Satan is a liar and deceiver. “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” Rev. 12:9.
Satan has perverted the simple Gospel and the way to be saved by grace through faith. Baptism, the immersion into water, is commanded and every command of Jesus is necessary. When religious people say baptism isn’t necessary, you know they are of the devil; you know those who dismiss the necessity of baptism is of Satan.
The false teachers say, “But that’s ‘baptismal regeneration’ and it negates or contradicts salvation by grace.” This statement is illogical and not supported by Scripture and it’s not supported even by those who say it. 1] The statement assumes that the person being baptized is trusting in baptism to save and is not trusting in God to save. 2] The statement suggest it is being faithless to draw a connection between getting baptized and being saved by God. The Scriptures are what make the connection as in Acts 22:16 which says, “Why do you delay, Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on His name.” Now how can it be sinful to closely associate or connect being washed and being baptized? The connection or association is so closely evident that the false teachers decide by fiat that “that baptism is referring to spiritual baptism.” This is a ridiculous and unfounded assertion which makes no sense. Was Ananias saying, “Paul, what are you waiting for, your sins need to be washed away so hurry up and be spirit baptized!” That was a command and “spirit baptism” can’t be commanded.
There are some who believe in the “baptismal regeneration” which doesn’t have anything to do with faith. Those who are “baptized” (not really an immersion as the Greek calls for, but instead sprinkles or pours water) as infants are subjected to something not prescribed in the Bible. Because Catholic and Lutheran dogma includes “original sin” and the transmission of the fallen state to the infant, they also teach that regeneration occurs at the infant “baptism”. So those false teachers who reject the very Biblical immersion of adults for the purpose of forgiveness should instead focus their criticism towards these infant baptizers.
Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved…”, Mk 16:16. Jesus commanded this baptism of all disciples, and included that disciples should learn to do everything which God commanded, Mt 28:18-20. It was just days later that the Apostles preached to thousands and told those who had faith and were pricked in their hearts to “repent and let each of you be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins,…”, Acts 2:38. The Apostle Paul wasn’t saved by “faith alone” as the false teachers say. In Acts 22:16, he had been believing and praying for three days before Ananias said to him, “Now why do you delay? Arise and be baptized and wash away thy sins, calling on His name.” Now if you are a sincere person, only wishing to know and speak the truth, you cannot be faulted for seeing the connection and association which God makes between adult baptism and forgiveness. Realize that Satan is the deceiver and His workers are working even today to deceive the world. And it makes complete sense that Satan would not leave alone the doctrine of Baptism.