The following articles are related to the topic of BAPTISM

Baptism for the Dead: Revisited

We received a letter from a distinguished professor at Stanford University, disputing the position we argued relative to the "Latter-day saints" dogma of "baptism for the dead" in another article published on this web site (See Mormon Doctrine: Baptism for the Dead .) Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, claimed to have received a "revelation" from God on January ... read more »

What Is the Baptism of Fire?

"In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist said: 'I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire.' A Christian brother recently identified this 'fire' with the outpouring of the Spirit on Pentecost. Would ... read more »

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »

What About the Baptism of Young Children?

"A young child (in this case, seven years old) wants to be baptized because he heard his mother say that those who are not baptized cannot go to heaven. He is an intelligent little boy with a wonderful, pure heart, and he cried when he heard his mother say what she did. He is serious about this issue and keeps ... read more »

Does Mark 16:16 Involve “Water” Baptism?

"Would you provide biblical evidence in answering this question: Does the baptism of Mark 16:16 involve water? A friend contends the passage refers to a 'baptism into Christ' at the point of faith. Then, subsequently - as a Christian - one submits to baptism in water as an act of obedience, symbolizing his salvation. Unfortunately, your friend is quite in ... read more »

Mormon Doctrine: Baptism for the Dead

The fifteenth chapter of Paul's first Corinthian epistle deals with the subject of the bodily resurrection from the dead. This great treatise easily divides into four sections: - the resurrection of Jesus Christ as documented by the testimony of many eye-witnesses (vv. 1-11); - the Lord's resurrection from the dead-a divine guarantee of the future resurrection of the body (vv. ... read more »

A History of the Baptism Apostasy

The theme of baptism is one of the simplest and easiest to understand of most any theological subject in the New Testament. How tragic it is, therefore, that there should be so much confusion-indeed such uncommon error-in the community of "Christendom" regarding this important New Testament doctrine. According to The Exhaustive Concordance to the Greek New Testament (Kohlenberger et al. ... read more »

Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Exclude Baptism?

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. So wrote Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (2:8-9). The passage is one of great beauty and power. How tragic that this text has been so abused by sincere ... read more »

The Corrupt “Incorruptible” Argument Against Baptism

In a moment characterized more by "heat" than "light," one of our readers has lashed out against an article on this web site. Our article contended for the necessity of water baptism as a condition for the remission of sins (see Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21, etc.). Our critic writes: "Baptism is not necessary to salvation. According to 1 ... read more »

Is a “Word Formula” Required in Administering Baptism?

"A friend of mine contends that Matthew 28:18-20 does not apply to us today (i.e., baptism into name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). He says that from the day of Pentecost onward, baptism was administered only in the name of Jesus.Would you comment on this?" There are several things to be said in response to this ... read more »