Is Baptism Even Important?
In at least two verses, it is clearly stated that believing in the Name of Jesus is a commandment:
Sorry a commandment is not a suggestion or an option, it is a REQUIREMENT!
When this issue is brought up to Christian organizations who do not obey this apostolic teaching. Instead of being baptized again in Jesus Name they respond: Baptism is not necessary for salvation, it is a moot point, or that it is not important. Some say it is heresy. I don’t think God’s glory is a moot point or that is not important. The Catholic Church, which authorized baptism in the titles, also feels that baptism is required for salvation. They also feel like they had authority to change baptism. How can we, as Jesus’ servants ignore most of the New Testament so they can follow a Catholic tradition of men. I hope and pray it is by ignorance, so God may not hold them accountable for disobedience. To baptize repeating Matthew 28:19 and ignore all these scriptures, is to disregard Jesus and his teachings. Thus taking from his glory. If you have the Son You Have the Father also. (1 John 2:23)
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
In the Strong’s Bible Dictionary, the definition of “denieth” is the Strong’s definition: 720 arneomai (ar-neh’-om-ahee); perhaps from G1 (as a negative particle) and the middle voice of G4483; to contradict, i.e. disavow, reject, abnegate: KJV– deny, refuse.
The apostles were commissioned to start Jesus’ church and they warn us to keep the pattern from the beginning. Fight for that common faith that was once delivered to the saints. This warning certainly includes baptism in the Great and wonderful name of Jesus. Our effort is not to condemn but to point all believers in the right direction.
In Jesus Name
Pastor JB King