One must understand that WATER BAPTISM is essential in order to become a child of God. Baptism is immersion in water. That is what the word “baptism” means. Bible baptism is a “burial,” a “planting” (Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:4,5). Sprinkling and pouring are not baptism. Sprinkling and pouring are from the mind of men, not God.
Men have always substituted their own plan in place of God’s plan. Have you or your church substituted sprinkling for baptism? Baptism puts one INTO Christ. “For as many of you as have been baptized INTO Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Salvation is found IN Christ (2 Timothy 2:10), not OUT of Christ. Therefore, if you are not IN Christ, you are lost in your sins. Baptism puts one INTO the death of Christ where contact is made with His saving blood. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death“ (Romans 6:3)? We have redemption through His blood (Eph. 1:7). Baptism is for the REMISSION (forgiveness) of sins. This is made clear in 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….” One’s sins are destroyed in baptism (Romans 6:6). We are made free from sins in baptism (Romans 6:18). This is in perfect accord with the whole New Testament. The baptism of John the Immerser was “for the remission of sins” (Mark 1:4). Whenever one was questioned regarding salvation, baptism was always the point referred to. This is true in Romans 6:1-18 and Acts 19:1-5. So many do not like God’s plan and go to great lengths to circumvent it. Nonetheless, what Jesus said one had to do to be saved in Mark 16:16 remains the same, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” It’s amazing how many people, and especially preachers, think they know better than the Lord! Baptism puts one INTO the body of the saved þ the Lord’s church. The Lord adds those who are baptized to the church (Acts 2:41,47). It is this Body He is going to save (Ephesians 5:23). Those outside the church/body will not be saved. Will you believe and be baptized to be saved (Mark 16:16)?