“It is probable that Christ had an eye to the ordinance of baptism, which John had used and he himself had begun to use, "You must be born again of the Spirit,’’ which regeneration by the Spirit should be signified by washing with water, as the visible sign of that spiritual grace: not that all they, and they only, that are baptized, are saved; but without that new birth which is wrought by the Spirit, and signified by baptism, none shall be looked upon as the protected privileged subjects of the kingdom of heaven.” [emphasis added]
SOURCE: John 3 - Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible
BLASPHEMY!!! Matthew Henry is teaching the damnable heresy of Baptismal Regeneration. Lest you have any doubts, please read my full article exposing Matthew Henry as a total heretic. No one in the Old Testament was water baptized as part of being saved. The repentant thief on the cross was never water baptized. The same Apostle John whom God used to pen the Gospel of John to show us how to be saved (John 20:31), also penned the Epistle of First John to show us how to know we are saved (1st John 5:13; 3:24). Yet, not once does John mention any form of baptism in his Epistle of First John. Clearly, this evidences biblically that water baptism is not necessary to get to Heaven. Water baptism is simply one's public profession of faith; an outward snapshot of what has happened inwardly. The act of water baptism symbolizes Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (i.e., the Gospel), by which all who BELIEVE IT are saved.
I specifically bought George William's Bible commentary to find out what his views are regarding the Rapture and Bible prophecy. So far I am pleased. The following commentary is what George has to say about one of the most difficult and controversial passages of Scripture to interpret, from 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-3. ...
2 Thessalonians II.—Having at once quieted their hearts as to their present sufferings, the Apostle now proceeds to prove to them that “the Day of The Lord” with its terrors and judgments had not then set in. He had told them in his First Epistle (ch. v. 4) that they should be raptured to Heaven prior to those judgments, and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to execute them they would appear with Him (iii. 13 and Col. iii. 4). So they were shaken in mind and troubled (v. 2); for if the Day of the Lord had set in, the Apostle's teaching about the hope of the Rapture was false, and if he erred on so important a matter, what security had they that his Gospel was infallible?
But Paul reminds them of what he was accustomed to tell them when with them (v. 5) of certain events which must happen before the Day of the Lord opens. The first event will be the Apostasy when both the Hebrew Church and Christendom will reject the God of the Bible and will accept the Anti christ as the true Messiah (v. 3).
...in former days they waited for God's Son from heaven (I Thess. i. 10), but false teaching had shaken and troubled them with respect to their gathering together unto Him (vs. 1 and 2). This secret counsel of iniquity (v. 7) already works unseen, for Satan occupies a position in the heavens (v. 7) from whence he operates on earth as a spiritual potentiality in antagonism to the Holy Spirit. But he will be ejected out of the Middle Heavens (v. 7 and Rev. xii. 7-9) and then he will call up out of the abyss the Wicked Prince that is to come. (Rev. xiii. 1.).
So having set out these facts the Apostles encouraged their converts to “stand fast” (v. 15), and only to receive as traditions what they had been taught by Apostolic lips and or letters. This injunction destroys the Romish theory of tradition.
For the third time this beloved Church is comforted with respect to the Lord's coming (I Thess. iv. 18, v. II. and Thess. ii. 17).
...To understand these Apostolic communications the distinction between the “gathering together unto Him” (v. 1) and “the Day of the Lord” (v. 2) should be recognised. The one has relation to the Rapture of the Church; the other concerns the coming of the Lord together with the Church in judgment to the earth.
SOURCE: George Williams, The Complete Bible Commentary, pp. 949-950
“The Devil is doing his greatest work behind pulpits. [I] hate to say it, but that's the truth; because people have the presupposition that when you come to church, and somebody gets up to speak, that person is speaking truth. That's the way we've been raised.” —Pastor Thomas M. Cucuzza, “Important Truths Satan Does Not Want You to Know”