John 1:12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
TO BECOME the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name
Those who believe ON HIS NAME: notice that believing is QUALIFIED
If you BELIEVE ON HIS NAME you have the power TO BECOME THE SONS OF GOD.
Based on my poor grammar John does not say that THOSE WHO BELIEVE ON HIS NAME ARE SAVED.
Did you notice that?
The eunuch with His Isaiah Scroll would know about the prophecy of baptism in Isaiah 1
When Philip identified Jesus as the Messiah
Acts 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said,
See, here is water; what doth HINDER me to be baptized?
Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest.
And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still:
and they went down both INTO the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
The eunuch did not BELIEVE and become the son of God: He believed that Jesus is the Christ the son of God because he and even children were Prophet Literate from attending synagogue to hear the WORD PREACHED by being READ.
The PURPOSE of baptism was FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS: Why would you want to be saved with a salvation which did not forgive your sins.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly RECEIVED HIS WORD
were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
If you don't insist on being baptized you may not have received HIS WORD not available in "worship theaters."
Jesus added them to HIS Church as a School of the Word. Becoming a Student of Christ through His Word does not give you a punched ticket on the Joy Buss to Heaven. You have to RUN THE RACE according to the RULES..
The Academy of Christ is the WAY that is called a SECT: It is a very narrow ROAD or Pattern and only a FEW are able to find that tiny gate. The gait is made STRAIT by the milling masses Purpose Driven to prevent you from finding it.
Heb. 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Matt. 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Destruction is Apoleia and the Senior Pastor is APOLLON the leader of the LOCUSTS or Muses.
Matt. 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able
Strait is: g4728. stenos, sten-os´; probably from the base of 2476; narrow (from obstacles standing close about): — strait.
We are tempted to say that who preach THEIR FAITH ONLY are just unlearned. However, Jesus inspired Paul to command that the APT elders get rid of the Cunning Craftsmen or SOPHISTS: speakers, singers or instrument players SPECIFICALLY "Melody in a holy place" because he says that THEY ARE LYING IN WAIT TO DECEIVE.
It is pretty dangerous to play the Devil's Advocate even to provoke dialog.