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The True Baptism

7/10/05 From The #Lord, Our #God and #Savior
The #Word of The Lord Spoken to Timothy
For All Those Who Have Ears to Hear

Thus says The Lord: Be wary of all these #men in #authority who dwell in the #churches of men, be wary and vigilant. For they hold tightly to singleness of #doctrine, teaching always that which is built upon the corrupt #... Show more...
Baptism

In 418 A.D., a Catholic church council decided that every human child is born demonic as a result of its sexual conception, thus automati­cally damned unless baptized.1

During a Catholic baptismal ceremony the priest still addresses the baby, "I exorcise thee, thou unclean spirit.... Hear thy doom, 0 Devil accursed, Satan ac­cursed!" 2

The exorcism is euphemistically described as "a means to remove impediments to grace resulting from the effects of original sin and the power of Satan over fallen nature." 3

But it is obvious from the folk belief still widespread, that the church's teaching was that every newborn infant before baptism belonged to the devil.4

St. Augustine's doctrine of original sin laid the foundation for this idea, and Tertul­lian said every baby is born evil; its soul is "unclean" and "actively sinful" before baptisms.5

Medieval theologians held that any infant still in the womb is doomed to eternal damnation.6 The Oedipal jealousies of men apparently developed these ideas, since few women would have pictu... Show more...