Note: In this material, the term “pastor” is used in its common usage; a leader of a denominational church. It is not used in the biblical sense as outlined and illustrated in the New Testament (Acts 20:17-32; 1 Pet. 5:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
1. Baptism Is Essential For Salvation.
Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16). Pastors want to quibble about this and say that the only condition for condemnation is non-belief. Fundamentally, this reasoning is flawed because if you do not believe you will not be scripturally baptized. Too, the two conditions given for salvation are belief and baptism.
By inspiration Peter told believers on Pentecost to “repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Again, pastors will explain this away by saying “for” in this verse means “because of.” The exact same language is used in Matthew 26:28 where Jesus said, “For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” The “for” in this verse cannot be “because of,” otherwise Jesus shed His blood after men had their sins forgiven.
When Ananias spoke to Saul for the first time, he said, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). This was said to Saul after he spent three days in repentance and prayer (Acts 9:9, 11). No pastor can honestly contradict this. Saul believed on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:6), but he was told three days later to have his sins washed away in baptism.
All spiritual blessings are in Christ (Eph. 1:3). In Him we are chosen, adopted, redeemed, and forgiven (Eph. 1:4-7). The Bible teaches the way into Christ, into those spiritual blessings, is through immersion in water.
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3, 4).
We put on Christ in baptism based on our faith in Him, repenting of our sins, and confessing Him with our mouth (Rom. 10:9-13; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:26, 27). Denominational pastors do not teach this.
Paul wrote that sins are cut off and cast away in baptism (Col. 2:11, 12). It is not through an individual’s efforts that God is somehow indebted to him. Rather, being baptized for salvation is a matter of humble submission to our Lord’s commands. Notice, Paul says we are “raised with Him through faith in the working of God.” He did not say that being immersed in the water and raised again had anything to do with faith in the working of man. It is faith in the working of God. God does the forgiving through the blood of His Son. It is simply our part to believe in this as we obey the command. Pastors will not preach it, to their eternal shame.
Future Subjects On Five Things A Pastor Won’t Tell You
2. Jesus Will Not Rule On Earth For 1,000 Years.
3. Denominations Are Not The New Testament Church of Christ.
4. Faith Alone Will Not Save You.
5. Some Believers Will Burn In Hell.