The Urgency of Baptism
New Testament Scriptures for Baptism

When to be Baptized, How to be Baptized, Why to be Baptized

There is an increasing attempt of the devil to teach people to not obey God. I have recently discovered more ministers preaching AGAINST water baptism! Their teachings are anti-Christ! I will give some New Testament Holy Bible Scriptures right here for you to read and apply. Also, we need to correct the manner and timing of baptism. The most common practice in the churches today is to wait, wait and wait for people to get baptized, and then to baptize them backwards, which is direct opposite of how it should be done!

Mark 16:16 He that believeth AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Acts 2:37-42
:37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
You must HEAR/receive the word of GOD {Romans 10:17} and Be Convicted of your sins.
: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.
-They heard the message, -they need to repent, they need to be baptized, everyone without exception,
-in THE Name (AUTHORITY, this has NOTHING to do with pronunciation or sacred names),
-(The Name/Authority/Power of JESUS IS the same Name/Authority/Power as THE NAME of "The Father, Son and Holy Ghost". GOD IS ONE. This has NOTHING to do with three gods or three heads or three spirits. There is ONE Authority. Every example of New Covenant Baptism in the scripture was in Jesus Name.),
(1 Cor. 12:13 For BY ONE SPIRIT (NOT 3) are we all BAPTIZED INTO (in contrast to prayed into) ONE body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink INTO ONE SPIRIT),
-Be Baptized for the Remission of sins.
-Ye SHALL/WILL (NOT MAYBE) Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. A gift is not something you have to work for. That would be a wage. All you have to do is to Hear, Believe, Repent, Be Baptized, Ask for The Holy Ghost and Receive it. You don't have to tarry until you receive a second gift of speaking in tongues. You don't have to stand there all day wondering if you will receive it or not. You don't have to pray it down. If your repentance is real and you are truly surrendering to GOD, HE will very gladly keep His Promise and empower you with the Promise of The Holy Spirit to start dwelling and abiding inside of you which is then called The Holy Ghost.
:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
:40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

After they were baptized, they continued to fellowship often with the brethren. They continued in the doctrine, they continued in fellowship, they ate food with the brethren and prayed. They deserted the world and surrounded themselves with the fellowship of believers. "Breaking of bread" in this verse has nothing to do with the LORDs Supper or communion. The phrase simply means they would visit each others houses and have meetings where they would eat together. People should NEVER attempt to use this verse to try to prove that they can casually observe the Passover every day of the year or many times per year. But what this verse does prove is the the people should continue to go to church and stay in fellowship, AND that fellowship is MUCH, MUCH MORE than just shaking hands once or twice a week. GODs People need to be inviting one another over to each others houses and having regular meals together and growing together as family.

Acts 8
:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.
:14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
:15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
:16 For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. {in water via Gods Authority}
:17 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.

So, in Acts 8 we see two events occuring: 1. Water baptism (born of water John 3:5) and 2. Receiving the Holy Spirit, also called, "Holy Ghost baptism" (born of Spirit John 3:5). In their case they received water baptism first. But not in all cases will it be in that order. There is no scripture that proves which must be done first. You must receive both. Some receive water baptism first and others the Holy Ghost first. But both are instructed and when possible should be done about the same time. Whenever one is lacking, the person must complete the other as soon as possible. We also see here again the the receiving of The Holy Ghost was via the laying on of hands. Sometimes it comes without the laying on of hands. But Whenever the Holy Ghost has not yet been received, The person baptizing the people should lay hands on them and ask for The Holy Ghost. Then believe. It is done.

We also see another account of water baptism in Acts 8:
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet.
29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

Notice how quickly the baptism occured. Philip did not recommend that the man keep studying or come to any level of perfection or maturity. The man believed, he understood that baptism is required and it was accomplished as quickly as possible without hesitation.

Let's Read the Example of Paul's Baptism:
Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Here we see that Ananias laid hands on Paul, Paul both received phyisical eye sight AND Received the Holy Ghost. i know most people miss that. But that's exactly what happened! Then immediately Paul went and got baptized. He didn't put it off to another day! We should always, as much as possible, be Born of Water AND Spirit as soon as we surrender to Christ! The devil is waging an intense war against us. We don't need to be waiting to take action. We need to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. Let's get in there all the way, not just a foot in the door. Immediate Baptism shows seriousness about your submission to GOD. When Salvation is taught properly, People will not be going to the altar and then never returning to the Church and still think they got saved. When Salvation is taught Properly, The People will realize that this a Marriage/Engagement Ceremony at the Altar! (wherever it may be, living room, car, church blg, etc) To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish and to obey, till death us do part. When you Hear, Believe, Confess, Repent, Accept, Submit, Be Baptized and Receive the Holy Ghost/Spirit, You will truly be Saved and the evidence of that is not another gift, but rather a change of person, the change of life. The person is converted, becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and starts the process of unleavening. They CONTINUE in Doctrine and fellowship and church attendance. Hebrews 10:22-26 We cannot be perfect before baptism. Baptism is one of the very FIRST STEPS, NOT one of the last steps. Baptism is connected with Receiving the Holy Spirit/Ghost. We must have the Holy Spirit within us, The Holy Ghost, in order to do the work of cleansing us. Concerning the marriage, i realize that the actual Marriage takes place in Heaven after the First Resurrecton, Rev. 19, However, at Baptism/Repentance, we are agreeing to enter into that Marriage and are committed partners now.

Here is an account of some people having received the baptism of the Holy Ghost first and then received water baptism afterwards:
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?
(The wording of this is similiar to "does any one have any reason why these two people should not be married")
:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Acts 16:28-33
28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

Again above in Acts 16, we see that there was no waiting. Baptism was immediately within that very night!

Acts 19:1-7
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? 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.
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.
7 And all the men were about twelve.

We see above that Paul laid hands on them at baptism, they received the Holy Ghost. This time they spoke in Tongues. That is not the case in every scripture of baptism. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. It's not required. i don't care what anyone taught you. The Bible NEVER requires speaking in tongues as proof of anything.

Later in Acts 22, Paul retold his Testimony of his Conversion:
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Ananias clearly instructed Paul to not wait but to take action immediately.

Matt. 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in THE NAME (The AUTHORITY OF JESUS) of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Jesus set us an example:
Matt. 3:13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
:14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
:15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

If you accuse me of preaching Salvation through works, then you are also accusing Christ of doing the same thing!!!

The New Testament Scriptures are VERY CLEAR that Christ Commanded Water Baptism and that He also brought with Him Holy Ghost Baptism which is receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit.
This combo is called being "Born Again". Please be sure to click to read that article as well because it is very much proves that you MUST be baptized.
Holy Ghost baptism does NOT automatically mean that you MUST speak in tongues.
Please see our articles on the Holy Ghost and Tongues.

No where does it say that water baptism is no longer necessary! Christ set us a perfect example and then also instructed us to go and baptize others! Paul and the apostles and the others continued to do baptism well into the book of Acts and other books. These scriptures I have listed here are a small example of what is available in the scriptures. I encourage you to obey GOD and repent and then immediately be Baptized in full immersion in water and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which is easily and quickly received upon asking and should be done as close as possible to the timing of water baptism. Just because you don't speak in tongues doesn't mean you did not receive it. Ask, Accept and Believe and move forward. You don't have to ask again every week or month. Ask and receive and believe that you received it. If you received it, you will notice a change in your life as The Holy Ghost teaches you the Scriptures and makes Understanding available unto you.
Those that preach against water baptism and/or Holy Ghost baptism must be marked and avoided! They would take your crown! Don't let any man take your crown! We MUST obey GOD. Do NOT be rebellious!

The following is something i believe every person should read before Water Baptism:
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
: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:
:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
:10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
:20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Peter 3:21 KJV "The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
1 Peter 3:21 ESV (English Standard Version) "Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
1 Peter 3:21 Geneva Bible: "Whereof the baptisme that nowe is, answering that figure, (which is not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but a confident demaunding which a good conscience maketh to God) saueth vs also by the resurrection of Iesus Christ"


Where does the Bible say we are to teach people a prayer of salvation? NO WHERE.
Doesn't it say we should go baptizing them? YES
"Repent and say prayer of salvation"? NO
or does it say "repent and be baptized"? YES
"Go ye therefore teaching a prayer of salvation"? NO.
Actually, it says "go ye therefore and teach all nations BAPTIZING THEM ...." Matthew 28:19
A brother in Christ said, "I see no example of a sinner's prayer in the Bible. And when I say example I mean someone actually doing it. In Acts 2:37 when these people were pricked in the heart by Peters sermon and they cried out " Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Does Peter say repeat after me?" End quote from Brother Terry.
This is one of the many reasons we do need real gatherings, not just television preachers and internet. We need local pastors and evangelist and all of the five fold ministry. Baptism is necessary for Salvation.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

1 Cor. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Eph. 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy HE SAVED US BY THE WASHING OF REGENERATION, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

If anyone reading this needs baptism in my area, contact me. i am willing to travel in east Tennessee, all of North Carolina, northwest South Carolina, southwest Virginia, southern Kentucky, all of West Virginia. message me. no cost. If anyone else is willing to baptize people, please contact me with the areas in which you can baptize people.

I say unto you, that those that are preaching and teaching AGAINST water baptism are anti-Christ and you should avoid them at all cost!!! They are wolves in sheeps clothing. They are very very dangerous!!!

Repent and be baptized! You should be baptized very soon after your prayer of submitting to Jesus as LORD and Saviour. It will help empower you in your walk for Christ.

Concerning being baptized backwards, that's wrong. The correct way to baptize people is straight forward or straight down. Never Backwards. Please see these articles.
Be not slain by The LORD
Baptism in the Likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ's Death with Head bowed

Also, It is Important to Learn that everyone that lived in the old testament times must be Resurrected at the Second Resurrection so that they may receive Salvation and be Baptized in Jesus Name.
Please read that article today and Learn the Truth about Heaven, Hell and Eternity.

People should never be baptized as an infant. Baptism must include repentance and confession, two things that infants are incapable of. Teenagers are capable of confession and repentance, infants are not.

In Christ Jesus Name,
pastor tim of i Saw The Light Ministries

Related Article: You Must Be Born Again.

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