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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. danny apodaca says:

    Where in the bible does it say that the thief was saved because he was still in old covenant. I believe God will save whoever he chooses to save.

  2. Mike Gantt says:

    Jesus said before he ascended in Mark 16:16
    He who believes and is baptized shall be saved
    Baptism is not all you have to do to be saved but it is the only way that your sins are washed away.
    Acts 22:16 W

    1. Josh says:

      But it also said in the same verse “but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” If baptism was necessary for salvation it would’ve had to say “those who believe and aren’t baptised are condemned” or “those who aren’t baptized are condemned”

  3. Laura Reynolds says:

    “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

    Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
    ‭‭James‬ ‭2:20, 24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    God’s word says to be baptized. If I believe his word is true, my faith will act out that I must do what his word is telling me to do. Not anyone’s opinion but what does God’s word say? Study it out.
    “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
    ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    The thief on the cross entered into heaven because he was still under the old coventant. Until Christ was resurrected was the new covenant. Baptism.