I recently had someone leave a comment telling me that I am teaching false doctrine by giving the “sinners prayer”. Saying that nowhere in the bible is it found. He goes on to say that a person must not only accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but that they also must be baptized in water to be saved! I say Hogwash!
Let us not forget, that it is Jesus who saves people not us! We can do nothing to save ourselves, nothing!
If this were not the case then we could boast that we took part in saving ourselves. This mentality in and of itself is a blasphemy against the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Being baptized in water is “Not” a requirement to salvation, it is an act of faith after salvation.
Jesus said to believe in Him and we shall be saved. If the following passages which state that you must repent and believe in Jesus Christ to be saved and do not state you must also be baptized in water, are false, then the bible itself is a lie. Do you believe this?!
8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
21 “And it shall come to pass
That whoever calls on the name of the Lord
Shall be saved.”
31 ‘So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” ‘
Paul tells us to “Repent” and be “baptized in the name of Jesus Christ” and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t say be baptized in “water” and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
38 ‘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.” ‘
We must also repent of our sins in order to be saved. But, this is not an act, but a change of heart.
3 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
When Jesus appeared to Paul while he was on his way to Damascus, Paul fell to the ground and was struck blind. Jesus told him to be baptized and wash away his sins. Did he mean baptized in “water”? No, He meant to be baptized in the Holy Spirit of God.
4 ‘And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” ‘
16 “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
I don’t know about you personally, but for myself, I was most definitely saved once I repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was immediately baptized in the Holy Spirit, not with water, but with the Holy Spirit of God Almighty. I was not baptized in water for many years later. Does this mean that I was not saved until my water baptism? No! Emphatically No!!!
I know this to be true from personal experience. My life changed drastically after accepting Christ. This was only an act of God, not of myself. So anyone who tries to tell me that a person must first be baptized in water, I know this to be a lie. Because I have experienced it firsthand. This was one of the most exciting and pleasurable experiences that I have ever known in my lifetime.
So if you want to believe that you are only saved after being baptized in water, then go ahead. For the millions of people who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior without water baptism, what do you think? Do you know if you are saved? Have you felt the Holy Spirit of God within you? I have, most definitely without any doubt in my mind, heart, or soul, I have!
Jesus did not come here to play games with our minds, but to save us. All you have to do is repent of your sins and believe in Him. Water baptism is important, but not necessary for salvation. It is an act of our faith and love for God.
Water baptism is an Old Testament practice. It is under the law. We are not under the law, but saved by grace.
There is always someone out there to disagree with you no matter what you say, think, feel or do. Always someone.
Fact: I was saved by repenting of my sins and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. That is a fact.
Fact: I was baptized in water many, many years after becoming a Christian. It was an act of my faith in and love for God. This is a fact.
Fact: I was baptized in the Holy Spirit immediately after accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior!
These are all facts that I know to be true by personal experience. Yet someone will disagree with these facts.
If I say the sky is blue, someone will argue with me that it is red. If I say the water is hot, someone will argue that it is cold.
I know God personally, I love God with all of my heart. He has given me discernment between truth and of lies. He has blessed me with His Holy Spirit, has anointed me, and has given me many gifts of the Spirit.
So believe what you will. I know the truth.