United Pentecostal Church Mannheim
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Message from the Monthly Flyer from January 2011

Is the water baptism necessary for salvation?

We want to turn to the Holy Scriptures to find out about the will of God. What took place at that time about 2000 years ago? In the gospel of Mark, chapter 16, verses 15-16, it says: And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."

Baptism in Jesus name At that time, after Jesus had risen from the dead, He gave His disciples the commission to spread this good news in all the world. He paid the price for the punishment of our sins with His death upon the cross. He had to die for us and rise again (Luke 24:45-49). Now by faith in this message - the gospel of Jesus - through confession, turning away from sin, and obedience to the water baptism in His name, it is possible to receive the remission of sins. The disciples of Jesus clearly understood Him. For when the 12 apostles began to preach the gospel in Jerusalem (Acts, chapter 2), they commanded the people to seek forgiveness by being baptised in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).This did not only apply to those who were in Jerusalem, but also to those who were in Samaria (Acts 8:13-16 +35-39), Paul in Damascus (Acts 9:19), in Caesarea (Acts 10:47-48), and in Ephesus (19:5). They filled cities and villages with the simple message of Jesus and stood before the "low and the great". There is only one way to receive the forgiveness of sin, Jesus laid it down clearly: Through the baptism in His name, we receive remission of sins (Acts 2:38)! It is necessary that the baptism in Jesus' name takes place (Luke 24:47; Acts 4:12). One Lord, one faith, one baptism Eph. 4:5). These are references from the Holy Scriptures.

Christian tradition: Whoever compares the Bible with the current day church teachings, which were added to the doctrine of faith throughout the centuries, will immediately see that today in many points, the opposite from that which was taught and practised earlier is believed! Babies were baptised instead of being blessed. Going beyond things is also baptism, which took on the form of sprinkling instead of immersion .They teach that baptism is not the only way to receive remission of sin. They have taken away the name of Jesus from the baptism, and so on.

Fact: Jesus only acknowledges His Word.Whoever does not believe and is baptised in His name just like the Scripture requires, is not obedient to the Scriptures and had no hope of receiving eternal life! rw

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