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Unformatted text preview: Tim Thyne English 111.03 C. Evans 11/5/2006 No Ordinary Tub The invitation song started and I was thinking deeply about the decision I was about to make. As I got out of the pew, I could feel the eyes of the congregation on me as I quickly became the center of attention. I was only ten-years-old when I made the decision to be baptized by use of immersion. Twelve years later, I am still convinced it is the correct way to receive the Holy Spirit and the remission of sins. When someone correctly studies the scriptures and takes into account all the different so called ways of being “saved”, they will conclude that immersion was the only intended way to obey the gospel. In today’s age of relativism, however, there is much debate over baptism. In the gospels, Jesus is very clear on how people can be saved, and the consequences for choosing otherwise. In Mark 16:16 Jesus states, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”. This is only three verses before his ascension. These were his final remarks to leave with his disciples, and he clearly includes baptism, accompanied with belief, as the intended way to be saved. Again in Act 2:38, Peter, the apostle whom Jesus “built his church” upon, is filled with the Holy Spirit and says “Repent and be baptized…for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Since being a Christian, I have been challenged by several people and asked to defend the use of immersion. Some people believe that you can be saved by praying and “accepting Jesus into your heart”. Their claim is that baptism is not necessary to be saved. This is not the way Jesus Their claim is that baptism is not necessary to be saved....
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