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BAPTISM: IS IT NECESSARY FOR SALVATION?

Tim Bench

In recent weeks, I have been involved in several friendly debates/discussions with a denomination friend I have had for over 30 years on a topic that Most Christians, given enough time, will likewise find themselves in the midst of; is Baptism a requirement for salvation? “Baptism is certainly a good thing…” my friend will argue, “but we are saved and THEN baptized”, followed by the common refrain of “We cannot save ourselves via works”. This is a stance that seems to be growing in popularity across our modern culture.

Are these types of arguments valid? The purpose of this brief article is to analyze specifics on what the New Testament has to tell us about this topic and hopefully educate and prepare ourselves for the inevitable day where we are forced to encounter attitudes similar to that of my friend.

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BAPTISM: IS IT NECESSARY FOR SALVATION?

By Tim Bench, 

In recent weeks, I have been involved in several friendly debates/discussions with a denomination friend I have had for over 30 years on a topic that Most Christians, given enough time, will likewise find themselves in the midst of; is Baptism a requirement for salvation? “Baptism is certainly a good thing…” my friend will argue, “but we are saved and THEN baptized”, followed by the common refrain of “We cannot save ourselves via works”. This is a stance that seems to be growing in popularity across our modern culture.

Are these types of arguments valid? The purpose of this brief article is to analyze specifics on what the New Testament has to tell us about this topic and hopefully educate and prepare ourselves for the inevitable day where we are forced to encounter attitudes similar to that of my friend.

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Do You Have to Know Everything in order to Know Anything?

Howard Denham

Do You Have to Know Everything in order to Know Anything?

      A common fallacy in thinking today, due to Postmosdernism, is the belief that in order for one to be certain of anything at all then he or she must know everything, especially about the subject being contemplated or discussed. This epistemic agnosticism has become ingrained in the thinking of many people due to the increase in skepticism in our culture. The idea of being certain about anything is simply unthinkable to many today. Unless one is utterly infallible, this skeptical view of knowledge goes, then it is impossible to know anything with certainty. It is also calculated to contradict the idea of any absolutes, while becoming an absolute in itself, and also to make tolerance — especially of previously abhorrent practices or beliefs — the greatest virtue.

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Baptism: Is It Necessary for Salvation?

Tim Bench
Abilene, Texas

In recent weeks, I have been involved in several friendly debates (discussions) with a denominational friend, whom I have had for over 30 years, on a topic that most Christians, given enough time, will likewise find themselves having: “Is Baptism a requirement for salvation?” My friend argues that “baptism is certainly a good thing, but we are saved, and THEN baptized,” which is followed by the common refrain, “We cannot save ourselves via works.” This is a stance that seems to be growing in popularity across our modern culture. Are these types of arguments valid? The purpose of this brief article is to analyze specifics on what the New Testament has to tell us about this topic, and hopefully educate and prepare ourselves for the inevitable day when we are forced to encounter attitudes similar to that of my friend.

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Objections to Baptism Answered

O. C. Birdwell
Cullman, Alabama

The New Testament speaks often and much on the subject of baptism. The scriptures which speak on the subject are clear, concise, and were given to be understood: Yet, despite these plain Bible passages which show the need for baptism many still object and refuse to obey Christ in baptism. Foy E. Wallace, Jr. said, ". . . The task of circumventing every passage in the New Testament which expresses any connection that baptism sustains to salvation is the constant and studied effort of every denominational preacher" (Bulwarks of the Faith, p. 85). Because of the constant and almost passionate rejection of baptism, it is imperative that, in our study of the general theme Baptism, attention be given to a few of the more commonly heard objections to baptism.

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