There are a lot of people that think all you have to do to get to Heaven is believe in Jesus. There are a lot of people that believe Baptizing infants is OK. There are a lot of people that believe you can go to any church of your choice. I’m going to address these three ideas in a very concise form.
1) Mark 16:16, the Bible is very clear that you MUST believe and be Baptized. Revelation 2:10, the Bible says, “Be faithful until death and I will give you the crown of life.” Being Faithful means being obedient. Being obedient means (studying), 2nd Timothy 2:15 and following, (Worshiping on the Lord’s Day) Hebrews 10:25, Every example in the New testament refers to the 1st day of the week, Sunday, as Worship. 1st Corinthians 16:1,2, lay by and store on the 1st day of the week. Acts 2:42, Communion on the 1st day of the week. Not once a month, once a quarter, or once a year, those are only 2 of the examples, and (Living a righteous life), being right with God–Doing what He says, not what you want.
2) Baptism means immersed. Phillip and the Eunich went down into the water and came back up out of the water, Acts 8:34-39. Colossians 2:11,12 , we are buried with Him through Baptism. Romans 6:4, again buried with Him in Baptism. As far as infant Baptism–Mark 16:16 says to believe and be Baptized, Matthew 16 2-5 says to become like little children (innocent), Romans 14:10-12 says that everyone is accountable. Infants cannot be like little children, they already are one and innocent. Infants cannot believe because they don’t have the capability. Infants cannot comprehend what God’s Word means. Infants cannot be held accountable as they have no idea right from wrong. Baptism is for those that understand the “Plan of Salvation” and know right from wrong.
3) The New Testament church was established on the Day of Pentecost, 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus. Acts 1:1-Acts 2:47. Old Testament prophecy told us about the coming the New Testament church and a new covenant. Jesus stated, about Himself, that upon this rock I will build My church. That means there is only one church, the New Testament church. Ephesians 4:4-6 says there is ONE Body, ONE Spirit, ONE Hope, ONE Lord, ONE Faith, ONE Baptism, ONE God, and ONE Father of all. The church was not established in the 100’s, 500’s 1200’s, 1300’s, 1600’s or any time after the Day of Pentecost. There are no added man made creeds in the New Testament church. The Bible has everything in it and nothing needs to be added to it. There are 100’s of different denominations today. Why is that, when the Bible is very clear there is only one. The reason: Man thinks he has a better idea than God has.
I would pray that none are offended by God’s Word. If you would like further study, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will set up a Bible study with you. This can be done through the mail or in person.
SMILE God loves YOU!! Have a GREAT day all.