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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. Steven James Valdez says:

    I was talking to person who believes that salvation is only achieved by water baptism only. He mentioned the thief on the cross. He said that he was already saved because he was Jewish.

  2. Salaitia says:

    If baptism was not needed nor necessary, why did the Lord himself instructed the Apostles in (Matthew 28:18-20) “…Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost?” Also, was he not telling Nicodemus to do the same? Beside, why was Jesus even got baptized if it was not to set an example for us to follow? He said to fulfill all righteousness?? what did He mean?

  3. Helen Howard says:

    Jesus told the apostles to go into all the world and preach the gospel and he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. Baptism is for the remission of sins and you can only be saved when your sin is remitted.

    1. Salaitia says:

      Hi Helen, Salvation comes only through our faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…no doubt about it. But I think we are missing the fact that work and faith go hand in hand. Without works, faith is nothing. Abraham’s faith was confirmed because of his works? James 2:21-23 “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?…” We are saved by Grace, but our works is an outward expression and evidence of our love for Him. Besides, Christ’s last commandment to His Apostles before ascending to His Father is found in Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” I couldn’t find anywhere He rescinded that.

  4. Deb VanBuskirk says:

    Thank you for this information. We are attending a church where I do believe they feel baptism is part of salvation. This article confirms what I already believed,therefore not sure what we will do about the belief of the church.

    1. Salaitia says:

      I feel for you…you are confused by all these different interpretations of the scriptures. I have one advice that I can offer. It is the same thing that I did that gave me comfort and directed me to the right path. I am not going to preach to you about any religion but I want you to know that where I got my answer, is where you can get your answer and much more. James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” This is His Gospel we are talking about and this is our salvation we are seeking. He loves us and He will surely direct and give all the answers to your questions as He did to mine.
      With great love and respect.

  5. Linda Green says:

    I enjoy reading the truth