It was Christ who said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). What Jesus said was not popular then or today; this was the only way one is saved. Why isn’t it a popular message? Because we know so many good people who have never done it that way and some feel that to teach the necessity of being baptized would in effect be condemning them. We do not preach the truth to condemn people but to persuade people to accept Jesus’ plan of salvation.
Raising your hands in prayer, calls for no commitment. To humble one’s self to the command to be baptized (Acts 2:38) when it looks so useless is a true admission of our helplessness and dependence on God’s grace.
“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22).
Many people do not believe there will be a Judgment Day. Judgment is as certain as death. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Jesus pictured Judgment like a shepherd dividing his sheep from his goats. “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: v. 32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: v. 33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” (Matthew 25:31-33). He said those on His right would enter eternal life and those on his left would go into eternal damnation (Matthew 25: 34, 41, 46).
Paul addressed the men of Athens saying God would judge the world by the One whom He had raised from the dead (Christ) in Acts 17:31.