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What Seventh-Day Adventists Teach About Baptism in Relation to Salvation

Irvin Himmel
Temple Terrace, Florida


Some of the books circulated by Seventh-day Adventists are rather vague on the design of baptism. Now and then statements appear which could lead one to think that Adventists regard baptism as essential to the forgiveness of sins. For example, the question may be raised, "Is baptism necessary?" Acts 2:38 is cited as the answer. The catch is that Adventists apply Acts 2:38 in about the same manner that Baptists apply it. They deny that baptism is essential to the obtaining of the remission of sins but think it is necessary to church membership and a public confession that one is saved, and they believe this is the sense in which Acts 2:38 makes baptism essential.

I now propose to demonstrate from Seventh-day Adventist publications what their leaders really teach about the relation of baptism and salvation. In a book entitled Drama of the Ages (Southern Pub. Co., Nashville, 1953), W. H. Branson includes a chapter on "What Must I Do to Be Saved'?" Baptism is not mentioned at all in that chapter. Belief, repentance, and confession of sins are the only requirements discussed. Branson says, I may ask, `What must I believe about Christ?' We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He is able and willing to save from sin and to bestow upon His followers the priceless gift of eternal fife. We must believe in Him as our personal Saviour, that He died for us, and that His death on the cross was the penalty for our sins which He paid on our behalf" (p. 113).

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Eddie Fisher

"For the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." (John 1:17) The scriptures reveal that there are two systems of written law, which God has given to mankind. In this passage, we came to learn that the law was given through Moses and that there is another law given by Christ. We need to recognise too that the law, which God gave through Moses, did not contain God's grace and truth, as did the one brought by Christ.

The Bible reveals that the Old Testament Law was given at a particular time, to a particular people, for a particular time period, with a particular purpose. Failure to understand this truth about these basic facts will result not only in a misunderstanding of the entire purpose of the Old Testament, but will also lead to a misunderstanding of the very purpose and plan of God. It was God's intention to save mankind in Christ, by the blood of Christ and in the body of Christ, the church. Genesis 3:15 reveals that it would be through the seed of a woman that man would experience salvation. Yet, Galatians 4:4-5 states: "But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. To redeem them that was under the law, that we might receive the

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Seventh Day Adventism

By Mark Mayberry

Current Facts

In 1981 the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, headquartered in Washington, D.C., had 3,668,000 members worldwide.(1) In recent years, their goal has been to add I million new members by 1985. Achieving this goal would have required an average of 1,000 daily converts. From their statistics, it appears that they succeeded. In 1985 they claimed 4.5 million members meeting together in 24,000 congregations scattered throughout 184 countries.(2) Over 1/2 million of their membership is in the United States. If these statistics are true, the Seventh Day Adventist Church is one of the fastest growing denominations in the world.

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