Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

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Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation?

  Yes, Baptism is required for salvation, no ifs, ands, or buts. I’m not going to get in to the entire teaching on Baptism except to remind the faithful, especially priests and bishops, that Jesus has revealed through HIS Church that Baptism is absolutely necessary to be saved. Never mind the legalistic so-called mercy loopholes that are trying to be exploited by these mercy-lawyers of the Church. We need to know the Truth and share it with the fullness of clarity and charity. Why would anyone in their right mind turn down Baptism if they were promised eternal salvation? How can this possibly offend someone? Maybe the GMOs are truly starting to emasculate some men, or maybe we have way to many priests and bishops that don’t have any faith left at all. It’s up to us folks!

 I’m just going to give the official, Dogmatic teaching straight from the Catechism of the Council of Trent. Remember, if it’s a teaching directly from the Council of Trent, which this is, then it is binding on ALL the faithful. Here it is straight outta Trent:

Definition Of Baptism
With regard to the definition of Baptism although many can be given from sacred writers, nevertheless that which may be gathered from the words of our Lord recorded in John, and of the Apostle to the Ephesians, appears the most appropriate and suitable. Unless, says our Lord, a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God; and, speaking of the Church, the Apostle says, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life. Thus it follows that Baptism may be rightly and accurately defined: The Sacrament of regeneration by water in the word. By nature we are born from Adam children of wrath, but by Baptism we are regenerated in Christ, children of mercy. For He gave power to men to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name, who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (my emphasis added)

By Baptism we become adopted children of God or children of mercy, until we are baptized we are children of wrath or the devil. This means that we ARE NOT all children of God.  In fact, muslims find it very offensive when you call them God’s children, maybe someone should let Pope Francis know. We become children of God when we are baptized period.

Baptism Made Obligatory After Christ’s Resurrection
The second period to be distinguished, that is, the time when the law of Baptism was made, also admits of no doubt. Holy writers are unanimous in saying that after the Resurrection of our Lord, when He gave to His Apostles the command to go and teach all nations: baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, the law of Baptism became obligatory on all who were to be saved. (my emphasis added)

This is inferred from the authority of the Prince of the Apostles when he says: Who hath regenerated us into a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead;’ and also from what Paul says of the Church: He delivered himself up for it: that he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life. By both Apostles the obligation of Baptism seems to be referred to the time which followed the death of our Lord. Hence we can have no doubt that the words of the Saviour: Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God, refer also to the same time which was to follow after His Passion. (my emphasis added)

There is no doubt that one must be Baptized to be saved. We will eventually get into Baptism by desire and Baptism by blood which are both types of Baptism also. However, with all the Catholic parishes throughout the World, and all the Christian denominations that confer valid Baptisms, coupled with the internet, and the availability of Bibles and books, it would really hard for someone to argue that they never heard of Baptism. Right? Yes, maybe there are a few tribes deep in the Amazon or somewhere in Africa that has never heard of Baptism, but come on, that can’t be many.

This heresy of Universalism coupled with the sin of presumption that all will be saved is just that, a heresy. There is no hope for this, it is very clear in Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition.

May Almighty God keep us safe from the devil, the world, the heretics, and ourselves

In JM+JT,

Lee

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