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We hear Peter say, "Repent and be baptized each one of you for the remission of your sins."
We hear churches saying something quite different:
From the website of the Living Hope Church:
From the website of the New Heights Church:
From the website of the Church of God:
From the website of the Glenwood Church:
From the website of the First Evangelical Church:
"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." (John 14:15 NASB)
For evidence from translators that baptism is for salvation, click on this one-page summary.
The teaching that omits baptism from the steps of salvation is of recent origin.
In AD 325, the last paragraph of the Nicean Creed reads, "I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come." So the change came after AD 325.
John Locke, English philosopher (1632 - 1704): So Peter began, Acts ii. 38, “Repent, and be baptized.” These two things were required for the remission of sins, viz. entering themselves in the kingdom of God; and owning and professing themselves the subjects of Jesus, whom they believed to be the Messiah, and received for their Lord and King; for that was to be “baptized in his name:” baptism being an initiating ceremony, known to the jews, whereby those, who leaving heathenism, and professing a submission to the law of Moses, were received into the commonwealth of Israel. The Reasonableness of Christianity, As Delivered in the Scriptures, Volume 6.
Sir Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727) wrote: In the primitive Church all things necessary to the remission of sins & salvation, were taught in catechising in order to baptism.. For baptism was into the remission of sins & he whose sins are remitted is in a state of salvation. I do not say that sins are remitted by baptism. They are remitted by a sincere repentance from dead works, (such as are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye & the pride of life & the worship of Dæmons or Ghosts,) & by a sincere belief in what was taught in the primitive Creeds. And Baptism was only a signe or symbol of the remission of sins by the washing away of the filth of the body. Irenicum, Fourth Position.