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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. Josie says:

    In response to the thief on the cross comment, Jesus commissioned baptism after He rose from the dead. Because he hadn’t yet died and risen from the dead, baptism into His name was not yet required. The baptism that John preached was in preparation for the one to come. If you read through the book of Acts, it reinforces that baptism is for the remission of sin.

  2. Susie Davis says:

    The thief on the cross was not baptized. I think that was a lesson on many levels for us.

  3. Carol Lewis says:

    Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:28 Make Baptism a requirement for the completion of salvation? If you don’t complete the circle, how do you receive the Holy Ghost? If Jesus did it to show us the way, why would it not be a requirement?

  4. Barbara Siefken says:

    God bless you!

  5. john thomas says:

    Baptize to Jesus Christ. Water baptism is ists earthly manifestation only

  6. justin brown says:

    i was young and got wanted baptized but when i got older i repented and recieved christ as my savior do i need to get baptized again

  7. Patty Harper says:

    God bless you Billy

  8. Libby Lear says:

    Mark 16:16 says He that believed and is baptized shall be saved but he that believed not shall be damned so this verse states you have to be baptized or you will be damned. So please expplain why your emphasis is on repentance and not on baptism. And you are to baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins Acts 2:38

    1. Anna says:

      Actually, it says “whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Believing is the power of salvation, and without it we are condemned. Doesn’t say, “that whoever does not get baptized..” Baptism by the fire of the Holy Spirit is what is really most important. Peace be with you in Christ our Lord.

  9. FRANK GUNNELS says:

    WE ONLY GET “IN CHRIST” BY BEING BAPTIZED “IN HIM “. BEING ” IN CHRIST ” IS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION . THUS, BEING BAPTIZED IS ESSENTIAL TO SALVATION. Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
    Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
    Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
    Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
    Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

  10. ron teague says:

    Amen, Bro. GRAHM I love you!
    From a Saved sinner. I am NOT proud of the fact that I simply have Fire Insurance at this point in my life, but unfortunately I have gotten away from God and I’m trying to get back