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    BAPTISMAL REGENERATION

    Question: Does baptism save a person from hell?

    Answer: No, for the following reasons:

    Baptism is not a part of the gospel. To include baptism in the gospel is to add a work to
    Christ’s work on the cross. It means that if we must be baptised in order to be saved, then
    Christ’s work on the cross was not good enough to pay for our sins. Those groups who
    believe in baptismal regeneration (the error that baptism saves us from hell) include:
    - The Boston Movement International Churches of Christ.
    - The Old Anglican Church Prayer Book, page 289. “my Baptism; wherein I was
    made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of
    heaven.”
    - Roman Catholic Church as one of the sacraments.

    I. THE GOSPEL.

    The gospel that saves us is defined in I Corinthians 15:1-4. It contains no hint of
    baptism as part of it. “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
    preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also
    ye are saved ... how that
    i) Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
    ii) And that he was buried,
    iii) And that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.

    II. FAITH IN CHRIST SAVES US, NOT BAPTISM.

    It is never said that baptism saves us from hell, but many times the Bible says that
    faith or belief in Christ saves us. Consider these 16 examples:
    i) The woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with ointment: “He said to the woman, Thy
    faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” Luke 7:50.
    ii) The repentant leper: “Thy faith hath saved thee.” Luke 17:19.
    iii) Blind Bartimaus: “Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved
    thee.” Luke 18:42.
    iv) Woman who touched Jesus: “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in
    peace.” Mark 5:34.
    v) Palsied man let down through a roof: “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto
    the sick of the palsy, son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Luke 5:20; Mark 2:5.
    vi) Jews and Gentiles: “Put no difference between us and them, purifying their
    hearts by faith.” Acts 15:9.
    vii) “We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved,
    even as they.” Acts 15:11.
    viii) “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever
    believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.” Acts 10:43.
    ix) “By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which they could not
    be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39.
    x) “That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them that are
    sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:18.
    xi) “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:29.

    Note: 50 verses in chapter 91 showing that “works do not save us.”

    xii) KEY PASSAGE: Acts 10:43-48 teaches we are Saved first, baptised later:
    If baptismal regeneration is right, then we should see people baptised first, then
    saved later, or saved and baptised simultaneously. We never see this. We do
    see many times people being saved first, then being baptised. Notice the first
    Gentile convert in the Church age, Cornelius and his household in Acts 10:43-48.
    The order of events in Acts 10:43-48 are:
    Hear: a) Peter preaches that through Christ’s name whosoever believeth in him
    shall receive remission of sins. v.43.
    Saved: b) Cornelius’ household was saved, as seen by:
    “the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the Word.....
    on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.” v.44,45.
    “they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” v.46.
    “which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we.” v.47.
    Four times the Bible says that they were saved.
    Baptised: c) Cornelius’ household was baptised straight away AFTER they were
    saved.
    “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptised which
    HAVE RECEIVED (past tense) the Holy Ghost as well as we?” v.47.
    “And he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord.” v.48.
    Two verses prove that they were saved first, then baptised afterwards.
    Conclusion: The New Testament pattern is:
    SAVED first, then BAPTISED later
    This disproves Baptismal Regeneration, and shows that Baptism does not
    save us.
    xiii) The Blood of Christ saves us, not water.
    “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
    Colossians 1:14.
    xiv) Believers in heaven sing of salvation by Christ’s blood, not by water baptism:
    “They sung a new song, saying ... thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God
    by thy blood ...” Revelation 5:9.
    xv) Believers overcome satan, not by water baptism, but “they overcame him by
    the blood of the lamb, and by the word of their testimony...” Revelation 12:11.
    xvi) Paul did not teach a different plan of salvation in Acts 22:16 than he taught the
    Philippian jailer in Acts 16:31.
    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

    III. MISUNDERSTOOD VERSES that seem to TEACH BAPTISMAL
    REGENERATION.

    If water baptism saves us, then everybody who believed on Christ and died without the
    chance to be baptised are doomed to hell forever, just because no water was
    available.
    Those who died as babies, or those saved on their deathbed, or those saved on the
    battlefield then killed would not have eternal life according to this false doctrine.
    How do Baptismal Regenerationists arrive at this doctrine?
    1. 1 Peter 3:21 “Baptism doth also now save us ...”
    Let us quote the full verse: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also
    now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a
    good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

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    You have finally posted something I agree with. :)
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