ESV - 16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.
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"Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive s the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For t the promise is for you and u for your children and for all v who are far off, everyone w whom the Lord our God calls to himself." Acts 2:38-39
This is one of the most widely used passages in the Bible. On the sermon on the mount Jesus laid out the five steps to salvation that included baptsm. I agree that we recieve salvation through the grace of God, however I believe bapitsm is a requirement to recieve all the benifits of being a christian.
Acts 22:16..... Paul was told to "rise and be baptized and wash away your sins calling on His Name".
No one can go to Heaven with unforgiven sins. Jesus came to take away our sins.
If we reject God's Plan of Salvation that is revealed in the New Testament we can't hope He will take us to Heaven.
No. Salvation is by repentance and Grace of God through Jesus Christ. Baptism is a public statement of your faith. Not all Christians have been baptized. Both water baptism and Baptism of the Holy Spirit occur after salvation.