Re: Is Baptism Important?
I haven’t said the blood of Christ isn’t enough. I’ve only said Baptism is essential. This is in addition to many practices and actions.. such as living the commandments. The blood of Christ saved us from sin, but we still need to accept Christ and live as he would have us live. When he teaches that we should be baptised… then we accept it. It doesn’t mean that his blood isn’t sufficient to save, but that there are futher actions that he requires of us to show that we accept him into our life.
If Baptism wasn’t essential, then what is the real purpose of it? – why was Christ himself baptised by John the Baptist? Why did his apostles preach that those converting to Christianity should be baptised?
As for the other point you mention – which is a very valid point – what of those who die without having been baptised? They still will be. Let me reveal one of the great mysteries of the scriptures and doctrines of the gospel:
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
1 Corinthians 15:27-30
Those persons who have already died, and are taught the gospel as spirit (see scriputes above)still require baptism. As Paul mentioned in Corinthians 15, there is a way to perform baptisms for the dead. The apostles practiced it, and it can be done again today.
So it is that God is a perfect God and one of order. He doesn’t alter his laws. He creates a way for his laws to be fulfilled. For those who have died without baptism, a baptism can be performed for them. As Paul says, a baptism is performed for (and on behalf of) the dead.