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Burial Does Not Cause Death

Baptism Salvation Works Salvation

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2014-06-18

Scripture: Colossians 2:12

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

Burial does not cause death, it declares the finality of death.

APPLICATION

The Bible teaches that when we are baptized it is symbolic of our death, burial and resurrection with Christ. Baptism doesn't cause any of those things, it simple declares that they have happened. To say you believe one must be baptized in order to be saved is like saying you have to be buried in order to be dead. No, you are buried because death has already occurred.

"For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead" (Colossians 2:12).

DeBaptismal Certificates for Sale

Baptism Atheism Hardness of Heart

Source: Press release from The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) dated April 13, 2011

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-28

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

A press release from The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) dated April 13, 2011, asks, “Prefer 'original good' to 'original sin'? Think religion is all wet? Indignant that a congregation still claims you as a believer based on baptismal records? Wishing you could formally renounce a religion that was imposed on you as a helpless babe in swaddling clothes?  The Freedom From Religion Foundation has the answer: a genuine ‘DeBaptismal Certificate.’”

The certificates can be purchased on their website for the low price of 2 for $5.  Printed on parchment, embossed with a gold seal, each is hand-signed by The FFRF’s founder and co-president, Dan Barker.  Just fill in your name in the space provided and “poof,” you are no longer to be counted among the faithful.

Barker, a former Christian minister turned atheist, told the TOLEDO BLADE that many purchase the two-for-one set, then frame one copy for themselves and mail the second to the church where they were baptized, asking to be permanently removed from their rolls.

"They're just flying out the door," told Annie Laurie Gaylor of the FFRF to the BLADE. "They're very, very popular.”

The certificate reads:

“I, having been subjected to a Christian baptism before reaching an age of consent, or having submitted to baptism before embracing free thought and reason, hereby officially renounce that primitive rite and the Church that imposed it. I categorically reject the creeds, dogmas, and superstitions of my former religion, particularly the pernicious doctrines of ‘Original Sin’ and damnation.

“I further denounce as an affront and defamation to humanity the false and demeaning belief that any baby is born with ‘Original Sin’ and must be cleansed of it by baptism. From this day forward, I wish to be excluded from any claims of religious affiliation or membership based on baptismal records.”

Stated Barker in the press release, “It's a way to undo the insult, to reject the idea that there is something wrong with us. Christianity has a pessimistic view of human nature. This is optimistic. With baptism,” he asserts, “I was unjustly accused. This is a way to proclaim I was innocent all along."

A budding atheist can order their signed certificate by mail, but FFRF is also making a free version of its certificate downloadable online at http://ffrf.org/news/timely-topics/debaptismal-certificate/.

APPLICATION

Putting aside all consideration of the much debated practice of infant baptism, one cannot be but struck by the hard-heartedness of Mr. Barker who boldly proclaims that he was “unjustly accused” and “innocent all along.”  Contrary to Mr. Barker's protests, the Scriptures proclaim that we have all “fallen short of the glory of God,” and no reasonable, free thinking person can really deny it.

Ironically, what genuine believers baptism declares isn't that we are "unjustly accused," but that we have been, so to speak, unjustly forgiven! It declares that we have a righteous standing before God, one that we have not earned or deserve.

Further, one does not need a certificate to prove one possesses it; and if one truly possesses it, no certificate or decree of man or angels could ever revoke it. They need only, in humility, receive it.

"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

Pain Is A Part Of The Process

Affliction Perspective Baptism

Source: "The Baptism of Aengus" from AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF IRELAND by Margaret Ann Cusack

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-09-27

Scripture: James 1:2 ; John 16:33

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

The Library Ireland recounts from AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF IRELAND the story of the baptism of King Aengus. In the year 445, the king had "already obtained some knowledge of Christianity" and requested of St. Patrick to be baptized.

Patrick carried in his hand a staff on the end of which was a sharp iron spike "by which he could plant it firmly in the ground beside him while preaching."

As he began the ceremony of the baptism, he unwittingly stabbed the foot of the king as he planted his staff in the ground. But the king made no protest at all. He "neither moved nor complained of the severe suffering he endured."

When the ceremony concluded, St. Patrick discovered his mistake and expressed his deep regret. Aengus replied that he simply thought the pain to be part of the process, so he didn't "consider suffering of any consequence at such a moment." 

APPLICATION

Indeed, pain is a part of the process. We are told to "count it all joy" WHEN we encounter trials of every kind, not IF (James 1:2). But, just like King Aengus, we should not consider suffering of any lasting consequence. "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you" (1 Peter 4:12).

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all" (Psalm 34:19). 

Baptizing Puppies

Baptism Repentance Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-01-04

Scripture: Acts 2:38

Author: unknown
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The True Meaning of Baptism

Baptism Humor Good Works

Contributed By: Art Hill | Date Posted: 2011-12-25

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Art Hill
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Bathtub Baptism

Baptism Submission Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-09-03

Scripture: Matthew 3:6

Author: unknown
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Rejecting Jesus' Authority

Jesus' Authority Submission Rebellion

Contributed By: Shane Waldron | Date Posted: 2019-10-12

Scripture: Proverbs 28:25 ; Jeremiah 17:7

Author: Shane Waldron
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A Picture of Pure Love

Love for God God's Love New Birth

Contributed By: DEAN KAHLICH | Date Posted: 2019-05-19

Scripture: John 3:16 ; 1 John 4:19

Author: DEAN KAHLICH
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"The Moscow Rules"

Satan Spiritual Warfare Submission

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2018-12-29

Scripture: James 4:7 ; 2 Corinthians 2:11

Author: Neal Pollard
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Make Your Meter Run Backwards

Reward Stewardship Witness

Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2018-08-13

Scripture: Daniel 12:3 ; John 8:12

Author: Thomas Bevers / Illustration Exchange
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