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.

3)     Arguments:

Argument I –

Major Premise: If it is the case that Mac Deaver teaches that, (1) in the New Birth the saint is engulfed in the literal essence of the Holy Spirit to regenerate him, and if it is the case that (2) this engulfing is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and if it is the case that (3) this engulfing is a perpetual, ongoing, and never-ending process so that the saint does “not lose the benefit or the effect of that element,” then it is the case that Mac Deaver implies that the New Birth is never really completed.

Minor Premise: It is the case that Mac Deaver teaches that, (1) the saint is engulfed in the literal essence of the Holy Spirit to regenerate him, and it is the case that (2) this engulfing is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it is the case that (3) this engulfing is a perpetual, ongoing, and never-ending process so that the saint does “not lose the benefit or the effect of that element.”

Conclusion: Then it is the case that Mac Deaver implies that the New Birth is never really completed.

[NOTE: Each of the propositions in the antecedent of the hypothetical statement comprising the Major Premise is specifically affirmed by Mac in his book, cf. pages 298-299.]

Argument II

Major Premise: If it is the case that (1) the New Birth is never really completed, and if it is the case that (2) the New Birth is essential for one to enter into the kingdom of God, then it is the case that one can never enter into the kingdom of God.

Minor Premise: It is the case that the New Birth in never really completed, and it is the case that (2) the New Birth is essential for one to enter into the kingdom of God.

Conclusion: It is then the case that one can never enter into the kingdom of God.

[NOTE: The first proposition of the antecedent of the hypothetical statement comprising the Major Premise in Argument II is proven by the preceding argument. The second proposition therein is expressly taught in John 3:5, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”]

Argument III

Major Premise: If it is the case that (1) one can never enter into the kingdom of God, and if it is the case that (2) one must enter into the kingdom of God to be saved, then it is the case that one can never be saved.

Minor Premise: It is the case that one can never enter into the kingdom of God, and it is the case that one must enter into the kingdom of God to be saved.

Conclusion: It is then the case that one can never be saved.

[NOTE: The first proposition is established by the preceding argument, and the second proposition is established by the teaching of Acts 2:47, which shows that those who are saved are those who are in the church, which, of course, is the kingdom. It is also established by other key passages: Eph. 1:7, 20-23; Col. 1:14, 18; 2 Tim. 2:10; et al.).] 

Argument IV –

Major Premise: If it is the case that (1) the New Birth is never really completed, and if it is the case that (2) the baptism of the Holy Spirit is necessary for one to receive regeneration completely in the New Birth so that he can be indwelled personally by the Holy Spirit, and if it is the case that (3) regeneration is by definition the essence of the New Birth, then it is the case that one can never receive regeneration completely so that he can be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

Minor Premise: It is the case that (1) the New Birth is never really completed, and it is the case that (2) the baptism of the Holy Spirit is necessary for one to receive regeneration completely in the New Birth so that he can be indwelled personally by the Holy Spirit, and it is the case that (3) regeneration is by definition the essence of the New Birth.

Conclusion: It is then the case that one can never receive regeneration completely so that he can be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

[NOTE: The first proposition is established by the first argument in the chain. The second is expressly taught by Mac Deaver. The third is axiomatic from the very meaning of the word “regeneration.”]

Argument V –

Major Premise: If it is the case that (1) the receiving of regeneration completely is essential in order for one to be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and if it is the case that (2) one can never receive regeneration completely so that he can be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit, then it is the case that one can never be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

Minor Premise: It is the case that (1) the receiving of regeneration completely is essential in order for one to be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and it is the case that (2) one can never receive regeneration completely so that he can be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion: It is then the case that one can never be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

[NOTE: The first proposition is established by the preceding argument, and the second proposition is affirmed by Mac Deaver.]

Argument VI

Major Premise: If it is the case that (1) one can never be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and if it is the case that (2) one must be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit in order to receive the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit, then it is the case that one can never receive the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit.

Minor Premise: It is the case that (1) one can never be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and it is the case that (2) one must be personally indwelled by the Holy Spirit in order to receive the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit.

Conclusion: It is then the case that one can never receive the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit.

[NOTE: The first proposition is established by the preceding argument, and the second is affirmed by Mac Deaver.]

Argument VII –

Major Premise: If it is the case that (1) one can never receive the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit, and if it is the case that (2) the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit is essential to his going to heaven, then it is impossible for one to go to heaven.

Minor Premise: It is the case that (1) one can never receive the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit, and it is the case that (2) the direct help that the Spirit is to supply to the saint’s human spirit is essential to his going to heaven.

Conclusion: It is then impossible for one to go to heaven.

[NOTE: The first proposition is established by the preceding argument, and the second proposition is affirmed by Mac Deaver.]

4)     Now, brethren, Mac can only unstring these arguments by denying the specific propositions he has affirmed, which help comprise them, and/or by denying explicit Bible teaching, which help comprise them.

5)     Thus, quite ironically, in affirming present day Spirit baptism, Mac Deaver has implicitly repudiated his doctrines on the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the supposed direct help of the Spirit given to the saint’s human spirit!

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