This series of posts will center on the grid of man-made doctrine placed over Holy Writ and how that turns the truth into a lie. As there are a large number of denominations, so there are many perversions of the truth of the Word of God. This series will look at these perversions and compare them with Scripture to refute them. Just as teaching about the return of Christ is given a tepid reception, this series will also ruffle the feathers of many professed believers. However, we must keep the mission of Jesus Christ in mind which can be summed up by three quotes. Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37 “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.” Luke 12:51-52 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth, I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Matthew 10:34-35 The truth of God’s Word does not bring unity with those who reject it, but rather severe division. There will be unity among those who receive the truth, because they are of God, but those who hold fast to the truth will find they are divided from those who reject the truth. In this post I will look at the perversions within Protestantism because it did not entirely throw off the false teaching of the Catholic Church and so they are in the process of returning to their Mother through the ecumenical movement driven by the Pope.
The Protestant Reformation never really severed ties with the Catholic Church. Historically and physically, they did, but doctrinally they didn’t. They kept doctrines intact that result in works driven justification, just like the Catholic Church. They fact that they never fully rejected the false teaching of the Catholic Church discloses why there is a move to return to the Catholic Church. Just like the faulty input for the 1999 Mars Climate Orbiter which used pound-second units instead of Newton-second units as its software input for thrust, resulted in the trajectory for entry into the Martian atmosphere being much lower than allowable, and the probe disintegrated, holding false teaching will result in our demise. Just as concerns about the unit discrepancies were brushed off by “experts” and NASA lost a $125 million piece of hardware due to the fact that 1 Newton-second = 0.224808 pound-second. Those who point out error are dismissed by those on their way to hell. The fact that there was a 78% discrepancy for the final calculation was enough to bring about the destruction of the Mars probe. Likewise, those who hold to the error propagated by the Catholic Church, no matter how seemingly minor, will experience eternal destruction because what they teach and believe contradicts the clear teaching of the Scriptures.
One such doctrine that has no Scriptural basis but originates with the Catholic Church is infant baptism. There is no example of an infant being baptized in the Scripture nor is there the command to baptize infants. The justification that churches which practice infant baptism use is identifying infant baptism as a covenant sign from the Lord just like circumcision. But Paul states that circumcision profits nothing and that those who look to circumcision for justification are condemned to keep the whole law. 2Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. Galatians 5:2-4 & 15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. Galatians 6:15 Why would our God and Father link an ordinance that symbolizes the work that Jesus Christ has accomplished for us through His death and resurrection, and which pictures our turning from sin to Him (baptism), to a work that leads us to law keeping for justification? The law reveals our sin and is meant to lead us to Christ through Whom we refrain from any work or effort to establish our own justification. 21Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Galatians 3:21-26 So the law brings us to Christ because we see our need of a Savior and by placing our faith in Jesus Christ we are justified. We become the children of God through faith in Christ and put on Christ Jesus when we are placed in Him through our faith in Him and His work for us. 21For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 The Lord God is not going to have a religious ritual that is identified with works righteousness be symbolized by the ordinance of baptism which represents Christ’s obedient work on our behalf which then results in the righteousness that comes from faith.
Now one of Protestant’s favorite fathers goes into great lengths to justify infant baptism. John Calvin allots a whole chapter in his Institutes of the Christian Religion to the subject of infant baptism. In the section headed 9. The blessing of infant baptism Calvin writes this:
Accordingly, let those who embrace the promise that God’s mercy is to be extended to their children deem it their duty to offer them to the church to be sealed by the symbol of mercy, and thereby to arouse themselves to a surer confidence, because they see with their very eyes the covenant of the Lord engraved upon the bodies of their children. On the other hand, the children receive some benefit from their baptism: being engrafted into the body of the church, they are somewhat more commended to the other members. Then, when they have grown up, they are greatly spurred to an earnest zeal for worshiping God, by whom they were received as children through a solemn symbol of adoption before they were old enough to recognize Him as Father. Finally, we ought to be greatly afraid of that threat, that God will wreak vengeance upon any man who disdains to mark his child with the symbol of the covenant; for by such contempt the proffered grace is refused, and, as it were, foresworn.
Calvin is making this all up. He has no Scriptural basis for what he is commanding parents do for their children under the penalty of disowning the faith if they don’t comply and the proffered blessing of seeing the grown children become worshipers of God because of their infant baptism. In actuality, it is the other way around, those who baptize their children as infants presuming upon the grace of God that their children are then sealed and adopted by God at that point believe in a works righteousness salvation where they have assisted in this religious ritual that has saved their children. What does God’s Word say? 12But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 These verses say the exact opposite of what Calvin said. When an individual believes in God’s Son Jesus Christ and believes that He died on the cross for their sins and rose again from the dead for their justification, then God gives them the right to become His children. Baptism of infants is a work of the flesh that insists that the birthright of the child gives them a special standing with God based upon the decision of a man. This is a man-made grid of doctrine that is leading many astray and to hell. Church rolls are filled with apostates who were baptized as infants.
Most of the Protestant denominations practice infant baptism: Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Nazarenes, United Church of Christ, Moravian Church, Metropolitan Community Church, Wesleyans, Episcopalians, and Reformed churches. Most of these denominations are apostate, and few churches within these denominations hold to the truth of the Scriptures. There is a movement for reconciliation between the Pope and the Anglican and Lutheran church. Most of the denominations do not care about sin as defined in the Scriptures and those that do, such as the Presbyterian Church, to a large degree have embraced the works righteousness false doctrine. This is what happens when a little leaven leavens the whole lump, apostasy. (Galatians 5:9) By refusing to reject the false teaching of infant baptism, the Protestant church ensured its doom, just like the engineers who worked on the 1999 Mars Climate Orbiter, being off just a little resulted in complete destruction. Let us throw off the works of the flesh and refuse to accept anything that is reasoned out from the unregenerate mind of man without Scriptural support so that we are not led to our own doom. God bless you through His Son Jesus Christ as you strive to stay true to Him.