It's not in the Bible.
---pat on 2/2/13|
I was always told that a person cannot get married unless they are baptised.
---jennifer on 6/23/05
That may be a denominational thing. you should check to see which denomination does that
---francis on 2/1/13|
Shira you said
//baptism doesn't save anyone.( it is just a profession to the world that you have been borned into the family of God//)
Where do you find baptism as being a profession to the world? Is this your church doctrine?
---michael_e on 2/1/13|
Michael, I never said one had to be baptized to be saved. go back and read my post. I also said when we are saved, we are baptized by the spirit.
---shira4368 on 2/1/13|
Shira you said
//baptism doesn't save anyone. it is just a profession to the world that you have been borned into the family of God//
You must be speaking of water.
Where do you find baptism as being a profession to the world? Water baptism can be performed by anyone on anyone(saved or unsaved)so it is not necessary today. It proves nothing.
// why don't you show me where we must be baptized to be saved?//
Rom 6:3,4 1Cor 12:13 Gal 3:29 Eph 4:5 Col.2:12
This baptism is performed by the Holy Spirit baptising or placing a BELIEVER into the Body of Christ a necessary part of salvation.
---michael_e on 1/31/13|
well, the thief on the right side repented and he went to paradise. now, that is one example. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. He didn't come to baptize everyone to be saved. why don't you show me where we must be baptized to be saved? after all you are the one who brought this up.
---shira4368 on 1/31/13|
// it is just a profession to the world that you have been borned into the family of God.// maybe a dumb question, but where do you find this statement
---michael_e on 1/31/13|
baptism doesn't save anyone. it is just a profession to the world that you have been borned into the family of God. it isn't necessary to be baptized to be saved. when we are saved, we are baptized with the Holy Spirit.
---shira4368 on 1/30/13|
Baptism has nothing to do with marriage.
Since Paul makes it clear that there is only one baptism in Eph 4:5 why is there such contraversy over baptisms?
If Paul says there is one it must be the one baptism Paul teaches. It is found in 1 Cor 12:13 and Rom 6:3.
It is dry and performed by the Spirit baptizing you into Christ. This is the baptism that saves you. It is not water baptism of any kind.
If you can see this then you have succeeded at making the leap of scriptural understanding that the information Jesus gave to Paul supersedes the information found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
If you do not see this then you are stuck trying to reconcile the multiple baptisms taught in the Lords earthly ministry
---michael_e on 1/29/13|
That is probably a tradition in a church that in the teaching of that church in order for that church to perform the wedding, you must both have been baptized. It is not a Bible teaching per say. Though the New Testament teaching favors a selection "equally yoked" and of widows having anyone you wish "only he must belong to the Lord."
---bike on 1/29/13|
dennis, the bible does not say if we aren't baptized we won't go to heaven. the thief on the right side of Jesus on the cross never was baptized but God forgave him. my husband was never baptized and I know he is in heaven. the bible says "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
---shira4368 on 1/29/13|
The bible says that it is necessary to be batized. Otherwise you will NOT get into heaven. John 3:5
---Dennis_Gonzalez on 1/28/13|
Jennifer ... I think you will find that this is a rule imposed by certain churches.
It is a man-made rule, and does not come from God.
Being baptised does not make you a Christian, and you can be a Christian and not be baptised.
But many churches will say unless you are full members of OUR church.
---Alan_of_U.K. on 3/26/08|
You do not have to be "baptized" but if you are a Christian, you should have been baptized. Baptism is a picture of what Jesus did for us (Rom. 6). Baptism does not save a person, but it is required for every Christian. If you're a Christian you should have been baptized. As for the necessity of being baptized before marriage, it is not necessary, but it is necessary for every Christian. Hope you understand. Pastor j.
---James on 7/10/07|
The Bible talks about baptism as a visual connection with the burial and ressurection of Jesus. It's a "washing away" of sin.
I suppose that you could do that as an act of marriage, coming into a "new life" with a spouse, but only if they were not baptised before.
---Steven_Wilkey on 5/8/07|
When you talk about baptism, which one is it? There are actually several different types of baptisms in the bible, water, fire, Holy Ghost. Baptism is actually a cleansing. One more thing, baptism was something the Jews had to do for remission of sins. See what Paul says about baptism. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.
---geraa7578 on 6/27/05|
Once you have accepted Christ into your heart & life ... Emcee are you saying that you are not saved at that point, that you must rush and ask a man to baptise you before you can call yourself a Christian?
I accept baptism as an outward declaration ... but to say it is essential to salvation is I think wrong.
---Alan8869_of_UK on 6/27/05|
I've been in my church for 37 years,Emcee.I've never "wandered" in my life.Yes,Jesus told His disciples to baptise.But He didn't say drag'em kicking & screaming.If you feel the need for baptism,great-it's a wonderful symbol.But if not,that does not negate your salvation.We believe there is ONE baptism-the baptism of the Holy Spirit(Eph.4:5).There is too much significance in ceremony,and not enough in the change that the blood of Christ can effect in a person.Ceremonies come & go-that never will.
---Ann5758 on 6/26/05|
Ann5758:Baptism removes all stain of sin & makes us followers of Jesus.Or else why would Jesus command his Apostles to Go herefore baptising & converting people.I fail to see the connection that being in a garage makes you a car!!It is strange that so many Christians who profess to be followers Of christ.Are not Banded to one church & are wandering about like sheep without a shepard. Catholics are banded together in one church Under one leader & shepherd Jesus Christ.Sorry Ann you are being decieved.
---Emcee on 6/25/05|
Baptism is NOT indicative of being a Christian. That is false doctrine proven with scripture. I DO believe in baptism, but it doesn't automatically make you a Christian. It is not biblical to baptize babies either. Perhaps the person who told you that both parties must be baptized was actually talking about being equally yoked? Maybe they were trying to tell you that you need to marry someone who is a Christian, but they were confused as to what being a Christian really means.
---Debbie on 6/24/05|
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Part of the process (for lack of a better word) of salvation is baptism. Being "saved" is often defined only by asking Jesus to enter your heart, but that's only a third of it. After asking for Jesus to fill you heart you must publically profess it and, yes, baptism is the third element. Baptism is not a "church" ritual, baptism is symbolic of cleansing yourself of the world and emerging from the water in Christ.And, yes, it is biblical and necessary to become a true child of God.
---Heather on 6/24/05|
To me baptism is not that it should be matched with marriage. Baptism is done as a command left by Jesus Christ, to show that we really love him by following his commandments. Baptism shows that you have died with Christ and and now you wake with him.
Don't be deceived by false doctrines. If God wants you to be married whether baprized or not you will be married. Baptism is not totally related with marriage. Find another church that will tell you the truth.
---Kuda on 6/24/05|
When I was confirmed into the Anglican Church as a teenager, a lady much older than I was also to be confirmed. Because she had not been baptised as a baby she had to be baptised before confirmation, so perhaps they have the same rule about marriage. This can give a wrong impression as to what baptism symbolizes but to fully join a particular church you have to go by their rules I'm afraid - not biblical though.
---Xanthi on 6/24/05|
As I've said, Emcee, you're being deceived. What you're saying is NOT true...being baptised doesn't make you a christian any more than being in a garage makes you a car. Find a church where you will be taught the truth. Don't take Catholic doctrine as gospel. It certainly is not.
---Ann5758 on 6/24/05|
This is something you should talk to your pastor about listen to what he says. now about baptism why arent you baptised yet?
---Jean on 6/24/05|
To be a christian you have to be Baptised, & be a follower of Christ.If you marry some one who is NOT baptised you will be spiritually unevenly yoked.I know that there are many Christians who do not believe is baptism.However in the Catholic church Baptism is a prelude of your walk through life with Christ, strengthened by Confirmation, sustained by the holy Eucharist, Forgiven through Penance, Taught through People of Holy Orders, Given hope through extreme unction& sanctified through Matrimony.
---Emcee on 6/23/05|
May I ask who told you this one?? This is sure a new one on me and I have never ever heard of such a thing! First of all baptism has got absolutely nothing to do with marriage but with salvation....we are told to follow Christ's example and be baptized but I have never heard of anything regarding baptism and marriage and this is really a weird concept for even me! Let me know what the others think....whew!
---Fran8674 on 6/23/05|
Baptism has one purpose. It is a public witness to the change that takes place inside one at conversion. It has nothing to do with becoming a Christian or anything else a Christan does including marriage.
The Catholic Chruch would have you believe different but their stand is based on tradtions and not scripture.
---Bruce5656 on 6/23/05|
As far as I know I am not aware of anyone saying ypu have to be baptized before you can marry.
BAPTISME is much like a marriage, time when you choose to become part of the bride (Christian Church) by taking on His name: Christian. That also explains why it makes no sense for babies to be baptized/married!
---Pierr7958 on 6/23/05|
I have never read anywhere in the Bible that you must be baptised before you are married. That does not make sense. It does say, however, that you are not to be unequally yoked with an unbeliever. Both you and your potential spouse must be in agreement concerning your faith and the doctrinal beliefs you hold. If you are not then you marriage will be destined to difficult times and heartache. I am not speaking from just ideas but from a successful marriage of 17+ years.
---Theresa on 6/23/05|
It has nothing at all to do with marriage. You do not need to get baptised to be married. You do not need to be baptised to get into heaven. Baptism is a symbol that you have died to your old self and resurrected to new life in Christ. It does not bring about salvation or sanctification. There is nothing biblical about baptism & marriage. Blessings.
---Ann5758 on 6/23/05|