Can I can still go to heaven without being baptized?


Do you know that the Bible doesn’t say ANYWHERE that the reward of eternal life is in heaven?

What IS promised is a beautiful kingdom on this earth:

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:10

The God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.” Daniel 2:44

A time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.” John 5:29

In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, ‘Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob… The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:2-4

God’s kingdom will be a place of happiness and peace. In the book of Isaiah we read, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom…they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God……Only the redeemed will walk there, they will enter zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Isaiah 35:1,2,9,10 but read the whole of the lovely chapter.

So the answer to your question has to be ‘no’ because no-one is going to heaven anyway. Regarding baptism being required for salvation, there is quite a lot written in the New Testament. Baptism became an important part of believing after Jesus Christ himself gave the instruction that it should be done.

Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation., Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark 16:15,16.

The word “baptism” from the Greek ‘baptizo‘ means ‘to dip, to immerse’, it is complete immersion in water. Baptism is symbolic of taking part in Christ’s death, hence the complete ‘burial’ in water, which in turn symbolically washes away our sins and enables us to start afresh. The apostle Paul wrote a very good message on this subject to the Romans which I suggest you read, Romans chapter 6, at least the first 10 verses. So basically, if we have not been fully immersed, then we have not taken part in Christ’s death, or had our sins washed away.

In the New Testament, baptism is always accompanied by belief and repentance. So the point arises that baptism occurs as a result of belief.

Belief in what? In Mark 16:15,16 it says “Go into all the world and preach the good news (gospel) to all creation

But Paul, when he wrote to the Galatians, ch3:8,9 said “The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: All nations will be blessed through you.”

So belief in Jesus alone is not sufficient, belief involves God’s whole plan which is summed up in the promises (the gospel or good news) given to Abraham.

The Bible answer to your question must be that baptism by immersion is essential to salvation, but it must be accompanied by belief in what God has told us in the whole of the Scriptures.

Just the act of baptism will not assure us salvation, it means that, in the analogy of the apostle Paul, we can start the race and we have to keep on working throughout our lives to ensure that we get the prize, eternal life.

Hebrews 3:14 tells us, “We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first“.

James 1:12 reads, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

I suggest you read the article on our site “Is Heaven for you?” as it discusses the subject more fully than has been done here.

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1 month 6 days ago

So what Shari means is that Jesus is going to come back in 1000 years or does she mean that only last 1000 years when Jesus comes back

2 months 19 days ago

So my parents restricted me to not being baptized so how do i comply with this if i have no ability cause i am just a kid to baptized myself meaning to say my life was programmed to be worse because i believe in god but my parents wont and i am just a pffff going to hell someday Awww sad life. :-(

8 months 19 days ago

I totallly agree that Jesus is coming back to set up his Kingdom on this earth for the Judgement, BUT….. this is during the Melinnial Reign and is only for 1000 years. After that, where is the ETERNITY going to be? Earthly or Heavenly?

8 months 19 days ago

You raise an excellent question. It is one for which I have taken the answer for granted: it will be on the earth.

Why have I thought this?
“The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.” Psalm 115:16 ESV

To answer your question we must go back to the Creation itself and ask, Why did God create the earth in the first instance?

“For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to… Read more »

10 months 17 days ago

You do not have to be baptized by water to be saved. You must be baptized by the Holy Spirit. Baptism with water is symbolic of a persons repentance in order for forgiveness. Salvation comes by believing with your heart, confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord. Baptism is a result of Salvation but not a means to Salvation.

10 months 13 days ago

I am afraid that I cannot agree with your reasoning. If baptism is a result of salvation, then baptism wouldn’t be required at all in order to be saved. Yet the Bible states that it is required.
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.… Then they that gladly received his word were… Read more »

Ben Bannister
7 months 19 days ago

“Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.
(‭John‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NIV)

Paul Hickman
1 year 10 days ago

“What Does Ekklesia Mean?

The Greek word ekklesia simply means a group, crowd, congregation, assembly, church congregation, or meeting of a city’s population. That’s basically it. In a religious context, we say that ekklesia means “”called out ones,”” in the sense that God called us out of the world and into His Family. The word is frequently translated “”church”” in the KJV; other translations may use the word “”assembly”” or “”congregation.”” In any event, the meaning of ekklesia is clear — to most people.
The church is actually the souls of those who belong to CHRIST, not a building… Read more »

1 year 5 days ago

Hi Paul,
While fully agreeing with your definition of the underlying word for ‘church’; it relates to people—individuals— and not to what you term ‘souls’. It is a term that relates only to living people, ‘called out’ as Peter explains:
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
However, I must disagree wholeheartedly with your last comment, for the return of Christ is mentioned very many times in the New… Read more »

Paul Hickman
1 year 6 months ago

I think Jason and others should consider these scriptures from Christ.

Christ’s church
1 Timothy 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Christ’s church is a Spiritual Kingdom made of obedient souls.

2 Corinthians 5:1  ¶For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

The… Read more »

1 year 6 months ago

Hi Paul,
Thanks for these comments.
Firstly, we should check on what Paul is talking about in 1 Timothy 3:15. It’s about a church. The Greek word is ekklesia—a group of people. It is not a kingdom and has nothing to do with a kingdom. Whenever the word church occurs (except Acts 19:37) is this word ekklesia – groups of people who are followers of Jesus Christ. The Kingdom is yet future, and will be established when Jesus returns to earth.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the… Read more »

1 year 7 months ago

I only find two Kingdoms of God in Christ’s New testament, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of Christ’s church.
1 John 5:13  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God
1 John 5:11  And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 2:25  And this is the promise that he hath promised us,… Read more »

1 year 6 months ago

Hi Paul,
God is not a God of confusion: there is only one Kingdom that He will establish, and that will be on this earth when Jesus returns. Your confusion arises from failing to take in the context of the passages you are quoting. With Matthew 16:28 you will note that Jesus states “there be some standing here…”—not many! In fact it was only two of his disciples as the passage that follows illustrates, for Jesus was referring to the Transfiguration on the Mount in the verses which immediately follows. That was a vision of Jesus in his Kingdom. <br… Read more »

2 years 2 months ago

“Can i still get to heaven without being baptised: Rell

Hi Rell,
I disagree that our website is misinforming people at all in regards to our future destiny. The Bible has a consistent message in this respect, but it is not always clearly conveyed to the reader by some translations. Your quotation from John 14:2 (ESV) is one such instance, where prevailing thought has influenced the translation of the Greek word mōnē as ‘rooms’ when the word means ‘abiding places’. The word ‘rooms’ infers walls etc, whereas the latter ‘abiding places’ has nothing necessarily to do with such. Jesus’… Read more »