Thursday, August 19, 2010

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation? 15 Passages

Is Baptism a necessary condition for one to be saved?  Scripture declares, no!  Here are 15 clear passages showing this:

Romans 10:9 (Confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart Jesus is Lord, you will be saved)
1 Cor 1:13-17 (Paul says God did not send him to baptize, but preach the Gospel.  This shows the Gospel and Baptism are two different things.)
Eph. 2:8-9; Philipians 3:9; Gal 2:16; Rom 3 (We are saved by faith, as a gift from God, not works)
1 Cor 15:1-4 (A summary of the Gospel, with no attachment to baptism)
Acts 15; Rom 4 (No outward act is necessary for salvation)
Acts 3:12-26 (Peter doesn't mention baptism as a part of his gospel message)
Luke 7:37-50; Matthew 9:2; Luke 18:13-14; Luke 23:43 (People saved apart from baptism)
Acts 10:44-48 (Many people are saved before being baptized)

Baptism is the normal obedience of one who has trusted in Christ.  Because Scripture asks us to be baptized, anyone who is a Christ follower will react to their salvation by obeying Scripture's request for a baptism.  This outward sign does not create inner transformation, instead it shows inner transformation.

For more on this check here, here, here and if you still want more here.  These sites have some good reasons why verses commonly used for Baptismal Regeneration (baptism is necessary for salvation) are not saying baptism is required for salvation.

1 comment:

akmoosebear said...

those verses are great - it reminds me of when i was in jr high at a lutheran dad made me get confirmed there and i would discuss baptism with the pastor...i didn't agree...i wish i had these verses then! especially since he didn't think verses from John were convincing enough.