Baptism Doesn’t Do Any Good, By Allen Webster (Part 2)

BAPTISM DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD IF IT IS NOT PRECEDED BY TRUE REPENTANCE. 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 2:38). A person who is unwilling to change his lifestyle (repent) might as well not be baptized, because it would not do him any good. If one does not intend to quit drinking, cursing, smoking, committing adultery, or lying, why be baptized? It just makes a mockery of a sacred practice.


BAPTISM DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD IF IT IS NOT PRECEDED BY A BIBLICAL CONFESSION. “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” (Acts 8:36-37). Most religious people in our world do not make this confession at their baptism. Many say something like, “I believe that God for Christ’s sake has forgiven my sins.” Where is this found in the Bible? It is not! God said that He forgives sins at baptism (Acts 22:16), not before. If one does not make a scriptural confession prior to baptism, he has not been scripturally baptized.


BAPTISM DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD IF IT IS NOT AN IMMERSION. “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death” (Romans 6:4). Many advocate that one can be baptized by sprinkling, pouring, OR immersion. The Bible does not give such options, but calls baptism a burial (Colossians 2:12) and shows that it requires going down into the water (Acts 8:38). The word baptism literally means to dip, plunge, or submerge. If one was not immersed, then his baptism did not do any good.


BAPTISM DOES NOT DO ANY GOOD IF IT IS NOT FOLLOWED BY FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN LIVING. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42). Occasionally, a person is baptized and never darkens the building’s door again. Some come for a time but then fall away. Others may continue to attend services, but their lives mirror the world instead of the image of Christ (cf. Romans 12:1-2). In each of these cases, baptism did not really do any good because ultimately (without repentance) they will be lost.


There is a record of some who were baptized incorrectly in God’s book (Acts 19:1-6). They were told to be baptized again – correctly. Why not do so if you need to? Eternity awaits your decision. Baptism will do you good!


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