BELIEVER’S BAPTISM: Remember Brandon Burkes from last week's newsletter? He gave his life to the Lord a week and a half ago (Read about it here). On Sunday, he got baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit in obedience to Christ’s command. In addition, he played bass on our worship team and it was also his birthday! So, he had his birthday and re-birthday on the Lord's Day!(Afterward, we emptied the baptismal and found a dead scorpion at the bottom. I was asked what would have happened if it stung Brandon. I replied, “Welcome to the Christian life!”)
The day after I posted Brandon's baptism on Facebook, someone objected that I did it in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, saying that Acts 2:38 is the biblical baptism.

I explained that anti-Trinitarian baptism was condemned as heresy in the 3rd century and that baptism “in Jesus’ name only” is based on a misunderstanding of Scripture.

I then referred him to the highly respected “Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry” (CARM) that explains clearly what the Acts passages meant. Read it here.

If you choose not to read the short article, here’s their conclusion:
“Therefore, the Oneness Pentecostal people are simply in error by demanding that baptism be done with the formula ‘In Jesus name.’
“Instead, it should be done as Jesus commanded:

“‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,’ (Matthew 28:19).
“The proper way to baptize in Jesus' name is to say, ‘I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’”

Yes, Christian, what we believe is so important!

“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
Pastor John MacArthur, who has been threatened with fines and jail time for opening his church in defiance of the California Governor's edict, greeted his congregation with an unorthodox welcome eliciting laughter and thunderous applause. Watch it here.

Have you ever murdered anyone? Of course you have.

In fact, your entire church is made up of murderers.

If you don't want a feel-good message, then this one is for you.

And, don't you dare call me a fool!
"You have heard that it was said...."
Murder in the Heart
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