Re: Is Baptism Important?
I haven’t said the blood of Christ isn’t enough. I’ve only said Baptism is essential.
Actually, you kinda said both….
I agree, the scripture is clear cut and in answer to the original question, yes baptism is essential. All must first have been baptised by water to enter into the kingdom of God.
If you can’t get into Heaven without being baptized, then you must be baptized or go to Hell (the only other alternative). Therefore, you’re saying that the blood of Christ is insufficient on its own to save. You can’t say that the blood of Christ is sufficient (“adequate for the purpose; enough”) while also saying that baptism is essential (“absolutely necessary; indispensable”). The two statements are logically incompatible.
But what then of those who have died without ever hearing the message? Without ever believing? How will they call on the name of Christ?
To paraphrase your words… “it’d stink to have the grace”.. but yet no way of being saved
Yup, that definitely would stink. Which is why the Great Commission, evangelizing, and supporting missions is critical. I don’t know what God will do in cases where someone has never heard the salvation message; however, I do know that God is just. However He judges those individuals, His judgment will be just.