The Word of God vs Tradition – Water Baptism

The Bible is so clear on how a person is to be saved – the Apostle Peter on the day the Biblical church was born, after preaching to the Jews about the death, burial and resurrections of Jesus Christ, faced this question from the crowd…


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?”

That question of ” Men and brethren, what shall we do?” is still the most important question asked by millions today when they hear of the love of Christ  and the gospel message and how he has set us free from sin, death, hell and the grave.
The problem is that many people receive answers to that question that just don’t match what the Apostle Peter said..
Here is how the Apostle Peter answered that question.


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.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

The Apostle Peter’s answer is the only biblical method and way to be saved… anything other than that, falls short of full salvation, is man made and not of God.
It involves three basic components
  1. Repentance – to turn from sin and turn unto God, to be sorrowful for the wrongs you have done and make a decision by the grace of god to not do them again.
  2. Being water baptized (fully Immersed) In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. Being filled with the Spirit of God referred to by the title Holy Ghost and speak in another language miraculously given to the believer by God.


To ensure our entrance into the Kingdom of God – these elements as the Apostle Peter outlined need to be included in our salvation experience.
The problem is that because we are almost 2000 years removed from the birth of the church on the Day of Pentecost, many people, leaders and church groups have tried to change or deviate from the method given to us by the Apostle Peter but also by all of the Apostles.
Check out this chart to see the difference between what the Bible has to say verse the denomination churches and organizations and Tradition.


Question Tradition (Error) Says The Bible (Truth) Says
Do I need to be Water Baptized to be saved?  NO

This approach is  unbiblical and contradicts the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Apostles and the early Apostolic Church.


Mark 16:16, John 3:5, Acts 2:38,

Acts 10:48, Acts 19:1-12, 1 Peter 3:21

What do I need to do before being Water Baptized? Nothing, infants can be christened  (sprinkled) This is an unbiblical practice not found anywhere in the Bible. You must… hear the Gospel, believe the Gospel and repent of your sins.

Matt 4:7, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38,

Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Acts 19:1-12,

Acts 17:30

How is Water Baptism administered? Depending on the denomination, or church – by sprinkling on the forehead or by full immersion.  Sprinkling is no where found in the Bible and is an unbiblical religious practice. By full immersion in water

 John 3:23

Acts 8:38, Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12

What name is spoke over me in Water Baptism? No name is ever used.

The titles of God are often repeated, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. This is a clear misinterpretation of Matt. 28:19. Not one person in the Bible was ever baptized with the titles spoken over them

The Lord Jesus Christ

Matt 28:19 (Note is says the name. the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is Jesus Christ), Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16,

Acts 10:48, Acts 19:51 Corinthians 1:13

Acts 4:10-12

Can I be rebaptized if it wasn’t done right the first time? Depending on the denomination, or church group, if you were sprinkled as an infant or adult some will rebaptize by full immersion, but they will often do it unbiblically by repeating the titles of God rather than in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ Yes

Acts 19:1- 12 Note these men were believers, but had been baptized by John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul rebaptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

What about my family that has died not being baptized by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ? Traditional denominations and church groups play heavily on this saying,

“You don’t want to offend your Mother, Father, Grandparents etc.”.

This keeps the error of a trinitarian water baptism or the unbiblical practice of  infant christening (sprinkling) alive today. No one though in the Bible was ever baptized with the trinitarian spoken over them or through sprinkling.

Gal 1:8

Judge Not

When a loved one dies, they are immediately taken to be with the Lord, what happens then is between them and the Lord, the Apostle Peter mentions that Jesus preached to those who were in prison to lead them out. It may very well be that parents, grandparents and those who have gone on before now know the full salvation message and may be praying for you to hear it and act upon it. Matthew 10:37, 1 Peter 3:18-22

What authority  is used to promote each group or denominational teaching? The Bible (with some texts often misquoted or misinterpreted), tradition, creeds, denominational church leaders, trinitarian doctrines and other manmade philosophies.

Gal 1:8, Colossians 2:8

The Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles, the original Apostolic Christian Church, modern-day Apostolic churches and organizations
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