Christ Was Baptized not for the Remission of Sins; So Today a Person is Baptized not for the Remission of Sins?

One argument of those who believe that water baptism is not an essential command to obey for the forgiveness of sin is this: Christ was baptized in water but it was not for remission of sin, therefore, baptism is not for the remission of sins. Is this argument valid? Let’s analyze it.

Here are the beliefs of those who consider water baptism as non-essential to salvation:

  • Christ was baptized, but it was not for the remission of sin,
  • Christ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness,
  • Baptism is a confession to the world that one has been forgiven of his sins,
  • Baptism makes one a member of a local congregation of believers,
  • A person is saved even without baptism in water.
  • The baptism undergone by Christ was John the Baptist’s baptism which was a directive of God.
  • John the Baptist was commanded to baptize in order for him to identify the Messiah.
  • John’s baptism was commanded by God to John before John was killed and before Jesus was crucified so John’s baptism is different from the Great Commission baptism.

Since the above are all beliefs, the line of reasoning applied in the first belief should apply to all. We follow the line of argument and ask questions:

  • Christ was baptized, but it was not for the remission of sin; therefore a person today is baptized not for the remission of sins. Do you believe this?
  • Christ was baptized to fulfill all righteousness; therefore a person today is baptized to fulfill all righteousness. Do you believe this?
  • Baptism is a confession to the world that one has been forgiven of his sins; therefore Christ was baptized because it was his confession of the forgiveness of his sins. Do you believe this?
  • Baptism makes one a member of a local congregation of believers; therefore Christ’s baptism made him a member of a local congregation of believers. Do you believe this?
  • A person is saved even without baptism; therefore a person today should be considered saved even without baptism. Do you believe this?
  • The baptism undergone by Christ was John’s baptism and was a directive of God; therefore this John’s Baptism is the baptism that doesn’t lead to the forgiveness of sin. Do you believe this?
  • The baptism of John enabled him to identify the Messiah, so this John’s baptism is not for the forgiveness of sin today because we are not after identifying who the Messiah is. You believe this?
  • The baptism of John is different from the baptism given in the Great Commission, may I know what rule in logic you use in formulating arguments based on the baptism of John to deny the force of Great Commission baptism?
  • The Great Commission has several parts: (a) Go preach, (b) make disciples of all nations, (c) a person who believes is baptized into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit for the forgiveness of sins, why do you eliminate baptism while all other parts are not eliminated?

– Eusebio Tanicala

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