Can you go to Heaven if you’re not baptized?

HomeChristianity and the BibleCan you go to Heaven if you’re not baptized?

I saw your comments regarding baptism and you said baptism is not necessary to get to heaven…but its Jesus’ commandment for us to be baptised. If we don’t, aren’t we disobeying? Isn’t disobedience a sin? How can we get to heaven without baptism?

Aaron

You ask an interesting question, and it’s one that puzzles a lot of people. Your question isn’t really about baptism, but about salvation. How, you ask, can a disobedient person go to Heaven? You may be surprised at the answer:

Sin isn’t what sends people to Hell, so it’s not the disobedient who go there.

I know: that’s not what you’ve heard before. Let’s walk through it together…

  1. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) . The Bible is very clear on this. There’s a penalty for sin.
  2. Jesus paid the penalty for all sin, for all people, for all time. 2 Corinthians 5:14 tells us this very clearly: ‘one died for all, therefore all died’ . Jesus died to take our place…He paid the penalty for ALL of our sin. There’s no sin that His death did not cover.
  3. Because #1 is true, and because #2 is true, then #3 is equally true: were you to sin by never being baptized, that would not send you to Hell. God would not make you pay the penalty that Jesus paid for you!

Now, that leads us to another question: why does anyone end up in Hell? The Bible is abundantly clear that some people will be there, but it’s not because of their sin. Read more in 2 Corinthians 5: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” Those who are reconciled to God go to Heaven. Those who are not reconciled to God go to Hell. Sin is no longer the issue because, as that passage tells us, “all died” when Jesus died for us. There’s no penalty left to pay.

So: because all sins for all time were covered by Jesus’ death, nobody would go to Hell for not being baptized. They would only go there for not being reconciled to God. Let me ask you: are YOU reconciled to God? We’re not perfect, but God’s children will naturally mature and look for ways to please Him. If you’re a Christian, you should be baptized…not so you can go to Heaven, but because you want all that God has for you. If God thinks baptism important enough to command it, then we should do it.


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nick
nick
March 29, 2014 9:35 am

can a guardian angel appear as a family member

nick
nick
March 29, 2014 12:52 pm
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

thank you. that is a good point.

nick
nick
March 29, 2014 12:55 pm
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

i do have another question.

Mary
Mary
February 19, 2020 12:12 pm
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

I feel guilty and stressed up because I am not baptized neither my child.

lilly
lilly
January 7, 2019 4:16 pm
Reply to  nick

wowww

Sarkar
Sarkar
December 10, 2016 11:50 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

I have a question. Will God still consider you a christian if your parents do not allow you to be baptized?
Can you baptize yourself in your bathroom?

Douglas
Douglas
December 14, 2020 11:36 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

I have had two experiences in My Life Time , Once in a Pool of Water (I felt this awesome feeling go thur my Hand and through my Arm, I was a Feeling of total peace ! Oh another occasion, I was watching my Television that was on the Wall and Light off , sitting on the edge of my Couch and a Figure appeared to me I seen something that looked like a Robe but the face and arms didn’t show , my immediate response was Lord why did you scare me! I could testify all day long of things that have happen to me. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Yes Baptism is a requirement, Even when Jesus came to John the Baptist , John Baptist Jesus ! Put your Trust into God! Pray he will show you many things,

Doug
Doug
December 14, 2020 11:42 am
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

If we read John 3:3 in King James here you find your answer on Baptism.

thomas
thomas
February 2, 2021 6:29 pm
Reply to  Tony Scialdone

i realize i’m not part of the discussion and while i agree with most of your answer,,there is one sin god won’t forgive,,regardless of Jesus dieing for all..the denial of God..even Jesus tells us that..

Penzo
Penzo
November 30, 2015 12:47 am
Reply to  nick

No, that would be demonic spirits masquerading as your loved ones.

Debbie
Debbie
November 3, 2016 3:54 pm
Reply to  nick

My grandsons were murdered 16 and 14 stabbed to death and burned this year so very hard for our family .They werent baptized but they did believe in Jesus and know what he stood for they weren’t raised in church .They came from a 1 parent family They were good boys but they were hanging with the wrong crowd .I feel in my heart they are in heaven .The other night I was laying in bed and I know I saw Larry the 14 year old looking around the corner at me I miss them they were my only grandsonvi feel lost empty sad depressed but I keep going wondering why did such a terrible thing happen to these two your boys it still feels like a dream

Gabrielle Shaner
Gabrielle Shaner
November 15, 2020 5:02 pm
Reply to  Debbie

. “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the … So Jesus is saying here in Acts 1:5

sarah rowe
sarah rowe
November 9, 2016 10:02 am
Reply to  nick

I believe so because my sister’a favorite color was yellow and she always appears to another sister and I as a butterfly..

Willissa
Willissa
November 14, 2018 2:33 am
Reply to  nick

My dead twin sisters are my guardian angels

leslie
leslie
December 23, 2020 4:08 pm
Reply to  nick

Tony can you explain reconciled to God ? Also you say that means you won’t go to heaven or hell. where will you be if you are not reconciled and once you die is it too late?

Cynthia
Cynthia
May 15, 2014 5:35 pm

I am worried about the end of times. I feel it is very near and I’m afraid for my husband and myself. I want us both to go to heaven but I have never been baptized and we dont live a very Christian life. We believe. But we dont live our life by it. Can we still find salvation in the end?

Penzo
Penzo
November 30, 2015 12:53 am
Reply to  Cynthia

Ask yourself this, if you believe in Jesus ? why do you not know His voice and walk with Him ? why are you not on fire for Him and living the Christian life and bringing people into the Kingdom of God by telling them about Him ? Is it that you don’t really know Him ? or have had an encounter with Him ?
I say once you spend time in prayer and have an encounter with Jesus you can’t shut up about Him and what He is doing in your life. So I suggest reading your Bible and praying until you know Jesus spoke to you and ask Him His plan for your life and don’t stop until you fulfill your calling. We have the Holy Spirit living in us and you would know if you knew Him 🙂 You would be doing extraordinary thing’s for God and walking in His ways.

sarah rowe
sarah rowe
November 9, 2016 10:40 am
Reply to  Cynthia

Read Roman’s 10:9 If you believe that Jesus died for us all and rose on the third day, thought shall be saved. I try to stay in the word because I find that the more I do I don’t want to lie it down. Jesus is awesome and a forgiving heavenly father. The more we study to show ourselves approved just as the Lord ask us to, the closer walk we can have with Jesus. Everything that happens each day is because Christ already laid it out before the foundation of the world. There is no qoincidence with God.have your own personal relationship with God and you will see that if you draw nigh to him, he will draw nigh to you. I hope this helps you* 2no Timothy 1:7 For God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. the Lord Jesus is all about love, he doesn’t bring sickness and disease on us, but he can allow things to happen. Stay in the word ask Jesus into your heart.. God bless!*

Anonymous
Anonymous
December 23, 2020 10:45 pm
Reply to  Tony

Hi Tony.
I’m so confused as well. I’m 32 yrs of age and I was baptized at 15 yrs old when I wasn’t truly ready. I didn’t take my time to truly know GOD and who he was. I got baptized for a selfish reason. I got baptized because I was scared to go to hell and thought I had to do it to be saved.. I sinned and did what I wanted after. I didn’t study the bible and I went to bible study once. I always cared about what others think ever since I was a small child and dealt with vanity too. I’m scared and Idk know what to do. How can I truly and get to know GOD genuinely without selfish motives? How can I get to know who he truly is and fully trust him? And not a false image of GOD? Thx

tammy smith
tammy smith
October 23, 2014 5:04 pm

Im confused about what happens when you die. The bible speaks of being asleep unconscience not knowing of anything at all until jesus returns and calls you up. Which says to me dont get cremated.dont have your ashes spread out or dispersed to loved ones. However the bible also surports your soul going on to heaven immediately. it cant be both. I believe i go to heaven immediately. i choose cremation due to cost and i dont want this body of mine for worm food. So which is it that happens?. And do i get cremated or is that wrong?

Ruth
Ruth
February 10, 2016 9:14 pm
Reply to  tammy smith

Thanks for that… I have a neughbour that believes in oneness pentecostalism and he tries to make me believe him..i mean at some point it seems that he’s talking the right thing.
He says Baptism should be in jesus name and we say it should be in the father,son,holy spirit. except mathew 28 every one was baptized in jesus name…and I found out that mathew 28 was written for the people that are not jews it says “to all nations” but every jew was baptized in the name of Jesus.
I am not baptized yet and im not sure by which name i have to be baptized

Gina
Gina
July 10, 2017 11:36 pm
Reply to  Tony

Since you clearly state you baptize based on Matthew 28, please re-read and take notice that this verse is written in the ‘singular’ not the plural, and I quote (from KJV Matthew 28:19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the ‘name’ of the Father, ‘and’ of the Son, ‘and’ of the Holy Ghost:
Please note that it says in the ‘name of’ singular, not ‘names of’ plural.. If there were 3, it would read ‘baptizing in the names of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. It does not, why because there is only 1, and His NAME is Jesus.
John 1:1 tells us clearly,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was WITH God, and the Word WAS God.
Here it clearly states that the Word was in the beginning, and it was not only WITH God, it WAS God.
John 1:3 All things were made by Him;
By who, by the Word. Who is the Word, Jesus. And the Word was With God AND Was God.
John 1:10 He was IN the world, and the world WAS MADE BY Him, and the world knew Him not.
Who was in the world.? Jesus was in the world. And who made the world.? God made the world; therefore this clearly states that God and Jesus are One.
John 1:14 And the Word was MADE Flesh, and dwelt AMONG us.
Who was the flesh that dwelt among us.? The Word/Jesus was the flesh. And we know from verse 1 that the Word WAS God. So Jesus WAS God robed in flesh, because there had to be a Blood sacrafice to reconcile us back to Him. Spirits do not have bodies muchless blood to atone with, thus the manifestation of God/Christ in the flesh. 1 Timothy says it like this I Timothy 3:16… God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.
Who was here in the flesh~Jesus; Who was justified in the Spirit~Jesus; Who was seen of angels~Jesus; Who was preached unto the Gentiles~Jesus; Who was received up into glory~Jesus.
The way I explained it to my son was like this: if your father came home with his paycheck and signed father on the back, would they cash it.? He said no, I said why, is he lying, isn’t he a father.? He said yes, but it’s not his Name. I said ok, if he signed carpenter (because that’s what he does for a living) would they cash it.? He said no, it’s not his name. I said is he lying about being a carpenter he said no, but it’s not his name. I said ok, what about signing son. Again, no, it’s not his name. So I said ok, just as you have your father, who is also a carpenter, and a son, three distinct things but only ONE person and his name James. The same is true of God, Son and Holy Ghost (John 14:26 But the Comforter, which IS the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in MY name..). They are all One, with One Name, and that Name is Jesus.
As for the mention of Baptism earlier, Jesus also taught 3 criteria by which a man must be saved to enter into heaven.
In John 3:5 Jesus tells Nicodemus, Except a man be born of the WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT, he CANNOT enter into the kingdom of God.
And in Mark 16:16 Jesus states He that believeth AND IS BAPTIZED shall be saved;
In order to be saved, you have to believe. But believing on Jesus is only the beginning, not the finalization. And then once you believe, then Jesus’ 3 criteria comes into play.
On the day of Pentecost, when Peter and the other disciples were in Jerusalem in the upper room, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues. As this was happening, others heard and were marveled after Peter spoke unto them about the occurence and in Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethern, what shall we do.?
And here’s the important 3 criteria sent and commanded by Jesus…
Acts 2:38 … Repent (turn away from sin), and be baptized every one of you in the NAME of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye SHALL receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto YOU, AND TO YOUR CHILDREN, AND TO ALL THAT ARE AFAR OFF, as MANY as the Lord our God SHALL call.
So we must believe upon Jesus, but then we are commanded to repent-the old man dies out, be baptized-going under the blood having our sins washed away, then filled with the Holy Ghost-ressurecting in Newness of life..

You must put line upon line, and precept upon precept.. The Bible was, is and always will be the infallible Word of God. Therefore, I encourage all to delve into it deeper and as they do to ask God to open up their understanding and to bless them with true wisdom and enlightenment to His Word.
God bless..

Gina
Gina
July 10, 2017 11:49 pm
Reply to  Gina

Also, one more point I like to make, if all we had to do was ‘believe in Jesus’ to go to heaven, then satan would be going to heaven too, because the Bible clearly states in James 2:19 Thou believest that there is ‘one’ God; thou doest well: the DEVILS ALSO believe, and tremble.
So, by that thought process you only have to ‘believe on’ and be saved/go to heaven; then satan and his minions are going to heaven also because the Bible clearly states they believe too.

Alexis
Alexis
October 9, 2020 6:10 pm
Reply to  Gina

Gina, Thank you for that explanation. The Holy Spirit brought me to your message because I was reading this page and decided to say a prayer but was a little confused while praying because I was not sure if they are one. I Kept addressing “them” as separate entities, praying to the father in the name of Jesus, his son. I asked God to give me clarity on this matter and saw your message a few minutes later. But, I have a question: when the disciples asked Jesus if they should pray to him he replied, no you pray to the father. So that’s what made me believe that they were separate because Jesus Himself implied that in that specific scripture. And if he was the father why did he have to pray so much while on earth? Logically speaking, wouldn’t That mean he was praying to himself? I even corrected my boyfriend when he said Jesus was his God. I said no God is God, Jesus is the son, our savior. I thought that Jesus was a piece of him in human form but not him entirely. After your explanation it makes more sense. But if you could please answer that question for further clarity that would be helpful in my journey in getting closer to the lord. Also, I went to catholic schools most of my educational years and have asked this question to teachers and PHD theology professors in college and I never got a clear, concise answer that made sense to me. You did more for me with your signing of the check analogy than they did. Which is why I’m curious on what you have to say my next question: If God’s word is infallible why do Christians eat pork and shellfish? When in the Old Testament it says not to. I also asked my college theology professor that question and his response was that Jesus made everything clean again. But no where does it specifically refer to Jesus doing that in reference to animals. Christians use the verse in mark ( I forget which chapter) to defend their view. The verse says what comes out of your mouth defiles you, not what you put in. To me, that isn’t enough evidence to Change what was said in the Old Testament. And if people DO agree that there IS evidence in the New Testament about this subject doesn’t that make Gods word not infallible since it contradicts his word in the Old Testament? And Last question: GOD told us to keep the sabbath, GOD’s holy day. Which Jesus kept but on Saturday not Sunday. And it remains on Saturday for Jews (which Jesus was) because that’s the day stated in the Old Testament. Why have Christians moved it to Sunday? It’s the same GOD of the Old Testament and his word is infallible so I’m confused about the change. Please help! Thank you in advance and being part of my journey in getting closer to GOD

Lloyd
Lloyd
December 18, 2014 12:37 am

You should be buried like Jesus was not cremated fire after death? No thanks

Chyanne Tuttle
Chyanne Tuttle
March 29, 2016 9:30 pm
Reply to  Lloyd

that was so rude what u just say that and who ever u say that too ; jesus is watching ??????

Kal
Kal
February 15, 2015 10:22 pm

Myself and my father go into interpretations of Christianity and related religions, but I also note that I was born unbaptized and have yet to be. If Jesus died for all our sins, then what is the limit of human sin? I remember the moral stories of Cain being punished for murdering Abel, Adam and Eve being cast out for disobeying god, and much more, so it’s left to ponder – What defines an action as wrong in the eyes of god?

Admittedly, I’ve strayed from the straight and narrow, I think it’s normal for a teenager, but I usually try my best to be productive, polite, and helpful, not necessarily for salvation, but because I thought it was the right thing to do. It’s frightening for me to imagine that the same…Well….Creator, God, that demolished Sodom and Gomorrah for their glut of sin would allow monsters such as Hitler or Robespierre free entry into Heaven with saints, popes, Jesus.

Is there ever a level of Sin where repentance and acceptance of Jesus as one’s savior can’t cover it?
I’d like to think that Justice is based on much more than devotion, but I don’t feel I have the right judging others – It’s not my place.

I’m not the most devout: I don’t go to church, nor say my prayers out-loud or frequently, although I think them often, and I’ve yet to come to terms and fully comprehend the power of God and what exactly his actions and the actions of his vessels entail. I also admit, I’m wary to fully trust the bible as it was written by the hands of man, which is subject to the will of man leaving me afraid that I hadn’t followed god’s doctrine correctly. (Note the King James version which while written in an English format, also allowed Divorce, which wasn’t legal at the time.)

Is there any good way to explain it, or understand it better? I salvation defined by one easy action, or is purgatory deniable? (Going based off the idea that one must atone for sin before entry into Heaven)

Leah
Leah
June 18, 2016 12:15 am
Reply to  Tony

Hi,
As you said in your response to Kal, “So, the caring person who wants nothing to do with God gets their wish”, what does that mean exactly? Like what is said “wish”? Does that mean that a caring and good person would go to hell just for not being religious even if they never did any crimes against humanity or anything really bad? I get what you mean when you said that they didn’t want God in their life, so they didn’t have Him in their afterlife either, but doesn’t that sound wrong for them to end up with Lucifer in Hell? It seems very unfair that someone who murders or rapes or any other sick crime could be let into Heaven while someone who loved and respected all living things would be tortured for eternity in hell? Why can’t someone just peacefully coexist on this planet and be a good and compassionate person who loves all organisms without having to be bound to any religion? Also, what if you’re not baptized nor have any religion, but still believe in a higher power, just not part of Christianity or anything specific; does that mean you’re going to hell? It is just so confusing because why would someone go to a place that they aren’t even sure exists and be punished so severely for their personal beliefs?
Sorry if this is a bit all over the place, I’m just confused and never really learned about religion that much and I’m a teen. Thanks.

Keaka
Keaka
June 8, 2015 2:34 am

Im thirteen and I will not be able to be baptized because my parents are not christian. I go to a christian school but no church. I learned so much from two years there. I love God. But will i still go to heaven and live with him for eternity.

Mac
Mac
July 9, 2015 1:20 am

I was reading through and I saw you say that no one is in heaven or he’ll at this moment. I was very surprised. Does that mean that when people say “They’re in a better place” or “they’re not suffering anymore”, that it’s not true? If so are you even aware that you’re dead?

Debbie
Debbie
November 3, 2016 4:10 pm
Reply to  Tony

Well Tony I truly feel my grandsons are in heaven right now

Dillon
Dillon
July 17, 2015 11:47 pm

Isnt it paradoxical, for example. If a serial killer believes and has faith in God and commits every sin in the world such as hitler, he will get into heaven. This can’t be. We must have faith and follow the rules that of which God has put forth and listed. How can it be for us to get into heaven by faith alone but yet can get away with anything?

Dmalc
Dmalc
July 26, 2015 1:32 am

Hi, I have most of my life. I was actually Bi. I knew of Jesus, and I knew him as my Lord & Saviour most of my life. My grandma would always help me pray, I am a great person. Between 2012 – July 2015, I sinned, I thought I have lost my faith in God, as I didn’t really pray to him much, I didn’t talk to him much. I attended church in my early childhood years. but later on, I hadn’t attended church in a while. I stole, I committed adultery a lot! I lied, and I did lots of sin. Back then, I had almost been hit by a vehicle. My friend, if he hadn’t of looked to his side. We both could of been hit by that vehicle. Do you think god was watching over us that day, and still is? I found rumors about the world ending soon. I started to see more posts about people should be looking towards God during these end times. I always think, is it too late? I’ve done so much in the past that was not good in Gods eyes. But I started to look more towards god in 2015, and my life started to get better. I lived in another place where I was no where near god, I had forgotten about him. I moved to my grandma’s at some point in 2012. At night, she would always teach me to pray to god. Just in 2014, or 2015. My life had started to get better, as every now and then. I talked to god, and I was with other Christians who had prayed, and taught me to pray. I have a couple questions. PLEASE Give me some reassuring answers. I’m scared, my anxiety is bad, and I’m scared i’ll never see my grandma or my Lord ever in the afterlife, and I wonder. If the rapture were to happen, would I be saved with my Grandmother and other friends & family?

1) Do you think, me moving to my Grandma’s, who was always with god, and taught me to pray and talk to God. Was God’s plan for me? To help me get in touch with him?

2) Was/Is it too late for me to be saved? I started praying to god shortly after the 10th, I am trying my best to not sin. (Repent) I feel bad for the sins I have done. I was told before that sin was bad, but I still commuted it, as I forgot about the will of God. It’s working though, I don’t steal. I don’t commit adultery any more. I was gay, but as I looked towards God, my lust for men & women had slowly started to go away. I don’t like to steal, I forbid myself of stealing. I checked up on the Sins that man should not commit. Again, is it too late for me to be saved? I don’t attend church often, but I do pray. I do believe Jesus as my lord & saviour. I never knew how wicked, and how bad I was until now. And I have asked him to forgive me. I hope to not sin again, and if I do. I will keep repenting. I hate sin, and I dislike sin! I love Jesus with all my heart, cause I know how of the burden he took on for me and many other people.

3) Did God want me to find all these Rumors & posts so that I may look up to him again and so I can get intouch with him?

4) How will I be sure, I don’t go to Hell. Is it too late to be forgiven? 🙁

Michelle
Michelle
July 26, 2015 10:18 pm

Hi,
I was baptized in seventh grade. I thought I was a Christian then. I believed in Jesus and that He had died for my sins, to make a way for me to go to heaven when I died. I didn’t understand the fullness of the gospel, though. I tried to follow legalism until I was 26. Then I lived in license doing many sinful things until I was 28. Then, I finally really pursued God. I started listening to a great many sermons and began meeting with a Biblical counselor. Then I came to really understand the fullness of the gospel. I really began to live as a Christian then, and to truly understand the gospel then. Do you think I should be baptized again now (age 31)? I asked someone else, and they said they thought it wasn’t necessary because baptism is an outward way to declare you are a Christian. I really thought I was a Christian in seventh grade and made that outward declaration, so it isn’t necessary to do it again. Would you agree? Thank you very much for your input.

Aidan
Aidan
August 26, 2020 8:55 pm
Reply to  Tony

Hi I am 12 years old and i have never been baptized, but I do Believe in God very much so. A few years ago my Grandfather died he was a good man he served in the military and lived life good. I have committed sins before. I want to know if god loves me or not. And if my Grandpa is in heaven. Thank you. And god bless you

Christian Psychonaut
Christian Psychonaut
August 25, 2015 5:59 pm

I believe fully in the gospel of Jesus Christ but I have yet to be baptized and it is for this very reason: every church I have attended is visibly wicked. They idolize material wealth, success, and abstinence from “sin” (regardless of whether or not it is actually sin). I have been baptized in past lives and I know this from regressions, however I am afraid to get baptized in this lifetime and this fear resonates in my soul. I believe that unless you understand very well what church you are joining by being baptized that it is possible to disobey god by being baptized into a false church. In fact I believe it is more likely a “christian” (if that word has meaning anymore) will be baptized into a church of satan than a church of God. I also understand in my heart that Jesus Christ saved us all, sinners and saints alike. I believe that choosing not to be baptized in this wicked lifetime is a superior moral choice to being baptized into a false faith. Hopefully before the end comes I can find a church which preaches the light and truth, unadulterated by satan. I want to be saved and I know that Jesus will save me if I stay true to him. I pray that he will give me the strength to know when I have found a true church, where saints and sinners can pray together and be saved by Christ’s plan before our planet Terra is transformed into Hades through “world peace” and New World Order.

shayne
shayne
September 4, 2015 3:39 am

Hi. I’m 16 years old & I feel absolutely ridiculous writing this to you because I think it’s pointless. But I have a question, does God not accept people who believen other gods? And does he accept Catholics & Mormons?

Fernandez Quintana
Fernandez Quintana
January 9, 2016 4:37 am

Hi
I’m 16 and I haven’t been to clear on what I believe in. For most of my life I believed in a higher power and that person to me is God. I do believe in God and I trust him, but now I know that it’s not enough. I’m very confused about what I should be doing I’ve read very little of the Bible and I’m going mostly on what my grandmother and my mother believe in and what they have tought me. I’m not baptized but I still try to go to church twice a month because their the only days when I have time. Christianity itself has never been truly explained to me and I’m afraid that if I don’t do something soon it will be to late. But I know if it is explained to me and that i truly do believe in Christianity than I have no doubt in my mind I will do what everything it takes to go back on the right path.

deborah dodge
deborah dodge
December 16, 2018 9:57 pm
Reply to  Tony

I am Jewish and Catholic and was Baptized I am very concerned about cremation I hope I am doing the right thing it is cheaper on the cost I want my Daughter to have the money to help her out thank you for answering back deborah

Ruth
Ruth
January 23, 2016 5:33 am

Do you believe in trinity? does it really matter if we believe that God is living in three bodies or in one? i am really confused help me out

Roger
Roger
February 21, 2016 9:06 am

What’s the difference between a false teacher and someone who just has contradictory viewpoints of certain issues like homosexuality, transgenderism and etc. I ask because I like to read Rob bells books and listen to his teachings a lot. When I go to look up some recent updates about rob bell I see articles and certain websites and even some videos that horribly criticize Rob bell because I guess they consider him a disgrace to the Christian Faith and a false teacher. He wrote a book called love wins in which he questioned some of the views of hell and critics have just basically tore him apart for it and in some cases they have discouraged people from reading the book. I read the book many times and I didn’t seem to have a problem with it. Is Rob Bell a false teacher because it seems like some loud voices seem to think of him as one.

Roger
Roger
February 24, 2016 1:12 pm

Well i know that when rob bell was interviewed about his book he said that he never meant to start controversy. His book love wins caused many people who were attending his church at the time he was pastoring mars hill to leave which probably led to his departure on 2012 after pastoring the church he found in 1999. When i read his book love wins the questions that he asked made me think and question some of Christian views i grew up believing. It didnt make me reject the views just to gain more insight on them. Basically bell seems to be asking me what kind of God do i worship a god who is loving and wants to reconcile everyone or a God who is angry and hateful just waiting for someone to sin so hell can throw them in hell. Im not sure if i would say he is a false teacher because i dont see him questioning the resurrection of Jesus or the purpose for hom dying on the cross. He says he is a Christian and i believe him. But im just not sure what to think of him as.

Roger
Roger
February 24, 2016 1:20 pm

There are some things about Jesus that im confused about. Jesus was human and so he could have sinned and fell into temptation but he did not because he is God and God is perfect sinless and flawless. It sounds like a paradox to me. Did Jesus not sin because he is God and God can’t sin due to being perfect or was he just different from all the rest of humanity in some way?

Roger
Roger
February 24, 2016 1:39 pm

Do you think that with all the money that some not all megachurces spend on making a luxurious life for their pastor will one day haunt them in the form of bankruptcy or debt. I realize that there are spiritual consequces for the actions done

Roger
Roger
February 24, 2016 2:09 pm

Why do some religious establishments usually Christian seem to be so judgemental of homosexuals and gay marriage and homosexuality period but turn a blind eye to fornication, rape, incest and child abuse? It seems unfair. They seem to act as if homosexuality is a horrible problem or something.

Jasmine terrell
Jasmine terrell
April 28, 2016 8:56 pm

This may sound weird and I actually recently found someone with the same gift( as we like to call it) as me but ever since I was younger I dreamt of judgement day. It seemed to be more frequent when I was pregnant with my daughter . I had it almost every night and the setting never changed. I never was able to finish it once I realize that it was another judgement day dream so I would force myself to wake up. I recently found someone that I was comfortable to open up to and he told me he share the same thing and he learned to accept it . and now I learned to accept it and to not be afraid of it. I recently dreamed of it 2 nights ago and I went further then I usually do and I woke up fearless I actually cried . I need answers on how to deal with this. Its like I want to share my gift to others but I guess I fear of being judge. The guy I met that had the same visions as I do told me it’s God way trying to get me to spread the word and to be prepared. Its a bitter sweet feeling. I just need guidance

Olive
Olive
May 20, 2016 4:16 am

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Solomon
Solomon
May 22, 2016 1:12 pm

Wow am in love with this site. Sir Tony may the almighty God grant you more grace and the anointing to continue the good work. Amen. Am a young man that is so much interested in the things of God and growing spiritually

Ana
Ana
May 31, 2016 4:16 pm

Jesus came to me in a dream and told me “I am coming soon” this was in 2015 sometime in February I am scared because when that comes my grandma believes in something else but not jesus but she is a really good person I do not want her to go to hell and I don’t want to tell her what to believe in I really need help.

Sue Bailey
Sue Bailey
June 20, 2016 6:42 am

My church teaches we go to heaven after death. However after looking at scripture im beginning to believe we are in our Graves until Jesus returns and we are the resurrected. Now I feel completely lost. I love my church members who are doing so much in love of Christ and are very sincere. I also believe God led me to this church. Now what?

alexandra
alexandra
October 23, 2016 7:24 pm

I’ve been saved since i was 5 and I’ve been having a lot of troubles in my live so far and all of these things happening have been taking my mind off of what truly matters. my reason for not getting baptized before now was that i was “scared of water” and this morning at church, i told one of the men that might be the pastor soon that i wanted to get baptized. i know this is the right choice, but everything keeps getting in the way.

Paula
Paula
October 25, 2016 11:55 am

before my grandson was born, I was shown him, and God told me I had to help care for him because he was the son of God’s child. He was born with medical problems, and I have done as much as I can to help. His dad, my son, is a wonderful dad. Also, my grandson was born with all of his dads chromosomes and none of his mothers…is that uncommon? I have a lot of ‘visions’ about people I care about.

Justin Brown
Justin Brown
November 22, 2016 11:54 am

I have a question. I belive in good and is willing on plan on going to heaven. I am not baptized but want to but my parents dont have the time to . I have created alot of sins before and want them to be gone. Since im not baptized and may commit sins how do i wash that away and go on the the heavon rode ?

Abel
Abel
December 6, 2016 2:37 pm
Reply to  Tony

So I just want to say something like what was the whole purpose of God putting dinosaurs on this planet which I’m not really including Science.But what was the purpose or is it just lies from other people who are trying to deceive us in saying that dinosaurs roamed on this earth millions of years ago?

Abel
Abel
December 6, 2016 2:44 pm

I’m going to ask for your opinion.Why do YOU think iniquity was found in Lucifer?And why do YOU think Lucifer rebelled against God if he knew he would have no chance to dethrone God the Father?And what would you do IF Lucifer Ever DETHRONED God The Father which I’m not saying that he will.But what would you do?!

catheren
catheren
December 30, 2016 10:55 pm

I want to ask a question that makes me wanna cry right now.. Before I start, I want to introduce myself.. I’m a 14 years old girl who lives in a family that never go to church but we pray sometimes.. It’s embarrassing to say (im crying right now) that we pray like twice a year.. I was so scares if we didnt go to heaven like what im hoping for.. Sometimes i write “letters” to god in my personal book, and i really hope that god will accept my “prayers”.. Then i have a very serious problem because im a teen girl.. I idolized people (Hollywood) just like justin bieber or one direction.. For me, it’s a very serious problem and i cant stop from listening to their musics.. About minutes ago, i watched a video, “what really happen in hell” and i aalmost crying.. It is because a small mistake can lead us to hell.. From that i was thinking that going to heaven is not that easy.. Im scared that i will not meet my parents when im gone like we’re in the different world.. And i dont want to suffer in hell and ofc i dont want to let my parents go to that place too.. I pray to god that we’re going to heaven but im not thay confident.. People say that they’re not going to heaven if they didn’t accept jesus in their lifes.. im scared cause we’re not living like a very christian family.. and im not baptized yet.. im super super scared.. do god really accept me if i apologies, pray to him to open my parents’ hearts, and do i have a opportunity to change like there’s a place for me and my family in heaven.. If i idolized those artists, does it means that im not reconciling to god.. Please answer me im scared.. And tell me how to change myself to be a good chrstian.. And please tell me that youre not going to say that i cant idolized them cause theyre my inspiration😭

Chris
Chris
September 24, 2017 1:12 am

I’m Confused:
I was baptized in my Church when i was a baby where i was sprinkled with water on my face in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, yet in the Bible it says you can only be baptized as a grown up in water. If im ready to be baptized in water, what are the ways to do of baptism. What would the Pastor say to a person before being baptized, what must i be reconciled for.

Now the question is:
Lets say a Christian like me who was sprinkled with water as a baby and i still believe in Jesus, therefore in the Bible it says with salvation you are saved in Faith through Jesus Christ by praying and repenting of your Sins and im still never baptized in water, will i still go to Heaven.

The Confusion is:
I acknowledge my Sins and pray to Jesus to forgive me, why do I have to be baptized in water. What am i washing off if its not my Sin even though im Human and would Sin again without knowing it, must i be baptized again for every tiny sin i do everytime.

Chris
Chris
September 26, 2017 1:47 pm
Reply to  Tony

“You are born again. Your sins have already been forgiven. You should now be baptized and take part in the community of faith. Does that make sense?”

That is the part im talking about, what if said Christian Person feel the need nah im good in Faith with Jesus, but doesent bother to be baptized in water because they believe their Faith is strong in Jesus Christ they think they will go to Heaven and live Eternal with God.

Now here is my dilemma, im a Christian and i feel ready to be Baptized, but what if you have Christian Parents that insists being baptized as a baby by sprinkling of water on your face is good enough that theres no need for Adult Baptism. It is my Parents that are so afraid of Adult Baptism because they too were Baptized as Babies, that they tell me No its not worth it you are fine with Christ.

Chris
Chris
September 27, 2017 12:02 am
Reply to  Tony

They are raised with the idea that being a Plain Christian and just having Jesus in their Heart will get them to Heaven, i say there is so much more to be in Faith with Christ.

Now we have been going to the Same Church for many Years, but im not as Lukewarm as my Parents because i decided to Up my Faith and Sing while Cheering for Jesus.

This is the Life of a Lukewarm Christian that believes living a simple ordinary life will get them to Heaven without being Water Baptized, sadly my Parents with some of my Family and Friends fall in that category.
https://bethelgrace.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/are-you-lukewarm

Chris
Chris
October 29, 2017 9:44 am
Reply to  Tony

Can i have a Private Baptism at Home in my pool with a Pastor where its only with some Relatives and Friends.

Clint
Clint
February 14, 2018 12:06 pm

Thanks Tony for taking the time to answer so many questions over the years. The heart of the baptism conversation and inquiry to me is “why are so many so-called Christians living lives that are not remotely reflecting Christ?” Divorce, unforgiveness and disunity are just as rampant in the church as outside the church.

Jesus’s plan was for his disciples to make disciples who make disciples who all follow Him! This is the plan to expand the reign of the kingdom of God. (Matthew 28:18-20) According VERSE 19, this passage says a disciple is made, baptized and taught all under the authority of Christ.

Many people are “taught” to be Christians without having much of an idea about faith or repentance. I ask, are they really being taught if Christ’s life and teachings are not the central lesson.

Faith in Christ is the agent that makes the baptism in Matthew 28:19 life changing according to Colossians 2:12, “buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God…” and Galatians 3:26-27, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith in Christ for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Baptism now saves us due to faith in Christ (1 Peter 3:21-22). The first century church and all the apostles were very clear of the power of baptism which has been diluted greatly over the almost 2,000 years since the church started. What they were not as clear on was God’s plan to reach Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). God’s plan was to save jews and gentiles so he used the outpouring (separate from the indwelling) of the Holy Spirit to convince all of His divine plan. The subtle but significant difference between the indwelling and outpouring of the Holy Spirit which can cause confusion as to what is happening at water baptism which now gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit.
See article for more on outpouring versus indwelling: http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Davison/Roy/Allen/1940/036-outpouring.html

Romans 6:3-14 nails down the importance of why Jesus included baptism in Matthew 28:19 as he prepared to leave his disciples under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is our participation in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yes, Jesus paid the penalty for all mankind but all mankind has the choice to accept what Jesus did through faith, baptism and following Jesus and his word. Verse 7 of Romans 6 says, “…anyone who has died has been freed from sin.” Amen for freedom! Christ died once and we will only have one true baptism once we understand its power and its call to alive to God in Christ. Many are baptized multiple times because they aren’t taught accurately about conversion, at least that is the case for those I have ministered to.

Paul is the same author for the passage in 2 Corinthians 5 that you mentioned in your original post, as well as Colossians 2 and Galatians 3 in my response. Combining all of Paul’s writings about conversion we see that because of God’s establishment of a new covenant through Jesus’s death and resurrection, we can die to our life and live for Him. This isn’t possible without Christ. Imagine if EVERY Christian lived out Matthew 28:19 and taught other would-be Christians this truth as we walked with each other in life. We could truly expand God’s kingdom on earth more effectively than we are in currently are. Our churches would be vibrant, godly and convincing the world that we are His disciples (John 13:34-35).

chris
chris
March 20, 2018 3:27 pm

Im stuck with a dilemma where i read something in an article, ive been water baptized, but no hands were laid on me to receive the Holy Spirit.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+19%3A1-6&version=NIV

So must i be baptized again for hands to be laid upon me to receive the Holy Spirit, because it seems im just baptized for repentance of my Sins.

Cindy
Cindy
May 20, 2018 5:43 pm

You can be privately baptized it never says in the bible that you cannot be privately baptized.

Ted Smith
Ted Smith
June 18, 2018 9:35 pm

Hi, I’m a college grad and I recently felt my faith slipping. I grew up in the church and at one point I was having a hard time in middle school and I asked God to come into my life and being in control, because I didn’t want to be any more. But I’m confused if I fully understood what that meant at the time. I do know, but I don’t know if I want that or have the will to do that. I know it would mean making Jesus the Lord of my life and believing that he died for my sins. But I still feel held back from getting baptized I feel like I don’t know enough if this is the best religion for me yet. I mean I grew up in this religion. It basically was chosen for me by my parents. I want to get to a point where I believe this religion and I chose this religion for myself. But I need help getting to that point. I still consider myself a Christian, because I believe in Jesus and what he’s done for me and I’m trying to follow what God wants for my life by following the 10 commandments and things like the Beattitudes, but I can’t quite become baptized. I still have some doubts. I’m unsure how we can believe in the Bible and believe it wasn’t faked. Also how can we believe in Miracles?

Dezijay
Dezijay
July 25, 2018 8:20 pm

im Dezi what if your saved but your still scared about whats gonna happen and when it happens…

Hera
Hera
September 23, 2018 4:50 pm

How can u be reconciled with God??

Tim
Tim
October 17, 2018 2:08 pm

I am torn. Many years ago, when I was 7 years old, I went to the altar and asked God to save me, I do not remember how long after that that I began to have doubts about whether or not I was truly saved.
In the course of my childhood through early teen years I must have made 4 professions and been baptized as many times, but still doubt remained.
In highschool I discovered pornography and this soon progressed to homosexual porn. I remember crying thinking, if I’m having problems with this, I can’t be saved. I prayed to God many times to heal me of this sin, but I lived with it for many years.
Lately I’ve dedicated more of my life to God, destroyed my computer and tablet and spend more time in the word and prayer and my faith is growing. And God is helping me.
My dilemma is, I’m not sure if I was truly saved when I was young, and just backslid, or if my sin proved that I was lost and am only now truly receiving Christ now that I am dedicating more of my life to him and trusting him more.
I’m not certain if I should get baptized again or not. I don’t want to be disobedient to Christ, but I also don’t want to get baptized a 5th time if it’s not needed. Thanks for letting me vent.

Tim
Tim
October 18, 2018 10:09 am
Reply to  Tony

For me, it’s been a long term problem. So far the only solution I’ve found is cutting out all of my triggers for lust. For me this includes my computer, and tv. And replacing these activities with bible reading and prayer, and moving my hobbies to outdoor activities or working to improve a skill like piano or foreign language.
This is still very much a work in progress for me and I take it day by day, but I’m confident that God will help me overcome it, where once I was not confident at all.
Thank you for your response. I appreciate it.

Carol
Carol
January 13, 2019 1:53 pm

Hello Tony,

I was saved about 6 months ago. I believe that God commanded me and directed to one specific group of believers (Church), my focus was mostly on baptism knowing that this is the next step after being saved. However, just before I was going to be baptise I started feeling really anxious in my spirit (not because of the baptism but of becoming member of that church), so the elders of the Church and myself decided that I can do it on the next occasion. I kind of felt and still feel that I had no choice really, because of the pressure of becoming member of the Church. Please tell me is that me, or the enemy trying to stop me from being baptise or just the church may be wrong. Im very confused. Thank you in advance.

Pa Cawi
Pa Cawi
March 26, 2019 6:31 pm

Hi Tony, I read some of your answer. I really respect you. I can tell God give you a wisdom.

Carry Hardy Cray
Carry Hardy Cray
November 5, 2019 12:37 pm

I’m so thankful that I found your article. I’m a teenage girl from North Carolina. My grandparents are very religious and conservative. I see them a lot and I am thankful that I get to see them and have a good relationship with them. But whenever they are around I can’t play my music around them. Even if I have earphones on, they would want to hear what I’m listening to. And they would say stuff like “I hope your not listening to that demon music!” Or “that’s the devils music!” But I only listen to k-pop (BTS) and lofi (which usually is instrumental and or samples some parts of songs, movie scenes, etc. I know none of the stuff is demonic because they (BTS) spreads messages about self-love and self acceptance. Which is something I struggle with. And lofi barely has any words in it. I respect my grandparents very much. But I sometimes find it hypocritical that I’m not allowed to listen to BTS and lofi when they listen to the Temptations and Micheal Jackson. Which is fairly more secular compared to what I listen to. So I have 2 questions: Should Christians listen to secular or non-christian music? And what would be considered satanic or demonic music? I keep getting mixed answers but I believe that you would solidify the answer.

Audry
Audry
May 28, 2020 3:37 pm

Will I go to heaven if I have committed a lot of sins and haven’t gotten baptized?

John
John
August 19, 2020 11:07 am

Hello, I was wondering if I would make it to heaven. I know you can’t really answer that but I think I’m not in the right path or it’s not good enough. I am a teenager who has been in the church in the past but haven’t been in any in years and I do believe in Jesus and that he died for our sins. But I never been baptized and never really had the chance to. I don’t pray a lot but I do believe in him.

John
John
August 19, 2020 11:14 am
Reply to  John

I haven’t been baptized not because I didn’t reject it it’s because I never had the opportunity. And where I’m at everything is closed because the virus.

Reita
Reita
September 12, 2020 11:23 am
Reply to  Tony

Can saying the prayer of repentance take a person to heaven without being baptised?

Douglas Moore
Douglas Moore
October 2, 2020 4:35 pm

My Parents are not Cristian, and I am pretty sure they would not want to be there if I were to get baptized. Is it possible for an 18 year old (me) to get baptized without my parents?

Marietjie
Marietjie
October 26, 2020 3:02 am

Hi Tony
I came upon your website by chance. As I was reading through some comments, I want to ask a question. You say that nobody is in Heaven right now. Where is Elijah and Enoch and Moses etc then? When you die as a Reborn Christian, where does your spirit go then? It is only your body that is in the ground not your spirit, Correct me if I am wrong please. Blessings

Marietjie
Marietjie
October 26, 2020 11:07 pm
Reply to  Tony

Hi Tony
Thank you for your response. Yes, I do agree with you on certain aspects. Many of my friends believe that when we die our spirit leaves our body and is with Jesus. Just like the thief on the cross. Our bodies will be transformed at the coming of Jesus. Yes I do agree many still do not agree with each other on what happens to your your spirit when you die, which I accept, we will only know the day we die, that is how I feel. If Jesus said to the thief on the cross that he will be with Him in paradise, then surely that says something to us who will die as reborn Christians, not so? But that is debatable as well, which many scholars does. I personally believe what Jesus said to the thief on the cross. My spirit will be with Jesus and only my body will be in the ground until the coming of Jesus. If I am wrong, then I will know the day God stops breathing in me. I do not know if you heard of Amir from BEHOLD ISRAEL, he gives good teaching on many subjects. No, I am not a Messianic Jew but there is a lot of their teachings which is very informative. Thank you that you help many who has questions, keep up the good work and may God use you mightily. Blessings

Matt
Matt
November 2, 2020 9:10 am
Reply to  Tony

Are you saying there’s no need for us to repent, and turn from our sinful ways?

Ayden
Ayden
November 9, 2020 4:03 pm

Is it bad that i am scared for judgment day, not because im scared of going to hell but because I have always wanted to live a full life here and have kids and die naturally- im 15

Gray
Gray
November 22, 2020 5:24 pm

I’m so very confused and worried. I have believed in Jesus all my life. But only recently understood how I have not really lived for him. Im working to change that. I read and watch different articles and videos on the gospel and each one contradicts the other. Im not baptised so I cant be saved! I have faith so I can. I won’t be raptured, I will be raptured. I have to die to show my faith! God will answer my prayers, God will only answer if it’s in his plan. I just seem to be living a life if pressure, guilt and fear that I’m letting my Lord down in every way. I keep praying for guidance but I cant hear anything. So many keep saying his the Lord spoke to them, how they had a dream, a sign. What do I do as it’s getting too much to carry?

LaAsia
LaAsia
December 12, 2020 2:06 am

I have a question.. I’m 15, and I haven’t got baptized. Will god still love me? I believe in him with all my heart.

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