LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God…” (1 Peter 2:21, the Holy Bible).
NEW MEANING FOR “BAPTISM WITH WATER”: Baptism of a new convert into a religious group is usually associated with immersing in, pouring, or simply touching with, water (on) the convert. But in the case of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church—a Christian denomination that is founded in the Philippines and which teaches that Jesus is God and Savior—baptism with water took on a new meaning.
This occurred in the course of a Filipina who is currently based in London who left her former religion and joined the AND KNK, after a week of furious nightly Bible studies, including deliberations on what is AND KNK and what its missions are towards propagating the truth that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, and is in truth God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all rolled into one.
I must say at the outset that these Bible studies—which other groups call “indoctrination”—were conducted through the facilities of social media. At the end of the week, I asked the Filipina whether she understood what we have been discussing about the AND KNK, and whether she is ready to become a “Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ”.
BAPTISM THROUGH THE INTERNET? WHY NOT? Her answer was an “eager” yes. I asked her next whether she is ready and willing to abide by the doctrines espoused by the AND KNK, all of which are based in the Bible anyway, and she again answered “yes.” Then, I asked her if she was amenable to foreswear—or give up or renounce—her religion where she was a member of at that point in time.
Again, the Filipina in London answered “yes”, and she even declared her renunciation of her former church, and of its teachings and doctrines, and its practices, particularly its worship of images and pictures or monuments. With that, I asked her if she was willing to be baptized as a member of the AND KNK, and, again, she said “yes”.
I then led her into a prayer where she accepted Jesus Christ as her God and Savior, and believing and having faith that Jesus is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all rolled into one, and in repenting for her sins. After that, I proceeded to baptize her, in my capacity as the Leader Disciple of AND KNK, into the church.
“WATER BAPTISM” IS JUST A SYMBOL: The new AND KNK member from London is not a religious neophyte, of course. She was also aware of the practice of some groups regarding “water baptism”. But I explained that, according to the Bible, “water baptism” is a mere symbolic act—to show the convert’s clear conscience towards God.
To AND KNK, “water baptism” could also occur, even without the actual use of water, when the convert in his heart, mind, and spirit, makes a pledge to stand strong in his faith as a child of God and blood kin of the Christ, to be unwavering in the faith that Jesus is God and Savior, and to participate in the mission to make disciples of all nations, to baptize people in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to teach everyone what Jesus taught in the Bible.
Happy and contented with this explanation, the Filipina then professed her acceptance of the AND KNK as the Church that Jesus built (see Matthew 16:18) from the east and from a far-off land (see Isaiah 46:11), which has been selected even before time (see Ephesians 1:4) to fulfill God’s purpose during the end time (see Matthew 24:14). For inquiries, call the numbers below, or send me an email now!
PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and the world at www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK (and look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.#