You Asked: Does the Bible Separate Salvation from Baptism?
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Jon A. from North Carolina asks:
Mark 16:16 teaches that „whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” In Acts 8 the eunuch had no „crowd” for whom to make a demonstration; after hearing the gospel, he commanded the chariot to stop so he could be baptized. Where does the Bible ever separate salvation from baptism? And where do we find that baptism is simply an „ordinance” or symbolization, when verses like Acts 2:38, Galatians 3:27, John 1:11-12, and 1 Peter 3:21 seem to say otherwise?