Back when I was on earth, My followers took Me serious when I gave instructions.
What if I said, in order to save your life, you must bring a rope and a gallon of water and you only brought the rope, because it was easier to carry.
You joyfully used the rope to get you out of a pit you were in, only to discover the pit is in the middle of a desert, and without the gallon of water you will die in the desert.
In the last instructions I gave, before leaving earth, I did not say, ‘Go preach in all the world, count the hands raised, then pack up and go home.’
I also did not say, ‘He that raised his hand would be saved.’
I said, those who believed the preaching and were baptized, would be saved. But I also said, he that did not believe, baptized or not, would be damned. (Mark 16:15-16).
Let’s say the rope is the believing that My blood gets you out of sins pit, and the gallon of water is the baptism that sustains you through the desert of life. If you die in the desert, who is to blame?
Most of you use the ridiculous example of the thief on the cross not being baptized. If you decide to follow Me while hanging on a cross, gasping for your last breath, I will excuse you from baptism too.
If you say you are going to follow Me, then follow Me.
If you wish to call this legalism, then call Me legalistic.
May I suggest, if you say you believe, find some water. Baptism was not a question when I was there. We were baptizing where ever we went, (John 3:22-23).
You must come to one conclusion, either I made a mistake, when I said, “Believe and be baptized to be saved,” or “baptism is a necessary part of your salvation.” If you think I made a mistake, we can discuss it when you get to the gate!
Here is another place My mother would say; “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it,” John 2:5.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with TV and radio, teaching, and preaching, a retired businessman, Jim now helps to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who feeds them. He’s become His banker and is privileged to give His money away, wherever He decides, so he’s also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his LORD, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lives every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice.|