Water Baptism: Essential or Optional?

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One of the most contentious topics theists seem to be debating among themselves is whether or not it is essential for a lost soul who has decided to give their life to Christ to be baptized in water in order to receive salvation. In general, theists seem to accept and acknowledge the meaning of water baptism as a great thing. However, a lot of them doubt the necessity of it for various reasons. One of the most widely used argument in support of their belief: the thief on the cross. Thus, they conclude that one is saved by faith and faith alone. On the other side of the coin, others stress the significance of water baptism to obtain redemption and have all sins remitted.

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