Al Maxey says that his new book, “Immersed by one Spirit” is the account of how he changed his view of the purpose of baptism. The publisher’s announcements say the same thing. And what was that original view that he now calls error and where did it come from?

To track down the origin of that “error” you have to go all the way back to the Holy Spirit. Al’s original view was that the purpose of baptism is the remission of sins and salvation. He got that from the teaching and practice of the apostles. The apostles got it from Jesus who said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” And Jesus got it from the Holy Spirit. The record says that He was taken up “after that He, through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He has chosen.” (Acts 1:8) So the commandments He gave the apostles came from the Holy Spirit.

And what were those commandments? He told them to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things He had commanded them. (Mat. 28:19-20) Note that this is written in participles, meaning that “make disciples” and “baptizing them” occur at the same time. Thus, beginning on Pentecost day, the apostles taught people to be baptized for this purpose. When the people obeyed this Gospel the Lord added them to the number of the saved. Now don’t you know these heavenly messengers have been anxiously awaiting Al’s book so they can find out where they made their mistake?

I am sure heaven’s spokesmen will now rewrite the scriptures. The Holy Spirit will have learned that He was the element in which people were supposed to be baptized, not water, as Jesus and the apostles thought. Acts 2 will have to be revised. Instead of saying that He fell upon the 120 gathered in the upper room it will say that he fell in a nearby lake and filled it with Himself so they could be baptized in Him. In Acts 8 the eunuch will say, “Here is a lake. We can fill it with the Holy Spirit and I can be baptized there.” In the 10th chapter Peter, instead of commanding “water, that these should be baptized” will command the Holy Spirit to come back again and this time get it right, be the element in which they are baptized. In chapter 16 the account of the Phillipian jailor will say, “They took him, the same hour of the night, filled a bath tub with the Holy Spirit, and baptized him and his family there in.

After the corrections are made Revelation 20 will say, “All the dead, small and great, stood before God and the books were opened, and another book was opened which was Al Maxey’s book, and corrections were made in the first books according to what Al had written. Then all who wanted to go into heaven were sent there and the others were consigned to eternity in a mean old church of Christ, where they will have to hear the original version of the Bible preached every Sunday forever. There will be weeping and gnashing of pages.”

“According to their own desires they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears, and will turn away their ears from the truth and be turned to fables.” (2 Tim. 4:2-3)



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