by Matt Slick
Founder: Rev. Paul C Jong in 1991
Headquarters: South Korea, with branches all over the world
Teachings: There are two kinds of baptism: the baptism of repentance from John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus "that passed all the sins of the world onto Jesus."1. Jong teaches that "John the Baptist was a servant of God whose mission was to pass all the sins of the world onto Jesus through the baptism."2 Also, "When we understand the works of John the Baptist and really understand that all the sins of the world were passed onto Jesus through John the Baptist." 3. "He took away all the sins of the world by being baptized by John the Baptist." 4. "God grants redemption on the basis of Jesus' baptism."5. "Did He blot out all those sins, or did He not? Yes, He did."6 "Only those who believe in the testimony of John the Baptist, the baptism of Jesus and the blood on the Cross have the grace of redemption from above. Receive the baptism of Jesus as the antitype of salvation in your heart and be saved."7
"The Bible says that Abraham became righteous because he believed in God."8 "The only way for sinners to wash away their sins is to believe in the salvation that says the Lord took the sins of the world onto Him by being baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River."9
Biblical Analysis: The teaching that the sins of the world were passed to Jesus through baptism is false. Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24), not at baptism. It was on the cross that Jesus "became sin" (2 Cor. 5:21). God does not grant us redemption based on Jesus' baptism. Instead, it is based on the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24). Jong seems to teach universalism when he says that Jesus blotted out all sins. This would necessitate a universalistic idea but it is not clear if he holds to this. We are not redeemed by receiving the baptism of Jesus. Rather, we are redeemed by receiving Jesus (John 1:12).
Christians are not "made righteous." Christians are "declared righteous." To say that we are made righteous can support the error that there is a change within us that "makes" us righteous before God. This is not true. The correct teaching is that the righteousness of Christ is reckoned to us by faith (Phil. 3:9; Rom. 4:5). In other words, the righteousness of Christ is reckoned to our account. So, we are declared righteous, not made righteous (being 'made' righteous is a Roman Catholic teaching).
It appears that the New Life Mission church is teaching a false gospel when it says "The only way for sinners to wash away their sins is to believe in the salvation that says the Lord took the sins of the world onto Him by being baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River."10. That is a false gospel. We are saved by faith in Christ's sacrifice on the cross, where he bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24).
CARM recommends that people avoid this "church" since it adds a false belief requirement to salvation.
- 1. http://www.bjnewlife.org/english/bstudy/sermons_05.php: Two kinds of Baptism
- 2. ibid. Two kinds of Baptism
- 3. ibid. The Baptism of Jesus
- 4. ibid. The Baptism that Passes on Our Sins
- 5. ibid. The Baptism that Passes on Our Sins
- 6. ibid. The Savior of Man, Jesus Christ
- 7. ibid. The Gospel of Eeternal Redemption
- 8. http://www.bjnewlife.org/english/bstudy/sermons_16.php: If we are made righteous without works, it is the gift of God.
- 9. ibid.
- 10. ibid.