Baptism Must Be Done "For The Remission Of Sins"
The following passages (and others) teach that water baptism is necessary for salvation:Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned.John 3:5 Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GodActs 2:38 Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy GhostActs 22:16 arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the LordGalatians 3:26-27 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.I Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of JesusRead them and see for yourself.Sometimes the Bible (God) tells us to do things without telling us why. In those cases we must be willing to trust God and obey Him even if we don't understand or agree with the why. But if God tells us why (the reason) we should do something, then we should do it for that reason (I Corinthians 13:3, Matthew 6:1,5,16, etc.), else we are not really obeying God. Doing something that just happens to coincide with God's command, but for our own reasons, is not really submitting to God's will.Now let's move back to the topic of water baptism and the reason the Bible gives for why we should do it. The wording of Acts 2:38 ("Repent and be baptized … for the remission of sins") not only proves that baptism is essential to the forgiveness of sins, but it also tells us the reason a person should be baptized. Baptizing as "an outward sign of an inward grace" (meaning, to show you are already saved) is no more scriptural baptism than young children playing baptism while they are out swimming. Baptism is to be done "for the remission of sins," at least according to God it is. If you've been baptized, but not "for the remission of sins," then you've never really received the remission of sins. You have to be baptized for the right reason to achieve God's intended results. Peter would exhort you to "be baptized … for the remission of sins."