No it's not.
(Original post by Formerly Helpful_C)
Due to the unusual religious pairing of my parents (Catholic + Protestant), I was never baptised as a child, nor was I even taught about religion, but I made the decision to become a Christian a few years ago. However, the fact that I have never been baptised is obviously a glaring omission in my quest to accept Christ.
My question is fairly simple: how do I get baptised? Is it as simple as walking into a church and requesting the process?
You accept Christ through faith, and that is excluding any type of works on your part. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
We should always be careful trusting anything apart from the redemptive blood of Christ, as our way to heaven. The implications are eternal. Faith + works = no faith at all. We either rest in Christ's righteousness alone, or we do not.
People in Matthew 7:21-23 found that out the hard way.
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
Lord you should let us into heaven, because we have done this, done that, we devoted our lives to you, we did so many wonderful things in Your name.
Jesus' answer is simple;
Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
All their works are as filthy rags in the eyes of the Lord. (Isaiah 64:6)
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,"
They rested in their own righteousness, instead of getting cleansed in the precious blood of Christ and resting in His righteousness, by faith, and faith alone.
They did not do the will of the Father, which is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (John 6:39-40)
Once you accept Christ as Saviour into your life, you are born again, born into the family of God. You are Baptised into Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:1-4)
"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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."
Once you accept Christ as Saviour you start growing in grace, learning how to live a life led by His example, each day striving to be more like Him. All those things stem from a saving faith. They are however not required as prerequisites to getting saved, or accepting Christ.
You accept Him by faith alone. No water baptism is required.
Today, just as you are, you can be 100% sure you're going to heaven!
Water baptism is nothing more and nothing less than a public declaration of your faith, a symbolic event representing the fact that you have been born again.
Apart from faith in Christ, there is nothing you can do in order to merit eternal life.
You'll be in my prayers.
Last edited by Christ Is Lord; 05-05-2012 at 09:28.