By Dr. Peter S. Ruckman
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I. There is a period of time called "THE GRACE OF GOD," which began in Acts 9 (Stem, Baker, Moore, Watkins) or in Acts 13 (O'Hare and others) or in Acts 28 (Bullinger, Ballanger, Greaterex).
II. Water Baptism is not for "THIS AGE,' since "THIS AGE" began in Acts 9 or Acts 13 or Acts 18 or Acts 28.
III. Bible-believing Baptists are heretics who do not follow "PAULINE" teaching (1 Tim. 1:16).
IV. Since Paul did not COMMAND anyone to be baptized, it is UNSCRIPTURAL.
V. Since Paul was not "SENT TO BAPTIZE," water baptism is PREPAULINE (1 Cor. 1).
VI. The "ONE BAPTISM" of Ephesians 4 automatically cancels water baptism (Moore, Stam, Sharpe, Baker).
I. The "DISPENSATION" of
Ephesians 3:2 was the grace which God gave to Paul to preach (Eph. 3:7, 1 Cor.
3:10, Col. 1 :29). Grace was "DISPENSED" to him. The "GRACE OF
GOD" is found in every period of time (Gen. 6:8, Exod. 33:13).
II. The age of the ONE BODY and the "Church of the ONE BODY" began in Matthew 27 (see Eph. 2:12, 16) with 12 Apostles "IN CHRIST" (Rom. 16:7) before Paul was saved (John 17:21, 23).
III. Paul was baptized in water (Acts 9:18) and baptized some of his converts (Acts 16 33; 18:8, 1 Cor 1 14-16), even though he was an evangelist.
IV. Paul COMMANDED NO ONE to attend church, pass out tracts, prosylete Baptists who are already saved, or argue about water baptism.
V. He DID baptize (1 Cor. 1:14-16) and only thanked God that people weren't baptized in his name (1 Cor. 1:14-18). Paul was not sent by Mark 16:16-18 but he is the only Apostle who fulfilled that commission.
VI. The Corinthian converts who were baptized by ONE Spirit into ONE BODY (1Cor. 12:13) were baptized in water (Acts 18:8).
Stam, Baker, Bullinger, Ballinger and Moore all take Ephesians 4:4-5 out of the context in which it appears (as any Campbellite will also do) and pretend that it is talking about WATER BAPTISM being replaced by spirit baptism. This explains why 95 percent of any "Hyper" "CONGREGATION" are ex-Baptists.
The context of Ephesians 4:4-6 is the unity of the Body of Christ, not "DISUNITY" caused by carnal Christians who say: "I AM OF CHRIST" (1 Cor. 1:12).
The same baptism that put Paul into Christ ("WE," 1 Cor. 12:13) put Gentile believers (Corinth, Ephesus) into Christ.
The same baptism that put "THE 12" into Christ (Acts 1:5) put the Roman converts into Christ (Rom. 6:1-3; 16:7).
Hypers teach two or three baptisms of the
Spirit, although the context of ONE BAPTISM is ONE SPIRIT (Eph. 4:4, 5).
There are seven baptisms (Matt. 3:11; 28:11-20, Acts 2:38, Matt. 20:22, 1 Cor. 10:1-3, Eph. 4:4).
There are MANY lords and gods (1 Cor. 8:5) (note: Eph. 4:5-6).
The False Teachings Of Hyper-Dispensationalists:
I. PETER AND PAUL PREACHED "DIFFERENT" GOSPELS. If they did then Peter was cursed (Gal. 1 :8-9). God taught Peter the Gospel in Acts 10:43, which he publicly acknowledges in Acts 15:11, while ALL ARE PRACTISING ATER BAPTISM.
II. REPENTANCE SHOULD NOT BE PREACHED IN THIS AGE. Paul preached it constantly (Acts 20:21) and asked exactly what John the Baptist asked for when he preached it (Acts 26:20). Paul did this after writing Romans 16:25-26.
III. THE "BODY" COULD NOT HAVE BEEN AT PENTECOST BECAUSE NO ONE MENTIONED IT. Neither did anyone mention the complete abolition of the Law (Levitical) or the fulfilling of the Law (Acts 13:38-40) though both (Col. 2:14-16) were accomplished FACTS (Gal. 3:13).
IV. MATTHEW 28:19-20 IS LIMITED TO THE TRIBULATION. Pure conjecture (see 1 Tim. 6:3, written to saints in "THE ONE BODY). The "ALL THINGS" of Matthew 28:20 does not include all PRECRUCIFIXION instruction, which is apparent to anyone by comparing Matthew 10:1-10 with Matthew 28:19-20 and John 13-17.
The Tribulation had NOT begun in 33 A.D. Note: "UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD."
V. PAUL WAS DECEIVED ABOUT WATER BAPTISM AND THE "ONE BODY" UNTIL HE WROTE EPHESIANS 3-4 (after Acts 28). Then he sinned against God in not confessing it. He sinned against YOU in not telling you straight out in plain clear-cut commands (note: 1 Thess. 5 and Rom. 14) not to make the same mistake. Every Christian leader in the New Testament was baptized in water: none of them "REPENTED" of such an action.
I. Men who were called to preach but chickened out because of:
* Financial reasons (no faith).
* Laziness (no zeal).
* Being afraid to speak up publicly against sin and sins (no courage).
II. Men who cannot preach but want to attract attention as a "BIBLE AUTHORITY"
III. Young men and women who are dating (or have married) a "HYPER" and have to espouse the heresy in order to "GET ALONG" with the "object of their affections."
IV. All Hyper preachers (as all Campbellite elders and Charismatics) spend their "MINISTRIES" trying to put young men out of SOUL WINNING work of the MINISTRY.
V. All Hypers have an "anti-Baptist fixation" which so obsesses them that they are forced to argue about water baptism EVERY TIME THEY MEET A NEW CHRISTIAN (ditto: Campbellite).
"Dry Cleaning" is a cult: not a denomination. Its foundations are deliberate perversion of BIBLICAL TRUTH.