WHY I GET HYPER ABOUT WATER BAPTISM

 

Question: “How do you get lukewarm water?”

Answer: “Mix hot and cold water.”

 

Question: “How do you get a lukewarm church?”

Answer: “Mix cold doctrine with hot doctrine.”

 

Question: “Why are most Baptist churches lukewarm?”

Answer: “They mix tradition (water) with Christian doctrine (no water).”

 

A typical conversation:

Question: “How do you know you are going to heaven?”

Answer: “Oh, I got water baptised.”

 

Now most Baptist churches would be horrified if they thought people would go to hell because of this tradition.

 

So Paul makes it crystal clear. Paul saidFor 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.” (1 Corinthians 1:17)

 

Question: “Oh! But Paul did water baptize, didn’t he?”

Answer: “Yes, till he realized that the cross was being made of none effect.”

 

Question: “So what does the word “hyper” mean?”

Answer: “To be too strict, excessive, over the top, going too far.”

 

Question: “Are we hyper because we follow Paul?’

Answer: “No. We are simply being dispensational which means to rightly divide the word of God.” Paul says Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (dispensational) the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15).

 

Question: “Was Paul a dispensationalist?”

Answer: “Yes. Paul says “… a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.” (1 Corinthians 9:17)

 

Question: “Why do Baptists then call Paul a “hyper-dispensationalist?”

Answer: They love their tradition more than God’s words.

The scriptures say “Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.” (Mark 7:13)

 

Question: “But Paul is just being an ordinary dispensationalist – not a hyper-dispensationalist?”

Answer: “Correct”

 

In conclusion, let us be reminded …

 

 “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)

 

“Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.” (1 Corinthians 4:16)

“If you are being called a hyper-dispensationalist for following Paul about water baptism, then wear that badge with honour and distinction.”

 By Harley Hitchcock.

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