What is the Bible’s view of Baptism?
How does your church think about baptism? Is the baptism of adults
necessary to get God’s salvation through Jesus Christ? Do you baptise young
children and if yes, how can you verify that?
Thank you for your comments!!!
Thanks for your question. The Bible teaches that all that is necessary for salvation is that we say that Jesus is ‘Lord’ and believe that God raised him from the dead, then we will be saved. I have quoted the scripture verse below so you can read for yourself and not just take my word for it.
Romans Chapter 10 verses 8 to 13 (New International Version)
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile (Non Jewish person)—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
No where does the Bible state we need to be go through a baptism service at a church to be saved.
So then why even have a baptism service? Baptism is a celebration to celebrate a person being saved!
As part of a baptism service the person will say out loud that they believe Jesus is their Lord and ask God for forgiveness, just as the Bible verse from Romans tells us to. It is not the baptism service that saves them, it is confessing that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believing ‘God raised him from the dead’. The baptism service is just a celebration of a person making that decision that we can all join in. This is a great thing to celebrate!
What about child baptism? Baptism of children is done at some Christian churches but not all. The Anglican church in Sydney baptises children as part of celebrating the birth of it’s newest member and is also a time for the parents, the God parents and the congregation (those going to church with the parents) to make promises that they will bring up the child in a way that encourages them to be a Christian. In no way does the baptism of the child give the child salvation. A child is saved when they believe in Jesus. It does not matter how child like their belief in Jesus is they are saved by that belief. If a child is too young to understand this then they are saved by their parents being Christians.
So in short, all we need to do to be saved is say that Jesus is ‘Lord’ and believe that God raised him from the dead.
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