Getting Baptized

Q. I have two questions on baptism. For those of us who can not find a true bible believing Church, how do we get baptised? My family and I would all love to be baptised, but don’t know any other Christians we can ask to do this….and we do not want to be baptized into a specific denomination…

My other question is this. Through the years I have attended many Churches and have seen alter calls yet they never offer to baptize new converts immediately afterwards….shouldn’t the two go hand in hand (understanding of course that baptisim doesn’t play a part in salvation)?


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I don’t know where you live, but it’s hard for me to believe that you can’t find someone to baptize you. Contrary to what you may have been taught, it doesn’t require an ordained pastor and you don’t have to do it during a church service, or even in a church. Any baptized believer can help you with this. Are you in a Bible Study or small group? Ask the leader to baptize your husband and then your husband can baptize you and your children. Or how about a believing family member?

When Jesus told His followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matt. 28:19) He wasn’t just talking to the 11 men there with Him, nor only to the legions of clergymen who would come later. He was talking to all of us. If you need specific instructions on how to do it write to me and I’ll provide them.

Some churches don’t baptize people immediately after an altar call for convenience reasons. Others want new converts to have some discipleship first. And still others wrongly wait for the new convert to make a membership decision before scheduling a baptism.

Theft By Deception

Q. We get yearly season passes to a theme park and it so happens that our church sponsored a youth group outing to this park. My 12 year old daughter went and a good male friend who is also a family friend went too. The topic came up that the boy could use my pass (which is a photo id) – of me mid 40′s and he could save the price of admission. The park would have probably not checked the id…

Now – what should have been done – Let the boy use the pass or say sorry – that is deception?

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What Did God Do On The Eighth Day? Follow Up

I believe you are stating that someone who accepts the gift of salvation, but has the additional belief that if they were to stray away from Him, they could lose their salvation, this particular person would not truly be saved at all. Is this what you believe?

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Man: Immortal Or Not?

I heard a sermon last night based on the premise that mankind’s soul is not immortal (that we were created immortal but by choosing to sin, we died and could only be resurrected by God thru Jesus). I would appreciate your understanding of this concept.

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The Peace Of 1 Thes. 5:3

I read “Israel at 60. What’s Next?” and you quoted Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17. I was wondering in your opinion what do you think will happen first? I wanted to also know when will the peace that the Apostle Paul spoke of in I Thessalonians 5:3 come about? What event will bring this on?

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Is The Anti-Christ Jewish?

Does the anti-Christ have to be Jewish or of Jewish decent? Or or just of middle eastern decent? I know this has been a major topic of discussion, but I’m unable to locate the info I’m looking for that suggests that he need not be Jewish.

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Are They Saved?

Q. Without mentioning any names, some famous people who claim to be Christians have said they believe Jesus died for their sins but do not believe that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. Are these people saved?

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Revised Rapture Readiness

You wrote recently in Ask a Bible Teacher: “Over the years my opinion on the timing of the Rapture has gotten earlier in the End Times Scenario, not later.” Would you please expand on the last sentence with details of things that have caused you to revise your thinking about when the Rapture is likely?

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Haunted House?

When I was young I was told never to believe in ghosts. When I got a little older I noticed strange things happening in our old house. I was always told these things were because the house was old. So being told I was silly I brushed it off. My brother admitted that he had always had this feeling that someone was watching.

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OSAS that Isn’t Really OSAS Follow Up

I am confused about the OSAS answer you gave to the recent question posted about that. I always thought that if a person does not experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit about their ongoing sins after saying the prayer that maybe they said it flippantly and did not really mean it.

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