If my baptism was meaningful in my life even though it wasn’t a scriptural baptism, why wouldn’t that be sufficient?


Ultimately, Scripture is our authority and not our feelings or experience. We are called to test all things according to God’s Word. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” This could become a loophole to justify any unbiblical religious experience. Admittedly, this is a more extreme example than something connected to baptism, but a teenage girl told me in a Bible study several years ago that she was a Christian because she saw a vision of Jesus when she was high. She may have had that experience and it may have been very meaningful to her, but it would have been irresponsible of me to agree with her that she was saved because of that and not actually share the gospel spelled out in Scripture with her. Luke 6:46 says, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We are to follow the Bible in our faith and practice.

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