Have You Accepted God's Gift of Salvation?

I was baptized as an infant, and I have been saved ever since.

As you probably already know, God is the only one with true religious authority. He has revealed His will through Scripture, and therefore, Scripture serves as our written religious authority (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Do you know why you were baptized as an infant? Do you know how you were baptized? Since baptism is "for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38), the reason people give as to why they baptize babies is because they believe that babies inherit sin from their parents. Many infant/baby baptisms are performed by sprinkling or pouring water on the baby's head.

A closer look at the Bible will reveal that babies do not need to be baptized because they are born without sin; they are completely innocent. God is the One who gives the soul to a person (Eccl. 12:7). Since the parents do not give the soul to the child, and it is God who gives the soul, the baby's soul is completely spotless and without sin. Children do not bear the iniquity of their parents (Ezek. 18:20). Since babies are born innocent, there is no reason to baptize a baby. Sin is committed, not inherited (1 Jn. 3:4). For a deeper study on this subject, read "Are Babies Born With Sin?"

A closer look at the Bible will also show that the only proper way to baptize is by immersion in water. Baptism is called a "burial" (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12). In every case where a baptism is described in the New Testament, we see the subject "go down into the water" and "come up out of the water" (Acts 8:38-39; Matt. 3:16). For a deeper study on this subject, read "The Proper Method of Baptism" and "Should Babies Be Baptized?"

You'll see in the New Testament that only those who can believe for themselves and repent of the sins they have committed should be baptized (Mk. 16:16; Acts 2:38). Babies are unable to do either of those. And, again, babies are innocent and are not in a lost state that necessitates baptism.

If you were only baptized as a baby, do you understand that since you were not lost, your baptism did nothing? You were just getting wet. Now that you are old enough to make your own decisions, have you been biblically baptized? Have you been baptized for the right reason and by the proper method as a mature person? There is only one baptism that God accepts (Eph. 4:4-5). That baptism is for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16). Immersion in water is the only proper method of baptism. What if you were baptized with a baptism that is different from the one authorized in Scripture? In Acts 19, Paul deals with that question. In this passage, he is talking to a group of people who were baptized with a different baptism than Jesus commanded, so Paul taught them about the correct baptism. What did they do in response to this new teaching? The passage reads, “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 19:3-5). There is only one baptism that God accepts (Eph. 4:4-5). God shows no partiality to people (Acts 10:34-35; Rom. 2:11). What He requires of one person to be saved, He requires of all. What He required then, He requires now. If you have not obeyed the commandments of the one baptism to receive forgiveness of your sins, you must answer God one question: “Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name” (Acts 22:16)!

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