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I was recently talking with one of my denominational friends who told me that I, “was wrong about what I believe.” Now to be fair, he wasn’t being hateful about it. In fact, he was very kind and sort of joking about it, so I smiled and rolled my eyes at him when he said it. He and I have had many religious conversations and he is very aware of where I stand concerning the doctrines of baptism and remaining faithful. But his comment got me thinking about “being wrong.” That’s an important point!
So, how does one determine what doctrine is right or wrong? When it comes to spiritual things, I believe the only way to determine that is by allowing the Bible to provide the answer. In this case, the answer has to do with the salvation of the soul, one’s eternal destiny. Thus, here is an easy way to determine what is right or wrong, simply ask the question, “Which position puts a soul in danger?” The Bible gives us plenty of information on it.
The Necessity of Baptism
My friend believes in baptism, but he doesn’t think it is necessary for salvation (I still don’t really understand how someone gets to that point). I believe what the Bible says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38, 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21). So, which position puts a soul in danger?
If I get to heaven and find out that baptism wasn’t necessary for salvation, what have I truly lost? Nothing. The Bible clearly says one must be baptized. It also gives us plenty of examples of conversions with baptism. So, I am not adding to or taking away anything from the word of God. If it isn’t necessary to be saved, well then, I just simply got wet because I still believed, repented, and confessed Jesus in the salvation process. In the end, it won’t affect the destiny of the soul nor put it in danger. I have still fulfilled the Lord’s command.
So, who is right and who is wrong? How about we let God decide through His inspired word?