Our local paper has an article in it this week by the woman pastor/preacher (call her whatever you want – she calls herself Rev.) from solitary of the within sight denominations entitled, “What is Confirmation?” which wench needful to explain since they take it a confirmation Sunday planned. Needless to do since I swear by never manifest of such a thing prerogative the Bible and accept known many individuals in this particular denomination over the years I ended up reading the piece thorough the while knowing that the exit of the Bible on a subject has never stopped a denomination from its acquiesce inventions and desires because pertains to its faith, or worship, or religion.
After reading the article I went to my e-sword concordance and did a search on the info “confirmation.” I did find it in 2 locations. paul spoke about “confirmation of the gospel” in Philippians 1:7 and the writer of the book of Hebrews spoke of how an “oath for confirmation” (Heb. 6:16) is for men an end of unimpaired consider but was appropriate moulding an doing about secular matters among men in order to begin a prominent point approximately the confirmation God has made to man. an alternate examine on the advice “confirm” only brought up 1 hits (Rom. 15:8 besides 1 Cor. 1:8) further eat up the references above neither have relevance for the practice of a “confirmation Sunday,” a matter unknown in scripture.
So what are we doing here? Are we free to pertinent make up worship to suit ourselves? The lady says in her article, and I quote directly from it, “Confirmation is a rite achieved sway the church during worship.” You cannot find such an disfigured in the New testomony but you can find it in this denomination which went outside the spare Testament for its practice and authority. Who has parallel authority? I would think it might take a bold man to gab I’ll bring it into the worship whether I onus find it leverage the New Testament or not.
Jesus himself said, “God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit also truth.” (John 4:24 NKJV) Since God’s instruction is truth, “your word is truth” (John 17:17 NKJV), again I “must” distinction in truth it appears to me I rapture a little gospel (word of God) for what I practice esteem worship to God. Where is this truth, “confirmation,” found impact God’s word? I appeared for substantial however could not find it. Am I to credit this group does not care about agreement any poop of God seeing their practice?
The lady attempts to give the history of confirmation so people like me can get a handle on it but mindset where girl starts with that history. Are you guessing the New Testament and the first century? exceeding expectation again. She begins not prestige the first century but in the third approximately 200 years after the expanded Testament turned into signed, sealed, and delivered as God’s new covenant or law for partner which was “once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3 NKJV) She thus goes external the word of God to the poop of men to get her “confirmation Sunday.” Of path I already knew it was now not power the massed testament due to you also know if you have ever read it.
The lady says pressure the early church (she ability the Catholic church not the first century New Testament altar) confirmation was associated with baptism. I guess from what she wrote that a bishop would confirm a new convert after his/her baptism and sometimes quite a long while after that baptism. Confirmation was thus just any words a bishop might blab in some kind of ceremonious sanctuary setting or lift , according to her, to symbolize the presence of the Holy scene in baptism and says it knotty laying on of fingers and anointing with oil.
She goes on to say, “Up until the Reformation the Church retained Confirmation as a sacrament but gave, whereas the centuries, many explanations.” without fail to that. I bet that is the truth. When you rear ways to worship unknown to the word of God many reasons as to what you are doing and ground are in order. God is cod an explanation as well as individual. If you are giving many stories (explanations) how do you decide which one to give to Jesus at the epoch of conviction when he asks you what this was all about besides why?
The lady preacher (???) goes on to say that today impact her denomination that confirmation has become an educational event. tangible is a rite done pressure notice she says. I ask by whose authority – man’s or God’s? A lesser first school student could quickly figure the answer to that one out.
She says undeniable is a public expression reconfirming the baptism received as an infant. Book, chapter, and verse? Don’t have your go waiting for scripture. You will literally die of historic age before you ever get scripture for this practice for it does not turn up in the word of God.
As for infant baptism existent is another topic for an alternative day. If an infant answerability be baptized scripturally I do now not see way Tator, my basset hound, cannot act as baptised over well considering slick is due to much Bible restraint to moisten him as there is an infant who can know no more than Tator does approximately what is going on and why. The Bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently are seeking for him.” (Heb. 11:6 NKJV) The infant can clearly not go to God in faith or act through faith nor does he/she need to in that one is accountable seeing sin only when he/she has become a criminal. The infant is born sin free, not born in sin. If you gab the baby is a sinner you have to name the sin.
There is sin involved in baptizing the infant however not on the infant’s part. It is on the part of the ones who put the infant through this and then allow him when he does pop up to an maturate of accountability to be deceived recreation thinking he obeyed lord in baptism. You disinformation to him. He never obeyed anything because an infant nor could he. sound become impossible and what is impossible almighty does not require. Yes, God calls for baptism but not of babies.
I have no conclusion why people want to be in a denomination that has no more respect for the bible than does this one. The struggle is they achieve not need a Bible for they have created their own religion and just adopted as much of the Bible as they want, leaving the stay on alone, and credit added the commandments of men to what they have adopted. i’d rather go play golf again I do not even know how to play golf further I am not interested in learning but at least in golfing I would stay out of trouble with God which is not likely to factor the case with this crew.
As for the lady preacher Paul said (but does it matter with these guys?), “I do not permit a deb to render or to have authority over a man.” (0.33 Tim. 2:12 NKJV) Yes, everyone is entitled to their own religion however just be truthful about it. Don’t give voice it is Bible based when it is no longer. At least the Catholics were honest enough to are trying also burn Bibles also the ones who translated them or in some cases those affected with them. There is some consistency acknowledged. now for me I crave nothing to score with either the denominations or the Catholics. “And in vain they worship me, teaching now doctrines the commandments of me.” (chit 7:7 NKJV)