Then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. Genesis 4:26. Now, if this refers to Divine worship it is not true, because Abel and Cain both began calling on the Name of the LORD before Enos, and their descendants doubtless followed their example. So what DOES it mean?
A company of religious people, united or organized for religious worship, to carry on a religious program and propagate a religious message, may designate itself Christian, because the religious people of that organization have incorporated in their church creed some spiritual truth or moral philosophy selected from the Bible. HOWEVER, if the church creed of the organization includes, with its Christian ethics, some of the religious beliefs of non-Christian religions, and excludes some of the fundamental truths of Christianity, such as the eternal Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the saving efficacy of the shed Blood of Christ and need of the Faith in His sacrificial death and bodily resurrection, the Bible doctrine of Salvation by Grace through the power of the Holy Spirit and the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, the mixed religion of that company of people is not Bible Christianity. It may be Christian agnosticism or Christian paganism. So look out! Watch the video for the full message
The member of the Body of Christ accesses the available power of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit, by praying without ceasing, by studying and rightly dividing the Word of truth, by having no confidence in the flesh, by glorying in Christ, by worshipping in Spirit and in truth, by witnessing for Christ as true and faithful ambassadors, by gathering with those of like precious Faith. The believer who will observe and practice these Divine rules will be “of power and love and of a sound mind”. There is no SHORT CUT to a spiritual, or Spirit empowered, life in Christ.
Water baptism was to manifest Christ to Israel. John 1:31. Signs were to put Christ on display to Israel. Acts 2:22. John performed no miracles, but baptized. Christ performed miracles but did not baptize. The Twelve Apostles and the Apostle Paul did both. Signs were for the same reason in the ministry of the twelve apostles. Hebrews 2:2-5. Paul’s signs were the signs of an apostle. 2 Corinthians 12:12. The Apostle Paul thanked God that he spoke with tongues more than others, but he thanked God that he did NOT baptize many believers. 1 Corinthians 14:18. 1 Corinthians 1:15-18. And let us not forget that in the matter of speaking with tongues in the assembly he said, "Let your women keep silent in the churches." 1 Corinthians 14:34. That’s right. In the matter of speaking with tongues in the assembly, the Holy Spirit, through the Apostle Paul said, "Let your women keep silent in the churches."
The Apostle Paul was the LORD’s “reconciliation” preacher. Now, pay attention...WITH THE FIRST MENTION OF “RECONCILIATION” coming through the Holy Spirit in the Apostle Paul’s Epistles, there was no further record of any water ceremony. God was through with ceremonial washings and all religious practices when He was through, albeit temporarily, with His religious nation, the Nation of Israel. Note Hebrews 9:10, “Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers baptisms, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” With the Ministry of Reconciliation the reformation came.