Mean Christians

I have seen a trend recently on here where people are cutting folks off of their friends list because they don’t comment or interact. They say that in order to be their friend you have to comment and interact. And these are Christian people doing this.

Not all people comment, but many people read. You never know what ‘quiet’ person you are impacting.

I have learned this myself. I never remove people from my friends list unless they are a problem – and they it has to be a pretty big problem.

You have people watching you that you don’t even realize they are doing so. I have learned to be very careful; you may be the only Jesus they are exposed to.

But when presented with this, their hearts remain hard. They say they don’t want anyone watching them. I am sorry, but this is not Biblical. The Bible tells us that we are to be an EXAMPLE to others. When we made the decision to live for Christ we signed on to a pretty big and important job.

It is our job, our duty, to reach the lost. It is our JOB to lead others to Him, not shut them out because they don’t express themselves according to some set of parameters that we have in place. You cannot escape this job no matter where you go. You are either filled with the Holy Ghost and live a holy life (the best you can of course) ALL THE TIME or you don’t do it at all. God does not compromise!

I have seen people who are quiet (like me) contrasted by people who are ‘alive.’ That is not a fair comparison. People who are quiet are not dead. That is a very mean spirited assessment.

I have also seen Christians assume that quiet people do not pray or communicate. That again is not true and certainly not fair. I am a very quiet person but my relationships do not suffer. I pray daily – without ceasing. I have a strong, very good marriage – better than most. But being a quiet person I tend to think about things, take time to process them. I know I am not the only one.

But it isn’t all about me (although I do read a lot of peoples’ posts without commenting – I am autistic so I don’t always know what to say – but I do read). And like it or not people are watching you too. What kind of example are you setting? Some of the people I read, I would be afraid to walk through the door of their church. So many are judgmental and so hard. Where is the Christ like love that Jesus said we should have for one another?

Where is the operation of the body that draws people in – especially those no one else wants? And, yes, even the quiet ones?

What about the people who may not be in the same spiritual place as we are?

Do we reject them all? Do we shun them? That isn’t what my Bible says we should do.

I know in my own experience I have had people contact me who have been reading me for years – people I never knew – who have said that what I wrote had an impact on them.

I have even had several who have reached out to me after reading to ask questions, seeking a deeper relationship with God. I have done Bible studies online and on the phone. I have helped several find churches in their area, they have been baptized in Jesus name, received the Holy Ghost. It has been beautiful.

I am not saying this to be boastful, just to illustrate the importance of being very careful what you say and do and especially how you treat others.

But that is just me, how I operate. I understand that isn’t for everyone. It is my own personal conviction that when I made the decision to live for God that I would let Him shine through me – in fact I pray for that every day. It is my own personal conviction to reach others, to influence and plant seeds no matter what that looks like – even if it means putting things out there and no one responds.

I don’t need an ego boost. I don’t need people responding to everything I write. I don’t do it for my ego. I do it for God.

I guess I just see things a little differently. For me, living for God is full time and it isn’t done on my terms. I gave my life over to Him and I just do as He directs. I have seen enough people hurt by what I assume is unintentional rejection by their Christian brothers and sisters – I have even been there myself, hurt.

So many have what looks like lofty attitudes but really I believe that they have just forgotten that not everyone is at the same spiritual place that they are. They simply need to be reminded (at least I hope that is all it takes).

There are a lot of hurting people who need to feel accepted and if we don’t draw them in hell sure will.

The TRUTH about Once Saved Always Saved

There are some people, Christians, who believe that if you are “saved” at some point in your life then you are “saved” forever. I won’t go into the fact that their plan for salvation is usually inaccurate and that true salvation means that they must be baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost – I am just addressing the once saved always saved issue and why we need to repent daily.

Revelation 2:10-11 clearly says that we are to be faithful to God until death in order to make it into the Kingdom. So backsliders and those who are unrepentant are not going to make it – not if you are going by what the Bible tells us.

There are so many scriptures that tell us there are those who will not see the Kingdom – and there are no qualifiers that say, well, if you were baptized when you were 12 this doesn’t apply to you. No, it applies to everyone. Unrepented sin is unrepented sin, simple as that.

According to Romans 8:13, if you are living according to your flesh (your sinful nature) you will perish (go to hell) but if you are overcoming the sins of the flesh (repentance) you will live (inherit the Kingdom).

God promised that those who love Him will be heirs to His Kingdom (James 2:5). If you love Him, you will keep His commandments (John 14:15). So if you don’t keep His commandments (and not just the 10 – Jesus taught us a lot in the short time He walked this earth) then you don’t love him and if you do not love him then you don’t know God (1 John 4:8). If you don’t know God, then you can’t be one of His and be an heir to His kingdom.

Finally, on the subject of daily repentance, when Jesus gave the disciples what is referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, it was a template of how we are to pray. It provided all the elements that we are to address when we pray.

Now, when we understand that we are to pray daily – actually pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – then that right there should tell us that we are to repent daily and regularly. Just as we should also be forgiving other and praising Him daily.

Holy Ghost Baptism and Speaking in Other Tongues

This topic tends to get people upset and very defensive. I have often been accused of “judging” when I tell people that if they haven’t spoken in other tongues then they have not received the baptism on the Holy Ghost and are not Holy Ghost filled.

So let me clear something up right now.

Only God can judge a person’s salvation.
I can only tell you what the Bible says.

I would suggest using the King James Version for study. That is the version that is closest to a literal translation of the original text. While there are a few errors, it is far more accurate than other versions like the NIV and others. The New American Standard is a close second to the KJV. Many of the other versions stray quite far from the original text and much of the truth in scripture is lost.

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5 that we must be born of water and spirit. That means water baptism and baptism of the Holy Ghost (some people mistakenly believe that born of water means the fleshly birth, but that is inaccurate. If you read on you see that he talks of people being born of flesh – there is a difference).

Old Testament prophecy told of Holy Ghost baptism: Ezekiel 36:26-27 and Joel 2:28, among other scripture.

Jesus also prophesied about it in John 7:38-39.

As you read you will see that the baptism of the Holy Ghost occurs when a person has fully repented of their sins. It isn’t just an arbitrary event that is only for a few. It is for everyone who will receive it.

Many people ask if receiving the Holy Ghost is necessary for salvation. It is part of the New Birth Experience that Jesus taught to Nicodemus in John 3.

Also, Ephesians 1:13 says: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Now, specifically discussing speaking in other tongues, it is the evidence of the infilling of the Holy Ghost. If you haven’t spoken in tongues, it means you have not received the Holy Ghost.

The way we know this is by reading several accounts in the Bible.

Acts 19:1-6 Paul encountered the disciples. He asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost and they told him they had never even heard of a Holy Ghost. When they received the Holy Ghost they spoke in other tongues.

Acts 10 is the story of Cornelius. He was very devout, but he had a vision and an angel told him that what he was doing was not enough. The angel instructed him to reach out to Peter. He did and Peter witnessed to him. In verse 46 we see where not only Cornelius, but his entire household received the Holy Ghost and spoke in other tongues. That was how Peter knew they had received the Holy Ghost and he baptized them in Jesus name immediately.

I should also note that this is not the same type of speaking in other tongues that is one of the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14). It is also not the type of speaking in tongues that is praying in the Spirit (speaking a Heavenly language). While both of those are indeed speaking in other tongues, this type is specifically intended to provide evidence of the infilling of the Holy Ghost.

I hope this helps further explain Holy Ghost baptism.

Why the Romans Road to Salvation won’t get you to Heaven

Many people believe that Romans 10:9 provides the instructions for salvation but that simply is not true.

The short answer is it isn’t Biblical. It is taken out of context.
The book of Romans is not addressing unsaved people, but an established church where the people were already saved. They did not need to know HOW to be saved. They were being taught how faith and grace work.

The people in that church that the book of Romans is addressing had already repented of their sins, been baptized in the NAME OF JESUS (the ONLY NAME of the father, son, and Holy Ghost), and they had received the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in other tongues.

They had already been ‘saved’ according to the church that Jesus established in Acts, according to the apostles doctrine.

The instruction in Acts 2:38 for salvation was given to the unsaved in response to their question, “What shall we do?” (after they realized just how sinful they were).

So before you jump into Romans, back up to the foundation of the church that Jesus built and read the book of Acts. You will see it demonstrated over and over again, people repenting, being baptized in the NAME of JESUS and receiving the Holy Ghost – and speaking in other tongues.

There is a reason that those examples are there – and there are a lot of them – it is because that is the only way to be saved.

If salvation is an engine, then Acts 2:38 is the key.
Romans is just the instruction manual that explains how it works.

There is only ONE WAY to be saved.
Repent of your sins (but don’t stop there)
Be baptized in JESUS name (no other name, no titles, only Jesus)
You will receive the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in other tongues. You may receive it before baptism in Jesus name, or after, but it must happen because it is evidence that you have fully repented.

Baptism on the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues is YOUR assurance that your name is written in the Book of Life. 
There is NOTHING like it.
But if you have not spoken in other tongues then you have not received the Holy Ghost. In the Bible that is the ONLY evidence that is given. People may act different, but that doesn’t mean they are filled with the Holy Ghost. The only way to know is to speak in other tongues – because that is what the BIBLE tells us.

So if you have not repented, repent today.
If you have not been baptized in the name of Jesus, I can help you find a pastor in your area who can do it.

If you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit (evidenced by speaking in other tongues) start seeking after it today. If you contact me I will gladly pray for you. If you have questions I will gladly answer.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what your grandma said, or your father, or even your pastor. We will all be judged by what it written in the BOOK. If our lives don’t line up with scripture God said He will turn us away.

Study for yourself and don’t rely on the word of man. The book of Acts is crystal clear and tells us exactly what we are to do to be saved. There is no other way and when you are standing before Him in judgment, there are no second chances.

Did God Create Asperger’s?


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by Stuart Miles at

Graphic by Stuart Miles at

I recently saw a question posed to the members of a forum for Christian Aspies. The person asked if God created Asperger’s or if we are some type of corruption from the “norm.”

I have heard many people ask variations of this question over the years and it is a great one. However, I don’t believe that the answer is so black and white.

The question itself implies that what is considered by society to be “normal” is actually God’s normal. I personally do not believe that it is. I don’t believe that God ever intended for society’s accepted normal to be what was normal for man.

See, when sin was brought into the picture it began to corrupt every cell of every human that existed and that followed. God’s intended normal was present in Adam and Eve prior to the fall. After that, it was a steady decline. What we are now are corrupted versions of what God originally intended so that even society’s “normal” isn’t even normal.

I will go even further to say that many forms of Asperger’s such as the honesty, adherence to rules, conviction when a rule is broken (sin), and even sensory processing issues.

In the garden man was not exposed to the overwhelming sensory input. In fact, man began in an agrarian society where people farmed, planted crops and lived off of the land. Life was perfect.

When sin entered the scene man began to degrade. NO ONE is normal, at least by God’s originally intended normal, any more.

So, did God create Asperger’s? I believe that He created ME. He created Aspies. He created all of us, but the corruption of sin is NOT His doing. And there are many, many shades of that corruption. In that respect, Aspies and “normal” people are on the same spectrum.

Take your disability and go away!


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rejects - Stuart Miles

The more I am around people who are not handicapped, the more I realize that there is no place for me in the ‘normal’ world. I have never belonged and I never will. I want others who are handicapped, no matter what that looks like, to know, yes, I know how it feels to be an outcast.

I know how it feels for people to treat your handicap like it is an inconvenience to THEM. I know how it feels to have someone mistreat you because you have a handicap. I know what it feels like to have someone intentionally do things that target your handicap and cause pain or discomfort.

I know what it feels like to have people make certain you know that because you are handicap you are a second class citizen and have no right to ask for any accommodation or help.

I know how it feels to have someone make you feel like you should not be around or even alive because you have a disability. Like you should be put in a box somewhere so no one can be bothered with you.

Yeah, I know how that feels.

Sure, part of it is just plain ignorance; they don’t understand the issues that come from disabilities. But a lot of it comes from being selfish and self-centered. They don’t care about other people and are insensitive to the needs of others. All they care about is what they want when they want it. No one else matters to them.

This is the antithesis of a Christian attitude. Many so-called ‘christians’ will help people – until it infringes upon their own comfort or desire. Then it is game over. The evil comes out and the devil gets glorified. The hate I have observed and experienced in my life by ‘christians’ in response to disabled people is horrifying.

So, no, real Christians follow Christ’s teaching and reach out to help others. They operate in love and bear good fruit.

But these others bear nasty, rotten fruit and they are so bound up they don’t even know it.

They never stop to think beyond their own small, self-centered world to realize that handicapped people go through those ‘inconveniences’ every single day. In their world it is all about them and no one else matters.

Every day I make accommodations for the ‘normal’ world. Yet when I ask for one simple accommodation I am labeled ‘inconsiderate.’ I am inconsiderate because I try to avoid severe pain and discomfort.

So, let’s talk about that.

Let’s talk about the inconsiderate person in a wheelchair who is slowing you down.

Let’s talk about the inconsiderate blind person who bumped you with their cane or dared bring their service dog into the restaurant where you are eating.

Let’s talk about the inconsiderate deaf person because, well, if you don’t know sign language you have to write notes in order to be understood.

How about the inconsiderate autistic person with sensory processing disorder who cannot tolerate bright lights or glare or loud noise or strong odors because it sends shooting, electrical shock like pain through their entire body?

But, hey, as long as YOU are comfortable, right?



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Unity - 89studio

I am sick to death of the discrimination and hate against other races and people.

White people against black, everyone against Hispanic, calling them all ‘Mexicans’ (really?), the slurs against Asians and Middle Easterners – it is just sickening.

It seems that people are LOOKING for the differences to justify hate and fear (fear really is that basis for hate). They create this divide when really there is no difference.

But the biggest issue I have (since our sorry society is actually taking baby steps to move in the direction of ending racial and ethnic prejudice) is the discrimination I experience on a regular basis because of my (world defined) ‘disability.’

Autism is just another way of being, like having brown skin or white skin, blue eyes or brown ones, like being tall or short. It is a different wiring of the brain.

Autism is NOT a disease, a defect, a punishment (thanks a mil Toni Braxton for telling the world that your autistic child was a punishment – nice), something to be cured. Yes, some of us are less functional than others – ON THE OUTSIDE – but you really don’t know what is going on INSIDE.

Just because we make YOU uncomfortable doesn’t mean that we should be ‘cured’ or put away. Your discomfort does not invalidate our right to be held as valuable individuals. Some of the greatest minds in history were autistic – Einstein, Mozart, Temple Grandin, Bill Gates, and a whole host of highly creative, intelligent, scientific people. The list is incredible.

I have been discriminated against severely because of my ‘disability.’ I have been ridiculed, abused, rejected and been made an outcast because I am different. Most of the time that discrimination comes for sheer ignorance. People don’t understand and they don’t want to because if they take the time to learn then they can no longer justify their poor treatment of others. Yes, I am socially awkward. Yes, I say things sometimes that offend. That is not my intention but I just speak the truth and am not as equipped as my neutotypical counterparts to handle some aspects interpersonal communication.

I offended someone recently and they have become quite nasty towards me – trouble is I sometimes have to work with this person. This is just another example of someone preferring to remain in their ignorance and their maintaining a thin skin as opposed to taking the intelligent route and educating themselves and moving toward understanding. But their misplaced arrogance is their problem, not mine. Their choice to hate and discriminate instead of trying to become educated and better understand is their problem. And in all honesty, that typically indicates a lack of intelligence as well as a lack of character – something to think about.

There is a billboard about a mile from my home that promotes finding a ‘cure’ for autism – as if it is a disease. So speaking for the autistic community, I say this.

We don’t need to be cured; We need to be accepted.

Stop looking for our faults and differences because if that is all you want to see, that is all you will see – and you won’t have to look too hard. Then again, if all we wanted to see was YOUR faults and differences we wouldn’t have to look too hard either.

This is the way we were born. We did not choose our differently wired brain any more than you chose your height, skin color or eye color.

I was born this way and I wouldn’t change it for the world! Because of my autism I am intelligent, I see and experience the world in a different way. You know, if you stopped judging me and criticizing me, opened your heart and mind to actually get to know me you might even like me.

There is NOTHING in the Bible that says any race or ethnicity is an abomination or deserves to be abused. There is not one scripture that says people who are ‘disabled’ are less than human or are not able to serve God. Not a one.

Please, PLEASE stop seeing the differences and start seeing the contributions. They are there if you will just open your eyes. We are all here on this earth together, put here to serve the Lord, it is high time we come together and work in unity to do just that.


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So, What’s this Jesus Name Baptism all About?


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Stuart Miles3

Are we saved by baptism in Jesus name or baptism in titles?

This tends to be a pretty hot topic. People will say, “Well, I believe,” or “I feel,” or “My opinion is…”

Actually, it isn’t about what we think or what we feel or even what our opinion is.
John 14-15 ~If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
The Bible doesn’t say, “if you feel like it,” or “whatever you think,” or “whatever your opinion is.” It says to obey God’s word. Period. Finite.

We MUST be baptized in Jesus name. That is the ONLY way to be saved, the ONLY way to have the power and authority that comes with being one of His. In fact, it is the ONLY way to become ‘one of His.’

Furthermore, if you have been exposed to the truth and you reject it, you will be held accountable. It is a SIN to disobey God.

People who believe in baptizing in titles will bring up Matthew 28:19 as their ‘proof.’ But, really, what about it? We were commanded to be baptized in the NAME of the father, some and Holy Ghost. The NAME of the father, son and Holy Ghost is JESUS!
In fact, if you look through at ALL the examples in the Bible of people being baptized, NOT ONE of them was EVER baptized in titles. EVERY SINGLE ONE was baptized in Jesus name.
And I got scripture to support it.

Those who have not had the revelation or insist in this Roman Catholic manner of baptism (man-made doctrine by the way) are typically either spiritually immature, haven’t been taught truth or are in rebellion.
Spiritually immature meaning not receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost as evidenced in speaking in other tongues.
Not taught truth as in not being taught at home or being in a church that does not teach truth.
Rebellion by rejecting the Word of God, rejecting the teaching of Holy Ghost filled individuals, rejecting the revelation and conviction of the Holy Ghost.
Rebellion is a sin, btw.

The apostles were taught by the Master Himself. I am pretty sure they knew what they were doing and were being obedient to Him.
Here are a few scriptures where people were baptized (there are many more). Notice the NAME they were baptized in.

ACTS 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

ACTS 8:15
Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
ACTS 8:16
(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)

ACTS 10:46
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
ACTS 10:47
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
ACTS 10:48
And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

ACTS 19:5
When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

The scripture is clear.
The people are disobedient.

Many people erroneously believe that Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Means that if you believe then you are saved, that is it. That’s all you have to do.

And it is partly true. Only believers will be saved.
Then again, even the devil is a believer and I’m pretty sure he isn’t saved.
Believing in God is not what this means. It means ACCEPTING in FAITH and KNOWING that Jesus is God. It means KNOWING the TRUTH of scripture and loving that truth.

The Bible tells us to make sure all teaching lines up with scripture. Just taking man’s word is dangerous. There are many false prophets and false doctrine is abundant.
We have to judge the teaching critically and if it does not line up with scripture then reject it.
The ONLY truth is God’s Truth.

You can compare it to an earthly marriage. There really is no difference.
Our earthly relationships are used to give us solid examples of our spiritual relationships.
That is why we must keep our earthly relationship healthy and honest.

Baptizing in titles is not correct because right there Jesus is saying that the NAME of all three is Jesus. He is telling us right there that He is ONE – He is the Father. He is the Son. He is the Holy Ghost. The name for all three of those offices is JESUS.
The titles make it sound like there are three gods sitting up in Heaven, that they share the power. But God said that He is ONE God.
He is NOT sharing any power! He IS the power!

I grew up Baptist, but even as a small child certain scripture puzzled me. To me scripture indicated that Jesus is God. I mean, look at John 1:1-14. Look at where Jesus said ‘I and the father are one.’ Even the Name Jesus means Mighty God!
It just did not make sense that there would be three sitting up there when God said there is ONE GOD.
I asked the questions directly and no one could give me a straight answer. I got the whole “it’s a mystery:” a lot.
Then I started searching for myself. I went to several churches but to be honest, the whole idea of a trinity seemed wrong to me. It just did not ring true and it certainly did NOT line up with scripture.

Then a dear friend showed me some scripture and told me I wasn’t crazy., that there really is just ONE GOD and His name is Jesus.
If you doubt. Pray for a revelation of truth.

If you really believe you are right then you won’t worry about God revealing His truth to you. The only way you would have apprehension about praying that is if somewhere deep inside you know you are wrong.

Sometimes people will use the scripture that says Jesus is sitting on the right hand of the Father as a basis for their belief that there is a trinity, therefore justifying the baptism in titles.

The “right hand” indicates authority. The right hand is authority.
Jesus is the authority. When we are baptized in His name we have the AUTHORITY to cast out devils, heal the sick, all of it.

Plus, God is a SPIRIT. He doesn’t have hands. This is figurative language.

The ‘sinner’s prayer’ that seems to be so popular is not Biblical. It isn’t even in the Bible!
The ‘sinner’s prayer’ will NOT get you saved. It isn’t what the Bible says.
Acts 2:38 ~Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Now, Jesus taught Peter so I am pretty sure that Peter knows the score here.

It is necessary to repent. That is confess your sins, ask for forgiveness and sin no more.

Then it is necessary to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ by immersion in water.

Then the gift of the Holy Ghost is given. And guess what? If you don’t speak in tongues then you have not received the Holy Spirit. You have not been filled. Speaking in other tongues, in this case, confirms to the believer that he or she has been filled. It also provides a witness for others.

And John 3:16 is not a salvation plan either. It just opens the door. When we choose to live for God the first step is faith. Grace makes salvation possible. Faith is the fuel. It is what allows us to repent, be baptized in Jesus name and receive the Holy Spirit.

Peter said that the only way to be saved from this perverse generation is to repent, be baptized in Jesus name and receive the Holy Ghost.. The apostles understood and they obeyed. They went out and that is how they baptized – in Jesus name. Every. Single. Time.

But don’t just take my word for it. Go to the Book.
Everything here is truth and it is right there in the Bible.
Then I suggest praying for God to open your mind and your heart, giving you a revelation of His truth.

And I will say this.

ANYONE who wants to know more about this, wants a Bible study, has questions, ANYTHING, is welcome to contact me or friend me. I answer all emails.
I am a lover of truth and I love sharing truth.
If you truly want to know, I will be happy to provide good, Godly counsel that is Biblically based.

A Bible Verse Once a Week – FREE!


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Phone Scripture

My pastor sends out a text once a week with a scripture. If you would like to be on that list and receive a Bible verse once a week, please email your number to and I will have him add you.

There is no spam, nothing more than one, simple Bible verse once a week.You will not receive any other emails from me or anyone else. I will be deleting your email after I pass on the text number unless you say otherwise.

We gain so much from scripture – encouragement, guidance and sometimes those WOW GOD moments!

Maybe there is a WOW GOD moment waiting for you…
But you will never know unless you get on the list.

The thief on the cross


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Over the past few weeks I have had several people ask about the ‘thief on the cross’ or reference the event and I wanted to address it to hopefully clarify some things.

One of the most common questions I get asked by people regarding baptism is, ‘What about the thief on the cross? How was he saved?’ Usually they are trying to justify why they have not been baptized in Jesus’ name or to argue that baptism is not necessary.

Any teaching that in contrary to the Word of God, that does not teach the necessity of baptism in Jesus’ name is false doctrine. That is not me talking, that is according to scripture.

So, let’s delve deeper into just why the thief on the cross was saved without being baptized and why we now are required to be baptized in order to be saved.

The thief on the cross died under the Law of Moses.

OK, so why are we no longer under the Law of Moses? What changed?

Well, Jesus came, died and was resurrected. Everything changed.

We humans just could not hold to the commandments. We kept sinning again and again. We could not get away from it and we were falling farther and farther into our sin as we became more and more of the world. The human race was lost to sin, to satan.

Then Jesus came, a perfect, sinless human. He lived a sinless life then shed His blood when He died on the cross to save us from the world, from sin. He paid with His life to buy us back so that we could have the chance to live eternally by Him.

That chance is available to all. According to the Word of God, we must believe in Him, repent of our sins and be baptized in His name (the name of Jesus) by immersion for the remission of our sins. And we need to be filled with the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.

This is explained throughout scripture and is demonstrated in scripture again and again.

The important thing, though, is the name. You must be baptized in the name in order to inherit the authority that comes with the name. If you have not been baptized in the name of Jesus then you have no authority to invoke the name of Jesus for anything. You may be able to say it, but they are just words. You have no authority because you have not been reborn into the family under the name of Jesus.

That is why it is so vital to be baptized in the name of Jesus and not under the titles. Being baptized under the titles will just get you wet. Being baptized in the name, the name of Jesus Christ, will bring you into that family, under His authority so that you can spend eternity with Him.

You can learn more about baptism in Jesus’ name by reading Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?