Good Friends, Great Debate
Recently, a good friend of mine studied the issue of water baptism with a religious buddy of his. These two were like “peas in a pod” growing up and they maintained their close friendship through the years. His friend does not believe baptism is necessary for salvation.
My friend, wanting to show his buddy the Biblical Plan of Salvation, provided all of the scriptural information he could possibly provide with patience and respect. His friend was equally patient and understanding, genuinely interested in what was being taught. He diligently studied everything out but genuinely could not see my friend’s position.
“Buddy,” he said, “I can’t agree with you because… baptism is a work.”
The argument always comes down to those four words, and those four words constitute the firm foundation on which the entire argument rests!
“Baptism is a work.”
But guess what, there is a huge flaw in the reasoning. Let’s work through this together using logic and the scriptures.
Building Our Case
For the sake of our argument, let’s agree; baptism IS a work. This is our position. From this position we naturally and logically conclude, since baptism is a work, it cannot be necessary for salvation.
Sooner or later, someone will step forward to challenge our position. We need to mount a defense How should we begin?