by Kevin Rutherford


It is truly amazing to see how many will try to get around plain Bible teaching.  People approach the scriptures with pre-conceived notions and then twist them to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).

One example of such twisting is in the matter of baptism.  There are those who say that one does not have to be baptized to be saved.  Are they twisting the truth when they say this?  Read the following scriptures for yourself:

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned (Mark 16:16).”

“Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).”

“And now why are you waiting?  Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16).”

“There is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21).”