There is a classic passage in the final chapter of Mark’s Gospel, where we read:
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:15-16].
Christians through the ages have seen in this passage a powerful statement of the importance of baptism. Taken at face value, it indicates that baptism is instrumental in salvation.
Or does it?
Some (though by no means all) in the Protestant community argue that this passage doesn’t do that. Let’s look at a few such arguments.
Jesus’ Statements and Logic
The first argument is based on the logical structure...READ MORE