Most of you understand the expression, “THROW OUT THE BABY WITH THE BATHWATER” because you lived it. Back in the days of old, before the days of indoor plumbing, the family would take their baths in a large metal wash tub. After everyone was done, the last usually being the youngest, the bathwater was tossed out into the yard.
The idiom reminds us not to discard the precious as we attempt to rid ourselves of the despised.
I bring this to your attention because there is a movement among many to “toss out the bathwater” of baptism.
They’re TOSSING out the TRUTH of salvation as they seek to rid themselves of the baptismal waters. In their zeal to remove the ‘bathwater’ they have missed the simple truth about the Gospel.
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. [Mat 23:24]
Those who are now working to rid the church of the ‘bathwater’ are repeating the mistakes of those in the past and tossing out the precious truth about salvation & baptism.
One fellow said that the baptism spoken of in Acts 2:38 is ‘spiritual immersion.’ What he’s done is thrown out SALVATION with the baptism water. Look at 1Peter 3:21; what is being taught?
“The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” [1Peter 3:21]
The Apostle Peter makes a specific reference to water when he says, “not the putting away of the filth of the flesh.” Why would he bring up ‘the filth of the flesh’ unless saving baptism involves water? If salvation was ‘faith only’ then this addition is completely pointless. He brought it up because he was talking about WATER BAPTISM. He was teaching us not to confuse the water baptism obeyed through faith with a physical cleansing. WATER BAPTISM, submitted through faith, provides a SPIRITUAL CLEANSING.
Paul was told, “arise, and be baptized, and WASH AWAY THY SINS, calling on the name of the Lord.” [Acts 22:16] Upon hearing the preaching of Jesus by Phillip, the Ethiopian Eunuch asked, “See, here is WATER; what doth hinder me to be baptized?” [Acts 8:36] (emphasis mine, seb) These verses harmonize BECAUSE they are teaching WATER BAPTISM. They make no sense if salvation occurs BEFORE water baptism.
No one is teaching a ‘works’ salvation, for no one, submitting to the simple command of God in Christ, is able to do anything of themselves while under the water. Christ is doing the spiritual cleansing [Rev 1:5]. Christ is doing the saving [Matt 1:21]. Christ is adding to the church those that are being saved [Acts 2:47].
If you believe…
- You were saved before you were water baptized,
- That baptism is not immersion in water,
- That baptism doesn’t save you,
- Were baptized in or into a denomination,
- You were saved by being baptized as a baby,
Then you are guilty of ‘THROWING OUT THE TRUTH WITH THE BATHWATER’ and remain in your sin.
Saving Baptism in the bible is…
- Commanded by Christ, Matt 28:19; Mark 16:16
- For the remission of sins, Acts 2:38; Mat 26:28
- What washes away sin, Acts 22:16
- Death to sin, Romans 6:1-4
- A Burial, Colossians 2:12
- Immersion in water, 1Peter 3:21; Acts 8:36
- What saves you, by faith, 1Peter 3:21; Heb 11:7
- Taught by Peter, Paul, & others Acts 2:38; 19:5; 22:16;
- The Putting on of Christ, Galatians 3:27
- AFTER Hearing, Believing, Repenting & Confessing, Mark 16:15, 16