I need some clarification on a quiz, module 12, quiz #3, questions 6 and 10.
- On question #6 my students believe it is worded poorly and "E" all of the above is a poor choice of words. Could you please explain that answer?
- And on question #10 my students feel that once you accept Christ as your savior you become part of the body. Could you please explain how you got "false as the answer?They argue that even the thief on the cross went to paradise and he wasn't baptized. I love these debates and we use them for teaching moments, but this time my students wanted input from TUMI itself about the answers.
Thanks so much, for the questions of the students. Handling the sheer volume of texts in the Capstone modules lends itself to clarification.
- #6 can be clarified more clearly; the detractors (a-d) are all good reasons to follow up new disciples. So, the correct e, should have been more clear. We will revise the answer to say something like "All of the above are good and sufficient reasons to follow up a new Christian." Thanks, for the help, and we will amend that to make it more clear.
- Question 10, however, is a question of fact. Jesus commanded believers to be baptized upon believing, and we have record of scores of people who were baptized in Acts upon confessing faith in Christ. It is an ordinance/sacrament of the Church, commanded by Christ, practiced by the apostles, and continued through the tradition of the Church. That answer is false. Anyone claiming that baptism is not necessary is disobeying the clear command of the Lord and the practice of the church historically (cf. Mark. 16.15-16; Matt. 28.18-20).
The question settles the issue of the exception of the thief on the cross. If he had not died from crucifixion, he probably would have been baptized according to the Lord's own command for disciples given in the Great Commission (Matt. 28.19), and we do not find examples of individuals, groups, or crowds of people making confession of Christ in Acts and not being baptized. The clear answer to those who are interested in salvation in Christ and association with the Church is given by Peter in the first sermon opening the Kingdom up to people:  Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."  Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"  And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself."  And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation."  So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
This is a clear apostolic appeal to those who believe. Upon conviction, you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. And so the church has taught and practiced since the time of the apostles.