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WATER BAPTISM and PURIFICATION (Part 2 of 2)

A question that came to us:

“If we are still to practice water baptism today, what scripture teaches that it is no longer a purification (Jn. 3:25) and washing (Acts 22:16) by sprinkling or pouring but burial in water to symbolize death, burial, and resurrection?”

(This is the second part to the question’s answer. You can read Part 1 here.

My short answer:
Water baptism is not a sacrament, or means of obtaining salvation. Baptism of a believer is a personal decision that identifies (by a picture or visual representation) the believer with the gospel he professes to believe.

The gospel in this Church age is that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again for our justification under the New Testament. This gospel does not symbolize a future remission of sins under the New Covenant God promised to Israel, such as John’s and Peter’s baptism (Jeremiah 31:31; Luke 3:3, 24:47; Acts 2:38; Joel 2:28-29).

Water baptism in the Church age looks back on the finished and complete work of Christ, which was applied effectually by the Holy Spirit, at the moment the believer trusted Christ. It is important to note that water baptism does not look directly back to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ—it looks back to the work of the Holy Spirit when the believer was baptized into Christ—which in itself, indeed, is based on the past Person and Work of Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Romans 6:3-4). The believer’s salvation and justification is “no more of works” “not of works” and “not by works of righteousness” (Romans 11:6; Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5).

At the same time, when the believer trusted Christ alone, the Holy Spirit baptized him into the body of Christ, of which Christ is the Head (1 Corinthians 12:13-27). Therefore, water baptism is by immersion (going down into a ‘watery grave’, and coming up out of it): and the only mode that can picture the gospel of grace: identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Water baptism may be public or private but the intent is always to identify the believer with the gospel revealed to Paul for this age, and to mark his fellowship with all other believers in Christ.
It is a vivid illustration that can be done anywhere, anytime, in any culture. When the gospel of grace (salvation without any work by man–all is dependent upon Christ) is preached, water baptism renounces all other ‘gospels’ and proclaims that any other means of salvation are false.

The biblical meaning of water baptism has been so perverted, ignored and neglected by so many for so long, water baptism is no longer an offence to false gospels and religious systems in the USA and other parts of the world.

The detailed answer:

PREVIOUS STUDY ON PURIFICATION AND BAPTISM

In our first study we covered the general process of purification, its elements, and the fact that baptism and purification were not synonymous. In this final study we look at the second part of the question: Do we have any scriptural justification to baptize converts that is a burial to symbolize death, burial, and resurrection?

I attempt to cover a large body of material here without needless jargon or long technical terms with the intent to not only answer the question above but to also use it as part of our Bible school curriculum. My focus is on the average Bible student and is intended to be an introduction to the voluminous and complex subject of translation and interpretation from a source language (Greek) to a target language (English). At the same time I hope to give a reasonable, logical, and scriptural answer to the question. It is of utmost importance to know what constitutes “baptism”. Is baptism an act or a condition that results from a particular action? In other words, when one is ‘baptized’ does that mean the candidate was dipped, submerged, immersed, or simply overwhelmed? When one is baptized, must water be the element used? “He was baptized by John in the river of Jordan.” Does that mean he was “dipped in water and brought up” “sprinkled with water, or had water poured over him so profusely, that he was entirely wet?” “The disciples were baptized with the Holy Ghost”—must that mean the baptism was with water? When a person is “baptized” does it mean the baptism was ‘because of’ a prior event or looking forward ‘for’ a future benefit?

“Baptism” and “Baptized” (verbal forms and adjective) have been miserably ill defined by many so-called ‘scholars.’ This is the result of a flawed definition of baptism; one that never met the demands of normal literal interpretation of scripture. First error: To discover what the word “baptism” meant, ‘scholars’ searched Classical Greek for how the terms, baptism and baptized were used in the writings of ancient secular Greek authors. Second error: Depending on the particular religious view of the researcher, the definition of baptism was determined from select accounts, while any opposing account was simply left unreported. The majority of accounts that agreed with the researcher’s predetermined ‘correct definition’ overruled any account of disagreement.

Therefore, to put it in plain speech, when the researcher was Presbyterian, ‘baptism’ was determined to be sprinkling or pouring. When the researcher was a Baptist, ‘baptism’ was determined to be immersion or dipping. Both ignored the context where baptism was used in the Bible, and both believed the interpretive authority lay in the secular Classical Greek usage, instead of context and usage of the term in the Bible itself. Both approaches concluded that “baptism” was an ACTION (sprinkling or pouring or dipping or immersion) rather than a CONDITION. The misconception lingers today and has affected Bible interpretation by many.

The definition of baptism must include several key elements, all determined by the context and usage found in the King James Bible (KJB). The KJB is an accurate translation of the koine (common) Greek text into the English language and thus reflects the divine definition. A consistent definition and meaning of “baptism” must consider “where” “when” “how” and to “whom” the term is used in the word of God. Proper definition of baptism embodies the message it accompanies, the method employed, the mode of action, as well as the messenger or the “baptizer”.

The Greek of the New Testament was not written in Classical Greek; the NT Greek is what is called ‘koine’ (common) Greek and was not the Greek of the secular Greek authors such as Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Hippocrates, etc. God set His own definitions and interpretations apart from man by usage and context in the KJB.

NT Greek was the language of the common man and not the language of the ‘scholars’. Not only that, NT Greek has properties that go beyond the normal speech and usage of the koine Greek. The KJB is based on what is called “Biblical Greek”. Even the English of the KJB has certain elements not used or spoken in the English language by anyone from 900-2015 a.d.; therefore, the KJB is Biblical English and one only finds the definitive meanings of terms in their usage and context in the KJB.

For several reasons, I believe the error of substituting or transliterating baptismois as “baptisms” instead of the translation of “washings” in Hebrews 9:10 is a glaring example of ignoring Bible usage and context. It is simply the result of ‘uniform translation’ (the assumption that all Greek words that are the same, must have the same meaning.) In following this assumption, all ‘modern translations’ such as the NIV, have perverted the meaning of critical Bible words.

The KJB employs context and usage to define critical Bible words. Methods God uses are: common translation, which is dependent upon words between Greek and English context and usage that are necessary for proper grammar and syntax. For example: common words such as a, an, the, is, am, to be, go, to, for, in, at, body, people, etc. This not to say that gender, verb tenses, adverbs, prepositions, adjectives, etc., are not important and that translation does not necessitate Greek/English grammar rules. The most unusual feature of proper communicative translation between Greek and English is transliteration of certain words in specific contexts. Whether a word is to be translated or transliterated is determined by its import of a doctrinal matter as well as near or far context. Transliteration in effect creates a new term by putting the English equivalent of the Greek letters such as βαπτισμοῖς= baptisms. It is a divine marker to indicate the need for biblical context and usage alone to define it. Typical Greek vocabulary and grammar reference books are of no help in discovering what it means. (The Greek vocabulary tools on such words have been manipulated by Classical Greek usage rather than how the Bible uses the term).
The word baptism (along with all its various grammar forms) is not found in the Hebrew or English Old Testament. There are “divers washings” involving water just as the KJB says, but there is no usage of “baptisms”. The KJB recognizes the problem of transliterating baptismois as “baptisms” in Hebrews 9:10 and employs the translation, “washings” which is defined on the rule of biblical context.
Here is the reason: if the OT “washings” is synonymous with NT baptisms, a doctrinal error of extreme importance is introduced. The various ‘water baptisms’ of tents, pots, pans, cups, toes, and animal guts would be on the par with not only the baptism of NT believers, but also John’s baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ!

God reveals seven baptisms in the NT with a variety of recipients, messengers, modes, and meanings—not a single one is named a baptism in the OT text.

Baptism from the beginning (Exodus; 1 Corinthians 10) was identification with Moses as God’s spokesman and professed agreement with his message from God. The waters of the Red Sea never cleansed or even touched those under Moses leadership—they all went through on “dry ground”. Remember, this “baptism” at the Red Sea was never called that in the OT. Paul brought it into the Corinthian letter because of their misuse of the purpose and meaning of water baptism. A single baptism (Red Sea) existed before the Law and God never confused baptism with “a purification rite” under the Law. This baptism preceded the Law dispensation and involved a “mixed multitude” that included Jews and Gentiles, some truly dedicated to Moses leadership and some mere professors, as was proven later when times got hard and they rebelled. The rule of first mention establishes the basic meaning.

The use of water in such Law matters as the priests, etc., was a dedication and identification to their office and duties. Water took no sins away nor did it immediately remit any sins; water if used, was a part of several elements and actions: a process.

God “sent John to baptize” and he followed no OT Law instruction or traditions of the Jews. (John 1:33).

WATER BAPTISM TODAY

“If we are still to practice water baptism today, what scripture teaches… (it is)… a burial in water to symbolize death, burial, and resurrection?”

There is no scripture that ‘teaches’ water baptism is essential to salvation or successful Christian living today. When ‘baptism’ is seen to be immersion in every instance in the NT, the interpreter has accepted the wrong conclusion that baptism is an ACT, rather than a condition that is the result of an action. This false assumption is based on Classical Greek usage in secular writings and not the Bible Greek (koine) usage and context. Therefore, when we read, “they were baptized…” the meaning is that the people were put into a place and a particular action of pouring, immersion or submersion occurred, which resulted in the condition of them being described as “baptized”.


Baptism is defined in its most basic definition by the rule of first mention. (See 1 Corinthians 10:1 with Exodus, “baptized unto Moses”). Baptism, by whatever mode, (sprinkling, pouring, immersion, etc.) is identification with the messenger and his message. And, the mode may be in a figurative sense such as when Jesus spoke of His coming substitutionary death, (“I have a baptism to be baptized with.” Matthew 20:22-23) refers to a submersion into a certain situation. When we say, “He was baptized by fire in the first battle…” we mean he was placed in a situation he had never been in before and experienced things he had never experienced prior to that situation. We do not mean he was literally in fire. But when the context of a baptism contains such words as “baptized in Jordan” “in and out of water” “baptized by John”, context demands it is a literal event.

“Baptized unto Moses,” means those who followed him through the Red Sea accepted Moses as God’s leader, His spokesman, and agreed with Moses’ message. That baptism was literal but the mode and meaning were certainly unusual! No one got wet. The ground was “dry”; at least dry enough so that the Israelites were not impeded by mud and sinkholes, the waters of the sea itself were “divided”. Exodus 14:21-22 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

They were not encompassed or touched by water on every side, unless one wishes to insist that the atmosphere had water in the form of vapor above them. The “cloud” was not above them but before and behind: “…and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:” (v.19). The whole experience is described as being “baptized unto Moses.”

Baptism, as used in the context of Paul’s ministry, is certainly important for us today. God selected him as the “apostle to the Gentiles” and revealed to him God’s program for the Church. His ministry was not just a continuation of the same message and ministry of Peter and the twelve apostles before him. Certain aspects of his ministry are the same as previous periods of time but there are several that are unique to the present doctrine and practice. God’s program for all eternity is consistent throughout and in total harmony. And in our Bible study, we must never ‘split’ up the Bible so that certain portions of scripture are of less value than others, but neither should we insist that everything in the Bible is to be followed by everybody during all periods of time.

WHAT DOES PAUL TEACH REGARDING BAPTISM?

Paul never commands or denies water baptism in all his epistles (13 in total: Romans-Philemon) although he did baptize converts. Paul never changed his message of salvation by grace, without works. This can produce nothing but one of two conclusions: (a.) Paul was ignorant for a period of time in his ministry, or (b.) that water baptism is not essential to salvation and carries some other meaning than that found in Luke 3:3 and Acts 2:38 ‘for the remission of sins’.

Paul connects water baptism with the testimony or profession of a Christian and never with salvation. In his letter to the Corinthians, he deals with their carnality and poor spiritual practice but never questions their position in Christ. To understand this, we must look at the context of 1 Corinthians 1.

1Cor. 1:4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
1Cor. 1:5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
1Cor. 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
1Cor. 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1Cor. 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1Cor. 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

(There is no question here as to whether Paul is writing to confirmed, lost professors or to those who are saved. He thanked God for them, they are “enriched by Him (Christ)”, Their “testimony” of Christ was confirmed—not necessarily perfect—in that they had many gifts, and they were “waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

1Cor. 1:10 ¶ Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
1Cor. 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
1Cor. 1:12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
1Cor. 1:13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

(However, they had some problems of carnal divisions and contentions. The Corinthians had divided themselves into various ‘denominations’: “I am of Paul”—those that separate Paul’s ministry apart from Peter’s ministry to the extreme, ’Neo-Bereans’??—“I of Apollos’, ‘scholarly crowd’??—“of Cephas”, RCC??—“I of Christ”, so-called Church of Christ?? It is this problem he addresses. Their carnality was marring their testimony.)

1Cor. 1:14 ¶ I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
1Cor. 1:15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
1Cor. 1:16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

(Paul is not confessing his problem with understanding baptism here—as the Neo-Bereans of today claim—Paul is not trying to figure out what he believes, he is correcting the Corinthian’s problem! Since water baptism pictures the union of the believer with Christ and his fellowship with other believers in Christ, the practice of division among the Corinthians was not consistent with their position in Christ. Paul, by inspiration here, also strongly indicates that water baptism is not commanded, nor is it of such importance that records of who is baptized by who must be maintained; Paul did not. Baptism is a picture that professes relationship and fellowship. The Corinthians were not ‘living up to’ their profession.)

1Cor. 1:17 ¶ For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

(Again, Paul is not finally coming to the realization that he should never baptize—another ridiculous interpretation by those who oppose water baptism in this age. Water baptism is not a part of the gospel he preached. The gospel of the grace of God does not require that you cover water baptism or any work by man. John the Baptist was “sent to baptize” and his baptism proclaimed that Israel would receive “remission of sins” in the future. Peter preached the same message and his baptism was “for the remission of sins” in the future. Both John and Peter demanded that those who believed their message must be baptized. That baptism looked forward to the future day when the nation would be “born again” and their sins remitted—final dealing with their apostasy under the New Covenant.)

John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 3:9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
John 3:10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?

(Nicodemus was a ‘master of Israel’—teacher, and a prominent leader of the nation. Jesus’ question was a rebuke to Nicodemus, had he never read and believed all the OT promises of the future New Covenant?)

Jer. 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer. 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer. 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer. 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Joel 2:28 ¶ And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
Joel 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Acts 2:37 ¶ Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

(John the Baptist and Peter, while not understanding the full meaning of the suffering of Christ, they knew the OT promises of the coming New Covenant and the ‘pouring’ out of God’s Spirit, along with the OT’s many references to water being a symbol of the word of God: cleansing, refreshing, growing, and even judging.)

1Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

(Paul mentions “the cross” several times in his letters. In 1 Corinthians 1:17 “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.” With v. 18, “the preaching of the cross” connects “the gospel” and “the cross”. Whereas, John and Peter did not mention “preaching of the cross”; John was puzzled regarding the death of Christ on the cross; Peter, knowing that Christ was crucified, mentions the death of Christ—not as a blessing to anyone—but as a sin of Israel’s leaders, who with “wicked hands” killed the “Prince of life” Acts 3:15.)
Today, those who do not see the primacy of the “cross” in the gospel of the grace of God are apt to add other things or requirements to the “preaching of the cross.” Men add baptism, church membership, good works, even understanding ‘mysteries’, giving, and even some level of refraining from practices such as gambling, sports, entertainment, etc., and call these things “preaching the gospel”. One can stand on a street corner all day long with biblical terminology signs: “Repent or Perish” “Go to Church or the Devil Will Get You” “Get Saved”, “Pray For America” “Get Baptized” or political statements such as: “Abolish the Supreme Court” “Elect Hillary” “Arrest Hillary” “Impeach Obama”–none of them have anything to do with “preaching the gospel”. We are not saying it is wrong to stand on the street with a sign, or that all of the above imperatives are good or bad; none of them are the gospel.

There is nothing sinful or ungodly about being baptized, praying, giving, going to church, or being concerned over political and social issues. Every preacher should have such concerns, but God did not ‘send us’ to baptize, pray, give, or dedicate all our efforts to a thousand other worthy matters. If I “send” my son to the store to buy a gallon of milk, he may drive the car, say ‘hello’ to several on the way, look at the store’s candy display and even buy a “KitKat”—but if he forgets the milk—he did not do what I sent him to do.

–Dave Reese August, 2015

WATER BAPTISM and PURIFICATION (Part 1 of 2)

WATER BAPTISM and PURIFICATION (1)

(Part 1 of 2 Parts)

A question that came to us:

If we are still to practice water baptism today, what scripture teaches that it is no longer a purification (Jn. 3:25) and washing (Acts 22:16) by sprinkling or pouring but burial in water to symbolize death, burial, and resurrection?

PURIFICATION

The error of equating or relating OT ‘purification’ to NT water baptism has caused much confusion. The terms are neither synonymous nor are they related in any way. In other words, water baptism was never Bible purification and never a part of the process of purification. Over the centuries after God gave the Law to Moses, the Jews’ religion became a mixture of rabbinical interpretations and traditions that added to the Law of Moses hundreds of non-scriptural requirements and perversion. By the time Jesus came to earth, the religious leaders of the nation of Israel had added to, subtracted from, and changed so much of the Law of Moses that His sternest rebukes: “hypocrites”, “blind leaders of the blind” “whited sepulchres” “vipers” etc., were reserved for the religious leaders of Israel. The Law feasts were no longer “feasts of the LORD” but designated by a term never found one time in the OT: “feast of the Jews” (John 5:1; 6:4; 7:2). By inspiration, Paul called his past religious life as a leading Pharisee, Hebrew of the Hebrews—the “Jews’ religion” (Galatians 1:13-14).

There is no justification to make all First Century doctrines and practices of the Jews a valid argument against plain, direct, inspired statements of the Bible. Those who use Jewish practice to vilify the Bible practice of water baptism are either ignorant of scripture or they are religious crooks.

Inspired Bible purification was a process involving various definitive actions, elements, over a period of time. One passage of several illustrates the process:

Num. 19:16 And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

(Notice purification cannot be done by even a single act of ‘washing’—it took 7 days)

Num. 19:17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

(The ashes had been prepared much earlier from a burnt heifer)

Num. 19:18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:

(Hyssop is dipped, sprinkled, not only on all the persons but on the tent and all the vessels—a long process)

Num. 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.

(Purification never took place in one moment or 1, 2 or 3 days. It took 7 days, previous dipping and sprinkling of water, washing clothes, taking a bath, and one could only be pronounced clean on the even of the 7th day. Any future reoccurrences had to begin the process all over again. How, by any stretch of the imagination, could this be equated with NT baptism?!?)

We only need go to the OT and note “the feasts of the LORD” and compare those with the “feasts of the Jews” in the NT (John 5:1; 6:4; 7:2) to realize that the Jews had perverted the Law of Moses to such a degree that none of the feasts in the NT are called “feasts of the LORD” anymore.  Temple worship had also been degraded to a “den of thieves” (Luke 19:46). The gospel accounts are replete with the Lord’s rebuke to leaders of Israel and their apostasy from the Law of Moses. It is no wonder then to find the Jews questioning “some of John’s disciples” about purification.

John 3:25 Then there arose a question between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purifying

BAPTISM

Heb. 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

The correct and basic rule of Bible interpretation is usage and context in the King James Bible (KJB). All skepticism of the justification and meaning of a believer’s water baptism in this present age stems from two corrupt sources: (1) the very questionable Greek translation (LXX) of the Hebrew Old Testament in which the Egyptian based ‘translators’ put “baptism” in every Hebrew text for “washing”. Gullible and careless handlers of the word of God say, “See, there is proof washings are baptisms.” (2) The second source, founded on the first error, replaced the KJB’s translation of ‘baptizo’ (and its various forms) with a Greek definition from secular Classical Greek. The Greek of the New Testament was not written in Classical Greek; the NT Greek is what is called ‘koine’ (common) Greek and was not the Greek of the secular Greek authors such as Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, Hippocrates, etc. God, in the Bible, set His own definitions and interpretations apart from man.

NT Greek was the language of the common man and not the language of the ‘scholars’. Not only that, NT Greek has properties that go beyond the normal speech and usage of the koine Greek. The KJB is based on what is called “Biblical Greek”. Even the English of the KJB has certain elements not used or spoken in the English language by anyone from 900-2015 a.d.; therefore, the KJB is Biblical English and one only finds the definitive meanings of terms in their usage and context in the KJB.

For several reasons, I believe the error of substituting or transliterating baptismois as “baptisms” instead of the translation of “washings” in Hebrews 9:10 is a glaring example of ignoring Bible usage and context. It is simply the result of ‘uniform translation’ (the assumption that all Greek words that are the same, must have the same meaning.) In following this assumption, all ‘modern translations’ such as the NIV, have perverted the meaning of critical Bible words.

The word baptism (along with all its various grammar forms) is not found in the Hebrew or English Old Testament. There are “divers washings” involving water just as the KJB says, but there is no usage of “baptisms”. The KJB recognizes the problem of transliterating baptismois as “baptisms” in Hebrews 9:10 and employs the translation, “washings” which is defined on the rule of biblical context.

Here is the reason: if the OT “washings” is synonymous with NT baptisms, a doctrinal error of extreme importance is introduced. The various ‘water baptisms’ of tents, pots, pans, cups, toes, and animal guts would be on the par with not only the baptism of NT believers, but also John’s baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ!

God reveals seven baptisms in the NT with a variety of recipients, messengers, modes, and meanings—not a single one is named a baptism in the OT text.

Baptism from the beginning (Exodus; 1 Corinthians 10) was identification with Moses as God’s spokesman and professed agreement with his message from God. The waters of the Red Sea never cleansed or even touched those under Moses leadership—they all went through on “dry ground”. Remember, this “baptism” at the Red Sea was never called that in the OT. Paul brought it into the Corinthian letter because of their misuse of the purpose and meaning of water baptism. A single baptism (Red Sea) existed before the Law and God never confused baptism with “a purification rite” under the Law. Baptism superseded the Law dispensation and involved a “mixed multitude” that included Jews and Gentiles, some truly dedicated to Moses leadership and some mere professors, as was proven later when times got hard and they rebelled. The rule of first mention establishes the meaning.

The use of water in such Law matters as the priests, etc., was a dedication and identification to their office and duties. Water took no sins away nor did it immediately remit any sins; water if used, was a part of several elements and actions: a process.

God “sent John to baptize” and he followed no OT Law instruction or traditions of the Jews. (John 1:33).

WHAT ABOUT ANANIAS?

Ananias remarks about baptism came from his previous religious training and not from God. God never told Ananias to ‘wash away Paul’s sins’ by baptism. Here is what God said:

Acts 9:10 ¶ And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

Acts 9:11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Acts 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

Acts 9:14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Acts 9:16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

You will notice that Ananias ADDED baptism to the word of God. Paul, in Acts 22:16, simply gave accurate testimony of what Ananias said, and by no means should be assumed to be Paul’s present agreement with the Jews religion or Kingdom doctrine. In addition, Paul was ALREADY A CHOSEN VESSEL (Acts 9:15) before Ananias ever met him or imposed the washing! Had Ananias never showed up, Paul would still bear the Lord’s name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.

(There are two more parts to the question: John’s mode of baptism and what justification we have to make water baptism a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. We will deal with those in the remaining installment that follows next week.) —August 16, 2015.

THE DECEPTION OF HYPER-DISPENSATIONALISM- ebook

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From the introduction:

Hyper-Dispensationalism developed in the 1800s before there were any coordinated arguments over the authority of the King James Bible. The reason there were no books on the defense of the KJB is that there was no need–almost all English speakers accepted the A.V. 1611 as the word of God in the English language. The manuscript basis of the KJB were the Massoretic Hebrew text and the Majority Greek Text. The great revivals and establishment of churches in the developing USA from the late 1600s into 1800 were a direct result of preaching the word of God to common men.


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WHO IS A DISPENSATIONALIST?

(1) Any person is a dispensationalist who trusts the blood of Christ rather than bringing an animal sacrifice.
(2) Any person is a dispensationalist who disclaims any right or title to the land which God covenanted to Israel for an everlasting inheritance.
(3) any person is a dispensationalist who observes the first day of the week rather than the seventh.

(Dispensationalism. Dr.Lewis Sperry Chafer. Highlight Loc. 37-40)


We do not believe Dr. Chafer is the final authority on dispensationalism. But his remark above is correct. In addition to the above we might add a practical note that every person who has a Bible with an “Old Testament” and “New Testament” division in it, is a dispensationalist. But when dispensationalism becomes an obsession that ignores “All scripture is given (not WAS) by inspiration of God, and is (not WAS) profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness” that is wrong division of the word of truth. That scripture comes from Paul’s prison ministry so lauded but misapplied by Hyper-Dispensationalists. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJB).


When I began to see the real Bible differences between Israel and the church which is the body of Christ, the difference between the first coming of Christ and His second coming, and the preaching of the coming Millennial Kingdom of Christ on earth as different from the preaching of the cross and the period known as the “church age”, I became the object of “Neo-Berean” (Hyper-Dispensationalism) recruitment. 


These proselyters, at the very beginning, were adamant in showing me that “water baptism is a Jewish tradition” and that I should immediately drop the name of Baptist, and stop baptizing converts. Without question, the issue of water baptism (in my case) was the first item; other issues came later, but the anti-water doctrine was the focal point of all I was supposedly doing wrong. I am persuaded this anti-water emphasis is the same as most of those courted by the rabid Hyper-dispensationalists.


Although they claimed the name, “Bereans”, these men did not resemble the Bereans of Acts 17 in any sense. Later, I discovered that more important doctrine was never mentioned compared to the incessant denial of water baptism . I baptize converts as an illustration of the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ–not as a means of salvation or Christian service. Baptism is not a sacrament, but it is a figure of the gospel as described by inspiration in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. My conviction of that has not wavered since then to this day.


Later, I learned why and how this particular tactic was used. It is of utmost importance to realize how Hyper-Dispensationalism (hereafter designated by a shorter form “Hyper-Disp”) gets a foothold on unsuspecting pastors and Bible students. It is also important to see that Hyper-Disp is a heresy, and that its adherents are professing Christians who sincerely believe some correct Bible doctrines. We do not question their salvation, but we do oppose their teaching methodology and the resultant errors.


In a nutshell, here is the type approach the Hyper-Disp uses on a Baptist:
Compare Peter’s statement in Acts 2:37-38 with Paul’s in Acts 16:30-31: 


37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38 KJB).


Compare this with Paul:

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:30, 31 KJB).


It will be pointed out that Peter was preaching to the “men of Israel” in Acts 2 and that when they asked, “what shall we do?” he required that these be baptized with water “for the remission of sins” as well as “to receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” just like John the Baptist in Mark 1. Then it will be compared to Paul, who preached (not to Israel in Acts 16, but to Gentiles. What they don’t mention is that Paul never connected remission of sins or receiving the Holy Ghost with water baptism to any Jews either!) in Acts 16:31. The Hyper-Disp will ignore or attempt to show how that Paul was baptizing just like Peter and continuing Peter’s ministry to Israel. Acts 16:31 has no mention of “for the remission of sins” or “ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” but the Hyper-Disp presumes it does. The Hyper-Disp will show how Paul went to the Jew first in every area
during Acts. (None of them understand why Paul went to the Jew first in Acts, although it is clear in Romans 9-11).


I hasten to say that Mark 1:4 and Acts 2:38 and Acts 16:31 are absolutely correct in the KJB! The subject of understanding them and the reason for thedifferences is indeed one of “right division”. But we are not to correct them to make all of them say the same thing to fit our little theological box or amalgamate them by diminishing the words, changing the words, adding words, and subtracting words.


The end result of all of this is the mass confusion among the Hyper-Disp among even themselves, brought about by the guesswork that starts the body of Christ in Acts 9, 22, 28 or wherever they pick, and the gross assumption that Paul was ignorant of what he was doing in the book of Acts. Some Hyper-Disps call themselves “Mid-Acts” which simply means “We don’t know where the body of Christ started, but it must be somewhere in the middle of the Book of Acts.” These have the carnal impudence to refuse Christian fellowship with any Christian who disagrees with their ‘unknown’ body start! (God never states WHEN the Church age began or WHERE the body of Christ began). Some go so far as to make “two bodies of Christ”: one in Acts and a different one in the Prison ministry of Paul (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians). Others have ‘found’ removal of world evangelism, practice of polygamy, homosexualism, and salvation of the devil and his angels, etc., in the Prison epistles. There is no end to their theological cancer. Just as Paul warned, “their word will eat as doth a canker.”


I was a third year student in graduate school when they first crossed my path. Upon graduation in 1970, I took a church of about 15 people in Alabama (Bible Baptist Church). Unbeknownst to me, a couple of these Hyper men had been teaching their doctrine to the pastor and people before me. The former pastor had resigned the church and went to another city to pastor a Baptist church, which within a short period, dropped “Baptist” and changed its name to a “Bible Church”. When I took the pastorate at Bible Baptist Church, the church barely paid the rent on the old building and had absolutely no funds for the pastor’s salary. My family of 7 lived on outdated meat from Zeigler packing company and the grace of God for the first 6 months. Evidently, the Hyper-Disp theology had managed to keep the church “high and dry” from growth and new converts. Although the “Bereans” contacted me once or twice, we were not too much of a prize with our small number and almost no finances at the beginning.


God blessed our “Baptist” ministry there and the church increased dramatically in both number and finances from 15 to about 120. We saw new converts come into the church and started a Christian school . When I resigned that church, we had bought a piece of property and were building a new building. My Assistant Pastor took the church and I accepted the call to pastor another rural church in Alabama where I had helped start a Christian school. (During my ministry in Alabama, I actually helped three other churches start a Christian school.) After starting the school in Millbrook, within a couple months, the pastor resigned and went into foreign mission work. (He was a good man and has continued for all these years). The church contacted and called me as pastor. I accepted, believing it was God’s will. This seemed to be so, and I do not doubt it, for souls were saved and I baptized converts every week for the first six months. Our high attendance there was over 350 on a special Sunday.


Without going into all details, the ministry at Victory Baptist Church was, and still is, a testimony of God’s grace. I pastored that church for a total of almost twenty years. I worked myself out of a job, resigned the church in 1993 to start Ends of the Earth Mission, which is now going into its twenty-first year. My Assistant Pastor at Victory took the leadership of that church when I left and has had a tremendous ministry there since I left. That church has faithfully preached the gospel and supported mission work all these years in many countries around the world. 


I mention these things because I am firmly convinced that had I fallen for any of the deceptive tactics of Neo-Berean, Hyper-Dispensationalism, Hyper-Calvinism, fanatical Charismatic errors, these ministries would never have happened. I do not presume to know all the reasons why some ministries grow and souls are saved, but after over 50 years in the ministry, my experience has been that if a man allows any restricted, narrow view of the Bible such as Hyper-Dispensationalism, Hyper-Calvinism, or any other ‘Hyper’ become the focus–God cannot bless it. The blessings came because of God’s grace and mercy, I take no credit! Every pastor knows that without godly men to help and under God’s mercy, he makes enough mistakes in the ministry to never do anything. But God uses men, and God’s preachers must work hard, believe God, and avoid a thousand pitfalls that come their way. Gimmicks like social programs, providing a “one stop” plethora to meet every community whim may attract numbers, but none of those convert souls and build solid church membership. Preaching the whole counsel of God with balance and without fear or favor does the job.


After over twenty years in foreign missions we have been able to help scores of folk get into “closed countries”, start two resident Bible schools and several extension schools in the Philippines, started and built over one hundred independent Baptist, King James Bible churches in remote areas. (I believe every word in the King James Bible but I don’t harp on it in every message or claim those who have some other’ Bible’ are lost. When some half-baked nut claims it has errors, we correct him in the proper setting. Preach the Book; It will take care of Itself!) Again, apart from the mercy and grace of God–how well we know this–none would have been possible. But I mention these experiences because I know that had I allowed any of the Hypers to creep into my ministry–none of this would have happened.


I have discussed with the Hypers all these errors of which I write. My information is not second-hand. I know their tactics and the deception because I was a target. I seriously considered and studied their claims face-to-face and in written, as well as recorded material from their taped lessons and books. Names could be given but no benefit will come from that. Some of these men have gone on to meet the Lord, but many of their parrots remain. Some of the doctrine they believe is sound but too much is speculation. I do not doubt their salvation, but even a saved man can be snared by the devil and wreck havoc.


More important to all the building, and sending, training, and–yes–‘right division’ is that quite literally, thousands of souls have come to know the Lord from simply believing what the Book says. Jesus came “to seek and to save that which was lost” and that fact can never be divisively manipulated away. With all of my being, I am firmly convinced from experience and the Bible that Hyper-Dispensationalism is one of the most deadening heresies to evangelism and Christian growth. All the ‘Hypers’ during this age before the Rapture have done irreparable harm to the cause of Christ. Hyper-Dispensationalism is more dangerous than any cult because it is a heresy that has enough truth in it so as to make it appear doctrinally sound.


The very “table” of Israel became a snare to them (Romans 11:7-10) and the grace of God, if misused can be a snare in this age. Method of teaching is just as important as the message. Using a doctrine with a skewed dispensational method can overthrow the faith of others.


“15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. 
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; 
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach,
patient, 
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (2 Timothy 2:15-18, 24-26 KJB)


–Dave Reese January 2015

(Dr. Reese’s book Deception of Hyper-Dispensationalism may now be purchased here.

THEOLOGICAL CANCER: HYPER-DISPENSATIONALISM

“…And their word will eat as doth a canker…” (2 Timothy 2:17 KJB)

“Canker” comes from a word that means “to gnaw”. Basically, it is theological cancer. In the medical field, leukemia (leukos=white+hemia=blood Grk) is a relentless and insidious disease that actually is cancer involving the blood.

“The life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11 KJB).

Hypertrophy and Hyperplasia are medical terms that have to do with abnormal cell growth. Hypertrophy has to do with the size of cells while hyperplasia has to do with the number of cells. Cancer is a cell gone rogue, devouring healthy cells while increasing in size or in number.1 Every cancer cell is different from its parent cell, and that is one of the reasons a cure is so elusive.

Normal body growth is accomplished by proper division of the body’s tissue cells. Abnormal division of a cell inhibits natural and normal growth. This principle is true in human, animal, and plant life. We live and we die according to proper division! I am persuaded that it is also true in spiritual matters, abnormal division (hyper-division) inhibits normal spiritual growth of a Christian. Theology uses the term Hyper-Dispensationalism to denote an excessive, over emphasis, on dispensations in the Bible.When Paul, by inspiration, gave “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15) it was both command and warning: “rightly dividing” and thereby warned of wrong division.

“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” (2 Timothy 2:17-18 KJB).

Hymenaeus and Philetus are certainly instructive names for men caught up in wrong division. Hymenaeus is from a root word that has to do with the wedding of man and woman, the highest form of human union. Philetus comes from brotherly love. While bearing names that would promise unity and love, their practice actually split the unity of the Body of Christ and produced everything but love between the brethren. Paul’s example of wrong division by H & P has to do with the timing of the resurrection and not the resurrection itself. So it is with all Hypers: they are consumed with when a matter happened, rather than what happened.

For example, Hyper-Dispensationalism is founded upon when the Body of Christ began. Notice also that the timing of the resurrection does not only affect that particular doctrine but that it extends to “overthrow the faith of some” and this is why it is said, “their word will eat as doth a canker.” Hyper-Division will not only affect one doctrine, it permeates the entire scope of Bible doctrines.

When the Body of Christ began is the clarion call of the Hyper-Dispensationalist. Proudly denominating themselves as “Mid-Acts” “Acts 28” or whichever chapter in Acts they may select on websites, books, and tracts–all of this is done with great authority as though the Church began where they indicate–but the one problem every one of them has is this: the word of God never states when the Body of Christ began! “”Mid-Acts” is simply an admission of ignorance (“We don’t know where it is, but it’s got to be in here somewhere!”) and “Acts 28” is one of assumption (“Since Paul doesn’t writesome things he did before, he must be giving us something new.”). Hypers are so engrossed with “when it happened” they miss the more important: what happened.

By hook or crook, the Hyper-Dispensationalists of all shades of heresy then spin their doctrines of “churchoftheonebody” “one baptism” “unity” “traditions” “two raptures” “two bodies of Christ: Acts body and Prison body” “polygamy” “homosexualism in the prison ministry” “New Covenant preached by Paul” “Paul baptized with same baptism as Peter” “NIV better than KJB” “washings are baptisms” “no Judgment Seat of Christ” “the devil will be reconciled to God” “NT begins in Matthew 26” “KJB book order is wrong” etc., etc., etc.

I would not be surprised to find an Acts 28er who believes Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck were married in Modesto, California, bought Michael Jackson’s mansion with a three dollar bill, and became lifetime partners.



1 Those who wish to read the history of cancer research will find excellent material in The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer a book written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, an Indian-born American physician and oncologist. Published November 16, 2010 by Scribner, it won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Hyper-Dispensational Assumptions

Notice: The book on “Hyper-Dispensational Hair-Splitters” has been delayed due to several unavoidable issues. I do plan it to be available in late October, assuming there are no more delays. –Bro Dave

Hyper-Dispensational Assumptions

Here is another example of the many heresies of the Hyper-Dispensationalists. Although Cornelius R. Stam has already gone on to glory, the BBS continues to put these old heresies on their website (September 2014). You have to watch them: their twists and turns are as crooked as a rattlesnake with an epileptic fit.

Is Water Baptism A Testimony? by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


“Let us suppose that you have been saved, but live a careless life and bear a poor testimony before the world. Would water baptism change this? What would it be worth?
But suppose you have been saved and live a godly, consistent life before the world. Is a water-confession necessary? How much is it worth? Don’t be afraid to answer this question honestly. How many “baptized converts” there are who cannot even give a word of testimony for their Lord among the lost!

In a sense, however, the baptism of believers by water in this age is a testimony — a bad testimony. When the Galatian believers submitted to circumcision it was a bad testimony (Gal.5:2,3). Circumcision, while a part of Peter’s “gospel of the circumcision” had no place in “the gospel of the uncircumcision” committed to Paul (Gal.2:7). And just as circumcision was connected with “the gospel of the circumcision” so water baptism was con-nected (sic) with “the gospel of the kingdom” (See Matthew 3:2,6; 10:5-7; cf. John 1:31; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:36-38; Acts 3:19-21).

We solemnly declare that the present day practice of water baptism is a reflection on the grace of God and a confession of a lack of appreciation of the finished work of Christ, and the believer’s completeness in Him (See Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 2:10). Furthermore, it betrays a poor understanding of the heavenly character and position of the Church of this age (See Ephesians 2:6; 1:3; Colossians 3:1-3).

Be a Berean. Search the Scriptures and see whether these things are so.”


This is what is known among men of reason as “making a mountain out of a mole hill”. Let us take Stam’s first question and supply some acts he did, and ask the same question: “Suppose that you have been saved, but live a careless life and bear a poor testimony before the world. Would the mere ritualistic acts of going to church on Sunday, Wednesday night, praying, studying your Bible, witnessing, singing hymns, observing the Lord’s Supper–which you do, change this? What would these be worth?”

In his “solemn” declaration, Stam lumps the gospel accounts of baptism and circumcision with Acts: “…And just as circumcision was connected with “the gospel of the circumcision” so water baptism was con-nected (sic) with “the gospel of the kingdom” (See Matthew 3:2,6; 10:5-7; cf. John 1:31; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:36-38; Acts 3:19-21).”

Then, Stam runs to the “Prison Epistles” (Ephesians and Colossians) that do not mention water baptism in order to create the smoke and mirror Hyper heresy that circumcision and all water baptisms are connected. Along with this, he ASSUMES all baptisms in the NT are the same, and have the same meaning, mode, and message. This is the methodology of all Hyper-Dispensationalists. Neat trick, but it just doesn’t fit the facts.

As soon as someone questions this conclusion of a Hyper, the Hyper will go to Paul’s Acts ministry and try to prove that in Acts Paul was partially informed, gradually learning salvation by grace, or ignorant of what he later wrote in prison. They will point out that he took a vow, circumcised Timothy, went to synagogues, all of this to prove Paul was carrying on a Kingdom Gospel program like Peter, baptizing like Peter, or some partial version of it. But in prison, the Hypers claim Paul discontinued all this, and became a Hyper like them. Voila! That’s their proof water baptism is a “bad testimony”.

Press them further and they will quote what Paul said in Ephesians 4, there “is one baptism.” Of course in the same passage Paul said there is “one Lord “one faith” “one body” “one God” “one hope” “one Spirit”. Anyone who believes the KJB ( or any English or Greek Bible) knows there are more than “one” (numberwise) of all those TODAY. If Paul is saying there is only “one Spirit” in existence now–what happened to the “spirit” of man, angels who are ministering spirits, and the devil himself? And, when they run to whatever “Greek” they choose, we will answer the fool according to his folly and remind them that ALL Greek manuscripts have NO CAPITAL LETTERS for nouns or pronouns. We will also remind them that the KJB is absolutely correct in placing a capital letter “Spirit” since there is only one spirit that is essential and deserving of the capital: the Holy Spirit”. We will also remind them that there are at least three “faiths” in this age: the “faith of man”, “faith” that is a body of doctrine, and “the faith of Jesus Christ”–all easily seen if you believe what you read, and only one of these faiths is ESSENTIAL, the faith of Jesus Christ. If Paul meant there is only “one baptism”– numerically in this age that God accepts, the Bible record is flawed. Like the other “ones” of Ephesians 4, Paul refers to those that are ESSENTIAL or EFFECTUAL, by no means does he limit the number of spirits, baptisms, faiths, hopes, bodies, lords or gods to only one of each in existence. He is dealing with Quality not quantity. All Bible believers know that man’s faith wavers but the faith of Jesus Christ does not–but neither does that mean men should not have faith in God. And, all that are not trying to pull the wool over someone’s eyes, know that water baptism is not essential for salvation in this age. Bible believers also know that Paul, although he baptized believers, never condemns water baptism or repents of doing it at any time. However, they do know that if a person has not been baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ–that person is none of Christ’s. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Romans 8:9-11).

All Campbellites and Hyper-Dispensationalists who think Paul would baptize with the same mode, meaning, and message as John the Baptist and Peter “..for the remission of sins”, while preaching: “And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (Romans 11:6 KJB)” are more eligible to work in a carwash where they can baptize and wipe water away all day, rather than in the pulpit or classroom.

Furthermore, Paul plainly says circumcision in this age is “dung” but he never repents of baptizing anybody, or even hints he may have been ignorant or half informed during his Acts ministry. Read the Bible reason for his Acts ministry on the “Remnant” in our coming book. All the Hyper guesswork and assumptions of connecting baptism with circumcison, vows, etc., are proven for what they are: heresy. The Hypers are more fouled up than Hymenaeus and Philetus that “rightly divided” the resurrection right out of this age!

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
17 And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:15-19 KJB)

Pharisees and Hyper-Dispensationalism

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭36‬ KJB)

How much simpler can it be? Believe on the Son and you have everlasting life. Two Jehovah Witnesses came to my door one day and said, “We want to share the good news of God’s coming Kingdom.” My reply, “I already have The Lord Jesus Christ, and all of God’s blessings in Him. I don’t need your ‘kingdom.”

Simplicity is the essence of God’s blessings upon man; organized religion is complicated, man’s added twists and wrinkles are created to insert man himself as God’s divine representative.

No matter how sweet, loving, and dedicated they may appear, men who put some effort, ritual or rule between “the Son” and “everlasting life” are nothing more than religious opportunists.

Those who require some religious law obedience to reach God or His blessings, are known as Pharisees. Even a perfect observance of the Law of Moses never gained acceptance with God. A heart that earnestly sought God, without the Law of Moses, was accepted before any person that sought God with sacrifices, rules, and offerings of the Law.

“1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.” (Matthew 12:1-7 KJB)

The Pharisees in Jesus’ day put rules and regulations before “judgment, mercy, and faith”. Permit me to give other words Jesus said to the Pharisees in Matthew 23 in an abbreviated form:

“Then spake Jesus… Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat…
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go…
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves…
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith…
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres,…
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity….
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!…
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

That is a description of religion without God—access to the blessings of God, blocked by man’s rules. And, it shows us what God thinks about the practice. Read the whole chapter of Matthew 23 and see the full condemnation of the Pharisees.

The Pharisees are among us today. A Pharisee always places some work or deed they have invented before God’s salvation and/or blessings while claiming all is by grace, without works.
Roman Catholicism places the Pope, mass, confessional, baptism, purgatory, and money in the church coffers before God can be reached. While condemning the Roman system, Hyper-Dispensationalism places another form of the Pharisaical system before the sinner.

According to Hyper-Dispensationalism, you may be saved by grace BUT in order to get the best of God’s blessings, you MUST “rightly divide” the Bible as they define right division.
You MUST know the difference between Paul and Peter.
You MUST believe that the real church, the Body of Christ began with the revelation from God to Paul in prison.
The Hyper insists that this Body beginning is the key to all spiritual blessings from God, and that nothing of this Body was anywhere in any form in any inspired scriptures before Paul.
If you baptize–FOR ANY REASON–symbolic, illustrative, or otherwise, it is a sin.
If you call yourself by ANY NAME other than that the Hyper designates, you are following “tradition” and therefore, a sinner.
If you believe the Book of Psalms, the gospel of John, Genesis, etc., have just as much FORCE as Paul’s epistles, you are sinning.
Unless you recognize that EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, AND COLOSSIANS by Paul, are of more FORCE, greater revelation, than even all of the other inspired epistles by Paul, you are ignorant, following traditions of men, and you will miss the “high calling of God” and get the lower rapture of 1 Thessalonians 4, being a lowly member of the Romans12 “body of Christ”, a lower rung of spiritual blessings in Christ.

Hyper-Dispensationalism has hijacked Bible dispensational study and created a Pharisaical monstrosity. Like the Pharisees of Matthew 23, they compass land and sea to find saved men and women in Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and other Protestant churches where saved people may be, in order to gain proselytes. The Hypers do this without a shade of conscience or shame, even while the Books they claim are superior to all others, condemn their misuse of them:

My friend, if you have The Lord Jesus, you have One greater than all religions, the Temple, the cornfield, Catholicism, Campbellite, Charismatic, Berean and Baptist church! If you have accepted Christ, you already have all spiritual blessings in Christ. You are not required to learn at the “deep” theology of anybody, including the Hyper-Dispensationalists:


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ KJB)

As far as the Hyper-Dispensationalists go:
Paul does not exclude his prior epistles and even includes the things the Philippians had “seen” him do (baptism) during the Acts period. (The Philippians were not with him in prison!)

“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”(Philippians 4:9 KJB)

A sinner is “complete” in Christ not because he learns the system of the Hyper; the sinner is complete because he is IN CHRIST.


“8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Colossians 2:8-10 KJB).

The only wonder more amazing than the Hypers’ brazen manipulation of Scripture to produce such lies and their own devilish “traditions” is the ignorance and superstition of the gullible proselytes to this Pharisaical heresy.

WILL THE REAL DISPENSATIONALIST PLEASE STAND UP?

We were in the Amazon jungle in 1984 and met a tribal group that called themselves “Yanomami” (THE People) who were firmly convinced there were no other peoples on earth except themselves. Of course that proud, pagan idea even extended to the other Yanomami villages. When someone in one village died of infection, or was attacked by a jaguar, it had to be because someone in another village had cast an evil curse against them. The only answer was retaliation. Many missionaries have found themselves ducking the long 8′ curare tipped arrows flying from the bows of neighbor Yanomami villagers.

Preparing us for one of these attacks, a friend who was with us on this trip, related a lesson he had learned earlier.
During one of these attacks at a Yanomami mission station years before, he told us of his surprise when the veteran missionary, standing up in the open, yelled: “Stand up and let them see you! Otherwise, you may be accidentally hit by an arrow!” Our friend had found out the Yanomami wanted to kill each other, not the “white ghosts of Yanomami ancestors”.

Of course, when first seeing pale, white missionaries with the fantastic tools of deity such as flashlights, sticks of fire (matches), clothing not made of leaves, and coats that send water away, these beings made the Yanomami rethink their “only us and no more” position. A combined “theological/anthropological” committee met, and the consensus was spread throughout the villages: there was no mistake on their part, Yanomami are indeed the only people on earth. Did not the strangers come from the sky in a bird? Don’t they speak our language? They have white leaves that say the same words today the leaves said yesterday. They are the spirits of our ancestors, come back to visit us!

Failing to see the forest because of a few trees is not only found in the jungle; proud, exclusive club attitudes also thrive in USA churches, Bible study groups, and among individual Christians. It matters not that you claim Jesus Christ is God, it matters not that you have accepted Him as your Savior, it matters not that you believe He saves by His grace and there is nothing you can do to get it or keep it, it matters not that you believed ON Him and His work for your eternal salvation: “IF YOU DON’T AGREE IN TOTAL WITH OUR SYSTEM, WE CAN HAVE NO FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU.” This proud, know-it-all attitude implies that perhaps other Christians are not even saved since they are continually sinning against God by disobeying THIS EXCLUSIVE HYPER position.

The issue is not that every doctrine Hyper-Neo-Dispensationalists believe is wrong; I do not question their salvation or sincerity. In fact, my fellowship with them, as members of the body of Christ, is not affected by their foolish and popish edicts. I know Whom I have believed and His words are pure and sure. Like my friend who is now in glory, Dr. Herb Noe, whispered to me as we sat in a preachers’ meeting, upon hearing a preacher issue forth some silly demand: “All the popes are not in Rome.”

Many of the Hyper doctrines are sound and that is why their conclusions are so easily swallowed by gullible Christians. They believe in the Deity of Christ, salvation by grace, etc., and all of what men would call “fundamentals of the faith.” The error of Hyper-Dispensationalism lies in exaltation of a private interpretation that excludes much biblical truth; one verse here is combative to another verse there. Analogy of scripture is secondary to a divisive chopping apart passages and even books, so that the complimentary whole of the Bible is destroyed. Some small attempt is made to avoid this accusation by their critics, but the practical results and outcome of their system belies any real effect. Law and Grace are absolute opposites in their scheme. The Hyper view cannot realize the dual concept that a Christian is not under the Law but yet, in Christ, fulfills the Law, and thereby validates the unity between Law and Grace that proceeds from God, Who is Righteous, Just, Merciful, and Gracious. Baptism by the Spirit cannot co-exist with a water baptism of any kind for any purpose. Hypers cannot comprehend the many non-essential and non-effectual specks in their own eyes, for the bloated, ponderous beam they have crammed into their practice of theology. Absolute truth it is that man does not live by bread alone–but just try to live 6 months without any! Jesus’ never condemned non-essentials, His condemnation was reserved for those who put temporal matters above eternal values.

All men are dispensationalists, whether they call the grand division of any Bible translation “Old Covenant-New Covenant” or by the correct “Old Testament-New Testament”. Covenant and Testament do not carry the same definition in English or in Biblical Greek–a critical distinction both Hyper-Dispensationalists and Covenant Theologians have missed.

“Dispensation” is not strictly a period of time; the word by contextual definition is an administration or stewardship. Generally, a “dispenser” may give out soap, towels, candy, etc., at various times to various people. God gave (dispensed) the OT/NT. Anyone who recognizes that division, is in some sense, a “dispensationalist”.

When we read, “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: (Ephesians 3:2 KJV)” there is no specificity as to a “time boundary”. Some aspect of the eternal grace of God was given to Paul for the purpose of the church’s information. Sound interpretation allows that grace, or the application of it, did not necessarily begin with this revelation to Paul, what had already existed could have been simply revealed through him, then to others. This is important to note, because in a strict sense there are not various periods of time called “dispensations”. However, in a GENERAL sense, Bible teachers for many years have used the term for certain periods of time in which “Innocence” “Conscience” “Law”, etc., were characteristics of an age or time. Therefore, in my study chart we have used in Open Bible College since the 1970’s and painted in 1980 on an 18′ x 4′ canvas in acrylics, I simply designated sections of the KJB, in order as God ordained them, not as “Dispensation of Innocence” “Dispensation of Conscience” etc., but “1” “2” “3”, on through “7”, and indicated by brackets, between each number, the leading person in the previous administration or economy, (“1″[Adam] “2”[Noah] “3”[Abraham], etc. The chart is merely a teaching tool, and never have I claimed it to be infallible, or the only way to study the word of God, or “the doctrinal basis for salvation and fellowship.”

But what makes a Christian become a HYPER or a NEO dispensationalist or Berean? Hyper-anything in Bible teaching takes a Bible truth and twists, magnifies a portion, or exaggerates it into a false doctrine that is non-biblical in both spirit and letter. That main group which claims of the title “Berean” today are a far cry from the Bereans in Acts 17:11. Instead of “rightly dividing” the Bible with the result being edification and increased unity among Christians, the HYPER chops the Bible here and there, constructing a man made system that actually separates scripture from scripture, and Christians from other Christians. Here is an example of a current “Hyper-Dispensation” demand:
“We believe that Eph. 4:1-6 sets forth the doctrinal basis necessary for fellowship in the dispensation of grace.”
Listen to this man’s teaching and his private interpretation of Ephesians 4:1-6 and you will find exactly what he states and means in this preamble and disclaimer to his “Statement of Faith”. I do not give his name because I believe he is a saved man. Although wrong in some of his interpretation and applications, enough naming and attacking individuals has gone on among Christians. The world, flesh, and the devil has enough ammunition to harm the testimony of Christ; I will not give more. Instead, I will show the errors of the system and leave the man alone to answer to his Savior—and Judge. He already knows what I believe and I know very well what he believes. His teacher (now with the Lord) and I spent hours on the same subject, one-on-one, years ago.

What he does not say in his “detailed” Statement of Faith is his one main bone of contention. After you bite the various pieces of seemingly harmless bait, he sets his quantitative hook of Ephesians 4:1-6. The Hyper claims the usage of “one” in Ephesians MUST BE QUANTITATIVE, OR DEALING WITH THE NUMBER OF, RELATED TO EXISTENCE . HE INSISTS IT CAN NOT BE DEALING WITH EFFECTUAL OR ESSENTIAL QUALITY. According to Hyper interpretation, it is not One omniscient Lord among many lesser lords; it is not One Faith, the faith of Jesus Christ, essential and effectual beyond the weak or strong faith of man or creeds; it is not One Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, who is above all spirit beings; it is not One Body, the body of Christ, essential and above all material bodies, spiritually and physically; and it is not even One baptism that is essential to being a member of the body of Christ, among several other baptisms in the Bible. The man doesn’t recognize or know the rules of his own native (English) language.
The Hyper ASSUMES the only sense of ONE in Ephesians is, “there is only one that CAN EXIST AT THIS TIME” (while, by implication, God approved many Lords, Faiths, Gods, Baptisms, etc., in other periods of time. God only reduced them to One when Paul went to prison!!!!). By his extrapolation, during the so-called time of the dispensation of Grace (of which time or where it began, he has no Bible proof–only his guesswork) there can be no other baptism, of water or Spirit but the Baptism by the Spirit into the body of Christ (of which manner and how that body is formed, he has no scripture except the Acts epistle of 1 Corinthians 12:13. However, since he has previously determined that all Acts epistles were written before Paul really knew what he was doing, the Hyper cannot be sure that this One Baptism of the “Acts body” actually exists!)

Upon this conjectural and shifting sand of interpretation, the Hyper condemns the dreaded, carnal and even evil practice of water baptism-no matter the mode, no matter the meaning, no matter that Jesus was baptized, no matter that Jesus sent his disciples to baptize in His Name, no matter that Peter baptized, no matter that Philip baptized, no matter that Paul baptized, no matter that Paul never said “Don’t baptize”, no matter that Paul never repented of baptizing his converts after he got the “full revelation of when the dispensation of grace occurred and how it is applied” (according to the Hyper-Neo), no matter anything.

By forcing the “ones” of Ephesians 4 to be quantitative or number that exists, instead of quality or essentiality, he has excised himself from sane exegesis. There are right now as well as in the first century:
Many bodies (physical, heavenly, etc.), although essentially, “There is one body”: many spirits (angels, etc.) although there is essentially “one Spirit”: many lords (Lord Byron, Lord Nelson, etc.) although there is essentially “One Lord”: many different faiths (faith of a man, weak, strong, faith without works- dead faith, statement of faith, i.e., body of doctrine) but there is “ONE FAITH”, and only one, that guarantees your justification-THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST, your faith and mine is weak one moment and stronger the next, but always imperfect, THE FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST, HIS FAITHFULNESS, IS THE ONE FAITH THAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR JUSTIFICATION (Romans 3:22 KJB). There are several kinds of baptisms in the Bible, unto Moses, with water, in water, no water, for a future remission of sins, and many outside the Bible, but there is ONLY ONE BAPTISM THAT IS ESSENTIAL AND EFFECTUAL, THE BAPTISM BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST (1 Corinthians 12:13 KJB. That is only found in an Acts epistle): “There is One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” but there are many other “gods”(Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods…”John 10:34, 35 KJV)and there are many other “fathers” (“Father Abraham..” “all our fathers were baptized unto Moses…”, physical fathers, etc.) but there is ONLY ONE WE ADDRESS, “Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” (Ephesians 4:4-6 KJB)
Now this phobia of anti-water baptism is magnified by the Hype-Neo even though his own selection of scripture as “the doctrinal basis of fellowship” warns him before he arrives at the “Ones” in verses 4-6:

“1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV)

Somehow throwing your brother in Christ out of your fellowship because he does some non-essential practice that both of you agree does not save or make a man more spiritual, does not fit with Paul’s descriptive: “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…” Especially when you do non-essential religious traditions yourself…such as, How about Sunday morning 11AM services? Want to try and justify your Wednesday prayer meeting in a prison epistle? We’ll even let you use an Acts epistle–go ahead. Shall we mention “church furniture”, design, and decor? Paul never built a “steeple house” (John Wesley) and even in Acts, Paul said that God “does not dwell in buildings made with hands”. Paul addressed churches “in thy house”. How about your modern advertising methods? Must we list other Hyper-Dispensational “traditionalism” such as church marriage ceremonies? Why, in the name of all that’s whatever, should a man stop half way on a path to total Hyperism??? Go all the way, man! God hates lukewarm, half in, half out, professions. Of course, “I speak as a fool” but sometimes in order to show…well, I think everybody but the Hyper will get the picture.

Lest some might think the above are trivial and not so serious, in the forthcoming book there is an entire chapter devoted to the doctrines of Paul’s Acts ministry–proven by the Hyper’s “Prison Ministry” to still be in effect. The Hyper-Neo-Dispensationalism system is a house of cards, easily broken down when even the books of Philippians-Colossians are believed. One example:
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: (PAST TENSE: LEARNED, RECEIVED, HEARD, SEEN IN ME, in the Acts period, DO (PRESENT TENSE: CONTINUE TO DO NOW) and the God of peace shall be with you.” (Philippians 4:9 KJB, my emphasis. The full book will be available August 1, 2014)

Bible with Bible, who could make Ephesians 4:1-6 (among Christians) the “doctrinal basis necessary for fellowship”? Even Paul, whom the Hyper-Neo claims to follow as the “pattern” never severed fellowship with the “carnal babes” in Corinth. With longsuffering and patience, and with charity (the bond of perfection) Paul carefully outlines and defines in 1 Corinthians all the Corinthian church problems, but he sought, and did continue his fellowship with them. All of us have “social circles” of close and far fellowship (some farther than others) but we do not have the right nor do we have the necessary wisdom to divide what God has joined together: the church, which is His body. This is not a plea for ecumenical sweetness and compromise, but when a man falls out with another brother in Christ over matters that both agree are non-essential for salvation and practical sanctification, somebody is making “mountains out of molehills”. It smacks too much of doctrines and practice like that of Seventh Day Adventists who claim that if you attend Sunday services, you have the mark of the Antichrist.

I have never read that our fellowship is based solely upon the interpretation or application of 6 verses in Ephesians.
I read that our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ:
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3 KJB)
I also read that God does the calling into fellowship with Jesus Christ and regarding the church at Corinth with all its errors, sin, and carnality, Paul says:
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9 KJB)

At least the Yanomami repented and revised their exclusiveness. Evidently, jungle living is more conducive to the Bible truth in 1 Corinthians 8:2 than living in LA, Chicago, or Atlanta:
“And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” (1 Corinthians 8:2)

Here are the sad, nebulous, and deceptive doctrines that characterize the Neo-Berean-Hyper-Dispensationalism. When followed to the logical end of such Bible interpretation, every Hyper must swallow “hook, line, and sinker” some form of the doctrines, or take none of them.

Basic to all of the following is the issue of which “Bible” is the perfect word of God. If it is NOT the King James Bible in your hand, you might as well throw your hands up, and “go drifting with the tide”. Some Hebrew, Greek, modern language translation will not be your sword and shield simply because you believe not ONE BIBLE among them, wholeheartedly. You are a practicing Gnostic, still trying to find out where absolute truth exists. You may squeal and yell about originals, but your infallible anchor line has broken. Here are the tenets of the Hyper-Neo:

      The body of Christ could not exist until Paul knew something about it. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      Anyone who baptizes converts (by whatever mode, for whatever reason) is disobedient to God. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      The body of Christ (the body mentioned in Ephesians) did not begin or become functional, until Paul received that revelation in prison. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0. This popish decree fabricates that the body began SOMEWHERE in “Mid Acts”. Mid-Acts theology is a “take your pick’ of Acts 9-?? chapters–except chapter 28”. A surer sign of confused doctrinal guesswork cannot be found anywhere! Mid-Acts Hypers believe Paul did not yet have all the revelation of the “one body”, even in Acts, but the mid-Acts hypothesis is their infallible rule that governs their Christian fellowship.
      Paul baptized, observed the Lord’s Supper, and in fact throughout Acts, along with the books he wrote during that period, he was following the Kingdom program and gradually, piece by piece, learning God’s plan. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      The order of the books in the KJB is incorrect, along with many of the words. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      The “baptism by the Spirit into the body” (1 Cor 12:13) is merely an “anointing” of the Spirit, nobody is actually “put into” anything in 1 Corinthians 12:13. It is like the nation of Israel being “baptized unto Moses”(1 Cor 10:1). SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      The body of Christ mentioned in 1Corinthians 12 is NOT the same as the body of Christ in Ephesians. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      Those who follow the “high calling” of Philippians 3:14 will not go with, or after those lower (by Hyper definition) Christians in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 to meet the Lord. The Hypers will go BEFORE all others. SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0
      Only those who thoroughly understand and teach these things above, will occupy a select place in the “Super-Heavens” in eternity: the real, genuine, absolutely perfect CHURCHOFTHEONEBODY! (Teaching of Charles H. Welch, great-grandfather of all Hypers and Neos.) SCRIPTURE VERSE: 0

The inevitable result of all this foolish system is to spend almost all the ministry in getting people to accept the above. Evangelism dies and proselytization becomes the priority.

Wow! Aren’t you glad that in eternity you will be recognized as the “super body of Christ”(according to the deceased Hypers, C.H. Welch, E.C. Moore, and others)–far above those spiritual babies like William Tyndale, John Rogers, Martin Luther, John Calvin, all 54 translators of the KJB, John Wesley, Sam Jones, Peter Cartwright, Fanny Crosby, D.L. Moody, C.I. Scofield, Arno Gaebelein, Bob Jones Sr., Lee Roberson, Peter Ruckman, M.R. DeHaan, etc., plus thousands of poor tribal Christians who struggle to learn the few Bible verses in their language, along with millions upon millions of unknown Christians who lived and died, some that sealed with their blood the testimony of Jesus Christ. Sitting up there on your high horse above all those who knew not what you claim to know, all because you practiced the “high calling” matters—you really will be “a trophy of his grace”.

Good advice to all of us is that we cannot put the word of God into our little theological box. God’s word is alive. (Hebrews 4:12) We will have more success in handling a man-eating 850 pound male lion with a fly swatter than try to force the word of God into any puny system of man.

Hyper-Neo-Dispensationalists are hard to corner. Persecuted in one text, they flee to another. Not all Hyper-dispensationalists have come to the “perfection” that Charles H. Welch did (9). Undisputed identification of all Hypers are numbers 1-5 above. Every teacher on his way to being a Hyper teaches that water baptism is disobedience to God.

All dispensational Bible teachers are not Hyper-Dispensationalists. Hypers DEMAND a denial of water baptism.
To those who have begun to whine over my comments, I offer this one illustrative advice: Dr. Robert G. Lee stood at the door of the church after delivering his sermon, “I Love Jesus Because…”. As the morning crowd exited, one woman said, “I didn’t like your sermon today, Dr. Lee”. Dr. Lee, ever the quick wit, replied, “The devil didn’t either, Sister. Classify yourself and come back next Sunday”.

So, if my above remarks make your eyes water or blood pressure rise, all I can say is, “if the shoe fits, wear it. If not, I wasn’t talking about you.”

We should obey the first principle of “rightly dividing” the word of truth: Study to shew THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD” instead of showing everybody else what they must do. Far better to follow the “prison epistle” order to “work out YOUR OWN salvation, with FEAR and TREMBLING.” (2 Timothy 2:15; Philippians 2:12)

(Excerpts from “The Danger and Deception of Hyper-Dispensationalism” by Dave Reese available August 1, 2014)

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