The Right Candidate:
A penitent believer (Acts 2:38; 8:36) Babies and young children do not qualify.
The Right Purpose:
Salvation, forgiveness (Mark 16:16) Admission to a church does not qualify.
The Right Method:
Immersion (Acts 8:38; Romans 6:1-4) Sprinkling or pouring water does not qualify.
The Right Authority:
Into the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) No church, human leader, or institution will qualify.
Some may have the right authority and purpose, but miss the candidate and method.
Some may have the right method, authority, and candidate, but miss the purpose.
Others may have the right candidate, method, and purpose, but miss the authority—preaching a different Jesus.
The subject of baptism has been a source of religious controversy for years. It is not that complicated, nor is it unimportant. It is the one and only human act that places us into the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ where His blood cleanses us from sin. To refuse such a simple, yet vital commandment is to reject the authority and power offered to us by the grace of God and love of His Son, Jesus Christ.
Heaven waits for your response.