In 2013 we celebrated one hundred years of the restoration of water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We find examples of this practice throughout church history, but key events in the early twentieth century led to the greatest revival of this message since the third century.
The Jesus Name message was renewed in the modern Pentecostal movement, which originated with a Bible school in Topeka, Kansas, in January 1901 led by Charles Parham and with the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, from 1906 to 1908 led by William Seymour. Based on the examples in Acts, some early Pentecostals began to baptize in Jesus’ name, including Parham (1901), some in Los Angeles during the Azusa Street Revival (1907), and Andrew Urshan, a Persian immigrant in Chicago (1910).
BY: WILLIAM PAPADOPOULOS
LIE #1: WE ALL EMERGED AS COMPLEX BEINGS FROM A “BIG BANG.”
Yeah, sure! Kind of like the same way as Michaelangelo’s painting at the top of the Sistine Chapel could have happened over billions of years after some paint buckets hit the floor, their lids popped off with a “BIG BANG!” and BOOM! The paint sprays all over the ceiling and there it was! Or perhaps the same way one of Beethoven’s Symphonies came about from some chunks of plaster falling out of the ceiling over his piano and hitting the keys, then “BOOM!” a masterpiece of musical art was born! Just take all of the pieces of a fine Swiss watch, (which parts, by the way, someone STILL would have had to engineer and create individually) and put them in a bag and shake them for 6 to 7 billion years. I guarantee you, it will STILL NEVER come out together as a working watch because order CANNOT come together on its own from disorganized chaos! Sir Isaac Newton’s law of entropy even tells us so! So why continue to disrespect the greatest artist the universe has ever known? The “artist” loves you and desires to have a relationship with you!
LIE #2: I ALREADY BELIEVE IN A god…AND IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER WHICH ONE I BELIEVE IN.
When you think about it, there is only ONE God to look to who could have created all that we see (and don’t see) in the universe, and He is the ONE true and living God who is the ONLY ONE who CLAIMED to have created it all to begin with. He didn’t need a committee with two other beings to discuss the design plans with. There is none beside Him—even HE knows not any (Isaiah 44:8) There are other false “gods”: There are “gods” which are created by human hands (idols), which do not hear, nor see, nor have the capability to help us in time of need. There are “gods” which are merely formed in people’s minds which carry no weight nor authority to judge (and this thought is especially comforting to atheists), yet the one true and living God of Israel, who understands how and why all things were made (visible and invisible, physical and spiritual) IS, by default, the highest truth anyone can ever believe in. Which is why Jesus said: “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life”.