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Baptism - a requisite for Salvation irrespective of age

In John 3:3 – 5 we see the first ever talk of the requirement of baptism as an essential to being saved. A person cannot enter into the Kingdom of God without being baptized in some form. Scripture does not exclude infants or children. Infant baptism has been going on since early Christian times. Christ does not make an "exception" for infants anywhere in the Gospel but tells His disciples that infants are also part of His Kingdom.


But some claim that ‘No Baptism of Older Children of Christian Parents Recorded’ in the Bible. If the baptism of infants was not acceptable during New Testament times, then when does Scripture mention the baptism of the children of Christian parents once they have matured out of infancy? The Bible never gives one example of the baptism of a Christian child as an adult. It is important that Scripture also does not speak of an "age of accountability or reason" (which many pinpoint at 13 years) when a child's capacity to believe the Gospel is developed enough so that he can receive baptism. Neither does the Bible state that every child is in a "suspended state of salvation" until they have reached this age, which one would have to believe if he held to the "age of accountability" theory.



The Holy Bible at various instances clearly stresses the requirement of baptism in order to be saved or to enter heaven or His Kingdom.


Ro:8:9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.


M'r:16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


Joh:3:5, 6: Jesus 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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.


Paul reminds us that God "saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:5).

"He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration baptism) and renewing by the Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:5) the days of Noah,...eight persons were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,... [1 Peter 3:20-21]

This Bible passage explicitly states that baptism "now saves you."

St. Paul also taught on the importance of baptism for salvation. In Acts 16:25-34, the jailer of Paul and Silas asked, "Men, what must I do to be saved?" [Acts 16:30]. Paul and Silas verbally replied:

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household." [Acts 16:31]

However, almost immediately during the midnight hour, Paul and Silas continued their answer not by words but by action:

...and he (the jailer) was baptized at once, with all his family. [Acts 16:33]

Now these baptisms were performed with a sense of urgency. If baptism were not necessary for salvation, then why did St. Paul baptize the jailer and his family almost immediately during the midnight hour? Since baptism is a one-time event for a person, it was more expedient for St. Paul to simply baptize the whole family than to tell the jailer that baptism is necessary for salvation.

Peter also said, "God's patience waited in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a clear conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:20 saved through water," so for Christians, "Baptism . . . now saves you"! It does not do so by the physical action of the water ("not as a removal of dirt form the body"), but through the power of Jesus Christ's resurrection, through the spiritual effects of baptism and the appeal we make to God to have our consciences cleansed during it.

These verses showing the supernatural power God has bestowed upon baptism set the context for understanding the New Testament's statements about receiving new life in baptism. Baptism is no mere symbol; it's a channel of God's redemptive grace.

Ac:2:37, 38: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

The Catholic Church teaches that Baptism is both necessary for salvation and regenerative, causing us to be reborn as children of God. Through Baptism we receive the life-giving, sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit. This grace wipes away Original Sin that stains each soul because of the fallen nature we inherited from Adam and Eve. The Church prescribes Baptism by water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as the normative gateway to God and his family, the Church.

The first group to teach against infant baptism was the Anabaptists in the 16th century. Even Luther and Calvin (using their principle of the Bible Alone) taught infant baptism, with Luther teaching infant baptismal regeneration.

Not until the 1520s did the Christian Church experience opposition specifically to infant Baptism. Under the influence of Thomas Muenzer and other fanatics who opposed both civil and religious authority, original sin and human concupiscence was denied until the "age of accountability." Although there is no basis in Scripture for this position, a considerable number of Swiss, German and Dutch embraced the Anabaptist cause. So offensive was this position that Roman Catholics, Lutherans and Reformed alike voiced strong warning and renunciation. It was considered a shameless affront to what had been practiced in each generation since Christ’s command in the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20) to baptize all nations irrespective of age.

Who would be so blind as to limit this expression of God’s grace and mercy to adolescents and adults and to exclude infants and children?. If John the Baptizer could be filled with the Holy Spirit from his mother’s womb (Luke 1: 15), and if Jesus could say (Matt. 18: 6), "Whoever offends one of these little ones (Gk."toddlers") who believe in Me, it were better that he were drowned in the depth of the sea," and if the Apostle Peter could say on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2: 39), "The promise is unto you and to your children," what mere mortal dare declare so gracious an invitation to be invalid for infants, or forbid the continuance of the Baptism of infants for coming generations?

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M't:10:22: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.


M't:24:13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


M'r:13:13: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


M'r:16:16: He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


Joh:10:9: I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.


Ac:2:21: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.


Ac:2:47: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.


Ac:11:14: Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.


Ac:15:11: But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.


Ac:16:31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.


Ro:10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.


Ro:10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.


Eph:2:5: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)


1Tm:2:15: Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.


Ti:3:5: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;


Jas:2:14: What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?


1Pe:3:20: Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 1Pe:3:21: The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

(Note:  St. Paul doesn’t say "all you have to do is accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.",  a phrase that is not found anywhere in the Bible.)


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