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Questions About Baptism

Is baptism necessary for salvation? Does Christian baptism wash away sins? Why do Christians get baptized? Am I a Christian if I haven’t been baptized? Do I have to be baptized to be a genuine Christian? What is the importance of water baptism? What is the difference between adult baptism and infant baptism?

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Dr. Josh Philpot discuss water baptism, they answer these questions and more. Dr. Caldwell begins with the confirmation that Christ saves, baptism doesn’t. Salvation comes about in the life of a person who has believed the biblical gospel and put their faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. The moment an individual places their faith in Christ, with the biblical understanding of who He is and what He has done to save sinners, they are saved. Dr. Caldwell says one of the first acts of following Christ is to follow Him in the waters of baptism. A new believer in Christ ought to desire to be baptized as soon as possible, not because the water washes away sins, but because it illustrates the believer’s identification with Christ. 

It’s commanded by God, and in some ways, it’s one of the earliest acts of obedience in the Christian life. So even as we see baptism closely associated with salvation, it is not a requirement to be saved. The Apostle Paul could not have said the things he did, to the Corinthian church regarding baptism, if baptism were necessary for salvation (1Corinthians 1:13-17). Yet baptism, while it does not save and is not required for salvation, is a highly symbolic representation of our union with Christ and it is important.

Water Baptism Is a Picture of What Christ Has Done For Us

Dr. Caldwell explains that water baptism is a picture of what Christ has done for us. It’s an outward recognition by the believer, of the regenerative work by the Holy Spirit, that has taken place in their heart and life; it pictures the believers union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It illustrates our death to sin and newness of life in Christ. It pictures the spiritual death of the old man, the death of our slavery to self and sin, now buried with Christ. As the believer is raised out of the water this pictures a symbolic resurrection, the raising to new life, a new man, a new creation in Christ Jesus. Water baptism also illustrates our spiritual cleansing, the washing away of our sins we experienced the very moment we were saved, and it's an appeal to God for a clear conscience. 

It is also through baptism that an individual is brought into the church universal and admitted into the fellowship of the local church. When a person is saved, they are baptized by Christ with the Spirit of God into the Body of Christ, which is the invisible universal church (1Corinthians 12:13). Baptism in water is a type of external “re-enactment” by the believer to this internal change and eternal reception of the Spirit. So while it's external and symbolic, it points to a real union. This is then what the believer publicly identifies with when joining a local body of Christ.  Dr. Caldwell tells us until a person has met Christ and come to know Him as Savior and Lord, partaking in the act of baptism would only be a dunk in water. 

There is No Saving Grace in Water Baptism

There is no salvation, forgiveness or cleansing of sins by an external act; there is no saving grace in water baptism. He gives an example of a wedding ring and marriage to further help with understanding. He then tells us that Founders Baptist Church does not have any unbaptized members because they believe that church membership is to be regenerate, you have to be a child of God to be a member. Dr. Philpot explains that this is why Founders Baptist Church calls themselves “Baptist” and why they practice “believer's baptism” as opposed to infant baptism. Believer’s baptism is distinguished from infant baptism in that an infant, cannot understand the gospel, cannot confess with their mouth and "believe" in Christ. 

Believer’s baptism involves a person hearing the gospel, believing the gospel, accepting by faith Christ as Savior and Lord, and then choosing (desiring) to be baptized. It is his or her choice. In infant baptism, the choice is being made by someone else, not the infant. So what Founders teaches and practices, is that an individual is not part of the covenant community until they have made this profession of faith and been baptized in water. There is a difference between receiving the gospel and the act of baptism; they are linked but are not the same. The distinction must be clear, it is Christ that saves; water baptism is the symbolic representation of the saving work that Christ has done in the life of the believer who gets baptized.

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