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  1. Salyan added a post in a topic: Baptist and Calvinism   

    Problem with that... Satan and his demons fall into the 'angel' class. That's a whole different species of being than humans, and God does not deal with them in the same manner as He does with us. We have the opportunity to be saved, once lost. The devils/angels do not.
  2. Salyan added an answer to a question: Baptism   

    Hi, Olivia! Thanks for your question; I hope we can answer it satisfactorily!

    Baptism is one of the ordinances in the Baptist church (the other being the Lord's supper, or communion). An ordinance differs from the sacraments of the Catholic church in that a sacrament by definition is believed to impart saving grace, whereas an ordinance (something ordained) is something that God has commanded us to observe, as a point of obedience.
    The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."  Romans 10:8b-10 says: "...that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
    Because of these verses, we believe that salvation cannot be earned by works of righteousness, sacraments, or anything similar. Salvation occurs when a person trusts that Christ has completely taken the punishment for their sins when He died on the cross (Romans 5:8), believes He is Who the Bible says He is (the perfect, sinless Son of God who died and rose again from the dead [John 1:29]), and stops trusting their own works to earn them righteousness (Titus 3:5). When a person so trusts Christ, God will, by His grace, freely give them salvation (John 3:16). Thus, baptism cannot bring salvation, and is not necessary to be accepted by God. We baptize because God commanded it (as an ordinance), and it is the first step of obedience for a new believer to do after they receive salvation. This is why we baptize people when they are older, and not babies. Babies are too little to choose to trust Christ in such a manner.
    Baptism is a picture of what Christ did for us - he died, was buried, and rose again - and the Bible says that God identifies us (in a spiritual sense) with what Christ has done for us. Colossians 2 talks about this, and I would encourage you to read it for better understanding.
    This view is reinforced by 1 Peter 3:21. This says: "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ."  This verse is a little confusing because of the word 'save', which we usually take to refer to salvation from hell. It's actually talking about a different kind of saving - and we can see that by the verse itself, which tells us that baptism does not 'put away the filth of the flesh', but is 'the answer of a good conscience toward God.
    We baptize by immersion for a couple of reasons. One, the original Greek word "baptizeo" means "to immerse". Secondly, Jesus was baptized by immersion in the Jordan. Thirdly, and most importantly, baptism by immersion pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What happens when someone dies? We bury them. We don't just sprinkle some dirt on their head.
    Now, as far as the ceremony... well, it requires water. Lots of it. Details may vary by congregation, but there are several basic parts that are always present. Since baptism must follow salvation, the pastor will ask the person being baptized to share their testimony with the congregation. The pastor has probably already heard the testimony, as there are often classes offered before the baptism ceremony to teach and ensure that the participants understand what they are about to do, but the testimony is shared publicly as baptism is to be a public testimony of one's faith in Jesus Christ. Once the individual and the pastor are in the water, they will get in position for the baptism (this often involves crossing the arms to give the pastor a good place to grasp & holding one's nose, while the pastor braces himself to lower and lift the person into and out of the water). They are then baptized "in the name of the Father, Son, & Holy Ghost." In my church, while lowering the person into the water, my pastor would say something like this: "Upon your confession of faith in Jesus Christ, I baptize you, my (brother/sister), in the name of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost. Buried in the likeness of His death; raised in the likeness of His resurrection." Then we'll often sing a hymn as a congregation to give them a chance to get changed into dry clothes. There are no special symbols/colors shown. Baptism itself is the important symbol, picturing as it does the work of salvation that Christ has already finished! That's why He said, when He died, "It is finished."  Everything necessary for our salvation was completed. No more sacrifices, masses, works, or anything is required - and indeed - if we trust such 'works of righteousness' to help earn us salvation, then we are not trusting Christ alone as our Savior. And it is only when we trust Christ alone that God will give us His salvation.
    Hebrews 10:10-15  "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified."
    Best of wishes on your assignment!

    Sarah Andrews
  3. Salyan added an answer to a question: Election   

    Old-Pilgrim, the Questions area is for non-board-members to ask questions.. Since you are a board member, you can post in the regular forums.
  4. Salyan added a post in a topic: A glitch?   

    ​Check out Richard U in
  5. Salyan added a post in a topic: A glitch?   

    There are postings in under Biblical Issues and the Salvation Forum. Most of RevBob's postings are in the IFB forum, as well as a couple other newbies that shouldn't be eligible yet.
  6. Salyan added a post in a topic: Grace Vs Faith, Salvation?   

    You're not being moderated... must just have not gone through.
  7. Salyan added a post in a topic: Baptist and Calvinism   

    It seems to me that historically, there have been instances of Calvinists that are soul-winners - they're few and far between, but they do exist. And I see no reason why someone led to trust Christ by a Calvinist should be any less saved than anyone else who is trusting Christ for their personal salvation - it is the faith in Christ that saves one, not the theological accuracy of their preacher. The danger I see is more that their children and others attracted to the churches may be likely to trust that their 'electness' (sorry, not a word) rather than trusting Christ personally. Furthermore, the 'doctrines of grace' are pernicious doctrines. Believers that adopt the same are adopting a system of theology that not only twists the doctrine of salvation, but must also affect their view of sanctification and growth in the Christian life.

    Now, then.... (puts mod hat on)
    RevBob, this site does not support Calvinism, Reformed or TULIP doctrine. Although we allow some leeway for discussion, these doctrines are not to be actively promoted. Be careful that your posts do not cross that line.
    (takes mod hat off)

    BTW, there are more positions than simply Calvinism and Arminianism. We on this board are not Arminianists. We believe neither in Perseverance of the Saints nor that one can lose their salvation. As to why many are not saved? It is because our God, while desiring that all should be saved, has nonetheless granted mankind the freedom of will to choose Him - or not. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
  8. Salyan added a post in a topic: Hello   

    Wow, you're really stuck on that alcohol thing, Jeffrey! Did you really come back here just to push that?  BTW, you were never banned for your stance on alcohol. You were banned for baiting and ignoring moderator instruction. Scriptural reasoning behind that would be Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 13:18, and Titus 3:9-10. Oh, and Proverbs 22:10. Happy?

    I had put you on a temporary suspension to give BroMatt a chance to review your case - and for you to ask him for that. However, as you seem still to not have done so, this time it will be permanent. It is a serious thing to be banned from a forum, and one should not have the attitude that they can come and go as they like after. 
  9. Salyan added a post in a topic: Pet Peeves   

    ​And then there's the other end of the spectrum that happened to me yesterday... when you arrive at the intersection just slightly earlier than the person on your left (leaving room for the possibility that you both arrived at the same time), and as you begin to turn across the intersection, you realize that the person on your left is driving through too... and she stares at you​ like you're the one in the wrong!!!
  10. Salyan added a post in a topic: punctuation, sentence structure, and grammar.   

    We call it a period.
  11. Salyan added a post in a topic: punctuation, sentence structure, and grammar.   

    ​Gotcha. I've heard of 'full stops' in telegrams (come to think of that, I think that may have been Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome books.. British writers), but I've never heard of calling a capital B a 'great B' before. Sorry, guess you had the wrong audience for that riddle.
  12. Salyan added a post in a topic: Progressive vs Conservative   

    Lol... and then you have the 'Progressive Conservative' political party of my province... which used to be conservative and is now too 'progressive' with its use of funds to satisfy even the liberals. We had an election yesterday... and the long-standing Tory government got booted (good thing) for a new majority NDP government (read: left-leaning socialist party. Not good.). We conservatives are in mourning today...
  13. Salyan added a post in a topic: Atheists Now a Protected Class in Wisconsin   

    Well, 'Merry Christmas' persists, despite all attempts to the contrary. I believe 'In God we trust' is still on your coinage, is it not? The Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem refer to God... oh dear, so disturbing, all those references to a God those poor atheists just don't believe in....

  14. Salyan added a post in a topic: punctuation, sentence structure, and grammar.   

    There's a sign in PA that gets me every time I see it...
    It's like... "Really?! Do I have to?"   
    (Sorry, not sure how to straighten the pic with the mobile.)
  15. Salyan added a post in a topic: May Day!?   

    "May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer."