‘Ordinances’ are the orders and instructions necessary to keep right order and holy behaviour in the church.  Indeed, we have local government orders and ordinances of “Don’t Park Here” and “Don’t Speed Over 60km/hr” for civil law and order, and with appropriate penalties for non-compliance.

If “Christ sent me (Paul) not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: … lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (1 Cor 1:17), then why would Paul then order the church to water baptize. He wouldn’t!

Here are the questions:

1.  “WHY? Oh WHY? Oh WHY? Oh WHY? Do churches continue to water baptize people?”

2.  “WHERE? Oh WHERE, Oh WHERE, Oh WHERE does it say a Christian shows other Christians his faith by being water baptised?”


The Bible says you will know them by their fruits not their works. Water baptism is a work! You may as well hang rosary beads around your neck!

Paul’s gospel is the waterless gospel - no water baptism before salvation and no water baptism after salvation!!

Water baptism is a weak and beggarly element (Gal 4:9) belonging to other dispensations, and gives people a false sense of security that they are saved when they might not be.

The result of water baptism is that people think they are saved because the church said they were saved, by putting the stamp of water approval on them.

“They water baptized me, therefore I must be saved.”

Christ’s gospel of the kingdom of heaven has a water baptism but this dispensation has been surpassed by Paul’s gospel.

Paul’s gospel of the kingdom of God has no water baptism, before or after salvation, and Christians are to follow Paul as he follows Christ. Do we follow Christ? Absolutely and Paul shows us how to as Christians. We can’t follow Christ directly as he was a Sabbath worshipping, pork abstaining Jew.

It’s like putting a mixture of water and petrol into a Rolls Royce. Adding their traditions that bring to nought the word of God, churches wonder why they are in a mess, spinning their wheels and sinking slowly into the mud.

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Harley Hitchcock

18th July 2021



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