But what do the Scriptures say about the issue?
Jesus, the founder and author of our faith, God Himself, said to His disciples;
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
If you read the text carefully you will see that if you believe and are baptized you will be saved, but if
you don't believe you will be condemned.
Baptism is an earthly reminder of our cleansing from our sins through Jesus, our being buried with Him
in death and our resurrection as a new creature in His sight.
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [in the likeness] of [his] resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in
Therefore infant baptism is useless, as babies cannot accept Jesus, neither can they confess Him before men. And infant baptism cannot take away "original sin" as some churches teach. Babies are sinless, as they have not learned the difference between good and evil, therefore sin cannot be imputed to them. And there is no such thing as "original sin" in the Scriptures.Jesus Himself has a special love for children;
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and [his] disciples rebuked those that brought [them].
14 But when Jesus saw [it], he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
16 And he took them up in his arms, put [his] hands upon them, and blessed them.
Note that in verse 14, Jesus was quite angry when the disciples rebuked those who brought children to
be blessed by Him. And He said that those who do not receive the kingdom of God with the faith that
children have, will not enter the Kingdom. He never rebuked children as sinners as He did with
Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but we must be baptized if we are able for He commanded us to be baptized. If we refuse to follow His commandments, we fall under condemnation;
I JOHN 2:4
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
Granted, there will be situations where a person accepts Jesus on their deathbed, and cannot be
baptized. The Lord understands this, and will accept them into His kingdom.