Suppose the Apostles did teach that water is required. Clearly, people in Christianity baptize with water very early on.. Should you be coming along 2,000 yrs later to tell the Apostles they were wrong?Fr Robert Dye wrote:
I don't think there is any question that the Christ commanded water baptism as a condition of salvation, and all who are capable of hearing that and understanding it are bound by it.
I think there is a very real question. Are there 'conditions' tied to a 'free gift'? Are there conditions to attaining a RELATIONSHIP with Christ?
All forgivness. All power. All payment for our sins is in Christ
Himself. It is all about our 'relationship' with Him..........
What can water do? Can it wash away sins? Can it bring about a relationship? Can it in any way add to the 'finished work' of our atonement that Jesus 'paid in full' on the cross?
In other words....Is Jesus sufficient?
It comes down to this: do YOU, 4gvn, have the authority to determine what's valid and what's not?