This is salvation by works, NOT by Faith and Grace alone.

Answer

Well if you agree with all 5 of the above statements, then I also could erroneously call that "a salvation by works". Very clearly you MUST do something. You cannot just sit back and think that you are saved only because you believe, yet you never repent, never pray, never ask for forgiveness, never stop animal sacrifices, never live your life for Jesus. Very clearly, there ARE steps/actions that we MUST take in order to receive Him as our Savior. We must come into agreement with Him and be born again of water. Jesus taught that. There is NO scripture that says that anyone was born again without water. Documented history shows that even in Old Testament times, the Jews called being baptized/immersed in water "being born again". Source. Therefore, when Jesus said "you must be born of water and spirit", people already knew about being born again of water by baptism via full immersion in water. HE was just adding the element of receiving The Holy Ghost.

1 John 2:4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

So very clearly we MUST KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. This is more than only believing. It shows the requirement of obedience & works. Philippians 2:12 says "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;".

So very clearly, we must do more than just believe. If a person is not an American citizen, he/she must do something in order to become a recognized, legal American citizen. They must fill out an application, pass a test and pledge an oath. It's not enough to just believe that you are a legal citizen. To become a licensed electrician, you must be trained & pass an exam. It's not enough to just believe you are an electrician & claim the title. Jesus freely accepts us if we accept Him & pledge allegiance to Him. That's Grace. But if we do not fulfill that allegiance & all of the obligations that come with it, then we lose our citizenship in The Kingdom. With Citizenship in The Kingdom, comes responsibility & required obedience. Matthew 25 teaches us that we are required to feed the hungry when the opportunity arises. We must also clothe those in need when the situation is presented. Those people in Matthew 25 who did NOT do these things thought they were saved. They believed. But they did not confess their sins of neglecting to do the works of the Kingdom. Jesus repeatedly taught that we are workers in the vineyard who are hired to do a job & required to bear profit/fruit. John 15 shows that people can become part of the vineyard/Kingdom, not bear fruit, then be cast into The Lake of Fire and lose their salvation. Acts 2:38 also commands repentance which is MUCH MORE than just believing.

CONCERNING BEING BAPTIZED BACKWARDS, THAT'S WRONG!

The correct way to baptize people is straight forward or straight down. Not Backwards. Documented history shows that people in the time of the first century church as well as in Old Testament times, were baptized by submerging their own selves (in the presence of a minister doing the officiating) into the water by going face forward while bending the knees. The exception in our modern times would be if a person had to be baptized in a bathtub, in which case a person MIGHT NEED to lay face up or more likely face sideways in order to get completely submerged.

Please see the following two articles for more information about the most correct position of face down. - Be not slain by The LORD - baptism in the Likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ's Death with Head bowed

Also, It is Important to Learn that everyone that lived in the Old Testament times must be resurrected at the second resurrection so that they may receive salvation and be baptized in Jesus Name. - Please read that article today and Learn the Truth about Heaven, Hell and Eternity.

ALERT CATHOLICS AND ORTHODOX: PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE BAPTIZED AS AN INFANT. BAPTISM MUST INCLUDE REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION, TWO THINGS THAT INFANTS ARE INCAPABLE OF. Teenagers are capable of confession and repentance, infants are not capable of confession or repentance. I refuse to baptize anyone under 7 years old, & even then it's very questionable. Little children do not truly understand sin & salvation. Salvation should be sought by a person on their OWN accord, with personal conviction of their sins & a sincere personal desire to fulfill the commandments & to be saved. NOT because their parents want it to happen. But rather upon their OWN conviction & repentance. A person being baptized must agree to fully follow & obey Jesus & the 10 Commandments the rest of their lives. The fact is, despite traditional teachings, children cannot go to Heaven in the first resurrection, regardless of whether they are baptized or not. No one will enter Heaven in the First Resurrection unless they are fully mature in Christ to the extent that they no longer sin willingly. Heb.10:26; 1 John 3:8-9; 5:18 Eph.4:13-16; 5:27. Even as an adult, just because you get baptized & keep all of the Commandments does NOT guarantee that you will be fully mature enough to be turned into Spirit at the First Resurrection. If you, or your children are not yet fully spiritually mature at the timing of the 7th Trumpet at the end of The Day of the LORD (Great Tribulation), then you or your children must be resurrected as flesh & blood again at the second resurrection to live another 100 years to reach full maturity in Christ, and then be turned to spirit at the end of that 100 years at the Great White Throne Judgment. NO ONE goes to a burning hell until the end of 1,100 years after Jesus comes back. This is very clear in scripture if you are willing to read it without your traditional denominational thinking getting in the way. Study all about this in this link about Heaven & Hell. As I write this, It comes to me that little children are more spiritually mature than legalistic adults these days. Adults need to return somewhat to their childhood & be like the little children again. Nevertheless, it remains true that little children do not understand salvational issues.

CONFESSION

In the minutes before baptism, the person being baptized should publicly confess their sins to the minister who is baptizing them. I understand that this can be difficult to do, to tell another human your faults. But it is an act of becoming humble and willingness to fully surrender to The Holy Spirit and truly repent. Baptism should not be a ritual of only a physical action. But rather it should be an act of total submission to The Creator. It is a serious commitment. It is like getting married. When you say your prayer of surrender to Jesus, it is like saying "Yes" when asked "will you marry me?" When you pray for forgiveness & salvation, you are getting engaged to marry (become in unity with) Jesus. But getting baptized in water is the act of putting on the engagement ring, making a real & firm commitment to eventually marry. It's going beyond just words. It's making a very serious commitment.

When you are truly baptized, you are saying "THIS IS IT. No more backsliding! No more sinful lifestyle, I surrender, I am yours Jesus!".

By confessing your sins to the minister, who is acting as the agent of Jesus Christ, you are showing that your fruits are worthy of repentance and baptism, that the minister is NOT baptizing you in vain. The minister responds "Your sin's are forgiven thee"

Because Jesus gives us power to retain or remit forgiveness, and anything that shall be released on Earth shall be released in Heaven, and anything that is bound on Earth is bound in Heaven.

Scriptures on Confession

and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. Matt.3:6

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. Matt.10:32 (Therefore, it's good if there can be witnesses.)

Then all the land of Judea, and those from Jerusalem, went out to him and were all baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. Mark 1:5

“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. Luke 12:8

And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Acts 19:18

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:11

Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Rev.3:5

Do NOT Baptize in Vain

To be baptized, you need to know that you cannot go back to your normal sinful lifestyle. The Scripture says to REPENT and be baptized, NOT just "be baptized". Repent means to change your life. Before being baptized you need to denounce Christmas and Easter because they are pagan and they do NOT glory The Almighty Creator. You need to denounce Halloween because it is demonic. You need to denounce all the Y Hebrew roots cult names such as "YHWH, Yahweh, Yah, Yahshua, Yeshua, etc" as well as "Jehovah" because all of these words are Assyrian and pagan. They are NOT Hebrew and they are NOT Holy. See undeniable solid proof! You should also commit to start keeping the commanded Seventh Day of Rest & Assembly on Saturday from sunrise to sunrise AND that you will start keeping the Holy Festival Days of Jesus. You must agree to abstain from all Halal Marked products & services since that is the physical counterpart of the Islamic Mark of the Beast. To be baptized and then never surrender to all of these truths that I have listed, is to be baptized in vain. Baptism alone does NOT guarantee salvation. You must CONFESS, REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED. Therefore, Before I agree to baptize anyone, I ask these questions: 1. Is Jesus God? The answer must be yes. Proof 2. Is Jesus his HOLY name, and the Y names of Yeshua, Yahweh, YHWH and Jehovah all evil? The answer must be "Yes this is true." Proof 3. Do you agree to surrender to Jesus and obey Jesus including keeping the 7 day (Saturday) as a commanded day of rest and worship, and also keep all of the annual Holy days? And agree to not work on these commanded Holy days, and agree to not travel far distances on these HOLY days? And do you also agree to either attend worship services some where in person on these 7th day and Holy days or at least listen to our sermon/services broadcast online or by telephone? The answer must be yes to all of this. Proof of 7th Day and Proof of Holy Days. 4. Do you agree that there is only ONE GOD, not a trinity? The answer must be yes. Proof. 5. If you absolutely HAD to vote for Obama, Clinton or Trump TODAY, who would you vote for? The answer must be Trump. This is because if you are willing to vote for people like Obama or Clinton who support homosexuality, abortion, communism and Islam, then you have NOT repented in accordance to Acts 2:38. This is not about politics. This is about whether or not that you repent from wickedness and agree to surrender to Jesus. I refuse to baptize people in vain. If you are going to be baptized, you must know that this is going to mean that you fully surrender to Jesus and his righteousness and truth. Therefore I also add the following condition as well. 6. Do you agree to not keep Christmas and Easter and Halloween? The answer must be yes. Click on each one for proof. 7. Do you agree to reject the buying and selling of Halal marked products and services? The answer must be yes, that you will reject and restrain from all Halal marked products and services because to partake in those things is the physical counterpart of the mark of the beast. Click here for more information.

Scriptures for Refusal to Baptize

There are biblical examples of refusal of baptism.

Matt.3
:1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness ‘Prepare the way of the Lord Make His paths straight.’ ”4 Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. 7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, 9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. 10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Many people think being baptized with fire in verse 11 is a good thing. But John meant it as an insult, he meant that Jesus would destroy them, burn them up, as shown in verse 12. He's not saying that they would receive the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. When he said "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit AND fire", he meant that the very presence of JESUS, who is the Lake of Fire, would destroy them. Did John go ahead and baptize them? NO! He refused to baptize them. The reason that we know that is: It never says they came down into the water & got baptized. We only see John INSULTING them & warning them. He even called them poisonous snakes. It doesn't make sense to throw all of these insults at them & then baptize them anyways. If he had baptized them, it would have been a BIG deal & it would have given a detailed description of them baptism & conversion & salvation. But it doesn't tell us any such thing. Plus Luke 7 tells us they did NOT get baptized.

Luke 7
28 For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 And when all the people heard Him, even the tax collectors justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John. 30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the will of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.

It's even talking about the same time frame. So it's clear that John refused to baptize them. Notice again in Matt.3:2,6,8 John required repentance & they also had to confess their sins. We see other scriptures where they confessed their sins as well. So we cannot be baptized without repentance and confessing our sins. If a person refuses to agree to start keeping the 7th day, which is one of the 10 Commandments, then they are NOT showing repentance or confession of the sin of pagan Sunday worship etc.

There is the Acts 2:38 requirement of repentance FIRST.

Acts 2:37-38 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (It should say Holy Ghost).

It could be translated "repent, THEN each of you be baptized". Considering all other verses of the bible requiring repentance first, I think that would be more accurate to translate it that way.

Acts 10
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

What Peter was saying is that normally people COULD reject/refuse a baptism if necessary, but in this case the people had very clearly already received The Holy Ghost and therefore there was NO possible reason for refusal.

What Jesus said to me today was this: "In order to plant a plant, you have to start with a plant that has good roots and place it in good soil. Without both good roots and good soil, the plant will not succeed and bear fruit. It will be likely to die even if it stayed alive for a while."

I have listed above 6 questions that I ask people before agreeing to baptize them. And the reason that I require these 6 questions & correct answers is: If they don't confess that Jesus is GOD & Jesus is His Name, the ONLY name by which mankind can be saved, then even if I baptize them, they are only getting wet, they are NOT getting saved. If they refuse to obey the 10 commandments including the 7th day, & they refuse to observe Passover (John 6:53) & the other Holy days, and I still baptize them, they are ONLY getting wet, NOT saved. If they still believe there are 3 gods, & I baptize them, they are ONLY getting wet, NOT saved. We must believe there is ONLY ONE GOD. If people would still vote for Obama or Clinton, knowing NOW that they promote murder of abortion, homosexuality & the mark of the beast (Islam), and I still baptize them, they are ONLY getting wet, NOT saved. If they are going to continue keeping Xmas, Easter or Halloween, then what they are saying is that they are going to continue to observing SATANIC holidays. And so if I baptize them, they are NOT getting saved.

So I don't want to just get people wet. I want to get people TRULY SAVED. In order to do this, they must be taught the truth & accept the truth, and THEN agree to fully surrender their life to Jesus in the truth & obedience. Otherwise, the baptism will NOT save them. But if they DO get saved in baptism and don't have these very basic essential good roots and good soil, they will just die after being planted.

Seventh Day Worship Services

The Scriptures command us to gather together for weekly seventh day and annual Festival Holy Day worship services. Lev.23, Hebrews 10:25 However, currently it is almost impossible for people to find a local assembly of true repentant followers of Jesus. The land is filled with blind followers of Babylon. We are NOT to gather together with deceived people who are worshiping in vain. Therefore it is my recommendation that you listen to our live weekly services and Holy Day sermons. You can be a part of our worldwide congregation. You can listen by telephone or over the internet. You can also receive free CD's of the sermons. If you gather with us during these sermons, you will be fulfilling this Biblical requirement as much as it's possible to in this time of darkness when The True Word of GOD is almost impossible to find. During the Great Tribulation, many people will finally come to the knowledge of the Truth and will be truly Saved and Baptized in Jesus Mighty Holy Name! Rev. 7:9 - Click here to learn about how to listen to our live services

REBAPTISM

If you got baptized, but later you stopped living for Jesus, then you need to be re-baptized. Once Saved Always Saved is a lie from the devil. If you walk away from Jesus, forsake His ways & start living as if you were never baptized, then you have lost your salvation and the baptism no longer counts. Hebrews 10:26 "For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,". You must repent and be baptized again!

But this does NOT mean that you should be rebaptized just because you committed one sin or because you made some mistakes. You WILL sin even after baptism. Your perfection will take time. It is a lifelong journey to completeness and full maturity in Christ. There is a difference between living a sinful unchristian lifestyle AND just simply making a mistake, accidentally sinning or having something that you still need to overcome. We must eventually live without any sin but that will take time and His Mercy and Grace is in effect for us if we are truly striving for the required Holiness that is expected of us.

But if we purposely go back out into the world and its sinful ways, then we have forsaken Him and we must repent and come back to Him and be Saved again via rebaptism. Acts 19:1-5 shows that Paul did re-baptize people because that Johns baptism was not enough. Those people needed to be baptized in Jesus Name. But if we have left Jesus, then we have forsaken His Name/character/authority and must be re-baptized.

Also, If you were baptized in "The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost)" (even if he also included Jesus name), then you must be baptized again, this time in Jesus Name as required in Scripture. All of the Apostles always baptized in "Jesus Name".

Also, If you got baptized in the traditional church that keeps Christmas, Easter or Halloween or a church that believes in a trinity god, or who doesn't believe that Jesus is GOD, then you must be rebaptized by a male minister who is in the truth.

WHERE To Baptize, What To Wear:

The baptism MUST be by FULL immersion in water. It can be done inside or outside. Baptism can be accomplished in a swimming pool, baptism pool, deep bathtub, hot-tub, spa, large bucket or any other container of water deep enough to get completely submerged. The water, IF outside can be a lake, pond, river, stream or somewhere else. It does NOT have to be flowing waters. There is not any command in scripture to baptize only outside. We should not be legalistic to think that Jesus can save people only outside. During the baptism, you & the minister can wear swimming clothes, shorts, t-shirt, tank-tops. JUST do NOT wear satanic clothing such as shirts with images of ACDC, Madonna, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Elton John & other rock music band t-shirts or skull & bones. You should be barefoot. Shirtless/barechested for men is fully acceptable if you're comfortable with that, OR you may dress in white robes OR with full pants and shirt. In the right setting, you could even be naked because people in Old Testament times & in the time of Jesus & the first century church were naked during baptism. Documented history proves that the early Israelites & early church did not wear clothes because nudity helped to represent that we are being born again just like a new born baby. Source. Flesh & blood is NOTHING! But considering the shy, legalistic culture of modern western society, if you want to wear clothes, that's also acceptable. But as an international, worldwide ministry, there are people who might read this website who might be living in certain areas of Africa or South America who don't usually wear clothes in their culture. It would be wrong of me & legalistic to command these people to put on clothes for baptism. And it would be wrong of me to not share the history of baptism. In no possible way am I advocating a carnal, sinful baptism. But rather, I am trying to help people become fully mature in their spiritual understanding which many times is hindered by modern, western thinking. I've met people who are so carnally immature that they believe that every person must wear shoes, long sleeve shirt & long pants in baptism. That's insane!

Who to Baptize You?

Preferably it should be a man who is an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or deacon OR even just another male true follower of Jesus Christ who - keeps the Seventh day on Saturday from sunrise to sunrise, - denounces Christmas, Easter and Halloween, - denounces all the pagan Y Hebrew root cult names, - accepts Jesus Name, - keeps the Feast Days of Jesus and who will baptize you in JESUS Name, NOT in the Trinity.

However, someone like that is almost impossible to find these days.

I cannot travel thousands of miles every week or every month to baptize people all across the USA and the world, although I would love to do that. I used to recommend to people that they allow a pastor/minister in Babylon to baptize them because that's better than to not be baptized at all. Our baptism and salvation is NOT based on the knowledge or righteousness of the person of baptizes us. It is NOT based on whether either person already has all truth and all knowledge of the truth. It is based only upon: - The person has truly chosen to repent. - The person has accepted in Faith and by confession of mouth, Jesus as Savior and as GOD in the Flesh. - It is done in "Jesus Name". - The person understands that baptism is a requirement for the remission of sins, resulting in new birth and they are fulfilling that requirement. - The baptism is via full immersion in water. - The baptism is performed by a person that has The Holy Spirit. - The person being baptized is at least 7 years old and understands all of the above and has voluntarily REQUESTED the baptism of their own accord out of concern for their own salvation, NOT JUST BECAUSE THE PARENTS SUGGESTS IT.

However, It is always best, when possible, to be baptized by someone who serves GOD in the Truth, or the minister that you can find that has the most truth compared to most other ministers out there.

If you can find someone who is an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or deacon OR even just another male true follower of Jesus Christ who keeps the Seventh day on Saturday from sunrise to sunrise, who denounces Christmas, Easter and Halloween, who denounces all the pagan Y Hebrew root cult names, who accepts Jesus Name, who keeps the Feast Days of Jesus and who will baptize you in JESUS Name, NOT in the Trinity and who will baptize you straight down, not backwards, THIS IS IDEAL! But again, almost impossible to find. And I cannot travel long distances constantly. So, Therefore The Almighty Holy Spirit has now finally given me the answer!

I can baptize people over the telephone or internet! I had never heard of this before. But it came into my mind and I know that it was The Holy Spirit. HE even gave me the Scriptures Matthew 8:5-13
:5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, 6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” 7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

Jesus did NOT have to be present in the flesh for Him to heal someone. All HE had to do was to say the word and it was done!
Matthew 9:2-4
: 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” 3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?

So what The Holy Spirit is saying to me is: Jesus SPOKE all things into creation. HE is the WORD of GOD. All we have to do is to speak the word and it shall be done. Jesus said that we shall do miracles even greater than He did!

Why are we baptized? For the remission/forgiveness of sins! We must still be baptized in water, that's a VERY CLEAR COMMANDMENT. But I do NOT have to be there in person, in the flesh. As a disciple of Jesus, All I have to do is to speak the Word and it is done. So I know that Jesus is leading me to baptize people over the phone/internet!

This way, people do NOT have to go to Babylon to be baptized! Isn't this better? Yes! This is the way it will go: - The person asks for baptism. - We arrange the exact time and location. - At that time, We speak over the phone/internet. I read some scriptures and you confess your sins. - I say something like "you are going under the water under my mantle of authorization and instruction in Jesus Name... etc etc etc...I hereby baptize you in Jesus Name, you may now go under the water." - Then you lay down the phone, enter the water, or hand the phone to someone next to you if already in the water - Submerge yourself under water, straight down forward or by bending the knees. - You come back up and then you walk onto dry land and dry off your hands and head. - Pick the phone back up and then I will pray over you to receive The Holy Ghost (Spirit of Christ Crucified and resurrected).

I was curious whether anyone else has ever done this. So I looked it up and I was able to find at least 2 examples of baptism over the telephone/internet! Here are the links: - https://youtu.be/qThUe1-RvXU - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tY_Xhb2rbM

But both of these were done by Babylon preachers and in the Babylonian tradition of the Trinity and backwards. But nevertheless, when I watched these videos, I did NOT get any discernment that baptism over the phone/internet was wrong. Just the opposite.

I felt confirmation in The Holy Spirit that this is acceptable and good to The Almighty and that JESUS WILL accept, embrace, ordain and approve of baptism over the phone/internet. Another Biblical example is when Elisha told Naaman in 2 Kings 5 to go submerge himself into the water 7 times for healing. Elisha could have submerged/baptized Naaman but instead he told him to go do it himself. But this was under Elisha's instruction. NOT someone just going out doing it on their own accord.

I firmly believe that if you are seeking baptism, and I, as an Apostle and Prophet of Jesus Christ, instruct you to go submerge yourself under water and I say "I Baptize You in Jesus Name", IT IS DONE in Heaven as it is on Earth. In Jesus Name. Amen! Jesus is looking for people who will have faith! We should not be so legalistic or faithless to believe that we MUST be in the flesh & blood presence of each other and that I MUST actually lay hands on you in person. It is NOT pastor Tim who baptizes you, but rather Jesus. I have given the scriptures above, all I have to do is to just say the words while you dunk yourself under water.

Now, it's up to you whether you feel comfortable with this and if you DO, then please get in touch with me and we will talk about it. - Click Here to go to my contact information page. Then, Click on where it says "Click Here" at the very bottom of that page.

AMAZING CONFIRMATION!

After I sent the above information to someone who had been seeking baptism, she responded that she agrees and that her confirmation was that she had just heard the Scripture about the centurion yesterday! That's the very same day that Jesus gave me the Scripture! That's NOT coincidence! I do not serve coincidence. I serve THE ALMIGHTY GOD! PRAISE JESUS!

UPDATE: July 5, 20018: Miracle Healing!
On July 1, 2018, over the internet, I baptized a man named Meekness who lives in Zimbabwe. The very next day, he notified me that he had just been to the doctor and received great news! Jesus miraculous healed him of Tuberculous! He had been diagnosed earlier this year and started taking antibiotics on May May 21. He had been told that according to the high level of TB bacteria in his body, that it would take 6 months of treatment. But after only around 42 days of treatment, he no longer had any TB bacteria! Many mockers would try to claim that he was healed by the medicine. But the fact that the bacteria level was high enough to require 6 months of treatment, and yet he was healed in only 42 days, is PROOF that he was divinely healed at the time of baptism, the day before his miracle test results! This is confirmation of the blessing of Jesus upon internet baptism.

Blessings, In Christ Jesus Name, Apostle Tim of I Saw The Light Ministries

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