Monthly Archives: June 1999

Is Water Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

The attached pdf file contains a 15-page exchange I had with another student of God’s word. In the exchange, we discussed the following topics:

  1. Whether water baptism is necessary for the remission of sins (I believe baptism by immersion in water is necessary);
  2. Being “born again,” and the meaning of “water and the Spirit” (John 3:3,5);
  3. Complete obedience to God’s word, and the fact that the Bible says that each of the following saves us: grace (Eph. 2:5), faith (John 3:16) and baptism (1 Pet. 3:21);
  4. The thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43), and what the text does and does not say about this incident;
  5. The fact that the New Testament did not come into effect until the death of Christ (Heb. 9:16-17);
  6. The fact that without the resurrection of Christ we are still lost (1 Cor. 15:14, 17);
  7. The baptism of John (Mark 1:4; Acts 19:1-5) and the baptism of the Holy Spirit;
  8. Water baptism and (1) the necessity of of faith and repentance prior to baptism, (2) the proper authority for baptism (e.g., John vs. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Acts 19:1-5 & Matt. 28:19), (3) the necessity of immersion in water (as opposed to sprinkling or pouring), and (4) that the purpose of baptism is the remission of sins (Acts 2:38);
  9. The views of Catholics with respect to “;”
  10. The views of with respect to the book of James, faith only, and works (Martin Luther did not believe that James was neither the brother of Christ, nor even an inspired author, but a fraud and that the did not belong in the Bible!);
  11. and a few more things as well….