Baptism is of first importance in the life of the Church. He is the President of Faith for Living and the D. James Kennedy Institute a long-time Presbyterian minister, and Chaplain (Colonel) USA-R. Dr. Milton is the author of more than thirty books and a musician with five albums released. But he was as much a member of the body of Christ as any member of the Church today. He is in heaven, but baptism didn’t put him there, God’s grace did. We started providing the audio ministry of Christianity Without the Religion (CWR) because there is a need. But what if he had died before baptism? I left him with the covenantal waters running down his face, as he lay in his bed. For God commanded that a sign (His sign of distinction, of the entrance into the Family of God) of washing away of sin be instituted and practiced until the end of the world. So repent, be baptized, and baptize your children. Hopefully, we will find not only clarity but conviction as well. — “...for whoever is not against us is for us” (Mark 9:40). One does not have to be baptized to go to heaven. ‎Listen to Greg Albrecht and you’ll find the freedom of authentic, pure and genuine Christianity — Christianity without walls or denominational barriers — Christianity without humanly imposed rules, rituals and regulations. This narrative along with Acts 2 demonstrates the normative place of baptism in the mission of the church and in the life of a believer. For more information, please click the image. While it is a cherished hallmark of Protestant Christianity that every person has freedom of conscience, especially, in the interpretation of Scripture and the freedom to worship as he or she sees best from the Word of God, it is also the teaching of Christ that we should hold such convictions in humility. Saint Paul and Silas declared the Good News and this man was saved. All rights reserved. for publication, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be a Christian, gift : Give one time or set up monthly donations, A Meta-Spiritual Handbook: How to Be Spiritual without Religion, Faith, or God. However, believers and their children should submit themselves to baptism if they are able. The Bible declares that you are a sinner, you cannot save yourself, God will punish sin, but by grace, He extends to you a new life in His Son, Jesus the Christ, fully God and fully Man, who died on the cross for your sins, who rose on the third day that you, too, will live, though you die.”. Due to the nature of my job which is driving at night, I have listened to many podcasts and audiobooks about many different topics, and this one is my go to podcasts for my daily spiritual needs that gets to the heart of authentic Christianity. Valerie Tarico,149,DRC,2,dswrites,2,Easter,28,EChamberlainMD,6,Ed (Teapot),2,Edward T. 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On the day of Pentecost, 50-days after Easter, and in fulfillment of the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father and the Son and came down upon the disciples in an extraordinary demonstration of heavenly presence and power. In short, you’ll find Christianity Without the Religion. The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith and that is not of ourselves. It is not even our faith that saves, only Jesus saves. Communion cannot save. For not only did God command that the two sacraments are signs of salvation to be continued until the end of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ forever linked baptism to the mission of the Church in the world. The Apostle Paul not only baptized him but the Bible says that Paul baptized the entire household (Acts 16:32-33). No, you need to have at least one godparent. Daily message from Plain Truth Ministries, Weekly Message from Christianity Without the Religion, Greg Albrecht Unplugged - Weekly Podcast Message. When I returned to see our parishioner and my new “father” in Christ, he was not there. So, it is not enough to say, “No, you don’t have to be baptized.” We must give attention to this vital matter. St. Paul and Silas were in prison at Philippi. Michael A. Milton, PhD (University of Wales; MPA, UNC Chapel Hill; MDiv, Knox Seminary), Dr. Milton is a retired seminary chancellor and currently serves as the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions at Erskine Theological Seminary. Faith is a gift from God, made possible by the grace of Jesus Christ, whereby we lay hold of the promise offered freely. I was calling on a Veteran in the next bed. We don’t initiate movements and fellowships over secondary matters. T. 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The Lord commanded that we remember His salvation through the practicing of these sacraments until the end of the world. This is a solemn but joyous occasion that follows the church's customs, so make sure you understand what is expected of you. Having said that, and recognizing that there are communities of conviction who received Scripture to say that baptism is necessary for salvation, I would humbly but resolutely submit that there is nothing necessary for salvation apart from repentance and faith in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ: His perfect life, His atoning sacrifice at Calvary. The former is quite different from the latter. For the Great Commission is Christ’s final mandate to the Church and is, therefore, our first responsibility. Salem Media Group. The Philippian jailer feared for his life because of the compromise of security. I would come up with my own concept of spirituality. I have been a podcast junkie for the last few years. Marlene Winell,23,Dr. We are admonished, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you should be saved” (Acts 16:31). Men and women of good will and strong faith differ about some things revealed in the Bible, and there is quite a difference between disagreeing out of unbelief and disagreeing out of faith.