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Sure, I was baptized. I was told it was something I had to do. It's a public dunking while someone says some magic words over you. Ha! What a crock. One of the reasons I choose to ignore Christianity these days. So, no, u don't have to do it.
You do have to do it. But then you have to practice Christianity, or it means nothing.
1John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
The forgiveness is IF we walk in the light, no walk no cleanses.
Just a correction. I never said "you have to do it". On the contrary. Although baptism might be an important event to a Christian due to its symbolism, I don't consider it neither necessary nor obligatory. Just wanted to clarify my comment.
I never thought I'd agree with Austin but if baptized according to Matt 28:19, it was just a "public dunking!" Went down a dry devil & came up a wet one because it's not IAW Scripture (Acts 2:38)!
I can see the author of this Q is SATAN who does not want TRUTH (Jn 8:44)!
"REPENT" (Acts 2:38)!