The following articles are related to the topic of BAPTISM

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 ... read more »

The Truth on Baptism Should Not Be “Watered Down”

We recently received the following letter from a very sincere person. "I was baptized as an infant (Methodist Church) by the sprinkling of water. I was confirmed of my own will at the age of 13. I am currently attending a church that says that my baptism doesn't count because I was not immersed, even though I have been a ... read more »

LDS Baptism Annulled Due to Protest from Jews

Many people are aware of the unusual ritual of the Mormon Church in the practice of "proxy baptism." This is the notion that someone now living can be baptized on behalf of someone else who has long been dead. This idea, with due respect to our sincere "Latter-day Saint" friends, is wholly adverse to the teaching of the Scriptures. The ... read more »

New Testament Baptism: In Water or the Spirit?

"How would you respond to those who make the claim that passages such as Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3,4; Colossians 2:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13, and 1 Peter 3:21 - refer to a 'Spirit' baptism, rather than to 'water' baptism?" Some years ago I had a series of public debates with a gentleman who contended that there is no divinely-authorized "water" baptism ... read more »

What About Baptism on the Day of Pentecost?

Two arguments frequently offered by those who accept "sprinkling" as a mode of "baptism," are grounded in Acts 2. The first suggests that the twelve apostles could not have immersed 3,000 people in a single day. The second alleges that there was insufficient water in Jerusalem for the immersion of so many people. But the argument is based upon inaccurate ... read more »

Does the Requirement of Baptism Compromise the Immutability of God?

"If people are required to be baptized today, in order to receive the forgiveness of their sins, and they were not so required in the Old Testament era, does this not suggest that God has 'changed'? And would this not conflict with the doctrine of the 'immutability' of God?" This is a thoughtful question and we are happy to respond. ... read more »

Do Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 Refer to Spirit Baptism?

It is a tragedy of heart-breaking proportion that some otherwise credible scholars will go to such outlandish lengths to defend cherished theological theories. They hurl exegetical caution to the wind and adopt absurd views that are wholly without substance. No better example can be mentioned than the desperate attempts that some make in attempting to avoid the connection between the ... read more »

More Preaching on Baptism?

What do you think? Do we need more sermons on baptism? Ask that question and you will receive a variety of answers. In fact, you will no doubt get conflicting answers -depending upon with whom you are talking. Some have expressed the opinion that "all we hear" are sermons on baptism. First, one need not apologize for teaching any New ... read more »

Is Holy Spirit Baptism Available Today?

"If Cornelius experienced the 'baptism of the Holy Spirit,' why can't men receive that same baptism today?" While it is a fact that Cornelius did receive a "baptism" of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:45; 11:15-16), the key to understanding why Holy Spirit baptism is not being replicated today is to be found in discovering the purpose behind the particular events ... read more »

Why Does Romans 10:9-10 Not Mention Baptism?

"If baptism in water is an essential condition of salvation, as a number of your articles assert, how do you explain Romans 10:9-10? There is no mention of baptism in this passage." The passage to which our friend refers reads as follows: "[B]ecause if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that ... read more »