What he doesn’t realize, is that this is a description of the the ritual of Baptism. Explain to him, that in this verse, St. Paul partially describes baptism, where, we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord and are then washed of our sins:
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou?
arise, **and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, **
calling on the name of the Lord.
I couldn’t believe my ears! A Protestant saying that Baptism is not necessary?..
I couldn’t talk long with him because I had to continue my work (I work in retail).
Yeah, they try to catch us off guard. They’ve had a lot of success blindsiding Catholics this way, through the decades.
Any suggestions on how to prove the necessity of Baptism accurately and succinctly?
The best way and the one I use most often, is to show them Mark 16:16.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Now, if he gets technical, you might want to break it down for him.
- He that believes AND is baptized shall be saved. Both are necessary.
- He that does not believe will be damned.
He might try to say, “Look, it doesn’t say that the one who is not baptized will be damned.” Your answer is simple.
Jesus didn’t need to say the one who does not believe and refuses to be baptized will be condemned. That’s because the person who does not believe will refuse to be baptized.
In my experience he’ll try to twist that Scripture to death and he’ll bring out other Scriptures, such as the one you mentioned. Just say.
Are you pitting one Scripture against another? Which one do you believe and whicgh one do you reject?
He’ll keep talking. But just say.
Look, who made you the authority over Scripture? You look like an ordinary man. I don’t see a halo on your head. Until you get one, I suggest you go twist Scripture somewhere else.
That would be a good time to play Chubby Checker. “Twist again, like you did last Summer. Oh twist again…”
I hope that helps.