Nope. Baptism is not essential for salvation. (Ephesians 2.8/9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.) If we believe salvation is also through water baptism then grace is no longer grace.
If you know what to do and refuse to do it then it is sin it's disobedience , its rebellion. Baptism is only and outward sign to show an inward change. It helps you to have a point in you life that you considered yourself dead and Christ Alive in you in all you do .,if jesus told you to jump off the bridge would you? If you say no then he is not lord of your life.
Baptism is optional for many, but required for some denominations. It's my belief that Jesus's whole life was substitutionary for the sinner, as he lived a sinless life because we can't. That means his baptism was substitutionary, on behalf of those who never were baptized, but believe.
This is one of issues that was debated. Generally speaking, Catholics view it as a sacrament, but Protestants do not. Is it needed, I do not believe so. Have I been baptized, yes. Good luck and God bless.
YES - says Christianity. We are told that though its god never cares to protect the innocent or succor the oppressed, yet he carefully maintains baptismal registers and keeps note of those whose names are not found in those registers! According to this imposition, eternal salvation of man is simply the matter of getting your head wet by a few drops of water sprinkled by a priest! Notwithstanding, absurdly inconsistent as it is, that over a rite of such absolute compulsion and enormous importance, for the last 2000 years Christendom yet could not come upon a "universal mode of baptism" that would agree with all its creeds! In fact, no other verse in the NT has ever inspired a lower depth of infamy & savagery that has been perpetuated not only upon Non-Christians for refusing baptism, but also upon Fellow-Christians for difference over baptism, by the followers of the most compassionate Christ and in the name of universal love, than has been done by the verse that makes baptism a compulsion for salvation. Surely it produces a theological double bliss for the Christians, who loves their enemies, to visualize that not only billions over billions of men and women, but also countless trillions of innocent infants and sweet babies (including those unborn many, who dies in their mother's wombs) from time immemorial, will be dashed down to the lowest glowing gulfs of hell, for eternal roasting, for failing to wet their heads by a few drops of water!
No. Baptism is important and should be done but it is not necessary for salvation. We are saved by Grace thru Faith alone. After we find salvation with God THEN we get baptised out of obedience and respect.
Baptism is the symbol of what has already occurred in the heart and life of one who has trusted Christ as Savior (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12). Baptism is an important step of obedience that every Christian should take. Baptism cannot be a requirement for salvation. To make it such is an attack on the sufficiency of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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While Jesus was alive, He and the 12 taught : Repent and Be Baptized. (They only preached to Jews, no Gentiles here) Then, after His death, He sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost...so it became Repent, Baptism, and then receive the indwelling of The Holy Spirit for Jewish Jesus believers only (still no Salvation for Gentiles at this point). Then, after their final rejection of Jesus as their king...Acts 28:28 Paul says," Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and they WILL hear it." After that , the way became FAITH and FAITH ALONE in Christ's death, burial, and Resurrection. and it is a gift to us through God's grace. Paul explains how God has a new way to do things in 1Corinthians 12:13," For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jew or Gentile, bond or free, and have been made to drink into one Spirit." That says that the minute God sees FAITH in our hearts, The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the Body of Christ!!! No works on our part is necessary! The Holy Spirit does all the work for us, yea ! we win!!!!
It's not a requirement of salvation. We are not saved through works. The bible does not require that we do so. It is however, an outward expression of an inward transformation. It's a humbling experience.
Well, 1) Mark 16:16 says, Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, and 2) Acts 22:16 says, And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name. and 3) Romans 6:3 says, Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? and 4) 1 Cor. 12:13 says, For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body?Jews or Greeks, slaves or free?and all were made to drink of one Spirit. and 5) Galatians 3:27 says, For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. and 6) 1 Peter 3:21 says, Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ and 7) Acts 2:38 says, And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. So if you don't want to 1)be saved or 2)wash away your sins or 3)be in Jesus or 4)be in His body or 5)be in Christ/put on Christ or 6)be saved or 7)have your sins forgiven - which means you want to 1)not be saved or 2)not wash away your sins or 3)still be in the world/in the kingdom of darkness or 4)not be in His body or 5)not be in Christ/put Him on or 6)not be saved or 7)not have your sins forgiven then just don't obey God concerning obedience as He dictates in the New Testament! As you note after your question, you can hear all kinds of different opinions (on here as well as other places). The only place to go for the commands (not opinions) is the New Testament! See what God says about it, not what people think about it!