New article: “Should a Christian be a member of a secret society?”
As with any question of proper inclination and conduct, a Christian must first have laid down a solid foundation of principles based on God’s wisdom through His Spirit (John 14:26; 16:13–14; 1 John 5:6) and His Word (Psalm 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16–17). This concept is especially important when a Christian considers joining a secret society. The term secret society is often controversial and incendiary, much like the word cult. Those belonging to what most would categorize as a secret society often deny their organization is just that. With this in view, it is important to define what a secret society is.
Alan Axelrod, author of the International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders, defines a secret society as an organization that is highly exclusive, claims to be the purveyor of special secrets, and has a membership that is strongly inclined toward one another.
David V. Barrett, in Secret Societies: From the Ancient and Arcane to the Modern and Clandestine, lists these characteristics:
• It has “carefully graded and progressed teachings”
• Teachings are “available only to selected individuals”
• Teachings lead to “hidden (and ‘unique’) truths”
• Truths bring “personal benefits beyond the reach and even the understanding of the uninitiated”
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New article: “Does the Bible teach believer’s baptism/credobaptism?”
Baptism has been a topic of debate within Christian circles for many years. In fact, it was already an issue in the early church. Paul addressed it in 1 Corinthians 1:13–16. The Corinthians were boasting about which apostle had baptized them, arguing about whose baptism was better. Paul rebuked them for their sectarianism and concluded with, “Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel.” From this statement it is clear that there is a marked difference between receiving the gospel and the act of baptism. They are linked but are not the same in importance.
According to the bulk of Scripture, water baptism is an important first step in following Jesus as Lord. Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:21) and told those who professed His name to follow His example as evidence that their hearts had changed (Acts 8:16; 19:5). Believer’s baptism is the act by which a believer in Jesus Christ chooses to be baptized in order to give testimony of his faith. Believer’s baptism is also called “credobaptism,” a term that comes from the Latin word for “creed,” indicating that baptism is a symbol of a person’s adopting a certain doctrine or creed.
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