Water Baptism is NOT necessary for salvation. Water baptism is a good work. Adding good works to faith in Jesus cancels salvation. Water baptism is obsolete.

Lutherans have corrupted the Gospel by teaching that the act of water baptism is the means by which a person is saved. Martin Luther clearly taught Baptismal Regeneration was mandatory for salvation. The Bible disagrees with Mr. Luther. There are many solid Biblical arguments against the teaching that water baptism is required for salvation. Here are a few:

First, no one in the Old Testament was ever recorded as being water baptized to be saved. To claim that water baptism is mandatory today for salvation is to errantly teach that there are multiple gospels. Genesis 15:6 plainly tells us that Abraham’s faith in the Lord was counted for righteousness. According to Acts 10:43, people in the Old Testament were saved the same way we are today, by faith in the Messiah.

Second, the thief on the cross was never baptized.

Third, the Epistle of 1st John was written to assure believers of their salvation (1st John 5:13); yet water baptism is not mentioned even once.

Fourth, Paul plainly stated that Jesus did not send him to water baptize. 1st Corinthians 1:17, “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.” If water baptism were required for salvation, then the Apostle Paul never would have made such a statement.

Fifth, water baptism is a human work, which is not allowed in the imputed righteousness of God. Water baptism is the believer’s public profession of faith, identifying him with a rejected Savior. Jesus was water baptized to identify Himself with a rejected people, the Jews. Water baptism is an act of Christian obedience to the Lord, and not a part of saving-faith.

— David J. Stewart

Jesus indicated that water baptism is a good work:

Matthew 3:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

John Baptizes Jesus

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?”

15 But Jesus answered and said to him,

*******“Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.*******

16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and [a]He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

The important, automatic, baptism is to baptized by the Holy Spirit into the death and resurrection of Christ at the moment if belief. It is a travesty that the true resurrection is neglected for a water ritual.

— Curtis Smale






Water Baptism; Baptism into the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus; and 9+ Baptisms in the Bible

I was sprinkle-baptized with water as an infant in Lutheranism.

Most importantly, I was baptized by the Holy Spirit into the death and resurrection of Christ when I believed in Jesus, at first, maybe when I was 7 years old.

About 12 years ago, when I lived in Phoenix, AZ, after about a year of intensive study on eternal security (which I came to believe in), water baptism and other baptisms, and repentance (repentance from sins is not necessary for salvation), I came to believe that water baptism is obsolete. I searched the Scriptures and asked God if I should be baptized in water, and the answer in my conscience was always no.

I don’t think there is any problem with water baptism, as long as a person does not do it as a condition of salvation.

John baptized with water.

Jesus baptized with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus had a baptism to undergo, which was not only to be baptized by John, but also to undergo actual crucifixion on the cross.

Paul was sent not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel.

There are at least nine baptisms in the Bible.

Only the spiritual baptism by the Holy Spirit into the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ is part of salvation.

Curtis Smale