Acts 19:5 They Were Baptized

Acts 19:5 (KJV)
When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

I know there will be some who take umbrage at my saying Apostle Paul was a Baptist, or rather, an Anabaptist.

Here’s my reasoning. The term anabaptist, “rebaptizer,” is a derogatory term applied to those Christians who refused to yoke with Constantine’s early catholic church. They further took the step of refusing that any baptisms, regardless of the mode, of the catholic churches, was a Scriptural baptism. Any coming from those churches, upon a sound profession of faith, was baptized scripturally under the authority of what the Anabaptists would have insisted is a scriptural church. 

We see Paul, in this instance, meet a group of baptized people. Call that a church, albeit an unscriptural one. Paul, upon examining their faith, determined: 

First that they were not saved 
This based on the false teaching they had received.

Second that they were not baptized
Though they had experienced a religious ritual similar to baptism, it was not scriptural therefore was not true baptism. 

I commend Apostle Paul for giving them the true gospel and then leading them to true baptism (whether he was the one who baptized we do not know. He may have left the actual performance of it to one of his team.) I also commend these brethren for the humility to hear the Word of God more perfectly and to embrace it so fully that they received the Holy Ghost and submitted to believers’ baptism. 

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Acts 19:5 They Were Baptized

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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