In Mark chapter 4, Jesus explains that people will receive the Gospel in different ways, and that among four different categories are those who seem to receive and agree with God's Word, but because they are in it for some selfish gain, they end up not producing any lasting spiritual fruit. Some people place themselves in the center, instead of serving Christ and following Him with abandonment to earthly and material desires. Edwin explains, through the Word of God, just how much in control of everything God really is.
When Christian churches mix law in with grace and obligate their members to follow Old Covenant laws like tithing, fasting, and baptism in order to please God, they are "cursed" according to Galatians 3:10. Everything such preachers teach will lead people astray and away from the wonderful message of undeserved salvation by grace, as taught by the Apostle Paul. People who sit under such confusing teaching will never flourish in their spiritual life, but will be stuck in futile works such as praying harder, fasting longer, and doing more. Their efforts are cursed because they are under the law and not grace.
The much discussed doctrine known as OSAS becomes very clear when you set New Covenant Scripture in its proper context and understand how salvation is a matter of being chosen and predestined to belong to Jesus, something God has ordained and preplanned before the world began for each individual.
God's grace is fully undeserved, no one can claim that they did just the right thing to make God like them enough to save them. People who make life all about themselves and think they can do a lot of things on their own, and even command God to do things for them, don't realize how fully God is in control over everything, including ever human being's life. It's all about Him, not us.
The Christian church has unfortunately ruined many people's lives because they have preached a Law-based gospel that condemns people based on misunderstood doctrine. They have taken things pertaining to the Old Testament Law and put it on people under the New Covenant, causing much damage in believers' lives in the area of marriage, divorce, and remarriage.
When someone doesn't teach the Word of God correctly, they may claim to have the Holy Spirit, but they don't actually have Him but rather a "different" spirit. A contrary spirit goes against the Spirit of God, and will always teach a different gospel - for instance about Old Testament Law, money, manifestations, or prosperity.
Water baptism is an outward ritual, symbolizing change of mind and behavior that comes from cleansing rituals from the Law of Moses. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we are under the New Covenant, and believers are made righteous by FAITH alone - no works, and no outward rituals needed!