This past week we had a controversial post on baptism that I’ll address more in the Feed Back. We also received a great question on artificial fertilization.
Baptism and Salvation
Earlier this week, one of our staff inadvertently re-posted an article from Apologetics Press titled Dying Before Baptism. The opening statement of the article clearly reveals the views of its author Kyle Butt:
The New Testament clearly states that water baptism is necessary for salvation.
Before I realized the article appeared live on the Creation Revolution website, I started receiving numerous negative comments directly to the article on the website as well as on our Facebook page. When I started reading through the comments, I quickly went to our website and read the short article. As soon as I read the viewpoint of that author, I immediately removed the article from the website and had a staff member replace it with a different article.
Although the article was removed on the Creation Revolution website and our Facebook page, I continued to receive comments. I discovered that the article still appeared in the comments section of our Facebook page so I posted a quick apology and response to the article.
However, I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify the views of everyone associated with Creation Revolution in regards to baptism and salvation.
We completely disagree with Kyle Butt and the view he expressed in his article. Baptism is NOT a requirement for salvation. It is an outward sign of your new found faith in Jesus Christ. It symbolizes the washing away of your sins and cleansing of your soul that comes from one’s salvation.
One respondent shared a point that I had never thought of and would definitely present a problem to Kyle Butt. She said that the thief on the cross next to Christ was not baptized and yet Jesus told him that he would be with Jesus that day in paradise.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (one of my favorite verses) I believe nullifies the AP article:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Notice that salvation is through faith, not by any works on our part. As a free gift, it’s not something you can earn or pay for. If baptism was a requirement for salvation as stated by Butt, then that means you do have to do something to earn it, but Paul clearly says this is not the case.
So I hope and pray I have set everyone’s concerns to rest and that you all know that we firmly believe that baptism is NOT a requirement for salvation.
I read your response to the question with interest. However, I would have like to see your opinion on using excess Oocites (eggs) that are collected for artificial fertilization and have to be discarded afterwards, to develop stem cells for transplanting organs.
First and foremost I believe that life begins at conception. Once an oocyte or egg is fertilized by a sperm, it becomes a person complete with soul and spirit. We have a number of Scripture references to God knowing and forming us while in the womb such as Isaiah 49:1, 5; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:15; Luke 1:41; and another one of my favorite verse – Psalms 139:13-15 which says:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
That knitting together starts as soon as the egg and sperm unite and their DNA combine. In a matter of hours the single cell begins to divide and grow. It is living and contains every bit of the information that an adult cell contains.
Therefore, if more than one egg is fertilized during the artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization, all of them are living human beings complete with soul and spirit. If any of them are discarded, it is killing a person, the same as in an abortion or even the murder of an adult. It is the taking of a human life and is biblically and morally wrong.
When does life begin?
Take a journey from conception to birth with Dr. David Menton, former professor of anatomy at the prestigious Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Menton provides both a biblical and scientific answer to the question of when life begins.
Taken from one of Dr. Menton’s lectures, this video will reveal the wondrous design of the womb along with the numerous miracles involved along every step of the development of the unborn child.
Following the tragic starvation induced death of Terry Schiavo, Dr. Menton clearly shows the value and sanctity of human life.
With grace and sensitivity Dr. Menton concludes with a salvation message and explanation of the second birth process as described in John 3.