False Arguments For The Truth On Baptism

Quite frequently we hear false arguments made for the truth. Unfortunately many Christians repeat such arguments without investigating them for themselves.

One such argument that I’ve heard often is that whenever baptism and salvation are mentioned together, baptism is always mentioned first. Though intentions may be well meaning, this assertion is simply not true. One of the best arguments for the truth that water baptism is necessary to salvation is that both Colossians 2:11 and 13 mention the forgiveness of sins, and right in the middle of that – baptism is mentioned in verse 12 as the event at which that forgiveness occurs. But did you notice that salvation from sin is referenced in this passage one verse before baptism is?  A second example of a passage that mentions becoming a child of God before baptism but yet proves baptism is necessary to becoming a child of God is Gal 3:26-27.  Read it and see for yourself.

Another false argument for the truth is the claim that every conversion example in the book of Acts mentions baptism. This is simply not so. I think if you will really study Acts for yourself, you will find no less than 17 examples of conversion in the book of Acts where water baptism is not mentioned. (But none of these examples mitigate against the truth that baptism is a necessary step in conversion.)  Unfortunately many preachers teach there are zero such examples, because they have been told that over and over, and it never occurs to them they ought to check for themselves. If you like, request via email and I will send you these examples. Or perhaps you can find them for yourself?

Why use these trivial arguments anyway, when you can just turn to Acts 2:38 and 22:16 and read straight out that baptism is for the remission of sins, and is the point at which our sins are washed away?

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