Christ is the capstone that willl hold the Church together forever.

Wednesday, 10/28/15

Paul tells us that as Christians we are members of an exalted household, built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, held together by the capstone of Christ.

Paul compares the Church to a Gothic cathedral that consists of a line of arches that are held in place by a single capstone running the length of the cathedral.

In calling the foundation stones the Apostles and Prophets, Paul was saying that we cannot introduce any novelty beliefs that are not in tune with God’s Revelation that came to us through the Old and New Testaments.

I twice saw how the placing of a capstone permanently locked into place the arched walls ascending from the sides.

Once in Korea, some Buddhist monks were rebuilding their badly shelled monastery, and I helped them by making signs in English for American tourists.

They replaced their bombed away entrance arch by building a clay arch, then stacking the big  wedged stones up both side. When they were near the top, they wedged a short arch of stone between the two sides, Once it was locked in place, they pulled the clay mound out from under it, leaving the arch entrance arch to stand until the next awful war.

 The other arch I said I saw locked in place, I didn’t actually see. The 930 feet tall Gateway to the West arch on the St. Louis.’s waterfront was completed in 1965 while I was still in Korea. But after I arrived back the next year, I visited the Arch’s museum where they showed a movie of giant cranes lifting the 142 stainless steel sections to where they fit.  Once they wedged the capstone into place between the sides; the structure, like our Church, was fixed in place till the end of time.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Can involuntary baptism wash away your sins? Is involuntary baptism a Biblical concept? Does involuntary baptism play a role in your salvation? The answer is no, no, and no.


Faith:John 3:16

Repentance: Acts 2:38 (repentance is making the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God)

Confession: Romans 10:9-10

I know of no one who involuntarily baptizes adults. Why would they, then, force infants to be baptized against their will? It not only is nonsensical, it is not according to the Scriptures.

There are some Biblical accounts of involuntary baptisms.

A couple thousand demons were involuntarily baptized.(Mark 5:12-13 The demons implored Him, saying, "Send us into the swine so that we may enter them." 13 Jesus gave them permission. And coming out, the unclean spirits entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, about two thousand of them; and they were drown in the sea.

These demons confessed that Jesus was the Son of God, however, they did not repent. (Mark 5:1-13) These demons were not saved. They were not forgiven of their sins. Involuntary baptism drown the swine, but did not wash away any ones sins.

A few unbelieving, unrepentant Egyptians were involuntarily baptized in the sea. (Exodus 14:27-28) The Egyptians who were involuntarily baptized were not saved, all they got was dead.


The Ethiopian eunuch heard Jesus preached from the Scriptures. He believed and confessed Jesus Christ as the Son of God. He asked to be baptized in water. He went away rejoicing. (Acts 8:27-38) The eunuch had his sins washed away by the blood of Jesus. The eunuch was saved. He was added to the Lord's church. The eunuch was part of the body of Christ. The eunuch was baptized into Christ.

If you were baptized before you believed, all you got was wet.
If you were baptized without repenting, that is if you did not make the commitment to turn from sin and and turn toward God, all you got was wet.
If you were baptized without acknowledging that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead, all you got was wet.



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