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Is Baptism Necessary?

People often ask, “Is baptism necessary? Must I be baptized?” The answer is in one sense No, but in another sense Yes. Continue reading . . .

People often ask, “Is baptism necessary? Must I be baptized?” The answer is in one sense No, but in another sense Yes.

If you are asking, “Is baptism necessary for salvation” the answer is No. You are justified by faith alone. You are fully and finally forgiven of your sins when you repent and embrace the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and trust what he accomplished there as your only hope for eternal life.

If you are asking, “Is baptism necessary for sanctification?” the answer is Yes. The NT commands that all believers be baptized. Not to do so is disobedience, and to disobey an explicit command is to fall short of that progressive conformity to the image of Christ that we call sanctification.

So, “must” you be baptized? If you want to be saved, No. If you want to be obedient, Yes.

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