Monday, June 1, 2015

Critique of the A.D. series The Bible Continues


For those of you who have been following A.D. The Bible Continues  (http://www.nbc.com/ad-the-bible-continues/video/the-road-to-damascus/2866552), this segment was pretty good and accurate concerning Saul's conversion, with the following exceptions:

No one was ever healed in Jesus' name only. Healing was done  in the name of Jesus Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ or the Lord Jesus, but never "You are healed in the name of Jesus."

No one after Pentecost was ever baptized according to Matthew 28:19, (known as the Great Commission), "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
After Simon the sorcerer offered Peter money for the ability to heal people, clouds, lightening and thunder did not appear in the sky as an ominous threat to Simon. Peter did not beg anyone for forgiving Simon.
In Acts 9:17-18 Paul received his sight back and simultaneously received the baptism of the holy spirit. Acts 9:17 says, "And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled, pletho, with  holy spirit.

Pletho means filled to overflowing, not just to the brim. On Pentecost and since then, whenever anyone pletho'd holy spirit, they spoke in tongues, the sign that the baptism from the Holy Ghost had been received! Amen!
Vs. 18 reads, And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he both received his sight  and the baptism of holy spirit, then arose and ate. No water involved.

Jesus sent Ananais to give Saul back his sight and fill him with the gift of holy spirit. Paul had nothing to do but believe and receive. He didn't ask to be healed of his blindness or to be baptized as the TV show portrayed.

Barnabas was not there either with Ananais. He is not mentioned until Saul gets to Jerusalem in Acts 9:27