Baptism is essential to obedience, and obedience is essential to salvation. All those who deliberately refuse to be immersed, though they are convinced that God commands it, can have no reason to expect eternal life; and this, not because there is anything in the mere watery rite which is efficacious in securing salvation, but because that principle in their hearts, which prompts them to disobey God, utterly disqualifies them for a place at his right hand.
Patrick Hues Mell (1814 – 1888)
President, Southern Baptist Convention 1863-1871 and 1880-1887
About Greg Coleman
I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.