Summary: 3 arguments water baptism does not equivocate to salvation.
3 Proofs Water Baptism Doesn't Save
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
Most of our preaching is, and should be about the careful laying forth of Christian truth, but every now and then we need to discuss why certain beliefs are wrong and detrimental. This is exemplified many times in scripture. In Colossians for example Paul argues against people who were focusing on what to eat and drink, and the observance of special days. In James the writer is trying to bring a balance to those who were advocating a faith but had no practical evidence of it. In Galations, Paul argues against works based salvation, and so on. So today, I want to make 3 brief points on why baptism doesn't save. Many of you have come out of a Catholic background and you were taught that without water baptism you didn't stand a chance of going to heaven. So today rather than giving a long argument on what is the biblical basis and understanding of salvation, I will simply give three proofs water baptism doesn't save. Please understand, I am not saying we don't need to be water baptized. Quite the opposite is true, baptism is not an option, it is a command, and if you haven't been water baptized you need to do so immediately. This study should help you think through a few facets of salvation particularly in the area of water baptism as it relates to salvation.
So here are 3 Proofs Water Baptism Doesn't Save:
1. There is no evidence the first believers received Christian water baptism.
You ask how is that a proof? That doesn't sound like a proof of anything, does it? Just try to follow my thinking here. If water baptism is necessary for salvation, then don't you think God would want to show us this in the example of the first people who were saved? How could God skip over how the first converts got saved as regards water baptism. We know they believed Jesus, and that He rose from the dead, so if something more were required for them to be saved, don't you think God would have told us about it?
The crowd on the day of Pentecost were not the first believers, they were water baptized by the first believers. It appears evident from scripture that believers do the water baptizing. That would require Christ to have water baptized the Apostles, after His resurrection, There are two reasons for that, the first is that because no one could receive New Testament salvation prior to Jesus dying and being raised from the dead. Secondly if only believers can baptize others Jesus had to have baptized the first followers, no one else would have been qualified to do it. If water baptism were essential for salvation it is mind boggling that there is no mention of the water baptism of the first converts. When did Peter, James, John and all the others receive Christian water baptism? How could God leave out the story of their water baptism. The answer is simple, they didn't need to be water baptized to be saved and that is why it is not recorded.