Baptismal Regeneration

It’s strange that people who believe that baptism by immersion, by their church, is essential to salvation still want to study with us at INS. You’d think that they’d want to do what they do in other contexts—namely, say that we are unbelievers, and then try to convert us. It’s also interesting that Paul made it clear to the Corinthian church that baptism is not part of the Gospel, since he distinguished the two (1 Corinthians 1:17). Yet, these same people say that the Gospel includes baptism. They don’t seem to understand that news (except for what commentators on TV call news by making it up at the moment) is the report of something that has already happened; it isn’t a requirement that yet must be fulfilled.

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