Baptism is not part of the gospel

1 Corinthians 1:17 (KJV) For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

Baptism is not part of the gospel and therefore baptism is not part of salvation (the new birth).

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11 Responses to “Baptism is not part of the gospel”


  1. MissionaryMark says:

    The statement that baptism is not part of the gosphel by using the scripture from 1 Cor. 1:17 is taking things out of context. All the writer in Corinthians is saying is that it is not his specific job in Christ to baptise people. Can you imagine going to church on Sunday morning and having to listen to some 300 sermons? All the writer in Corinthians is pointing out is that we all have a different job and purpose in the body that is Christ’s church. Using the above stated scripture to claim that baptism is not neccesary for salvation is a common misuse for that scripture, and I feel that it is my duty as a member of the body of Christ to say something about the topic that is posted here.

  2. It is not out of context. It says he is not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. Therefore, baptism is not part of the gospel.

  3. MissionaryMark says:

    to say that is not part of the gosphel you would have to say that he says that it is not neccesary, but he does not say that he only says that his purpose is not to baptise, that his purpose is to preach and teach the word.

  4. No, he doesn’t have to say it is not necessary. He just has to say that baptism and the gospel are two different things – which he does.

    He doesn’t say his purpose is to preach and teach the word – he says his purpose is to preach the gospel.

  5. MissionaryMark says:

    Yes, the gosphel is the word, and baptism is an action of faith upon the belief of that gosphel word.

  6. At least you have the sequence correct – faith & belief come before baptism.

  7. MissionaryMark says:

    yes, and then Christ calls us to act upon that belief by being buried with him in Baptism, so that we, through his blood, have the promise of eternal life if we follow him and his will.

  8. So the repentant thief didn’t go with him to paradise?

    What if someone such as that thief doesn’t have the opportunity to be baptized?

  9. MissionaryMark says:

    All authority was given to Him in heaven and in earth. Also, at the time the new covenant with Christ was not established since
    1. Christ had not died yet.
    and
    2.Christ had not yet risen from the dead again.
    This knowledge, coupled with the phrase above mentioned lets us know 2 key things.
    1. the new covenant wasn’t in place yet
    and
    2. Christ has ALL authority, personally I do not see how it is any of our business if Christ saves someone outside of the set way. All we should say to that is that our God’s grace is awesome, and that our God is a kind and gentle God and his compassion is all-encompassing.

  10. So then you agree that baptism is not needed for salvation?

  11. Also, since you seem to believe that God saves some outside of the “set way,” can someone also be saved who has never heard of Jesus?


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