I have a question for you. Is there such a thing as
water baptismal regeneration? I am going to a Church
that says I am not saved unless I am baptized in water
in Church, by a pastor that is authorized by the Church.
Sincerely, Bachton Medford
Cool name. Your question is also cool. Here is my take.
Water was a purifying ritual in the Old Testament. However,
it has nothing to do with the Grace of God in our day.
Let's consider several of Paul's statements. We quote
1st Corinthians 9:22: "I am made all things to all men,
that I might by all means save some." Romans 9:8:
"For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ
for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh."
Galatians 7:19: "My little children, of whom I travail in
birth again until Christ be formed in you." Every spiritual,
intelligent student of the Scriptures knows that the Apostle
Paul ranked first as a "soul winner." He sacrificed and
suffered more than any other apostle or disciple in his
desire and endeavor to bring men and women to Christ
for salvation. Note his claim in 1st Corinthians 15:10.
He agonized for them and yet he said, "I thank God I
baptized none of you except..." (a few). 1st Corinthians
1:14 Remember this statement is in the same Epistle
in which Paul wrote, "I am become all things to all men
that I might win some."
Now paraphrase Paul's statement in 1st Corinthians 1:14
to 16 to harmonize with the teaching of preachers who teach
water as a factor in salvation, "I think God I performed for
very few of you that ceremony that would have been a factor
in your salvation." Then he added a statement which had to
do not only with the city of Corinth but with Paul's ministry in
general. He said: "Christ sent me not to baptize." Note
Paul's testimony in 1st Timothy 1:12 and 16.
Christ Jesus put Paul in the ministry and chose him to be a
pattern for believers. Christ Jesus put Peter in the ministry
and was mighty in him to the apostleship of the circumcision.
Christ sent Peter to baptize. Matthew 28:19 and 20. Hear
Paul's testimony, "Christ sent me not to baptize." In
Philippians 1:10, the Holy Spirit, according to the Greek,
instructs members of Christ's Body to "test things that differ."