Heresy in baptism teachings was the topic at adult Sunday school this past weekend. Before he introduced the guest teacher, Pastor Vince Giardino read from Romans 6:1-6 to lay the foundation for the topic at hand. When we are baptized, it is through the Holy Ghost that we enter into the body Jesus Christ, the body being the church. There is no water present. Further, “There is no washing away of sin by water”, Pastor pointed out.Brother Vince Massa stepped forward then to teach on the heresy of a group of believers called Baptist Briders. They believe that the church began with John the Baptist (or in some cases, Jesus Christ) and an unbroken succession of Baptist ministers has existed. However, the church could not begin until Christ died on the cross, ending the dispensation of the law and starting the New Testament. John the Baptist, therefore, was an Old Testament Prophet.
They also believe that any references in the scriptures to baptism entails the physical process of water immersion. Eph 4:4-5 is an example of how Baptist Briders misapply the scriptures. The “one baptism” the verses refer to is baptism by water, they say.
If perchance you were to join a Baptist Brider church, you would most likely be required to be baptized again. They would argue that your initial baptism was not performed by a pastor who was connected to the line of succession coming out of the Baptist church. Any such baptism is what they call an alien baptism. The body of Christ, the “Bride”, they think, is only made up of saved individuals baptized by them. All other saved individuals will only be guests at the marriage supper, i.e. just part of the family. Similarly, they have a closed communion, available only to those of their church.
Seeking to uncover the truth, Brother Massa read the following verses: Eph 1:22-23, Eph 5:30-32, Eph 5:27, and 1 Cor 12:12-14. There is a spiritual baptism by which we all become members of Christ’s body. The church is His body and the body is His bride. The spirit baptism puts you into Christ’s spiritual body. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” 1 Cor 12:13.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he said to His apostles, “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost”, Acts 1:5. The day of Pentecost is when the first spiritual baptism occurred and the body of Christ (i.e. the church) began. The church will continue and grow until the rapture. All who are saved during this interval of time are the bride of Christ.