I want to prefix something, before I start with the actual article:
I am a Protestant. I reject papacy. The Roman Catholic Chuch (RCC) is antichristian, because Jesus Christ isn’t her Lord, but the pope.
However, be aware that Jesus commands us to love all people, also the Catholics. We reject the papal system, but love the ordinary members of the RCC. This is pure democracy. We live in a free world. Thank God.
It is fully correct to reject papacy, but it is wrong to reject sacramental baptism. I know, some people feel a pain, when they hear the word sacrament. I assure you in the name of the triune God that the sacramental baptism was not invented by the RCC or the pope, but by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The baptism, I want to talk about, is the sacramental baptism according to Christ’s institution.
What is the mystery of sacramental baptism?
By baptism Jesus Christ calls you to be a disciple of him. When Christ lived on earth, and was named Jesus from Nazareth, he called people with audible voice: Follow me! The call was supernatural, powerful and actually irresistible. In the power of the call the disciples become able to follow Jesus.
Christ has ascended to heaven.
How does he call today?
Today he calls people by the sacrament of baptism. Baptism comes directly from heaven. The Church just administrates baptism. The invisible baptist is God himself. At every baptism God acts according to Romans Chapter 6: The power of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is dedicated to the person to be baptized. The old man of sins dies, and you get a new life in Christ. Also you receive the Holy Spirit. Of course baptism must be received rightly. Baptism must be received by faith. Faith of course can solely be brought about by the Holy Spirit. Pagans approaching the Christian Church or their represantatives will come under the influence of the Holy Spirit (that could be the case now, when you read this article). The Holy Spirit will cause repentance and understanding of the gospel (Jesus is able to save and deliver sinners by his atonement). Everybody, repenting and wanting to get cured by Jesus, can be baptized. At baptism Jesus Christ heals you. It is an act of recreation.
How to behave after baptism?
Baptism of course is no ticket to heaven. After baptism we have to be obedient to God’s commands (Sermon on the Mount). It is not that we add on something by our discipleship (that would be a deadly misunderstanding), but for a Christian discipleship is just natural. A caterpillar crawls and a bird flies. We should be like birds or butterflies. By flying, we believe. Just be obedient and don’t ask whether you have faith or not. After baptism faith means obedience.
At baptism God gave us a cost-free present: Deliverance. We received God’s present by faith. Now we are able, to be obedient.
Indeed, salvation is for free or by grace alone. God gives us forgiveness and a new life. Let us take both presents and live the new life, believing that God has yet forgiven us. That is the outright faith.
Free Churches, believing baptism would be merely a symbolic act, are heretical, and don’t belong to the one, worldwide, Christian Church. Rebaptism is prohibited. Everybody, who rebaptizes, shows that he has not understood the doctrine of baptism.
That’s just about the limit:
Even the infant baptism of the Roman Catholic Church is valid (I am fully aware, what I say). It is simply because baptism comes from above and is merely administrated by the church. It is up to you, dearly beloved Catholic brother, to start to believe right now. Just refer to your infant baptism and leave the RCC immediately. Become a Protestant this second.