Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Water Baptism According To The Bible

  • Why Do We Get Baptized?:
         -The purpose of baptism is to make a public profession of faith and discipleship. In other words, water baptism is the sign of dedication to serving Christ. It is symbolic for the Lord's burial, death, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-5). In this ritual, we are identifying ourselves with our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, which also means that we previously had faith in Him. This is why baptism is so closely associated with salvation in the New Testament. However, churches have adopted completely unbiblical customs which pervert the meaning behind the ordinance of baptism.
  • Infant Baptism:
         -The Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and various Protestant churches advocate the practice of baptizing babies. Many professing Christians baptize infants because they believe that the ritual itself removes the stain of original sin.
           *There is no command or example of infant baptism found in the Bible.
           *Babies cannot be baptized because they are unable to believe in the gospel for salvation and repent (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:37-41; 8:12; 36-37; 16:14-15; 30-33; 18:8).
           *If baptism removes our deprived nature, then why do people still commit sin afterwards?
  • Baptismal Regeneration:
         -Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and various sects within Protestantism maintain that people must be baptized in order to get saved. They believe this because they uphold the false belief that baptism removes original sin. 
           *The Lord Jesus Christ did not baptize anybody (John 4:2). If baptism was essential for salvation, then baptizing people would have been His top priority. If getting baptized is necessary for the forgiveness of sins, then it would have made no sense for Christ to have done so (Matthew 3:13-17), as He was already sinless. 
           *The concept of baptism is absent, and even excluded, from several Scripture passages explaining how to get saved and the purpose of the gospel (John 1:12; 5:24; 20:30-31; Romans 1:16-17; 3:20-28; 4:2-8; 5:1; 10:9-13; 1 Corinthians 1:21; Galatians 2:16; 21; 3:1-3; 5:4-5; Ephesians 2:4-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; 3:15; Titus 3:5-7). Scripture is abundantly clear that justification is by faith apart from the merit of all works. They have absolutely no bearing on our salvation. To add baptism (or any other ritual) as an additional stipulation to believing on Jesus Christ for salvation is equivalent to saying that we must be circumcised to get saved. Thus, the "baptismal regeneration" teaching falls into the same category as the Judaizing heresy (Acts 15:1; 23-24). 
           *Baptism is the New Testament parallel (though not its equivalent) to circumcision in the Old Testament (Colossians 2:11-12). But circumcision did not save anyone (Acts 15; Romans 4:9-12), even though it was a God-ordained act (Genesis 17:10-14)! This also indicates that we are not saved by water baptism. We are not saved by these rituals because they are works.
           *We even have biblical examples of people who were justified before they were baptized in water: 1.) the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:35-38); 2.) the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:17-18); 3.) Cornelius and his many friends (Acts 10:42-48); 4.) The Philippian jailer and his family (Acts 16:25-33). 
            *In Scripture, repentance and salvation always come before the ritual of water baptism. We are sanctified by the blood of Jesus, not by the ritual of water baptism (Hebrews 9:13-14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5).
  • Baptism By Sprinkling Water:
         -The Roman Catholic Church, along with some Protestant churches, baptize by sprinkling a little water on people, rather than fully immersing converts into water.
           *The Greek word for baptism ("baptismo") literally means immersion. There are separate words in the Greek language for sprinkling, pouring, and immersion. But only the Greek word for immersion is used for baptism in the New Testament (although there may be rare situations in which baptism by sprinkling water may be permissible).
           *The New Testament describes the ceremony of baptism as being a "burial" into water (Mark 1:5; 9-10; John 3:23; Romans 6:3-5).           
           *People who acknowledge that they have been baptized in a manner different from what is described in the New Testament can be "re-baptized" for the sake of conscience (Romans 14:23).

    1 comment:

    1. Hey, Jesse

      I'm glad to see that you take the same stance as me and my in-laws regarding the whole baptism thing, seeing as some christians claim you must be baptized in water to be saved. it's simply not true. The baptism you need to be saved is the baptism of the Holy Spirit see Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 12:13. I have a sister who has never been water baptized and yet she is probably the godliest person i know.