Exposing The Baptists (Part 3)
By: Brian A. Yeager
This article will serve as our third and final article on the Baptists. Like the Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormons we can certainly see there are many errors with the Baptist’s doctrines we’ve exposed. Like those other denominations we’ve examined, while one error is enough to show us they’re false (James 2:10, II John 9-11, and III John 11), there are many more things we could discuss that are wrong with Baptist Churches. We will begin this article with the error of the “Sinner’s Prayer”.
The Sinner’s Prayer Error
The Baptists say this: “If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart: ‘Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life.’ If you have trusted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please let us know. We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually” (Southern Baptist Convention; “How To Become A Christian”; http://www.sbc.net/knowjesus/theplan.asp).
Another quote: “If you have not personally trusted and called upon Jesus Christ to save you, you can do so now with your own words. Or, if you like, you can follow the sample prayer below: Dear Jesus: I know that I’m a sinner and if I died now in my sin, I would go to Hell. Right now, by faith, I am trusting You as my personal Saviour and my only hope for Heaven. Thank You for dying on the cross for me and for saving me from an eternity in Hell. In Jesus’ name, AMEN” (Weston Baptist Church in Weston, WI; “What Must I Do To Be Saved”; http://www.westonbaptistchurch.org/what_must_i_do_to_be_saved)!
One more quote from a local Baptist Church: “Prayer for Salvation: ‘Heavenly Father, I need you in my life. I accept your love for me. I know I am a sinner. I understand that Jesus died on the cross in my place [an error we exposed in the last article –B.A.Y.]. Please forgive me of my sins. Please come into my heart and make me your child. I promise to live the rest of my life as your sincere follower. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.’ When you pray this prayer sincerely, Jesus will come into your heart and you will become a child of God. You can trust God for that. Jesus said, ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him.’ (Revelation 3:20)” (Coronodo Baptist Church in El Paso, TX; “Becoming A Christian”; http://coronadobaptist.org/becoming_a_christian).
If you search your Bible you will not find one single time where an alien sinner was told to accept Jesus into their heart and say a prayer to be saved. Nor are we to pray to Jesus as two of the three (inconsistency there too) quotes above state (Ephesians 5:20). When the Baptists, and many other erring religions, cite Revelation 3:20 they conveniently ignore the context. First, the CHURCH of Christ in Laodicea was being addressed, not an alien sinner (Revelation 3:14). Secondly, even those Christians addressed in that context, whom had already obeyed the Gospel, could not be saved by a prayer alone. In that same context they were told they first had to repent of their sins (Revelation 3:19).
Now, for the rest of this point, I want you to notice what the Scriptures say about the prayers of a sinner. Then we will see how the Baptists err concerning the work of the Holy Spirit before we conclude this article. Here is what the Bible says about the “Sinner’s Prayer”: “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight… The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous… He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination... Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool… Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness… Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth… For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 28:9, Isaiah 1:10-18, Isaiah 59:1-3, John 9:31, and I Peter 3:12).
The Baptists Say The Holy Spirit Will Do It For You!
The Baptists (Southern Baptist Convention) say: “The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit is completely divine. He influenced holy men of Bible times to write the Scriptures. By explanation He allows men to understand truth. He honors Christ. He shows men their sin. He shows men the worthiness of Christ. He shows men their punishment. He calls men to the Saviour. He is the source of rebirth. At the moment of rebirth, He takes every believer into the Body of Christ. He grows believers into mature Christians. He comforts believers. He gives the spiritual gifts to believers. With these gifts, believers can serve God through His church. He keeps the believer safe until the day of the last salvation. His presence in the Christian is the promise that God will make the believer completely like Christ. He explains and gives power to the believer and to the church in worship, evangelism, and service” (http://www.sbc.net/translate/basicEnglish/TheBaptistFaithAndMessage.pdf).
There are certainly several false claims in the quote above. For one, the Holy Spirit guided men in all truth during the first century (John 16:13), but today we have the whole truth and are expected to study and understand it ourselves (II Timothy 3:15-17, Ephesians 3:1-4, and Ephesians 5:14-17). Secondly, the Spirit does not personally show anyone his or her sins. The Scriptures convict us of our sins (Acts 2:36-41 and II Timothy 4:2) and shows us the punishment for sin (Romans 6:23, I Corinthians 6:9-10, and Revelation 21:8). Thirdly, Christ is the source of the new birth (II Corinthians 5:17) and the Holy Spirit does not need to directly reveal Him (cf. John 5:39). Fourthly, the Lord adds one to the church after baptism (Acts 2:41; 47). The fifth error is, while the Spirit did give spiritual gifts to men in the first century (I Corinthians 12:3-11), that time has come to pass (I Corinthians 13:8-13). The Spirit once gave gifts through Holy Spirit baptism (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, Acts 10:44-48, and Acts 11:1-17). After the time of Cornelius, we no longer read of Holy Spirit baptism occurring. In fact, once we come to the Epistle to the church in Ephesus, we find there is only one baptism (Ephesians 4:4-6). The only other way the Spirit was given was through the laying on of the Apostles hands (Acts 8:12-24 and Acts 19:1-7). We all know there are no Apostles alive today. Therefore, the Holy Spirit no longer gifts spiritual gifts to men.
Now let’s get to the main points I wanted to expose here. Does the Holy Spirit cause your spiritual growth? Does the Holy Spirit make you like Christ? Does the Holy Spirit personally explain to you how we are to worship, teach, and serve? First, even the Baptists do not agree with their own statements concerning the Holy Spirit. For in one breath they say the Spirit does the understanding for us then the same Baptist website (Southern Baptists Convention) says the word of God does this. Notice: “The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation” (http://www.sbc.net/aboutus/basicbeliefs.asp). The only consistent thing about false doctrine is that error is always inconsistent!
Secondly, the Scriptures show us that the Holy Spirit does not make us completely like Christ nor does He give us an understanding and power to do the Lord’s will. The Scriptures show us that we are all personally responsible and will be held accountable for getting things right ourselves. Since this point is so clear in the Scriptures, we’ll just use a few of the many to expose this fallacy: “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin… For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned… Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour… Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad… But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not… Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates” (Ezekiel 18:30, Matthew 12:37, I Corinthians 3:8, II Corinthians 5:9-10, Galatians 6:4-9, and II Corinthians 13:5)?
In three articles we have exposed many common Baptist beliefs. If you are or you know anyone involved in the errors we have discussed you should tell them to come out from among them, and be separate (cf. II Corinthians 6:17). Similar to Israel who wandered forty years in the wildness, denominations like the Baptist Churches are a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known the Lord’s ways (Psalms 95:10). Christians must continue to expose these errors so that those seeking might be saved and those erring can be marked and avoided. We will continue our series on denominationalism. The next denomination we will expose will be the “Christian Church”.
Volume 10 – Issue 15 - January 3rd, 2010