Is Baptismal Regeneration Biblical? – May/June 2018

What does Acts 2:38 (one of several verses will examine), tell us about salvation? Is it dependent not only upon repentance and faith in Christ (cf. Acts 20:21; Rom. 1:17; Eph. 2:8; etc.) but also on baptism? Baptismal regeneration is the teaching that salvation comes by water baptism administered by the bishop and was held by many in the Early Church and still is by several denominations today. But is it biblical? To answer this, we will note two emphases: the origin of this doctrine and then the biblical teaching, including the “proof texts” that are used to teach this doctrine.

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