Water Baptism Is Not Necessary In The New Testament says Abel Damina
The General Overseer of Power City International, Dr. Abel Damina in his recent call-in question and answer session said that water baptism is not necessary for the new testament church because it is one of the doctrines the Apostles carried over from the old testament which they dropped along the line. According to him, Apostle Paul did not get involved in water baptism.
In reaction to the question of why he is against water baptism, even when it was one of the doctrines of the early church as recorded in Acts of the Apostles 8:36-37, 10:47-48, Dr. Damina stated that Acts of the Apostles is not a book of doctrine. “Acts is an eye witness account, it is a book of ‘Once upon a time’, a record of stories of how the church moved from law to grace, and you cannot build doctrine on stories”.
Explaining further, Dr. Damina said what happened in Acts of the Apostles is termed Cross Testamental Application because the church was growing then. “As at that time, the church was still transiting from the old to the new testament. That is why after chapter ten, no baptism was recorded again because the Apostles eventually came to understand that it was not necessary”.
The Cleric equally referred to 1Corinthians 1:17. In this Bible verse, Apostle Paul said that Christ did not send him to baptize, but to preach the gospel, and not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. “So water baptism makes the cross of Christ of none effect”, Dr. Damina said.