Many years ago, in the town of French Lick, Indiana, an enterprise grew that promised to bring health and happiness to the masses. Pluto Water, it was all the rage in the 1920’s, but to the dismay of many all of the claims that it made as a cure all were found to be false, all but one. It was a tremendous laxative. Yes, that’s it. The total sum of 55 aliments curable by drinking the highly concentrated sodium and magnesium sulfate water has now been reduced down to one thing, combating incontinence.
Half Truths Alter Lives
The story of Pluto Water at least has a happy ending for those who need a respite from the naufrage of such a delicate disorder. Yet its Plutonian emblem reminds me of the more sinister consequences of believing in false hope. The waters emblem is a devil, and since the beginning of time, Satan has mastered the art of changing the true benefits of a good thing into false hope and life altering lies. One need only look to the Garden of Eden to find the serpent falsifying the truths of God’s Word.
“Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). Sounded right to Eve after she ate of the forbidden tree; after all, her heart was still beating, and she was still breathing. Dead? Really? I think not! Wait till I tell Adam, she thought. Sure enough, having seen what he felt was proof – her life-like figure still in the garden – he too succumbed to death. No, not a physical death, that would come later, hundreds of years later, but separation from God. That was a death far worse than physical cessation. Proof? A massive angel with a flaming sword guarding the path home.
Same Devil, More Twists
Satan is still twisting the Word of God, to perfection. The Bible warns of the false prophets who would change the Word of God. It also warns us of the many that would follow them (II Peter 2:1-2). The truth is that there is only one way to God, and that way is through Christ. He is our savior, our deliverer, our only hope. His Word is the only sure map available to guide us home. It does not contradict itself; contradictions only arise when man tries to add his own opinion to the matter. Time and space prohibit me from exposing every lie of the devil, but there are three that must be addressed. I will briefly expose these fallacies. Then, as a true Christian should, I would ask that you follow up on them by studying the Bible, praying for direction, and fasting for answers to your questions.
There is but One God
The Bible is very specific about this point; read Isaiah 45:5, Isaiah 44:24, Isaiah 43:11, Deuteronomy 6:4. These are just a few of the verses that tell us that our Father is not a trinity of persons. In fact, the Bible states plainly in Isaiah 9:6 that Jesus Christ is the Everlasting Father. In the New International Version of the Bible (NIV) Philip asks, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us” (John 14:8). I like how Jesus responds, “Don’t you know me, Philip” (John 14:9).
Baptism Should Be Administered in the Name of Jesus Christ
Not one place in the Bible do we see anyone baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. These are titles of God, not names. Everywhere that anyone was baptized, other than those that John the Baptist baptized, were baptized in the name of Christ. In fact, we are instructed to do all things in the name of Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:17). Many people ask me, “What about Matthew 28:19?” The Biblical answer: it is part of the great commission, not only is it recorded in Matthew, but it is recorded in Mark, Luke and Acts. Luke says it this way, “repentance and remission of sins (baptism) should be preached in His name” (Luke 24:47). The commission was recorded in different ways in these passages not because of contradiction, but they all knew the name. It was His name; He is the Father, Son, and Spirit. That is why the Spirit did not come until he left. Jesus is the name above all others and if it were not important the Apostle Paul would have not commanded the Ephesian Disciples to be re-baptized in the name of Jesus when he found out that they had not yet received the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Tongues is the Evidence of the Holy Ghost in Your Life
In the last segment, we find Paul questioning the Ephesians as to whether they had the Holy Ghost, something that they knew nothing about even though they truly followed Christ as their savior. How would they have known they didn’t have it if there was no evidence of it when it came? If you ask most people today if they have received the Holy Ghost, they do not know, or they proclaim it was an automatic happening when they became a member of their church. When you have the Holy Ghost, you will know it, because you will speak in a language you have never learned as the Spirit gives the utterance. This happened on the day of Pentecost, to Cornelius and his household, to the Ephesians once they were baptized right, and to everyone who received this precious gift throughout the Bible. I have heard many arguments, none Biblical, about the cessation of tongues as evidence, but only one is worth mentioning here. I have been asked, “If tongues are the evidence of receiving the Holy Ghost then why did Paul ask if all spoke with tongues” (I Corinthians 12:30). The answer is very simple. Paul was speaking to the church. All of the Epistles are written to churches not to those outside of the church; thus, he was speaking of the Gift of Tongues as it relates to the Gift of Interpretation of Tongues, not as it relates to the Gift of the Holy Ghost. These are two very different things.
Your Turn To Study
I have covered just a few points under each of these Biblical topics in hopes that you as a Christian will study out these very important subjects. They are subjects that the enemy of your soul has spent countless hours fictionalizing. The Bible is full of great truth, but truth is not subject to our own interpretation, it is hinged on every scripture in the Word of God. The only thing the devil’s Pluto Water is good for is cleansing your colon. If you want to be clean all over, desire the sincere milk of the Word of God (I Peter 2:2).