no people it's says in acts 2:38 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 for the promises give it to you and to your children and to those that are after off. to me it's sounds like he's commanding us
Hi W.A The point of baptism is to show your dedication to God, however, the actual act of getting baptized should be secondary to your inward expression to God. For ex, its like the courtship of a couple. The "getting married" is the act or event, but the engagement is the inner expression to one another. Typically, people don't just get married , they first commit to each other. Similar with baptism, a person should not just decide to walk to a body of water and get baptized, first they need to pray to God ask him to accept them. But Acts 2:37-41 tells us that we should repent and get baptized in Jesus name in order for our sins to be forgiven. Please refer to this link for more details. http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2002243?q=baptism&p=par
It is an individual public profession of personal faith in Jesus Christ and surrender to Him. This is why it is so important that a person be old enough to understand what is happening and to be able to make such a commitment to Christ. It is an outward sign of an inward decision.
Well, God says in Romans 6: 3-4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.