Category Archives: Baptism

Crash Course Mormonism: Baptism, Water

By Eric Johnson Mormonism teaches that baptism in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is vital for a person to not only join the membership but also to receive salvation. Getting immersed into water–typically at a local LDS building–is known as baptismal regeneration. Verses from the Bible are often cited to support this teaching, […]

Mormonism 201 (Communion and Baptism): Response to Michael Hickenbotham

Response to Michael Hickenbotham Rejoinder by Tim Martin In order to make this review easier to read, all original quotes from the Mormonism 201 rebuttal are boldfaced and italicized to separate these from the rest of the rejoinder. Rejection of The Seer Chapter 13 of Mormonism 101 begins with a quote from LDS apostle Orson Pratt: “All other […]

1 Peter 3:18-20: Saved by Baptism?

1 Peter 3:18–20 says,“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

Romans 6:3-4: Buried with Him by Baptism into Death

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Romans 6:3–4 says, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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.”

Acts 22:16: Baptism as a Requirement for Salvation?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

Acts 22:16 says“And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Is Ananias stressing the act of water baptism in order to wash away a person’s sins? Or is he emphasizing calling on the name of the Lord? In light of the many passages that stress calling on the name of the Lord (see Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13), we must choose the latter interpretation.

John 3:5-6: “Born of Water and the Spirit”

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson

John 3:5–6 says, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

We must ask what being “born of water” would have meant to Nicodemus. In his commentary on John, Leon Morris writes: 

Luke 3:3: Baptism for the remission of sins?

Luke 3:3: says, “And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” The word for (Greek: eis) in “for the remission of sins” can mean with a view to or because of. Those who responded to John’s invitation of baptism had already heard his message of coming judgment and of the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). They responded to baptism based on the convicting message they had already heard.

Mark 16:16: “He That Believeth and is Baptized Shall be Saved”

Mark 16:16 says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Assuming that water baptism is meant, then the Mormon needs to explain the second half of the verse. If belief plus baptism truly equals salvation, then why wasn’t this formula used when it says that […]

1 Peter 3:21: on Being Saved by Baptism

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson “Baptism is an essential principle,” President Lorenzo Snow  said. “Some deem it wrong to number baptism among the essential principles ordained of God, to be attended to in obtaining remission of sins. In reply, we say that the Savior and Apostles have done so before us, therefore we feel obligated to follow […]

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