Re: Is Baptism Important?
John 3:5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
This is pretty blatant. I already know where you will go so I’m already there. The thief on the cross. He did not receive baptism. This is not the rule but the exception. If you try to make a way of theological escape through an exception then you miss the heart of God entirely. And I’m forced to ask this question,”Had the thief lived would he not have received baptism?” Of course he would have.
I think at best you can say, “We shall all be judged in the end.” And know that even some of those that are believers who have prophesied rightly, cast out demons, and healed the sick will hear the dreadful words, “Depart from me for I never knew you.” So salvation is something that only is truly received in the end when you hear those words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Hetrodoxy has polluted the faith in that people think because they prayed a prayer and feel goosebumps in worship that when the judgement day comes that God won’t see their sin because they are covered. Well, in theory that is true to an extent but there is a lot more in between now and then that will lead up unto that point. A more appropriate phrase would be, “I was saved, I am saved, and I will yet be saved.” All of this while we walk out our salvation with fear and trembling.
All that being said. If a person is in the Faith he/she would be an idiot not to get baptized. I don’t know why they would not want to. Baptism is more than just getting dipped in water. It is a sacrament and it is indelible.