Some protest the need for baptism saying…


‘I believe baptism is commanded by God but not essential for salvation. It is merely an “outward sign of a work that has already taken place within.”’


According to Romans 6:3-10 and Colossians 2:12 we are dead and unified with Jesus through baptism into His death, His burial and His resurrection:



Biblical baptism

“He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.” –Mark 16:16


According to this erroneous teaching, which states: We are saved when we believe and are resurrected at that point and are then baptized as a sign of “what has already taken place,” we get another and completely different picture, which looks like this:



Denominational baptism

“He who believes and is saved shall be baptized.” – Denominational tradition


We don’t bury live people. On the contrary; We bury dead ones!  This teaching, when looked at closely, is NOT what the Word of God teaches about baptism in Romans 6 and Colossians 2:12. This is not a Biblical baptism. Romans 6:9-10 states Christ died ONCE and cannot die again! We are unified with Him in death, buried with Him and also raised with Him through baptism. How does all this take place? By faith.


If we are “saved” before we are baptized, then baptism has no meaning and is contradictory to itself.


Furthermore, Ephesians 4:4-5 states that there is only ONE baptism, not two! A person must choose which baptism is the one that is taught in scripture. And there is only ONE Gospel.


If we deny baptism is when we are reborn, we are denying not only our own resurrection (and rebirth) but also Christ’s resurrection.


To further clarify and reinforce this point see 1Corinthians 10:1-4, and remember the following illustration from the Old Testament as an illustration for us today:


God brought Israel:

          1. out of Egypt (the land of slavery--i.e. sin)

          2. through the sea (water -i.e. baptism)

3. and into the promised land (Israel—i.e. salvation, redemption)


God did NOT bring Israel:

          1. out of Egypt (the land of slavery--i.e. sin)

          3. into the promised land (Israel--i.e. salvation, redemption)

          2. then through the sea (water -i.e. baptism)


Baptism is nothing new in God’s salvation plan. It is something He has always used to illustrate the separating of sin from mankind. God has always saved people through water. It was foreshadowed long ago in the Old Testament scriptures.


Consider Nadab and Abihu and their strange fire in Leviticus 10:1-3 and King Saul and his own way of doing things in 1 Samuel 13 & 15. Remember also, the story of Naaman the Leper. Was it the water of the Jordan that cured Naaman of his leprosy? No! It was God who removed his leprosy when Naaman demonstrated his faith by obeying God and doing just what God told him to do—in the exact manner God instructed him. Likewise, when we go down into the water in similar obedience, God forgives our sin. It is God who does the removing of sin, not the water. If God had told us that we have to pat our head and rub our belly to be forgiven, then that is what we would have to do to be forgiven. But God has not told us we have to pat our head and rub our belly. Instead, He has told us we have to be baptized for the forgiveness of our sins.


1 Corinthians 10:6,11
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on

evil things as they did…

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.


Romans 10:2-3
For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.


Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.


Consider also this passage:


Mark 16:15-16

And he said unto them, Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

He that believes and is baptized shall be saved, and he that does not believe shall be condemned.



Notice Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”

Notice also what Jesus did NOT say. He did NOT say, “He that believeth and is saved shall be baptized.”


In great error, most denominations teach the latter. In other words, most denominations teach what Jesus did NOT say! This should send a chill up the spine of anyone who is truly seeking to follow the teachings of Christ.


To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."

—John 8:31-32


   Notice: holding to Christ’s teaching = being His disciple.

   Therefore NOT holding to Christ’s teaching = NOT being His disciple!


This is a very simple test God gave us to determine who is and who is not a disciple of Christ.



Some (such as Baptists) may ask if what we believe about baptism at time of immersion matters. I.e., Is it important for us to believe that God is forgiving our sins in baptism when we are baptized? The answer is, yes, it is vital that we believe and understand what baptism is about, otherwise we are undergoing a different baptism, which is not the ONE baptism of Ephesians 4:4-5. The Colossians believed that God was working to make them a new creation in baptism. Notice the phrase “through faith in the working of God”:


Colossians 2:12

and you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.


Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please God…


See also:

*Acts 19:1-5

*McGarvey Commentary

*“The Way of Salvation” Kenny Carl Moser  (1893-1976)

*A study on “re-baptism”


Which baptism did you receive? Acts 19:3    BE HONEST (Your life depends on it)



The ONE baptism in the Bible

“Baptist” or “non-denominational” baptism

Full water immersion?

Acts 8:36-39, Colossians 2:12



For the purpose of having your sins forgiven/washed away?

Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16



To save you?

1Peter 3:21



To be reborn?

John 3:3-5



To have new life?

Romans 6:3-4



Required for salvation/criteria for judgment?

John 3:5, Mark 16:15-16



United with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection THROUGH baptism?

Romans 6:3-6



Saved before baptism?





Biblical baptism

Non-Biblical baptism--needs to be corrected


                                                                                                            A study on “re-baptism”


Some different “baptisms” that are taught today:

Which baptism is Biblical today?



“Baptism of the Holy Spirit”

Happened once to the Jews in Acts 2 and once to the Gentiles in Acts 10. Has since passed away 2000 years ago.

Acts 2, Acts 10, Acts 8:36-39-in water

See here also

Infant baptism

Must believe, repent, and make conscious decision to follow Christ. Doctrine of “original sin” false.

Acts 16:30-33--Faith must precede baptism

Acts 8:36-39--Faith must precede baptism

Acts 2:38--Repentance with baptism

Baptism for the dead

Man faces judgment after death

Hebrews 9:27

Baptism as a “public confession of faith”

Not taught in bible


Baptism for the forgiveness of sins into Christ

The ONE baptism spoken of in Ephesians 4:4-5

Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Acts 8:26-40, 1Peter 3:20-21, Colossians 2:12, Galatians 3:26-27, John 3:3-5, Mark 16:15-16, Titus 3:5, Matthew 28:19-20


Can you be taught wrong and baptized right?


Isn’t it ironic that the Baptist Church does not believe in baptism?



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