and believeth not

It is often pointed out that the Lord said "he that believeth NOT shall be damned". It is then concluded that baptism must not be a condition of salvation if its omission is not a condition of damnation.

It needs simply to be noted that the LORD gave TWO conditions to be saved - belief and baptism. One who does not believe need not add additional acts of disobedience, since "He that believeth not is condemned already" (John 3:18).

"He that eateth and digesteth his food shall live; but he that eateth not shall die." Why would ANYONE want to say "he that eateth not AND digesteth not his food shall die" when there could be NO digesting of food if there were no eating of food? Even so, there is no baptism in the scriptures without there first being faith.

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