God chose water baptism for those who love Him to give Him the answer of a good conscience (I Pet 3:21). Without scripture revealing it, we could never know this ordinance of identifying with Jesus Christ for salvation. It occupies a major place in the New Testament, and how it is to be performed and upon whom is clearly described. It is an elementary but essential part of Christianity.
But man has corrupted baptism like everything else, so that of 2.2 billion nominal Christians on earth today, less than 5% practice baptism properly. What a travesty! Its glorious three-fold symbolism of death and resurrection is destroyed. Its answer to God is replaced with an infant ritual unknown in scripture. Are you truly baptized? Do you understand its significance? Was God pleased by your answer?
Importance of Baptism
Baptism proves our submission to Jesus Christ's authority and represents His death and resurrection for our salvation. Only those born of the Spirit of God will esteem its foolish appearance. Many martyrs were killed for Bible baptism, which has made it the most visible identifier of the true worshippers of God.
Requirements for a Scriptural Baptism
Is your baptism valid? Or should you be rebaptized to please God more perfectly? Verify your baptism with the Bible's own criteria.
How do various denominations measure against the scriptural requirements for valid baptisms?
Catechism for Children
The Bible says nothing about a catechism for children prior to baptism, so this specific catechism is at best merely a tool of Christian liberty and hopefully instructional wisdom. However, our Lord Jesus Christ did require teaching (Matt 28:19-20), faith (Acts 8:37), and repentance (Acts 2:38) before baptism, therefore this catechism has been prepared to assist fathers and pastors to instruct and prepare children.
Does circumcision prove infant baptism? No! Scripture teaches plainly and repeatedly that faith and repentance are conditions for baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 8:37).
Are household baptisms an evidence of infant baptism?
The Bible and Baptism
Difficult Baptism Verses
Why does the Bible have verses that sound like baptism is required for salvation? Why did God write these verses: Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; John 3:5; Acts 22:16; I Cor 15:29? Learn why God wrote in such a manner, what these verses cannot possibly mean, and how they must be understood.
Modern Bibles Corrupt Best Verse on Baptism
The most important verse in the Bible about baptism is corrupted three ways in modern versions of the Bible!
Modern Bibles Delete Embarrassing Baptism Verse
Do these words of God provide important instruction about baptism? Or should they be deleted from the bible?
Other Studies on Baptism
Rebaptism: A Detailed Study
Paul's rebaptism of the disciples in Acts 19:1-7 explained honestly and carefully in the light of the New Testament.
John the Baptist was sent by God to immerse those in Israel who desired to repent of their sins and prepare for the coming of the Messiah. His baptism was true Christian baptism and fulfilled all righteousness prior to the Day of Pentecost.
Holy Ghost Baptism
Jesus Christ administered the baptism of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost, when He poured out the Holy Ghost in superabundance upon the 120, inundating and immersing them in His glorious Presence.
Jesus Christ administered the baptism of fire in 70 A.D., when He burned up the city of Jerusalem and miserably destroyed those wicked Jews who had crucified Him.
Why So Much Confusion About a Simple Subject
"And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD." Leviticus 10:1-2