What is Baptism? #Mormons

“We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel” (Articles of Faith 1:3). Baptism in water is an ordinance essential to our salvation. By being baptized, we show God that we are willing to be obedient to His commandments. Jesus set the example for us by being baptized, even though He was without sin (see Mosiah 18:8-10). The Savior revealed the proper method of baptism to the Prophet Joseph Smith, making clear that the ordinance must be performed by one having priesthood authority and that it be done by immersion (see Doctrine and Covenants 20:72-74). READ MORE

Baptism happened twice in my life. The first time it happened was in the Mormon church in a small room. According to the Mormon beliefs baptism is, “an ordinance essential to our salvation.” This is incorrect.

You can be saved through belief alone. Baptism is like a ring in a wedding ceremony. It is symbolic of our commitment to Jesus Christ.

Requiring anything in addition to faith in Jesus Christ for salvation is a works-based salvation. To add anything to the gospel is to say that Jesus’ death on the cross was not sufficient to purchase our salvation. To say that baptism is necessary for salvation is to say we must add our own good works and obedience to Christ’s death in order to make it sufficient for salvation. Jesus’ death alone paid for our sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus’ payment for our sins is appropriated to our “account” by faith alone (John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9). Therefore, baptism is an important step of obedience after salvation but cannot be a requirement for salvation. READ MORE

In the New Testament, it talks a lot about marriage–it’s physical act between a man and a woman and allegorically between the Church (as a body, not a building) and Christ. It makes sense to become baptized after making a commitment to Jesus.

When I was re-baptized in a Bible-only believing church, I thought at the time that it was to re-commit my life to Christ, like renewing your vows to your husband. It would be years later as I matured in my faith and grew through reading of the Word that I would understand my baptism was the baptism of a first-time believer.

When you come from the Mormon belief, you still operate under a works-based belief. You are a pretend Christian for a little while until the Word starts to infect your spirit. You begin to understand suddenly as the blinders are torn away and you stop trying to control your own life.

The Word can stand by itself.

When discussing Scripture, Christians are referring to both Old and New Testaments. The apostle Paul declared that the holy Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15–17). If Scripture is “God-breathed,” then it is not man-breathed, and, although it was penned by men, those “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). No man-made writing is sufficient to equip us for every good work; only the Word of God can do that. Furthermore, if the Scriptures are sufficient to thoroughly equip us, then nothing more is needed. READ MORE

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