Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

The bible teaches “believer’s baptism”. 

Believe and be baptized.

Believers publicly declare their faith by being baptized.

Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.

Acts 8:35-38 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water:  and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.  And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  And he commanded the chariot to stand still:  and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Baptism is the demonstration of an event that has already taken place. 

I go down into the water to demonstrate that the “old me” no longer lives.  

I come out of the water to demonstrate that I, like Christ, am raised up from the dead to become a new creature in Christ.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away;  behold, all things are become new.

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

The Anabaptists rightly believed that infant baptism meant nothing because an infant is not able to make a declaration of faith.  The word “Anabaptist” means to re-baptize or to baptize twice. They were baptized a second time when they came to faith.  Many of them were severely persecuted and even lost their lives for being faithful to God’s Word.

In 1988, at the age of 38, I became a true believer, I was born again.  I was re-baptized to demonstrate that I was a new creature in Christ. Prior to that I was lost and didn’t even know it!  Baptism is symbolic.  It’s a little like putting on a wedding ring.  People look at the ring and they know what it means.

Why is it so important to understand this?  Because people are being taught the false doctrine of baptismal regeneration. Baptismal regeneration means that a person is saved by the actual act of being baptized.  Not true.  Sacraments, as they are called, do not save anyone.  Think of the consequences of someone thinking they’re right with God when they are not. Think of the consequences of deception.

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