A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
Edition No. 41        WE ARE HERE TO LISTEN TO      January 1, 2005
The Voice of Jesus
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False Doctrines of Christendom
#10 - Baptism Cleanses the Stain of Sin
The False Teaching

The effect of baptism is: The Remission of All Sin, Original and Actual. This is clearly contained in the Bible. Thus we read (Acts 2:38): Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins;... We read  (Acts 22:16): Be baptized, and wash away thy sins. St. Paul beautifully represents the whole Church as being baptized and purified (Eph 5:25 sq.): Christ loved the Church, and delivered Himself up for it: that he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the washing of water in the word of life*that he might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. The prophecy of Ezechiel (36:25) has also been understood of baptism: I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness where the prophet is unquestionably speaking of moral defilement. This is also the solemn teaching of the Church.. . St. Justin Martyr (Apol., I, Ixvi) declares that in baptism we are created anew, that is, consequently, free from all stain of sin....It is needless to multiply testimonies from the early ages of the Church. The Catholic doctrine: Now, it belongs of necessity to Christ's baptism that it be given not only in water, but also in the Holy Ghost, according to John 3:5: Unless a man be born of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
*of life is not in the Greek.
Exposing the Error

In the left column, the Catholics quote many to certify their doctrine -- but not Jesus.There is, at the bottom, an appeal to John 3:5, where we find the root of their error. Here is the verse in context: Nicode'mus said to him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (Jn.3:4-6). The context defines it. Must a man enter the womb again? This is the birth of water. Then the Lord said that one must be born both of water (the flesh) and of the Spirit. He then confirmed this (vs.6) by con- trasting the birth of the flesh (of water) with that of the Spirit. Catholics, teaching falsely that the birth of the Spirit comes at baptism, find it an easy step to Justin Martyr's statement: in baptism we are created anew, that is, consequently, free from all stain of sin (Apol., I, Ixvi). They quote Ezekiel, the Acts, Paul, & the multitude of the Fathers from the early ages of the Church to shore up the error, but not a word from Jesus save the false reading of John 3:5!  Everything springs from making the birth of the Spirit coincident with water baptism. It's a good living for the priest; he makes the victim believe that he must be baptized to be cleansed from sin that will otherwise send him to hell, and only the priest can do it! It is a trap, baited with the deceptive promise of heaven.
Declaring the Truth
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man (Mt.15:18f); Thus Jesus explains the stain, and here is it's detergent: I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.You are already made clean by the word which I have spoken to you (Jn.15:1f). It's the Word that washes away sins and every defilement. It's the Father, by means of His Word, that does the pruning of every sin and stain. The Lord prayed to the Father for us, that we be so cleansed: Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth (Jn.17:17f)To sanctify is to separate from the world into the sacred, but this process also cleanses because there is no filthiness in Him. And see?  It is the Word, the Father's Word of Truth that cleanses and sanctifies. This Word is sharply defined: for I have given them the words which thou gavest me (Jn.17:8).  From the early ages, the Church has deceived men with the teaching that the water of baptism cleanses, and so has made void the Word.