What do you do with these verses....????1 Peter 3:18-22
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but <<<made alive in the Spirit.>>>
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—
20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all,~~~~~were saved through water,~~~~~
21 and this water symbolizes baptism that ***NOW*** saves you also—NOT the removal of dirt from the body but <<<the pledge of a clear conscience toward God.>>> ~~~It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,~~~
22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.
Baptized INTO the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.....
John 3:16, "“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." ARE YOU CALLING JOHN A LIAR? No mention of baptism here.
Romans 10:9-10, 9 "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved." NO BAPTISM HERE.
Ephesians 2:8-9, 8 "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." OOPS! NO BAPTISM HERE.
Mark 16:16, "Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned." Here you finally see baptism but wait a minute. Jesus says, "But anyone who refuses to BELIEVE will be condemned." Jesus NEVER says, "But anyone who refuses to be BAPTIZED will be condemned." NEVER.
So, what do you do with these verses if you are "Truth"? You get out a big black magic marker and mark them out. LOL LOL