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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2005, 01:33:48 PM »

Corpus,

My warning was not directed at any one individual. It was a prelude to what I invisioned as a possibility of happening. I did not want to see this thread degenerate into that. I believe this thread could be a very worthwhile and edifying thread to all if we leave the "war" at the wayside and concentrate on the Word of God.

It is the same warning that I have given and will give again any time that I personally see the possibility of it happening.

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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2005, 06:20:19 PM »

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Nowhere in scripture does it explicitly forbid baptism of infants. Naturally enough, the people whose baptisms we read about in Scripture (and few are individually identified) are adults, because they were converted as adults. This makes sense, because Christianity was just beginning—there were no "cradle Christians," people brought up from childhood in Christian homes.

Even in the books of the New Testament that were written later in the first century, during the time when children were raised in the first Christian homes, we never—not even once—find an example of a child raised in a Christian home who is baptized only upon making a "decision for Christ." Rather, it is always assumed that the children of Christian homes are already Christians, that they have already been "baptized into Christ" (Rom. 6:3). If infant baptism were not the rule, then we should have references to the children of Christian parents joining the Church only after they had come to the age of reason, and there are no such records in the Bible.

But, one might ask, does the Bible ever say that infants or young children can be baptized? In the New Testament we read that Lydia was converted by Paul’s preaching and that "She was baptized, with her household" (Acts 16:15). The Philippian jailer whom Paul and Silas had converted to the faith was baptized that night along with his household. We are told that "the same hour of the night . . . he was baptized, with all his family" (Acts 16:33). And in his greetings to the Corinthians, Paul recalled that, "I did baptize also the household of Stephanas" (1 Cor. 1:16).

In all these cases, whole households or families were baptized. This means more than just the spouse; the children too were included. If the text of Acts referred simply to the Philippian jailer and his wife, then we would read that "he and his wife were baptized," but we do not. Thus his children must have been baptized as well. The same applies to the other cases of household baptism in Scripture.

Granted, we do not know the exact age of the children; they may have been past the age of reason, rather than infants. Then again, they could have been babes in arms. More probably, there were both younger and older children. Certainly there were children younger than the age of reason in some of the households that were baptized, especially if one considers that society at this time had no reliable form of birth control. Furthermore, given the New Testament pattern of household baptism, if there were to be exceptions to this rule (such as infants), they would be explicit.

The present Catholic attitude accords perfectly with early Christian practices. Origen, for instance, wrote in the third century that "according to the usage of the Church, baptism is given even to infants" (Homilies on Leviticus, 8:3:11 [A.D. 244]). The Council of Carthage, in 253, condemned the opinion that baptism should be withheld from infants until the eighth day after birth. Later, Augustine taught, "The custom of Mother Church in baptizing infants is certainly not to be scorned . . . nor is it to be believed that its tradition is anything except apostolic" (Literal Interpretation of Genesis 10:23:39 [A.D. 408]).

None of the Fathers or councils of the Church was claiming that the practice was contrary to Scripture or tradition. They agreed that the practice of baptizing infants was the customary and appropriate practice since the days of the early Church; the only uncertainty seemed to be when—exactly—an infant should be baptized. Further evidence that infant baptism was the accepted practice in the early Church is the fact that if infant baptism had been opposed to the religious practices of the first believers, why do we have no record of early Christian writers condemning it?

It is true that Christ prescribed instruction and actual faith for adult converts (Matt. 28:19–20), but his general law on the necessity of baptism (John 3:5) puts no restriction on the subjects of baptism. Although infants are included in the law he establishes, requirements of that law that are impossible to meet because of their age are not applicable to them. They cannot be expected to be instructed and have faith when they are incapable of receiving instruction or manifesting faith. The same was true of circumcision; faith in the Lord was necessary for an adult convert to receive it, but it was not necessary for the children of believers.

Furthermore, the Bible never says, "Faith in Christ is necessary for salvation except for infants"; it simply says, "Faith in Christ is necessary for salvation." Yet those who criticize Catholics for the practice must admit there is an exception for infants in their own faith unless they wish to condemn instantaneously all infants to hell. Therefore, the Fundamentalist himself makes an exception for infants regarding the necessity of faith for salvation. One can thus scarcely criticize the Catholic for making the exact same exception for baptism, especially if, as Catholics believe, baptism is an instrument of salvation.

It becomes apparent, then, that the Fundamentalist position on infant baptism is not really a consequence of the Bible’s strictures, but of the demands of Fundamentalism’s idea of salvation. In reality, the Bible indicates that infants are to be baptized, that they too are meant to inherit the kingdom of heaven. Further, the witness of the earliest Christian practices and writings validates the Catholic Church’s teaching on infant baptism. The Catholic Church is merely continuing the tradition established by the first Christians, who heeded the words of Christ: "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God" (Luke 18:16).


What about John 3
Joh 3:3 ASV
(3)  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

If infants are born with sin, why would Jesus compare being saved to being "born again"?

Also Matthew 18
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(3)  and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

We are to become as little children. They are innocent until reaching an age of accountability. That is how we are supposed to be.

Also, you mentioned in your post about all the household being baptized. Why would you assume they had infant children?  It is quite possible that the children(if there were children) were older children. So to infer from those passages that infant baptism is sanctioned is overstepping it a bit. Also Mark 16:16 states:
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(16)  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

How can an infant believe?
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2005, 08:00:10 AM »

Pastor Roger,

I can and will respect the prohibition against Catholic-Protestant bashing. Some of my words probably came off as accusatory and for that I apologize.

I am hopeful however that CU's prohibition will be equally enforced among its other members, some of whom have been particularly persistent in pointing out perceived faults, problem, etc.. with the Catholic faith, with no public warning issued on the thread in question.

In the end though, I regret that I can no longer participate at CU. I've enjoyed much of the wisdom and inspired words I've read here. There have been too many times though I've wanted to address something from a Catholic perspective but refrained simply to avoid a confrontation. I can already sense one brewing on this thread that will touch on much more than infant baptism.

My respect and thanks to BEP and Pastor Roger, both of whom I believe have strived their best to keep CU both civilized and fair for all involved.

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Corpus,

I have enjoyed fellowship with you. I really wish that you would reconsider. We have been able to have fellowship many times between Children of God with differing views, but we have failed in others. JESUS won't fail when we spend eternity together with HIM, and the things of men will be left behind.

I think that being a moderator on any Christian forum is like walking a tight rope. It become quickly apparent that it is impossible to make everyone happy. This is a frequent matter of prayer for me, and I've tried to keep making GOD happy and glorifying HIM as the absolute priority. I still fail far too often, but GOD never fails. I feel led to continue trying, mainly because I know that the things of GOD are never wasted. Thousands that we have never met read the threads on Christians Unite every day, so I am absolutely certain that God is using the work here. AND, I must add that would be regardless or in spite of the number of human errors and failures. We serve an AWESOME GOD!

The irony of this thread is the large number of differing views about Baptism just among churches that label themselves Protestant. I, for one, will be very happy to leave the tags and labels of men behind one day, and that day might come soon.

In the meantime, we can and should try to love one another. When we fail, we should try again.

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Matthew 22:37 ASV  And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Matthew 22:38 ASV  This is the great and first commandment.
Matthew 22:39 ASV  And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Matthew 22:40 ASV  On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.

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« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2005, 09:51:21 AM »

AMEN BEP! Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2005, 12:55:48 PM »


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The Catholic Church teaches that the act of Baptism cleanses one of original sin, hence the perceived need to baptize infants, so that should they die, they will die in a state of sinlessness and enter heaven. The thought being that the infant that dies without baptism, dies still tainted by Adam's inherited sin, and so cannot enter heaven. This kind of thinking stems from a total misunderstanding of the purpose and function of baptism and how sin of any kind is forgiven by God. These then are the scriptural references cited above by the Catholic Catechism to support infant baptism.

Dreamweaver,

I understand your disagreement, but not your anger in the above quote?
I have no anger, you are reading something in thewre that isn't there. I'm sorry you think that I posted in anger.  I posted, as I was lead by God to post.  Again, I didn't post in anger, Corpus.

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« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2005, 12:21:12 PM »

The answer is Grace.

The apostle Paul wrote, "For it is by Grace you have been saved, not of works lest anyone should boast."
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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2005, 09:58:26 PM »

Why baptise an infant when they are considered safe in Jesus? I've found no biblical proof for the baptism of infants...only those who have been born again and are followers of Jesus. They are following His example as well as His ordinance to the church. Simple as that.I was baptised because I felt led to obey Christ. Baptism is simply a first step of obedience in my walk. It didn't save me or anything, but it gave me a peace that I had pleased my Lord by following His ordinance. Simple as that. To answer your question M...Grace and grace alone. Nothing deserved considering we are so depraved and fallen, we don't even deserve that Grace. Yet, God was mindful of us that He would call us His friend...and extend His hand so far that all we have to do is trust in Jesus Christ the SAVIOR for our salvation from the sin that has so entrapped us. Just a few thoughts.

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« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2005, 10:27:02 PM »

So is it by baptism or grace that we are saved?

This is important because some people might think that unbaptized babies and children who die are going to hell.  

I prefer adult baptism because it puts the responsibilty on the person for their salvation.  Until the child is old enough to make their own decision to be baptized, then the responsiblity is on the parents or guardians.  In the case of someone who was baptized as an infant, I see no problem with that person asking to be baptized as an adult or making a public profession of faith.  In fact, that would good to encourage.

Total immersion is more dramatically symbolic but poses many problems that need to be overcome like:  what should be worn to protect modesty, how can people will physical challenges be immersed safely?   Also it seems that churches that do total immersion might argue that a pool or tank of water is inadequate and have to wait for spring to use a river or lake.  When someone wants to be baptized NOW that does not make sense to me.  And frankly, I am sick of some churches saying that baptism in another church just wasn't as good as baptism in THEIR church.  

So what is it baptism or grace?

Jesus said "He who believeth AND is baptized shall be saved. He that beleiveth not shall be damned
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« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2005, 11:04:32 PM »

So is it by baptism or grace that we are saved?

This is important because some people might think that unbaptized babies and children who die are going to hell.  

I prefer adult baptism because it puts the responsibilty on the person for their salvation.  Until the child is old enough to make their own decision to be baptized, then the responsiblity is on the parents or guardians.  In the case of someone who was baptized as an infant, I see no problem with that person asking to be baptized as an adult or making a public profession of faith.  In fact, that would good to encourage.

Total immersion is more dramatically symbolic but poses many problems that need to be overcome like:  what should be worn to protect modesty, how can people will physical challenges be immersed safely?   Also it seems that churches that do total immersion might argue that a pool or tank of water is inadequate and have to wait for spring to use a river or lake.  When someone wants to be baptized NOW that does not make sense to me.  And frankly, I am sick of some churches saying that baptism in another church just wasn't as good as baptism in THEIR church.  

So what is it baptism or grace?

Jesus said "He who believeth AND is baptized shall be saved. He that beleiveth not shall be damned


Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Which baptism though is being spoken of in Mark 16:16?


Mar 10:38  But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Mar 10:39  And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

This baptism is not the works of man but the works of God.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It requires more than just belief for even the devils believe, it requires the works of God not the works of man.

Jam 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.





Mar 11:28  And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
Mar 11:29  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Mar 11:30  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
Mar 11:31  And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
Mar 11:32  But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
Mar 11:33  And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

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« Reply #24 on: October 23, 2005, 01:14:54 AM »

So is it by baptism or grace that we are saved?

This is important because some people might think that unbaptized babies and children who die are going to hell.  

I prefer adult baptism because it puts the responsibilty on the person for their salvation.  Until the child is old enough to make their own decision to be baptized, then the responsiblity is on the parents or guardians.  In the case of someone who was baptized as an infant, I see no problem with that person asking to be baptized as an adult or making a public profession of faith.  In fact, that would good to encourage.

Total immersion is more dramatically symbolic but poses many problems that need to be overcome like:  what should be worn to protect modesty, how can people will physical challenges be immersed safely?   Also it seems that churches that do total immersion might argue that a pool or tank of water is inadequate and have to wait for spring to use a river or lake.  When someone wants to be baptized NOW that does not make sense to me.  And frankly, I am sick of some churches saying that baptism in another church just wasn't as good as baptism in THEIR church.  

So what is it baptism or grace?

Jesus said "He who believeth AND is baptized shall be saved. He that beleiveth not shall be damned


Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Which baptism though is being spoken of in Mark 16:16?


Mar 10:38  But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Mar 10:39  And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

This baptism is not the works of man but the works of God.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

It requires more than just belief for even the devils believe, it requires the works of God not the works of man.

Jam 2:19  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.





Mar 11:28  And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
Mar 11:29  And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
Mar 11:30  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
Mar 11:31  And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
Mar 11:32  But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
Mar 11:33  And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.



Only Jesus could baptize with the Holy Spirit. Here in Mark he is commanding his apostles to go into the world and to baptize. Therefore it is only logical that they are baptizing in water as they could not baptize in the Holy Spirit.  

Also, why is baptism(an action of faith) considered a "work" but confession(an action of faith) is not?
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« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2005, 04:20:11 AM »

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    “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [ man ] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”        Galatians 1:6-9

        If the apostle Paul marveled at what he witnessed in the Galatian church two thousand years ago, what do you think his response would be if he examined the professing church today? Paul was amazed that the Galatians fell for a counterfeit gospel so quickly after receiving the true gospel. In fact, he openly doubted that they were truly saved because of the false gospel they now embraced (Gal. 4:11, 20). This tragic situation was so severe that the apostle Paul pronounced a curse on anyone teaching a false gospel, whether man or an angel from heaven.
        Someone apparently came to the Galatians after they received the true gospel, and began to teach them that besides believing, they also needed to be circumcised and keep the Mosaic law in order to be saved, thus perverting the true gospel. Today we have many different so-called “Christian” denominations that in one way or another do the same.
        One example of such teaching is the Belgic Confession, Article 34 on baptism. According to the Psalter Hymnal used by the Christian Reformed Church, the Belgic Confession is its oldest doctrinal standard. The Psalter Hymnal also states:

        “The text, not the contents, was revised again at the Synod of Dort in 1618-19 and adopted as one of the doctrinal standards to which all officebearers in the Reformed churches were required to subscribe. The confession stands as one of the best symbolical statements of Reformed doctrine. The translation presented here is based on the French  text of 1619 and was adopted by the Synod of 1985 of the Christian
Reformed Church” (underlining added).

        The error in this document is quite similar to the error in which the Galatians found themselves. Near the very beginning of the document we read these words, “Having abolished circumcision which was done with blood, he established in its place the sacrament of baptism.” Yet no where is this taught in the Holy Scriptures. The proof text used to support their position is Colossians 2:11-12, which states:

    “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”

        However, please notice that these verses do not say that baptism replaced circumcision. In fact, the circumcision mentioned in these verses is not even physical circumcision, but rather spiritual circumcision. It is a circumcision made without hands, by the faith of the operation of God. Therefore, to say that physical baptism replaced physical circumcision based upon these verses, is to make a very poor and incorrect interpretation that twists the clear meaning of the text. The circumcision mentioned in these verses is what takes place today in the hearts of those who are saved by placing their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
        Article 34 of the Belgic Confession goes on to proclaim,  “By it we are received into God’s Church and set apart from all other people and alien religions, that we may be dedicated entirely to him, bearing his mark and sign. It also witnesses to us that he will be our God forever, since he is our gracious Father.” (underlining added).  Again, no where in the Scriptures does it teach that being baptized places a person in the church. The church is not a building made up of brick and mortar, wood and nails, nor is it a denomination that we have joined. The church is the body of Christ. It is made up of individuals who have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus for the salvation of their souls. We gain entry into God’s church and become God’s children by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, not by being baptized as this man-made document and doctrine claims (Jn. 1:11-13, 1 Pet. 2:4-10, Eph. 1:15-3:21).  
        The same Article 34 teaches baptismal regeneration (salvation by baptism), for it claims that a person is received into the church of God and that God becomes our Father through baptism. Article 34 continues in its teaching of baptismal regeneration as follows: (underlining added)

    “In this way he signifies to us that just as water washes away the dirt of the body when it is poured on us and also is seen on the body of the baptized when it is sprinkled on him, so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally, in the soul, by the Holy Spirit.
    It washes and cleanses it from its sins and transforms us from being the children of wrath into the children of God.  This does not happen by the physical water but by the sprinkling of the precious blood of the Son of God, who is our Red Sea, through which we must pass to escape the tyranny of Pharoah, who is the devil, and to enter the spiritual land of Canaan.
    So ministers, as far as their work is concerned, give us the sacrament and what is visible, but our Lord gives what the sacrament signifies - namely the invisible gifts and graces; washing, purifying, and cleansing our souls of all filth and unrighteousness; renewing our hearts and filling them with all comfort; giving us true assurance of his fatherly goodness; clothing us with the “new man” and stripping off the “old” with all its works.
    For this reason we believe that anyone who aspires to reach eternal life ought to be baptized only once without ever repeating it - for we cannot be born twice. Yet this baptism is profitable not only when the water is on us and when we receive it but throughout our entire lives.”

        This man-made doctrine claims that as a person (many of which are infants) is sprinkled with water at his baptism, so the Holy Spirit does the same thing to his soul with the blood of Christ, and that he is cleansed from his sin and transformed from a child of wrath into a child of God. Honestly friends, you would be hard pressed to come up with a more clear teaching of baptismal regeneration than Article 34 of the Belgic Confession. If the Apostle Paul announced such a severe curse on those who taught that salvation was through circumcision and law keeping, what do you think he would say to those who teach Article 34 of the Belgic Confession as holy doctrine? After all, this document makes almost the identical claim as that of the false teachers in the Galatian church. Article 34 of the Belgic Confession teaches that baptism replaces circumcision and that by it a person becomes a child of God . We can be sure that the Apostle Paul would have cursed anyone teaching this false gospel as well. He was very zealous for the true gospel, the “apostolic” gospel. Let us remember that the Apostle Paul was the one who wrote these words in the book of Romans:

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also the Greek”.  Romans 1:16

        The true gospel has the power to save every soul that believes it, and a false gospel has the power to doom every soul that believes it.  Dear friend, I have not written to offend or incite argument, but out of concern for your soul. Let me ask you, what gospel do you believe? Only the true gospel will save you from the wrath of God.

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« Reply #26 on: October 23, 2005, 11:39:20 AM »

 Acts 2:36.  "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
 37.  Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,[/u] and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
 38.  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 39.  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
 40.  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
 41.  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:
and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
 42.  And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
 43.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
 44.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
 45.  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

 46.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
 47.  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved



 Acts 8:25.  "And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
 26.  And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
 27.  And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
 28.  Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
 29.  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.

 30.  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
 31.  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

 32.  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
 33.  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

 34.  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
 35.  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 36.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
 37.  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

 38.  And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
 39.  And when they were come up out of the water,
the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."


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