Infant Baptism, Is It Right?

Many in the religious world today say that infants are born sinners and must be baptized so that they may be saved.  Those same people will tell us we inherit sin from our ancestors all the way back to Adam.  Yet, God says in Ezekiel 18:20, “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity…” God tells us that children do not inherit sin from their parents, grandparents, or any of their forefathers, all the way back to Adam.  God says, “The son will not bear the punishment for the Father.”  Each person is responsible for his own sins.
So, what is sin?  I John 3:4 says, “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.” We do not inherit sin. It is something we do. And we commit sin when we commit lawlessness.  An infant has not broken any law of God and thus has not committed any sin.  How is sin committed?  In James 1:14-15 we read, “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.” A baby cannot be drawn away and enticed into lustful sin.
One error leads to another.  Men say since infants have inherited the sin of Adam, they must be baptized or they will be lost.  Not only are infants not lost but they are not suitable candidates for baptism, since they cannot believe.  Jesus says in Mark 16:16, “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved…” Here He shows one of the prerequisites of being saved is to believe, which is impossible for an infant to do.  Also, one of the prerequisites of being baptized is one must repent.  The apostle Peter told a group of people to “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…” (Acts 2:38).  Can an infant repent?  It would be absurd to think an infant could believe or repent, but it is just as absurd to think an innocent infant, who is without sin, must be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, which he does not have.
Parents who have their infants “christened” are being deceived by the false doctrines of men.  Satan has many ways through his lies in fooling people into being lost.  When a person who was baptized as an infant becomes accountable, he doesn’t think he needs to be baptized again so he can be saved.  Satan knows infant baptism accomplishes nothing.  Satan knows when people who were baptized as an infant become accountable, at that time they begin to sin and will be eternally lost in the burning fires of Hell if they don’t obey the Lord.  When a person becomes accountable he must “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38), not before.  If a person misses Heaven by believing the lies of Satan, he will only have himself to blame.

Where Can I Find The Sinner's Prayer?

I need some help, please. I have been preaching and teaching the bible for most of my adult life, yet I am having trouble finding the “sinner’s prayer” in the bible. I know it must be there some place, as most of the denominations say that is the path to forgiveness and salvation.
I have found where Paul said, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ [God, KJV]” (Romans 10:17). I also have found where Peter said, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). But I have not found the “sinner’s prayer.” I have looked and still it eludes me along with the accompaning, “Let Jesus come into your heart.” Am I missing something?
I look in the bible and I find where Jesus told those around Him, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32) and the Apostle Paul said, “with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:10). But I still haven’t found the “sinner’s prayer.”
Once again, I look into my bible and find, “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” Revelation 2:10). But I haven’t found, “Let Jesus come into you heart and/or the “sinner’s prayer.” Am I just not looking in the right place? Is my bible not complete? If the way to heaven is through, “Let Jesus come into your heart and say the sinner’s prayer,” shouldn’t I be able to find it said in the bible?
Friends, I do not mean to sound harsh or unkind, but if we cannot find it in the bible, it must not be true (John 17:17). Please, I urge you, repent and be baptized so that your sins might be forgiven by God. That is the only way I find in the bible to salvation (1 Peter 3:21).

Once Saved Always Saved?

When John Calvin organized the many beliefs that are now referred to the TULIP doctrine, he included as the last point, “Perseverance of the saints.” This says that once man is saved, he cannot be lost. It is commonly referred to as “once saved, always saved.”  They say that it is impossible to fall from God’s grace regardless of what you do.  This may sound good and comforting, but what does the Bible say?  In 1 Corinthians 9:27 the apostle Paul says, “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”  Paul understood it was possible for him to become disqualified.  Webster’s dictionary defines disqualified as, “to stop or prevent (someone) from doing, having, or being a part of something.” If Paul became disqualified he would be lost.
In 1 Corinthians 10:12 Paul gives a warning to the Christians at Corinth by saying, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.”  Why would this warning be necessary if it is impossible to fall?  So, the very people, who think they cannot fall, are given a warning to take heed lest they fall.
In Galatians 5:4 we read, “You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.”  Doesn’t it seem strange, that people who say they believe the Bible also say that we cannot fall from grace, when the Bible so plainly says that we can fall from grace.  Who are we to believe, God or man?  Even though many religious bodies say that you cannot fall from grace, the Bible clearly says that people can fall from grace.  And without God’s grace we cannot be saved.
The doctrine of “once saved always saved” and that you cannot fall from God’s grace and be lost is a doctrine that did not come from God but rather originated with Satan.  Satan wants people to believe that they cannot fall from grace and be lost to entice them into doing wrong.  In Genesis 2:17 God told Adam and Eve, “…from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  But in Genesis 3:4 Satan told Eve, “You surely will not die.”  Satan only added the word “not” to what God had said.  Just as Satan told a lie to Eve, Satan is still deceiving people today by telling them they cannot fall from grace and once they are saved, they are always saved.  He is trying to lull people into complacency.  This is one of the many ways that Satan deceives people so they will be eternally lost.  But 2 Peter 1:10 says, “be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you.”
God’s promises are conditional upon our doing His will.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”  Also, Hebrews 5:9 says concerning Jesus that “He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation.”
Note: All scriptures are quoted from the New American Standard Version Updated 1995

Reconciling Works And Faith

We hear a lot today about faith and works. Most common is the idea that man is saved simply on the basis of faith. I heard one Baptist preacher in McAlester, Oklahoma, make the statement, in his radio program, that we should not listen to what James said, because James was legalistic in his justification for salvation by faith alone.
Yet when we look at all the evidence, there is no conflict between faith and works. One does not rule out the other, when both are properly understood. Look first at Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (NAS95). This passage does not say that we are saved by faith only, nor does any other passage teach that. Neither does this passage rule out our salvation resulting from our doing the works of God – works that He commands. It simply says that we cannot save ourselves, that our works cannot save us. In other words, we cannot earn salvation by how good we are or by how much we do.
The teaching of Romans 4:4-5 also shows that we cannot work our way to heaven, “Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,” (NAS95). This “work” deals with that of merit, or work that earns something. We cannot earn salvation (Luke 17:10); it is “the gift of God” (Romans 6:23). Another kind of work is that found in Romans 3:28, “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law” (NAS95). One reason the works of the law of Moses cannot save us is that the law of Moses was, “taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross” (Colossians 2:14). But aside from works of merit and works of the law, there is another kind of work.
There is quite a list of hero’s of faith in Hebrews 11. “By faith Abel offered to God…By faith Enoch was taken away…By faith Noah…prepared an ark…By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called….” (Hebrews 11:4-8). Through the end of the chapter the pattern repeats itself; people heard the will of god, they believed God and they did what He told them. Did they work? Yes! Did God reward them for their work? Certainly! But they were doing God’s work, by faith. And without exception, God rewarded their “work of faith.” James writes of this principle when he says, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself” (James 2:14-17 NAS95). Only faith which works can obtain the favor and blessings of God.
A great example is found in the life of Abraham. “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac…ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS…Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God” (NAS95). Were “works” involved in Abraham’s being right with God? The Bible plainly says so! But it was the work of God and His work was the means by which his (Abraham) faith was made perfect. That same principle must be true with us. We cannot be saved by our works, for we cannot earn salvation. We cannot be saved by works of the law, for that law is nailed to the cross. But we can be justified by works of faith, just as Abraham was.
The basis of the judgment, distasteful as it is to some, is going to be “works.” “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS” (Matthew 16:27 NAS95). Paul wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10 NAS95). That is the reason God makes it abundantly clear, “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (James 2:24 NAS95).