Recently I had a discussion with a good friend about baptism. He informed me that “his church” taught that baptism was non-essential, totally unnecessary, and nowhere in the bible does God command one to be baptized to be saved. Now while I’m only marginally intelligent, as well as being a relative newcomer to the study of God’s word, I knew in an instant that this was not true.
“Then Peter said unto 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 Spirit.” (Acts 2:38) And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. (Acts 10:48) And now why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.(Acts 22:16) The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us. (I Peter 3:21) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be condemned.( Mark 16:16) For as many of you have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Gal. 3:27) They went down both into the water, both Phillip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. (Acts 8:38) Go ye therefor teaching all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). And once again in Romans chapter 6 we are taught that burial in baptism puts one into Christ, for as He was raised from the grave, we too are raised from that watery grave of baptism, to walk in newness of life.
In spite of all this evidence, my friend said he knew what the bible said, but that was just my interpretation and doctrine, so he would stick with what he had been taught by “his church.” The bible tells us plainly there is no private interpretation of the scripture, it says and means exactly the same thing to everyone alike (II Peter 1:20). This is a perfect example of willingly taking the word of men over the word of God, which is in itself pure ignorance. Ignorance of God’s word causes people to walk after their own lust. (II Peter 3:3) Then there are those who have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. (Rom. 10:2) Let us not be ignorant of God’s word, for in doing so we establish our own righteousness and are not submitting ourselves to the righteousness of God. (Rom. 10:3) Anything that is not according to the teachings of Christ is a false doctrine and can cause you, I, and untold millions to be eternally lost. (Matt. 15:9) Jesus tells us in Mark 7:7, that those who worship Him, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men are worshiping Him in vain. Vain worship is not only worthless, it is unacceptable, and even an abomination in the eyes of the Lord (Isaiah 1:13-16). Only God’s word is truth (John 17:17), and knowing that truth can set us free from being the servants of sin (John 8:32-34). We have the complete truth which is necessary for our salvation. (Acts 20:27) The word of our Lord shall stand forever. (Is. 40:8) This same word will judge us on the last day. (John 12:48) Knowing and submitting to God’s truth will determine if our name is written in the Lamb’s book of life (Rev. 21:27) which will determine if we are saved or cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15). If one does not know what is right, how can they submit to it? Even though those folks who walk after their own righteousness are sincere, they are sincerely wrong, which will lead to their soul’s eternal destruction. (Prov. 16:25) We have no excuse for ignorance of God’s word for we are commanded to, “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim. 2:15) God did not tell us to ask our preacher, or any other man what His book says, He tells us to study the book ourselves. God will not judge us on what any man says, but according to what He says (John 12:48). Each of us must study God’s word to avoid being ignorant of the truth. May we all seek God’s truth in the short time we have left upon this earth and put it into our daily lives, to save ourselves, and hopefully influence others to do the same…
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.