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In past years many discussions have led of course to the topic of baptism. Where in N.T. scripture does it teach that baptism is a non-essential or a secondary issue?
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My response is that baptism is not a non-essential or a secondary issue. While it is true we are saved by the blood of Christ (Rom. 5:9; Eph. 1:7), the question arises as to how the blood of Christ is contacted. Romans 6:1-11 shows that the blood of Christ is contacted in our being baptized. There are many other passages that talk about baptism and that is a part of our process of being saved. Therefore, baptism is essential.
Of course, there are many in religion who say that baptism is non-essential or secondary, but the Scriptures do not say that. The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is essential to our receiving the forgiveness of our sins. Just a few passages are Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38 and Acts 22:16.