Matthew 28:18-20) “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.“
Why is Baptismal Regeneration not the Gospel of Jesus Christ? (i.e. water baptism for forgiveness of sins)
The issue is adding to the message of Grace. Grace is no longer grace if we must do something to earn or attain. Baptism would be a righteous work as you don’t have forgiveness until you do this thing, that until an action is done salvation is not complete – this is not Grace.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God, that I didn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, it’s not a reward, but He gives it anyways because He so loves us. Ephesians 1:7&13 Salvation and forgiveness of sins is completed through Believing and Trusting in the Gospel of our Salvation.
If Baptism is so important in that aspect, why didn’t Jesus say so in John 3:15-18? Why didn’t Paul say so in Acts 16:30-31? Why did Paul say that he was glad he didn’t baptize any except a couple few?
Peter points out how the Gentiles were saved and sealed by the Spirit of God BEFORE even being Baptized –
- Acts 10:47) “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?“
The thief on the cross next to Jesus was nailed to a cross, unable to do works or be Baptized, and Jesus said –
- Luke 23:43) “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.“
Why did Paul say that “he does not come preaching baptism” if it is a requirement? 1 Corinthians 1:17
Also, Mark 16:16 says unbelief damns you, not unbaptism.
1 Peter 3:21 says that the water saves the conscience, not the soul. As it is an act of obedience, not gaining forgiveness of sins. And it doesn’t put off the filth of the flesh (in Greek this is deeds of the flesh, as in 1 Corinthians 6 – sins of the flesh). It starts with “In the like figure” meaning it’s a metaphor.
- Paul says salvation is wrought by confessing the belief of the heart in Romans 10:9-10 and doesn’t mention baptism at all.
And Philip the Evangelist with the Ethiopian eunuch – the Eunuch asks “what hinders me to be baptized?” and Philip says “if you believe, then you may” thus indicating AFTER belief one is baptized. Why? because belief is Salvation, salvation from what?
What is one saved from? Salvation from what? Blood shed for what? Hebrews 9:22 the shedding of blood saves from sin – Ephesians 1:7 redemption through His blood by the riches of His GRACE – Ephesians 1:13 and this is done by trusting and believing the Gospel, not by Baptism.
Baptismal Regeneration is not the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Baptismal Regeneration would be a righteous works based system of salvation. Titus 3:5 – not by works of righteousness. Ephesians 2:8-9 By Grace are you saved by Faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.
You don’t earn it, you don’t deserve it, it’s not a reward, you can’t work for it, you can’t atone for it, you can’t impress God by meriting it – you can only trust and believe by Faith through His Grace and accept Salvation by Belief in the merit and works and righteousness of Jesus Christ alone.
Salvation is a free gift, no maintenance, no earning of favor, and once given it cannot be taken away. Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” – – if we do grieve Him we just confess and we are cleansed. The Father doesn’t disown the wayward child, but like the prodigal son the goodness of God leads us to repentance and cleansing. – – When did the prodigal son cease to be a son of the Father? – – Not by works, Not by righteous works, Not by deeds of the law, and Not by sight. But by Faith alone, through Grace alone, by Jesus Christ who is God alone.
- Titus 3:5 / Ephesians 2:8-9 / Galatians 2:16 / 2 Corinthians 5:7 / Romans 1:17 / Romans 6:14 / Hebrews 10:38
Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
After believing and repenting you are sealed/saved, then because of your love for Christ you want to follow Him. – – Acts 10:43) “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
- Ephesians 1:13 and Ephesians 4:30
Acts 10:43) “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.”
It’s not because you have to but because you want to.
Any idea of self merit affecting salvation in earning to gain, maintaining to keep, or self atonement for sins is heresy and the person is not saved. The same goes for believing that Baptism saves, forgives, or seals with the Spirit – it’s still a belief in a form of righteous works that affects salvation – this is heresy too. It’s all through Christ’s merit on the Cross and His Resurrection, or else through attempting in your own merit you earn Hell.
James 2 is talking to Christians already saved, and it’s talking about charity and Christian behavior for promotion of the Faith, not maintenance of salvation. If it was talking about works for salvation, then Paul is a liar, James and Paul are butting heads, God wrote a contradiction in His Word and is then the author of confusion, and would then not be God. Correlating with the rest of Scripture shows there is literally no way one could make works for salvation on any level truly work with the layout of Scripture. Salvation would then not be by Grace as it says if works were involved.
And this Salvation can never be lost or taken away – Romans 8:1 no condemnation unto those in Christ. Any sin after that brings chastisement, not disowning or a casting away. John 15:1-6 is paired with 1Cor 5:1-5 / Psalm 66:18 / Prov 28:9 / James 1:6-7 about God’s discipline, and nowhere does it relate to losing salvation or having it being taken away.
in addition: Hebrews 6:4-6 and 10:26 is speaking about the unsaved falling away (rejecting) enlightenment, the knowledge of , the taste of salvation – they had not yet taken hold. This does not relate to the saved giving up or losing salvation as many think.
Losing Salvation, or it being taken away, given up – denotes a working to keep it. But it’s not by works or righteous works, deeds of the law, or by sight. It’s by Grace alone through Faith alone.
- By Grace are you saved through Faith – Not by works or self merit.