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. Continue reading
You’ve heard it. And discussed it. Perhaps even argued about it until you ran out of words and patience. But, you know, they may be on to something. Baptism does not do any good – in some cases.
For centuries, unbelievers and denominationalists have argued against the necessity and efficacy of baptism. Many see it as a useless ritual or a superstitious relic from a dark past. Others divorce it from any saving power.
Of course, baptism is a part of the Great Commission. It is explicitly stated in the accounts of Matthew (Matthew 28:19) and Mark (Mark 16:16), and implicit in Luke’s account (Mark 24:46-47; cf. Acts 2:38). One cannot read the Great Commission or the conversion accounts in Acts and come to any other conclusion. Continue reading