Baptistm essential to salvation

To the editor:

What was the last command that Jesus Christ gave his disciples before he ascended back to heaven? It’s found in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” This is called “The Great Commission.” In the book of Luke 24:47, Jesus said that repentances and remission of sins should be preached in his name among nations beginning at Jerusalem.

And in the gospel that Mark taught we can find the same message. Mark 16: 15-16: “Go ye into all this world, and preach the gospel to everyone. Those that believe and is baptized shall be saved; those that believe you don’t have to be baptized shall be lost.”

In the book of Acts 2:36-47, you can find Peter preaching the first sermon to the Jews on the day of Pentecost after Jesus had ascended back to be with his father. “Peter told the whole house of Israel that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified both Lord and Messiah and when they heard this they were cut in their heart and they cried out to Peter what shall we do? Then Peter preached to them, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized that same day and 3,000 souls were added to the Lord’s Church.” In the New Testament the word “baptism” is found 22 times and the word “baptized” is found 61 times.

Some teach that you can pray a simple prayer and be saved, but this is false teaching. No where can they prove this with scripture. If this were true, why would you go to worship on the Lord’s Day, just pray this prayer and stay home.

If you read the book of Acts, you can read about ten water baptism all the way from the Jews at Pentecost to the baptism of Paul, Acts 9:1-21 and Acts 22:4-16. And Paul was not saved on the road to Damascus as some teach.

From the gospel that Jesus Christ preached, it has always been you must be baptized and then you are saved.



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