The Truth About Water Baptism
Baptism is a Commandment, Not a Suggestion
Many organizations teach that baptism is something one does after one is saved to show the world that he or she has accepted Christ: "An outward sign of an inward change" is a common term. However, this is in contradiction to the teachings of Christ and the Apostles. If baptism is "for the remission of sins," then you can't be saved without it because no one is going to heaven while they're still in their sins.
Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
A few words about keeping the commandments of Jesus are in order here...
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.