Why do so many posters have such enmity against baptism.
Enmity is the wrong word
Actually we are adverse to you guys abusing it....taking Glory from the Holy Spirit for the act of God in renewing our hearts giving us new life in Christ
and giving that glory to an act of man
Because the event, True Baptism whereby we are immersed into the Body of Jesus occurs in our hearts not in a body of water
It is the unseen work and ministry of the Holy Spirit, the pricking, cutting and circumcision of our hearts that brings us into fellowship with God and does not rely or hinge upon being immersed in water
The preponderance of scripture making this plain and evident is overwhelming
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:10
Believing on the Lord Jesus in one's heart RESULTS in RIGHTEOUSNESS!
BELIEF IN JESUS AS ONE'S LORD AND SAVIOR HAS A DIRECT RESULT
Confessing the Lord Jesus as one's Lord and Savior RESULTS in SALVATION!
If one does not first have true belief in the Lord Jesus as Savior, IN ONES HEART and is baptized anyway one has not been immersed in a way that matters to God
No matter how many times one has been dipped
And if you'd be honest some people are baptized repeatedly throughout their lives in the false belief that Water Baptism saves or that Jesus saves through it
Jesus saves through what we believe about Him
Water baptism only symbolizes it
That's for us, our benefit, something we can see to represent what we cannot
God on the other hand knows the heart..Baptism or not
The same way Jesus knew the heart of the thief and the heart of Zaccheaus
They both were immersed into the Body of Christ...not water