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Question #109

Do you have any other verses about baptism other than Acts 2:38?

I am wanting to share the truth about what the Bible says about Salvation and to prove to you that baptism is not needed and that we can't lose our salvation. Please reply and let me know if you are willing to hear the truth, cause I will gladly share it with you so please if you would like to send me verses that you believe tell us that we need to be baptized and that we can lose our salvation. And give me something other than Peter's sermon in acts for your false belief about needing baptism.

The Answer:

Thank you for your desire to teach the word of God. The subjects about which you inquire have been addressed on this website numerous times. For baptism, please review the answers to Questions 1, 4, 9, 20, 27, 60, 68, 81, 84, and others. You should also listen to the audio sermon of N. B. Hardeman on this website on the subject of baptism. For the doctrine of once saved always saved, please review the answers to Questions 11, 37, and others. For both, you should also review the lessons on Romans 6, 1 Corinthians 12, and the lessons on the church.

In the answers dealing with the necessity of baptism you will find one or more discussion of Acts 2:38. It is strange that you want no discussion of that passage. Could it be that you recognize its plain and clear teaching that the purpose of baptism is the remission of sins? Could it be that you believe that Acts 2:38 is the only passage that we could cite that teaches that baptism is necessary to be saved? You will find many more in the sites to which you are directed. But even if it were the only passage that taught that baptism was necessary to be saved, could we then ignore it. How many times does God have to command a thing for it to be a binding command? If God’s commanding a thing only once does mean that it need not be obeyed, I trust that you will cite scripture for that proposition. If God’s commanding a thing only once when he commands something else more times means that the thing commanded only once need not be obeyed, I trust that you will cite support for that proposition. Included with that should be the passage (one is enough) that states the minimum number of times God must command a thing before we are obligated to obey. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing these matters with you. I complement you again on your desire to teach the word of God. I do not question your honesty and sincerity at all. If we will both honestly and sincerely study the word of God together there is no doubt in my mind that we can understand it alike and stand together in the one faith (Eph. 4:3-6).

God's Plan of Salvation

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)

You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)