Water Baptism?


  The belief that you have to be water baptized in order to be Saved is yet another false doctrine being taught today.  Here are the verses that this false belief is derived from.
  • MARK 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
  • ACTS 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
  • MATTHEW 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
  So then by these verses it does appear that a person must be water baptized in order to be saved. And it is TRUE that a person must be baptized in order to have Eternal Life. The problem with this false doctrine, is the people who believe you must be water baptized in order to be Saved, do not realize there is more then one baptism. Granted there is only one baptism that is required for Salvation, the other is not required but is something we should do if we are able to do so.  Scriptures are quite clear there is another baptism that is not by water submersion.
  • MATTHEW 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
  John the Baptist said this, and Jesus testifies concerning John in Matt 11:9-11 that he was a great prophet and none born of women greater then John the Baptist. This man just told us that he baptizes with water but Jesus will baptize with the Holy Ghost. Clearly this is a different baptism then that of water.

  Other Scriptures confirm they are different one from another:
  • JOHN 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. (Note: Jesus never baptized with water)
  • ACTS 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
  • ACTS 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
  So then clearly there are two different baptisms one that is done by water and another baptism done by the Holy Ghost. Notice what Jesus Himself says concerning this other baptism.
  • LUKE 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
  Jesus said this after He had already been water baptized by John. Jesus was water baptized at the beginning of His teaching the people. When He says what He did in Luke 12:50 was long after He was water baptized, yet we see Jesus saying that He is in need of another baptism yet to come, even though He was already water baptized. The baptism He is referring to is not a baptism of water, but a baptism of His death and resurrection so that the Holy Ghost may be received by us through Him.
  • ROMANS 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 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.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
  Water baptism is not the same thing as Holy Ghost baptism. This is also evident by all the water baptisms that John the Baptist performed, none of them received the Holy Ghost by his water baptisms.

  John the Baptist himself, a man that started the water baptism said to Jesus that he was in need of being baptized by Him.
  • MATTHEW 3:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
  John the Baptist also realized there was another baptism then that of water, which was the baptism that Jesus offered, not by water but by the Holy Ghost.

  So then the verse that says:
  • MARK 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
  It would be wrong to automatically assume that, that baptism is referring to water baptism, when in Truth it is referring to the Holy Ghost baptism that is required for one to be Saved. The false teaching is when they say you must be water baptized in order to be Saved.

  This false doctrine thrives because a false teaching says that water baptism and Holy Ghost baptism are one and the same event, that when a person gets water baptized that they at the same time are getting Holy Ghost baptized, and because this has happened in the past, then it is suppose to happen all the time.  My point is this, there is a baptism of water and there is a baptism of the Holy Ghost, and True it has happened in the past that BOTH of these baptisms have occurred at the same time, satan then uses this to his advantage by teaching people this is the way it is suppose to be every single time.

    We see in Acts Chapter 8:12-17 that people believed the teachings of Philip (a disciple of Jesus Christ Himself and full of the Holy Ghost) and Philip baptized them (with water) yet none of them received the Holy Ghost. It wasn’t until Peter and John came unto them to lay their hands upon them who have already been baptized by water, before they received the Holy Ghost. So these received the Holy Ghost Baptism AFTER they were water baptized.

  We see in Acts Chapter 9:17-18 that Ananias laid his hands on Paul and then immediately baptized Paul.  So he received the Holy Ghost baptism about the same time he was water baptized.

  We see in Acts Chapter 10:34-48 that Cornelius and all his relations and all his close friends were Holy Ghost baptized BEFORE they were water baptized.

  So we see Scriptures teaching that Holy Ghost baptism is not the same thing as water baptism, because Scriptures teach you can receive the Holy Ghost After you are water baptized (Acts 8) During water baptism (Acts 9) and Before water baptism (Acts 10) and in Acts 11:16 we clearly see Peter teaching that there are two different kinds of baptisms, one of water and the other of the Holy Ghost.

  A couple of verses that prove people can be water baptized and not have the Holy Ghost until After:
  • ACTS 8:16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
  Notice the Holy Ghost, according to Scriptures was given by the laying on of hands and not by water baptism.
  • ACTS 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? (Notice, believing was not enough, they had to do something else) And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. (These were water baptized) 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
  Notice the Holy Ghost, according to Scriptures was given by the laying on of hands and NOT by water baptism.

  A couple of verses that proves people can receive the Holy Ghost (baptized by the Spirit) without ever being water baptized.
  • ACTS 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
  • LUKE 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee today, shalt thou be with me in paradise.
  The thief on the cross was never water baptized, yet is going to paradise. The Holy Ghost is able to fall on him without him being water baptized even as He fell on the Gentiles in Acts 10 without being water baptized. John the Baptist himself was never water baptized.

  It is essential to understand that there is a water baptism and there is a Holy Ghost baptism and they are not one and the same thing. Water baptism is not a requirement for one’s Salvation, to believe that it is, is to believe a false doctrine. Now the baptism of the Holy Ghost is required for Salvation. When a person is baptized by the Holy Ghost their heart is changed, they no longer want to live the sinful life that they were living before, and they become genuinely sorry for their sins, these also will receive a gift or gifts of the Holy Ghost given to them by the Holy Ghost severally as the Holy Ghost wills (I Cor 12:1-11). And it is given to them that OBEY Jesus Christ (Acts 5:32).

  Please don’t misunderstand me. I believe everyone should get water baptized if they are able to do so, just as I believe everyone should feed the hungry, give to the poor, visit those in prison, if they are able to do so.  But none of these things is a requirement for one to have Salvation, but are things we should do if we are able to do them.  And doing these things are evidence of our Faith, our Christian walk, these things we should desire to do once we are Saved by Faith, through Grace.  But to teach – You must get water baptized in order to be Saved is a false doctrine and is not the Truth according to Scriptures.  Now you do have to be Baptized by the Holy Ghost in order to go into the Kingdom of God.
  • Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
  Now there are some who believe the false doctrine that you must be water baptized in order to be Saved that use the following verse to support that belief.
  • John 3:5 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.
  Notice that it does NOT say Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be baptized by water, and of the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That is what they want it to say, and how they interpret that verse to mean, however the very next verse explains it
  • John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  “EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER” is flesh.  We all, who are human are indeed born of water in the womb of our mothers.

  Another possible interpretation of “EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER”  can be referring to Jesus, for many verses refer to this water.
  • John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
  • John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
  • John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
  • I John 5:6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
  Jesus also came by the water, this is true for Jesus Christ the Son of God was indeed born human from the womb of a human, thus being born of water , but the difference in Jesus is that He came by water ( born flesh) and blood, that is to say He was born to be a sacrifice, for the lost.

  “Except a man be born of water and the Spirit” The water is Jesus, the Spirit is the Holy Ghost- except a man believe in Jesus and baptized by the Holy Ghost cannot enter into Heaven, except a man be born of God (I John 5:1) and baptized by the Holy Ghost he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.

  So then you can interpret “EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER” to mean water baptism or to mean born flesh or to mean the water to be the living Christ, all of these are interpretations what the verse can mean.  But here is the Truth, the interpretation that it means water baptism contradicts other verses in Scriptures, while the other two interpretations do not contradict other verses. So then … :

IF WHAT YOU BELIEVE CONTRADICTS EVEN ONE VERSE IN SCRIPTURES, THEN WHAT YOU BELIEVE IS WRONG.

  The interpretation that being born of water means you must be water baptized, contradicts other verses in Scriptures, which this Article has discussed previously, therefore can’t be a correct interpretation, to believe that, is to believe a false doctrine.  Not to mention there is absolutely no Scriptures whatsoever that refers to water baptism as being born of water. Scriptures interprets Scriptures and we have no Scriptures that says, teaches, or even implies that water baptism is being born of water, this is a teaching of men which cannot be backed up by the Words of God, it is a false doctrine.

  Some will argue and debate with this Article saying there is only one baptism, for it is written:
  • Ephesians 4:4There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
  This is True there is ONE LORD for man to be Saved by, there is ONE FAITH that brings Salvation, and there is ONE BAPTISM that is required for Salvation. So then concerning Salvation there is only ONE LORD, ONE FAITH, and ONE BAPTISM.

  However we know there are more than one Lord, for even Sarah called Abraham “Lord” also it is written there is more then one Lord in:
  • I Corinthians 8:5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
  We know there is more than one Faith. There is little faith, there is great faith, there is faith that can move mountains, there is a dead faith if it have no works, there is a word of faith (Rom 10:8), there are acts of faith, faith given to us by measure (Rom 12:3). There is a gift of faith, which is one of the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

  We know there are more than one baptism according to Scriptures:
  • Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
  So then according to this Scripture from the greatest prophet ever, there are TWO (2) different types of baptisms, one which is done by water and the other baptism is by the Holy Ghost and fire.

  Notice also that Jesus Himself after being baptized by John the Baptist, as we mentioned earlier in this Article, said:
  • Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!     (He was already water baptized)
  Clearly Jesus is referring to another baptism and that baptism is not that of water immersion.  There is yet another baptism which Scriptures themselves refer to, called the baptism of the dead (I Cor 15:29)

  Notice again in another place, baptisms is plural in the next verse, which refers to more then one baptism.
  • Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms (Plural), and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
  So then my point is there are more than one baptism. True there is only one baptism that is REQUIRED for Salvation and that is the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Anyone can be baptized by water and it not change their life. Baptism of the Holy Ghost is what changes a persons life and that baptism is what is REQUIRED to be Saved.
  • Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
  We receive Salvation as a free gift, and we do not have to DO anything to receive it.  Even water baptism, which is most assuredly a work, something that is done, a deed that is done to publically confess our free Salvation that we received, and to symbolically represent that we are washing away our sins, which was done the moment we accepted the free gift of Salvation from Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

  The thief on the cross was baptized, not by water, but by the Holy Ghost at the moment he believed on the Lord Jesus and called Him “ Lord” (Luke 23:42) because it is written “NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST” (I Cor 12:3)

  So then it is quite clear and Scriptural there are more than one type of baptism, howbeit there is only ONE BAPTISM required for Salvation, but since there are more than one type of baptism a person must be careful not to misinterpret, by assuming every mention of baptism is referring to water baptism, it could very well (and most of the time is) referring to Holy Ghost baptism and not that of water.

  Please do not get me wrong, I believe every believer in Christ SHOULD get water baptized, even as I believe every believer in Christ should help the needy, feed the poor, clothe the naked, and do good works.  However, none of these things are REQUIRED for one to have Eternal Life in Christ, these things we should do, if we are able to do so, to fulfill all righteousness.

  Is not Jesus suppose to be our example, how we are to live our own lives? Jesus got water baptized even though He had absolutely no reason to do so, being that He had no sin to even symbolically cleanse. John was baffled by this also, but the Lord said He was doing it to fulfill all righteousness, not that we in a like manner HAVE to get water baptized but is something we should do to also fulfill all righteousness. Jesus laid His hands on the sick and healed them too, does that mean if we do not the same thing we are not Saved? NO!

  The moment a person believes in Christ and repents of his or her sins, and accepts Jesus into their hearts to live, is at that moment, cleansed from all their past sins.  Water baptism does not do this. It is true water baptism is symbolic for washing away of sin to receive forgiveness, even though it is symbolic, what then actually DOES wash away our sins, not that which is symbolic, water will never wash away sin, nor will anything from the Earth cleanse sin. Scriptures over and over again explains what actually does the cleansing.
  • I John 1:7 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
  This is what actually does the cleansing and not water baptism which is symbolic, Amen.


In His Holy and Precious Name, Jesus Christ