February 9, 2003

Volume 13 - Number 06     

Do I Need to be Baptized?

The above question is indeed a relevant one in our confusing world of multiple denominations. These groups teach contrary doctrines concerning the spiritual act of baptism. The end result is honest seekers wondering if they need baptism. The simple answer is "yes." All men need to be baptized in order to be saved from their sins (Acts 2:38). However, let us expand the answer a bit:

Everyone needs to be baptized. What does that mean? It means that you have been immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins (Romans 6:1-4). It means that prior to your baptism, you put your faith in Jesus Christ (Hebrews 11:6), repented (turned away from your sinful past) (Luke 13:3), and confessed the name of Christ (Matthew 10:32).
If you were "baptized" before, make sure it was the type of baptism mentioned in the Bible. The following are false baptisms that will not save you:

If you were baptized solely due to the pressure of parents, grandparents, or friends; then your baptism is invalid because you did it for the wrong reasons.

If you were sprinkled or poured with water as baptism, then you need to be baptized. Bible baptism is immersion in water (Romans 6:1-4).

If when you were baptized you felt you were actually saved prior to that, then you need to be baptized. Why? Because the Bible says in I Peter 3:21 that baptism is what saves us. Belief alone will not save. The demons believe, yet they are not saved (James 2:19).

If you were baptized as an infant, then you need to be baptized. In order to be baptized, you must have faith and repent of you sins. An infant does not have the mental capabilities to have faith, and he cannot repent of sins since he has none.

If you were baptized just because the Bible says to, then you need to be baptized. The Bible does say to be baptized, but you must understand what you are doing and why (Acts 19:1-7).

Do I need to be baptized? Yes, all need baptism in order to be saved (Mark 16:15-16). However, they also need the correct type of baptism. This writer prays that you will act swiftly concerning these matters. Tomorrow is promised to no man.

Bian W. Jones

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Desperately, helplessly, longingly I cried,
Quietly, patiently, lovingly He replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate.
And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.”

“Wait! You say wait!” my indignant reply,
Lord, I need answers - I need to know why.
Is Your hand shortened, or have You not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming Your word.”

My future and all to which I can relate,
Hangs in the balance and You tell me ‘wait’?
I’m needing a ‘yes’—a go ahead sign,
Or at least a ‘no’ to which I can resign.

And Lord, I’ve been asking and this is my cry,
I’m weary of asking, I need a reply,
Then quietly, softly I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied, once again, “You must wait.”

So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut.
And I grumbled to God — “So I’m waiting, for what?”
He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mine,
And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.”

“I could shake the heavens, darken the sun,
Raise up the dead, cause the mountain to run.
All you seek, I could give and pleased you would be.
You would have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.”

“You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint.
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair.
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.”

“You’d not know the joy of resting in Me.
When darkness and silence was all you could see.
You’d never experience that fullness of love,
As the peace of my Spirit descends like a dove.”

“You would know that I give and save for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart,
The glow of My comfort, late in the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight,

The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask,
Of an infinite God that makes what you have last!
And you never would know should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

“Yes, your dreams for that loved one,
One night would come true.
But oh the loss if you lost what I’m doing to you.

“So be silent, my child, and in time you will see,
That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me.
And though oft may My answers seem terribly late,
That My most precious answer of all is still ‘wait’.”

Russell Kelfer


"The Power of the Tongue"
Proverbs 18:21
"Abraham's Prayer "
Genesis 18:16ff.

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"There is but one question, and that is the will of God. That settles all other questions."

William E. Gladstone




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 Wayne Vowell


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