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More on Mac Deaver's Teaching on Holy Spirit Baptism & Direct Help for the Saint

Howard Denham

October 30, 2014

Notes on Holy Spirit Baptism

Mac’s Inconsistency on the Work of the Holy Spirit through the Word – HS-33

 

1)     Mac Deaver maintains that the Holy Spirit only operates upon the heart of the alien sinner to convict and convert him through the Word of God alone, yet he maintains that the Holy Spirit operates upon the heart of the Christian to sanctify and “enlighten” him in addition to and in conjunction with the Word of God.

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The Apostle Peter Refutes Mac's Teaching on Spirit Baptism being involved in the New Birth

The Apostle Peter Refutes Mac's Teaching on Spirit Baptism being involved in the New Birth

October 30, 2014

Notes on Holy Spirit Baptism

The New Birth – HS-29

 

1)     In 1 Peter 1:23 Peter teaches that Christians (cf. 1 Peter 4:16) “have been born again” (Gr. anagegenneemenoi). He uses a perfect passive participle stressing an abiding condition produced from an accomplished or completed act. The verbal aspect of the perfect implies that a completed action (namely, that of being born again) has produced their continuing condition of “having been born again.” The New Birth was not ongoing, but the state produced from it is viewed as ongoing or continuous.

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Mac Deaver's Present Day Holy Spirit Baptism Doctrine Falsified Again & Harpoons His Direct Help Doctrine Along the Way

Howard Denham

October 30, 2014

Notes on Holy Spirit Baptism

Mac Deaver’s “Direct Help” Theory – HS-26

 

1)     One of the primary doctrines that Mac is seeking to justify by his new theory on Spirit baptism is that of “direct help” given by the Holy Spirit to the human spirit of the saint.

2)     Mac’s theory holds that, upon receiving this immersion in the literal essence of the Spirit and the regenerating of the human spirit, the Holy Spirit takes up residence within the spirit of the saint. The human spirit meanwhile remains “submerged” in the literal essence of the Holy Spirit so that the saint does “not lose the benefit or the effect of that element” (Mac Deaver, The Holy Spirit, p. 298). The saint is then perpetually “engulfed” implying that Spirit baptism is an ongoing process. This implies, in turn, that the New Birth is an ongoing process as well. As we have shown (HS25), Mac’s theory implies as well that one is never completely “born again.” Even if Mac limits the scope of the New Birth to this life, which he does not explicitly do in his book, it does not help his case. He would thus imply that one is never really “born again” until he enters heaven at the very least. This raises the question: “Why would any indwelling and “direct help” even be needed, if such were true?” Of course, Mac will reject the implications, but this does not negate their implicature! In fact, a number of rather nasty conclusions are implied by Mac’s theory as he has stated it.

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38-39 is NOT the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Howard Denham

October 30, 2014

      Some brethren have adopted the teaching of the Wesleyans that the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38-39 is Holy Spirit baptism, but that would entail two distinct baptisms — the first being in water and the second being then that of the Holy Spirit. That directly contradicts Ephesians 4:5, which teaches that there is but "one baptism" in vogue today and has been since A.D. 63. 

      If one quibbles that Acts 2:38-39 was spoken prior to Ephesians 4:5 to try to avoid that text, he must either hold that Acts 2:38-39 no longer applies today or else that Holy Spirit baptism was not part of that text. In fact, it is the latter that is clearly the case. Acts 2:38-39 is the fulfillmnt of the Lord's teaching that "repentance and the remission of sins" would be preached in His name "beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:47). But that text parallels the Great Commision texts of Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15-16. The baptism mentioned in the Great Commission was to last in its scope "until the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20). Thus, the baptism of Acts 2:38-39 must be the baptism of the Great Commission. 

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Holy Spirit Baptism & Acts 2:38-39

Howard Denham

October 30, 2014

Notes on Holy Spirit Baptism

Acts 2:38-39 – HS-35

 

1)     Another big problem for the Mac Deaver theory relative to Holy Spirit baptism is the construction of Acts 2:38-39. The text reads: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

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