The sign in front of the interdenominational church building said… Water baptism never saved anyone.
Sometime later the same church ran an ad in the local classifieds that announced the identical message. Is this bold and public proclamation true? Consider a few scriptures.
Mark 16:16 — “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
Acts 2:38 — “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 Ghost.”
Acts 22:16 — “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
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 from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
Galatians 3:27 — “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
1 Peter 3:21 — “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
These verses indicate the very opposite of the sign and ad noted above. Of course, one should keep in mind that these passages do not teach that baptism alone saves. God’s grace (cf. Titus 2:11-12) and Christ’s blood (Rev. 1:5), among other items, are essential to man’s salvation. Additionally, God has other requirements in His plan for humanity. They include faith (Jn. 8:24), repentance (Lk. 13:3), confession of Christ (Rom. 10:9-10), and faithfulness after baptism (1 Jn. 1:7). Still, to say baptism is not necessary for salvation is to ignore clear claims of the Bible!
From Gospel Preceptor