Kenneth Pelletier (18 Jan 2011)
"Kent Crumpler's reply to Tim Bruce Incorrect"


 

Brother Kent your explanation to Tim Bruce on water baptism being necessary for salvation is incorrect.  I surmised this by the last sentence in your second paragraph.  I believe you got this misunderstanding Mark 16:16.  “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”  It’s not saying that if you’re not baptized that you’ll be damned.  Believing on the Lord is the same as being baptized in Jesus.  This is all inclusive.  In this scripture the word Baptism is referring to being “Baptized in Christ” not water baptism.  This is further explained in Ro. 6: 3-5.  Also, Eph. 2: 8-9 makes this quite clear“For by Grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the Gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Baptism is a work while the Gift of God is JESUS.  A scripture we are all familiar with is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Kent you are absolutely right, Water-baptism usually comes before Spirit-baptism but not always as in the case of Peter & Cornelius in Acts 10: 44-48 but it is always after salvation (Baptism into Christ).  You used Acts 4:12 to justify your belief in baptizing in Jesus’ name only.  Acts 4:12 is about salvation not baptism.  Baptism is separate from salvation.  I think you’re right on with your explanation of the “Baptism in the Holy spirit”.  I also have experienced that infilling and it was GLORIOUS.  

 

In Christ,

Kenn <><