The Accidental Baptism
I so often wonder about the Evangelical theologies of baptism that reduce the command to be baptized to a merely laudible gesture in the Christian life. It seems to me that most of we Evangelicals need to heed the Church's historical injunction that we read our Bible more, and carefully...
As I read it, the Bible could very well be taken to describe baptism as the sacrament and means of salvation.
John 3: 3-5- "Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again...I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit."
Mark 16:16- "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
Acts 2:38- "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins."
Acts 22:16- "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and (thus) wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."
Galatians 3:17- "It is those of you who have been baptized into Christ that have put on Christ."
Matthew 28:19- "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost..."