Is Baptism an absolute requirement for Salvation?

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  • 10 years ago
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    Yes, it definitely is.

    Acts 2:38

    Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

    Romans 6:3-4

    3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

    4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

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  • 6 years ago

    No. The act is a profession of faith but not a requirement for salvation (else death bed conversions, for example, would fail every time). Be wary of legalism.

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  • Bonna
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Yes, Absolutely, Apostle Paul asked a bunch of people have you received the Holy Ghost SINCE you believed & not WHEN you believed, They said we have not even heard anything about the HOLY Ghost, then Apostle Paul asked them how were you baptized(water Baptism) they said unto John baptism, then Apostle Paul commanded ALL to be baptized again the the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Then they received the Holy Ghost, The Holy Ghost is our new birth.

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  • 10 years ago

    Yes, absolutely essential!!!

    I'm not going to quote all the verses in the Bible which verify this but will summarize with this:

    Christ is the only one who ascends into Heaven and unless we are in Him, we cannot enter.

    Therefore we must be baptized into Christ, into His death and resurrection, being covered by His blood that we may be found blameless.

    But baptism is only one of the essential elements of salvation. Faith also is essential, as is repentance.

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  • 10 years ago

    Yes, baptism IS a requirement.

    Mark 16:16, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

    John 3:5, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of the water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

    Acts 8:36-39: And as they went on their way they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God". And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the Eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

    Acts 9:18: And immediately there fell from his [Saul/Paul's] eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    Acts 10:47: Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

    Romans 6:3-4: Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

    Colossians 2:10-12: And ye are complete in him [Jesus], which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting of the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised Him from the dead.

    Every time when someone professed Jesus as Lord they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Can we do less or ignore the express commands of the Lord?

    Source(s): Anita Apostolic Believer In One God, Jesus
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  • 10 years ago

    YES, but we must maintain the distinction that the Bible and Catholicism maintain...

    What God has commanded us to do binds us..but it does NOT bind Him

    Deuteronomy 29:29 (New International Version)

    29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.

    Hence the Catholic Catechism says :

    Deuteronomy 29:29 (New International Version)

    1283 With respect to children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God's mercy and to pray for their salvation.

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  • 10 years ago

    Yes.

    MARK 16:16 - "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." Notice how Jesus places baptism in conjunction with salvation.

    1 Peter. 3:21 - "The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us." [Also see Acts 10:6 and 48]

    Source(s): Amber Apostolic Pentecostal
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  • wren
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Under ordinary circumstances it is required but Jesus came that all would have life and in Acts 16:31-34 it says" Call on the Name of the Lord, and you and your household will be saved" because sometimes people are simply unable to be near water to be baptised. it doesn't mean that they believe any the less than someone who has been baptised. God will accept what is in their hearts.

    Source(s): The Holy Bible.
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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    According to the Bible, YES.

    "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a MAN be born AGAIN, he cannot see the kingdom of God." - John 3:3

    "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a MAN be BORN OF WATER and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." - John 3:5

    "BORN OF WATER" is water baptism. It does not mean natural child birth. Note that he says " Except a MAN", He is talking about a man, not a baby. Then He says "born AGAIN" (a second time).

    "...while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us. . ." I Peter 3:20,21

    "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." - Mark 16:16

    Source(s): diosdada (god given) Apostolic Believer In One God, Jesus
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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    It is !!

    According to Acts 2:38 and other verses of Scripture, it takes both repentance and water baptism to receive the gift of forgiveness or remission: "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins… "(Acts 2:38). We can say that God deals with the present consequences of sin at repentance and with the eternal consequences at baptism. Repentance does play a crucial role in receiving forgiveness, but rather than saying we receive complete forgiveness at repentance alone it is more biblical to speak of forgiveness after repentance and water baptism together.

    Repentance should precede baptism. John preached repentance first, and his converts confessed their sins to God at baptism (Matthew 3:6; Mark 1:5). When people came to be baptized, he demanded that they first repent and show evidence of repentance (Matthew 3:8; Luke 3:8). Baptism is a burial of past sins, but for this burial to have meaning there must be a death to sin by repentance. For sins to be remitted at baptism there must be repentance from those sins.

    Source(s): Joan Apostolic Believer In One God, JESUS
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