SAUL'S DRY-CLEANING by steve finnell
Defenders of "FAITH ONLY SALVATION" face a quandary when trying to explain Saul's (the apostle Paul's) Damascus road conversion. How do you get Saul's sins forgiven and keep him dry?
QUANDARY: Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.'
The "faith only" advocates proposal is this; Saul was baptized so his sins could be forgiven, however, it was spiritual baptism.
The dilemma is, how can spiritual baptism be commanded? You cannot order someone to be spiritually baptized anymore than you can command a person to become tall or intelligent.
You can command repentance and immersion in water, as Peter did on the day of Pentecost(Acts 2:38). The results being, forgiveness of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit!
You can command that men believe in Jesus. (John 3:16)
You can command that men repent. (Act 2:38)
You can command that men confess. (Romans 10:10-9, Acts 8:37)
You can command that men be baptized in water.(Acts 2:38)
YOU CANNOT COMMAND THAT MEN BE SPIRITUALLY BAPTIZED!