This is in response to Bill Reagan’s article titled, “Baptism is an act of defiance” that ran in the VMS April 16.
Mr. Reagan, where did you come up with the belief that salvation is attained through water baptism? It certainly did not come from the Bible. Nowhere in scripture does it state that we are saved through water baptism.
The Bible clearly states, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom. 9:10). No mention of baptism.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:9). No mention of baptism.
Water baptism is a picture of an event that has already taken place – that is, confession of sin, repentance of Christ on the cross for our sins.
When we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, we do receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit which is Spirit baptism (1 Cor. 12:13), but nowhere in Scripture does it state that water baptism is a requirement for salvation.
Since salvation is a choice we make, infants and very young children would be unable to understand this concept, water baptism would be of no benefit to them.
It is not my desire or intent to be judgmental, but it is my hope and prayer that all those you have baptized realize their salvation comes through belief in an acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior and is not salvation through water baptism.
Grace and peace be with you.
Margaret Mitchell Harlingen