I’ve been reading more during this time of transition. I enjoy reading and can read a novel in a day or two. Truthfully, I like to see how the story ends, so I can’t stop. I got hooked into a good Christian fiction series. I’ve also enjoyed the historical fiction genre before. Sometimes, even a combination of the two types – a Christian story set in the history of the First-century church. BUT here’s the thing: a lot of those stories leave out one big thing that is present in every single conversion account in the Bible: Baptism (Immersion) for the remission (forgiveness) of sins.
Not baptism to join a congregation, not baptism after salvation. Baptism is the completion of obedience in accepting the Gospel to be forgiven from sins and begin a new life. The “sinner’s prayer” and “asking Jesus into your heart” are not Biblical concepts. God made ONE WAY for the redemption of mankind. As Lavar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, “you don’t have to take my word for it” – Read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) then read Acts. Read them without any preconceived notions or creeds or doctrines and discover the Way, the Truth, and Eternal Life.