BAPTISM REFUSAL? BY STEVE FINNELL
What are the consequences of refusing to be baptized in water?
1 Peter 3:20-21 ...eight person, were brought safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience---through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If you refuse to be baptized in water you are refusing to appeal to God for a good conscience. Baptism saves you because you have made an appealed to God. Baptism saves you through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without an appeal to God and believing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ all you get is wet.
Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Your refusal to be baptized in water is relinquishing your right to have your sins forgiven and to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
If you refuse to be baptized in water you are rejecting the opportunity to be saved. If you disbelieve that Jesus is the Son of God, Lord, and Savior, you will be condemned. If you disbelieve Jesus, when He said you shall be saved if you are baptized, will you not be condemned for that disbelief as well?
NOTE: There is no Scripture that states water baptism is for the purpose of, a testimony of faith.
WATER BAPTISM IS THE LAST ACT OF A SINNER, IT IS NOT THE FIRST ACT OF A CHRISTIAN!
(All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)