Note well the concluding remarks of Jesus Christ at the end of Matthew.Miles long threads of nonsense discussion that lead nowhere!
Jesus says: repent and baptize for everlasting life. And that's the only discussion required for Christians.
A: what is repenting?
B: what is baptism?
C: note that these two together are metaphorically referred to as: born again.
We see that the big work is in repenting, and this believers in Christ must discuss and be concerned with, for it can be said: upon this rests the whole foundation of salvation!
- The Gospel is not the way you like to see it: it is the way it is.
- Jesus taught those who follow him only to Preach what he taught them - for they can never Teach you.
Calling The Unbeliever, Confronting The Lukewarm, Exposing The Hypocrite
Do Not Follow Men, Nor Churches! Come to Christ, says God!
- Murder: the unauthorized (by God) killing of a creature
- Killing: the authorized (by God) putting to death of a creature
- Judging: In Christianity, the prohibited 'judging' is to execute a penalty upon another as retribution for their sins.
- CO1 5: 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
- Protect the Children from Satan in the Churches: http://www.silentlambs.org
- LUK 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
1. Make/invite people to also become His disciples.
2. Immerse them in the Name.
3. Teach them to keep the same commandments He gave the first disciples.
Being baptized is only the half-way point - if Matthews account of what Jesus said is true.
And if Moses is true, and Peter is true in the Acts 1-3 accounts, then disciples who do not do whatever Jesus taught/commanded - then they will face the wrath of God because belief and obedience go hand in hand in unity. This is also what John the Baptist taught about Jesus in preparing the way for Him. Those who believe will be saved, but those who don't obey Him will face the wrath of God. Or as Jesus said He will tell those who reject the instructions of God: "Depart from Me, I never knew you.", in spite of their believing they were doing a number of great things in His name - He will tell them He never knew them.
If we take the whole of His word we can't conclude that baptism is all that is required of a believer.
Re-read the sermon on the mount. Did He say to be hearers and doers of His word? Or did He also bless those who heard, believed, but didn't do as He said to do?