Wednesday Night Bible Study 15th January 1969

Wednesday Night Bible Study 15th January 1969
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QUESTION: The Catholics have seven sacraments.

ANSWER: There are only three, baptism, matrimony and communion. They attempt to say that baptism is not a sacrament it is an ordinance. To be a sacrament, blessing has to descent from heaven upon it. It has to be a transition of spiritual power from heaven to earth. If marriage is a sacrament blessed by heaven, then baptism is also a sacrament for it represented not only the mystic connection between Christ and his church, but not only, were they buried with HIM in baptism and raised with HIM in baptism.

Then of course a person is baptized symbolically into the body of Christ, then by the same token he is baptized into His death and raised with Him in resurrection. And by the same token then sprinkling, and infant baptism does not just have its origin as some people have stated in the theology of various sects, but way back in the Old Testament, in the temple they baptized in clean water for the people. And they were free from all transgressions. In this instance they also emerged children, the baptism of children symbolically washing them with clean water. Washing away all transgression until the redemption.