Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

Many so-called Christians today teach that baptism is not necessary for salvation. But what does the Bible say about baptism, that is, immersion in water? The Bible says that...

  • baptism is required by Jesus to become His disciple (Matthew 28:19).
  • without baptism, coupled with belief, you are condemned (Mark 16:16).
  • it is at the point of baptism that our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16).
  • baptism is for forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
  • baptism saves us (1 Peter 3:20-21).
  • baptism buries us into the death of Christ and raises us to a new life (Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12).
  • we put on Christ in baptism (Galatians 3:27).

The Bible does not teach that...

  • baptism is merely an "outward sign of an inward grace."
  • baptism is only required to join a local church.
  • sprinkling is an acceptable form of baptism.
  • Holy Spirit baptism is for believers today.
  • children are to be baptized.
  • baptism is optional.

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