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Is baptism necessary for salvation?


Mr. Graham has stated: “I believe baptism is important, and I have been baptized. But I think we violate the Scriptures when we make baptism the prime requirement for salvation … Paul’s central theme was Christ and His saving power. Although he spoke of baptism, he said: ‘I thank God that I baptized none of you … lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name’ (1 Corinthians 1:14-15).”

“Baptism is a conclusive act of obedience and witness to the world that we are Christ’s. I believe in it wholeheartedly. In our crusades we don’t baptize because we feel that this should be done by the local pastors—and that if I baptized, some people would say they had been baptized by me, and that would be putting the emphasis on the wrong person. To one who has received Christ, baptism is a necessary and meaningful experience. But, I must say with Paul: ‘Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel’ (1 Corinthians 1:17).”

“You may know that we urge immediate and extensive Bible study for each convert. As the Scripture is reviewed, the place of baptism will surely be discovered. If baptism were a requirement for salvation, we would certainly say that. But you couldn’t support that knowing, for example, that the thief on the cross had no opportunity for baptism or church membership. Yet on his confession, paradise was secured. Jesus said to him, ‘Today shalt thou be with me in paradise’ (Luke 23:43).”

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  1. Iqbal Jan says:

    According to 1 Corinthians 1:17 preaching the Gospel means to preach free salvation provided by Jesus on Cross at the right time when we were sinners and even not baptized. When we accepted Jesus as Savior, I think then our acts cannot save us, only blood of Jesus saves us. However the baptism we can say is necessary for a non-Christian who accepts Jesus, leaving the others, etc. to show publicly that he has accepted Jesus. AND FURTHER we enter into baptism to change our inside not outside. Jesus needs pure heart and soul which can be changed by His blood not with our acts.

  2. Barb says:

    when you go to get baptized what should the person doing the baptize say? I baptize you in the name of Jesus or In the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit ? Thank You

    1. Don B says:

      Every instance of someone being baptized in the Gospel, they are baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:38, 22:16) Remember the power is in the name of Jesus.

      Col. 3:17 tells us that everything we do in word or deed, should be done in the name of Jesus.

  3. Josie says:

    Justin Brown this comment is for you. I too was baptized as a young child, went astray in my teen years and later repented. Fifteen years later I came to understand the purpose of baptism and did obey the gospel. Jesus washed my sins away and gave me a heart and mind to understand His word. Only since then have I really understood the purpose for baptism. It is only through faith that one can trust Jesus to wash away their sins and become a new creation.