Water, salvation and what's essential
To the editor:
Google shows that there are at least sixty Baptist denominations in Danville, so I am sure that one of the Baptist pastors in town can answer this question with scripture. By the way, I'm an evangelist with the Danville Church of Christ.
Does a man or woman have to be baptized in water in order to be saved or go to heaven?
Readers may see the question and blow out their breath, but this is a question that has divided "Bible believers" for centuries. It's a point of separation between Baptists and Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans and Catholics because those last five denominations believe that a person may chose to have water poured over their head or sprinkled on them rather than being immersed. Did anyone in the New Testament choose sprinkling over immersion? Were they given the option?
Water baptism is a point of division between Baptists and other Christians as Baptists historically have denied that water baptism has anything to do with salvation. I believe that water baptism is essential to salvation, and I will list scriptures to prove why I believe that.
Mark 16:16, John 3:5, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:47, Acts 16:30-33, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:3-4, Colossians 2:12-13, and 1Peter 3:21 all teach that water baptism saves us. Why then is there so much division and confusion over this subject?
Thank you to the Register & Bee for the avenue of discussion. Thank you to anyone who responds with scriptural evidence.