No More Water Baptism

Pat and Wes were walking out of Bible study class.

Wes- “Wasn’t that great about baptism?”

Pat- “Well, actually he was wrong. Christians do not need to get water baptized.”

Wes- “What!? You have to be kidding!”

Pat- “Where does it say in the Bible that baptism is for Christians?”

Wes- “It’s all over the New Testament. John the Baptist baptized. So did the Apostles”

Pat- ” Yes, they were Jews under the law. For Israel, forgiveness of sins depended on repentance and water baptism. In Acts 2:38 we see Peter still teaching being baptized “for the remission of your sins.” Christianity is different. We know that we receive forgiveness of sins only through Christ’s death on the cross. Jesus shed His blood for the sins of the world. This is the Gospel of Grace that Paul taught whereby we must be saved today.”

Wes- “Wait, are you saying baptism is only for Jews?”

Pat- “Did the apostle Paul ever teach that baptism is necessary?”

Wes- “Paul baptized several people.”

Pat- “Yes, in the beginning he did, but later he said he was glad that he was not called to baptize, but to preach the Gospel. God chose the method of preaching whereby men can come to saving faith. From the time Paul wrote the Corinthians to the time he wrote the Ephesians water baptism was fading and that by the time he wrote Ephesians it had ceased. Read Ephesians 4:5. It mentions only one baptism. Which baptism? The baptism by man or the baptism by God the Holy Spirit? Clearly, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is greater than water baptism performed by man. Don’t you think Paul would have been disobedient to God if water baptism was required and he didn’t tell us?”

Wes- “Well, baptism isn’t necessary for salvation, but it’s a still a requirement.”

Pat- “That doesn’t make sense. If it isn’t required for salvation, then what’s it required for?”

Wes- “Look, churches have been baptizing Christians for centuries.”

Pat- “Yes and it’s a tradition that has been passed down, but it’s not scriptural. It’s best to stick with the Scriptures. From John the Baptizer to Pentecost there was one baptism–water baptism. During the period of time recorded in Acts there were two baptisms–water and baptism with or in the Holy Spirit. At the present time there is one baptism. This is the baptism by which we are baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection and into His body. We receive this baptism the moment we come to faith alone in Christ alone for our salvation.”

Wes- “So Christian churches have been wrong all these years?”

Pat- “Let’s look at this. Roman Catholicism teaches that water baptism is necessary for salvation. They use to believe that unless one was baptized in the Catholic church, they weren’t saved and that Protestant baptisms don’t count. Protestantism as you know, came out of Catholicism and they repeat some of the same traditions. But baptism is a work. Anything man does is a work. Ask any Mormon missionary if your baptism in your church counts. They will say no because they believe only they have the priesthood authority to baptize. Ask your pastor if Christian laypeople can baptize and he will say no, it must be done by an ordained pastor That’s tradition. The Bible shows that any saved believer has the authority to baptize. Philip baptized the Ethiopian Eunuch.”

Wes- “Wasn’t Philip one of the Apostles?  Besides, Mormons believe in faith plus works.”

Pat- ” So do Catholics and some of the other denominations like Church of Christ and Seventh Day Adventists. Philip was an evangelist, not an Apostle.”

Wes- “I still don’t understand why pastors baptize.”

Pat- “Because it’s how they make you a member of their church, but the apostle Paul taught baptism of the Spirit. Not of water. According to him, every believer in Christ is a member of the body of Christ and has been baptized by the Holy Spirit. Read 1 Corinthians 12:13. When one believes in the gospel, that Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead, he is baptized by the Holy Spirit.”

Wes- “I don’t know. This is a bit much to swallow.”

Pat- “Yes, it is. It’s very hard to give up a belief we’ve have had for years.”

Wes- “I’ll do some research and get back to you.”

Pat- “Great! See you later.”


13 thoughts on “No More Water Baptism

  1. It is very hard for people to give up man’s traditions but the freedom of embracing God’s plan through His grace once they do breaks the chains of their bondage and they finally can begin to fulfill the purpose of Christ’s Body on earth instead of being enemies of the cross or at least grieving or quenching the Spirit.

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  2. Hi pastor James. Yes, I have heard this all my life in church, yet I can’t find anything in all of scriptures where water baptism is described as an “outward sign” or even as a public declaration of salvation already attained. The Jews had to “repent and be (water) baptized for the remission of sins.” John the baptist, Jesus and His apostles taught that. Paul, on the other hand, taught there is only one baptism in this age of grace: baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Eph 4:5) We see water baptism ending by the time he wrote Ephesians. He never taught it as something we Christians need to do. The Holy Spirit is the baptizer. He baptizes us into Christ and his body (1 Corinthians 12.13; Titus 3.5-7).

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  3. The public declaration seems to be a church tradition and not based on scripture. For Jews, water was very important for cleansing/purity reasons. During the time of John the Baptist and Jesus, they were saved by “repenting and being baptized.” We see the practice fading by the time Paul writes Ephesians and he wrote: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” He never taught there were 2 or 3 baptisms, only one and this is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is now our baptizer, not man. Jews always had man (priests, etc) doing something. Today, in this age of grace, God does the work, (Christ sacrificing His blood, The Holy Spirit baptizing, etc)

    Paul wrote that every believer in Christ is a member of the body of Christ and has been baptized by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:3-6) He makes no mention that believers should be water baptized in a church. Some of the things that pertain to Israel are not for the Church. This is why we sometimes see Paul teaching different things than Jesus and the apostles taught. Paul mainly preached to Gentiles and the Church, whereas Jesus and the apostles preached to Jews.

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  4. Michelle Stokes

    God bless you. in order to find truth, sadly you must unlearn everything religion taught you. be baptized in God and not religion. Church is good but seriously it is like when Paul rebuked them about circumcision. it is about faith. God sees the heart and always has. Many are dipped in the water and not filled with the spirit. So why is that? if mere baptism saves, then my friends we could continue acting anyway and say we are saved? Then this is the same, do we continue in sin when we found grace? being born again according to Jesus is to be born of water and spirit. Then we look at the woman at the well, was she baptized? and what water was Jesus speaking of? It’s like the bread. was Jesus talking about the physical loaves of bread or something else? What if one found Jesus in the desert and there was no water to be baptized? Shall this man perish because there is no water? if he pleads to God to be saved with His whole heart, shall God then say no, I will not hear your prayers because you did not get baptized?… God thoughts are not men’s thoughts and God sees the hearts. it is the same as God told Cain if you do good shall you be rewarded? Does God punish the good doers? Just words to consider my friends. for years I been preaching against religion but not really. More so speaking so people start searching. Shall we circumcise our body parts or our heart? That is another question to pray on. I delighted in this post! have a blessed day!

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    1. I had to unlearn 18 years of teachings in a false religion which teaches that one must be baptized in order to be saved and made a member of that church. This is mixing law and grace and also makes this religion the means of salvation. It implies that Christ’s death on the cross was not sufficient. Baptism is something man does. Therefore, its a work and adding works to salvation is a no-no.

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    1. Yes, Ephesians, 4:5 is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Paul never said there were 2 or 3 baptisms. Water baptism is church tradition, not a command of Christ. Otherwise, Paul would have clearly taught it.


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