Not everyone needs to be baptized. Babies do not need to be baptized; neither do those who are mentally handicap. Those who have already been scripturally baptized do not need to do it again. Rather, only those who are accountable and have not been scripturally baptized need to do it—which means a whole lot of people need to.
The Bible is plain about faith, repentance, and confession (Jn. 3:16; Lk. 13:3; 12:8, 9). Our friends and neighbors rarely deny the need for any of these. In fact, some may even insist their essentiality to salvation. They may even tell people that without faith, repentance, and confession, they will go to hell. However, they not only deny the necessity of baptism, but adamantly argue against it as the Bible teaches it.
The Word of God states that baptism is essential to salvation, to have one’s sins remitted. The passages and arguments supporting this are as plain as the ones advocating the requirement of faith.
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).
“Then Peter said to them, ‘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).
“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).
“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).
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:26, 27).
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead” (Col. 2:11, 12).
“There is also and antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 3:21).
To deny the necessity of baptism for the salvation of the soul is to deny the inspired Word of God. You might as well say, “God, you are wrong about that. I am amending your message to say, ‘Only faith, repentance, and confession are necessary to go to heaven (1 Opinions 1:1).’” This is the height of rebellion and arrogance.
Truthfully, people need help misunderstanding the Bible’s teaching on baptism. Either they grew up listening to false doctrine and simply do not know better, or they have gone to false teachers with their sweet-as-honey lies that make the gospel more palatable for men. Some do not want to accept that those who have not been baptized are going to lose their souls. Yet, we cannot alter God’s Word—it is His plan of salvation, not ours.