Baptism is necessary for salvation

Forgiveness of Sins & Proper Baptism

There is no forgiveness of sins and hence no possibility of salvation without a correct and proper Baptism of Water and a correct and proper Profession of Faith.

Q. Is Baptism necessary to salvation?
A. Yes ; without it one cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John, iii. 5. (Bishop James Butler’s Irish Catechism)

“Holy baptism, which is the gateway to the spiritual life, holds the first place among all the sacraments; through it we are made members of Christ and of the body of the Church. And since death entered into the universe through the first man, “unless we are born of water and the Spirit, we cannot,” as the Truth says, “enter into the kingdom of heaven” (cf.John 3:5).” From the Bull of Pope Eugene IV, Exultate Deo, Nov. 22, 1439

We read in all the Catechisms that the Sacrament of Baptism can be said to exist only when we actually apply the water to someone by way of ablution, while using the words appointed by our Lord.

To what is the baptized person bound? The baptized person is always bound to profess the faith and observe the law of Jesus Christ and of His Church.

God has put baptism and a profession of the Faith together for a purpose.

The catechism tell those who might be confused that The Sacrament of Baptism confers sanctifying grace, by which original sin is washed away, as well as actual sin if any exist, and that the sacrament also makes us children of God and members of the Church, and heirs to paradise. These are consoling words for one looking for who sincerely desires the truth and is seeking to attain to eternal life.

Baptism of Water washes a man’s sins away, which makes him a new creature in God’s sight, and gives entrance to the Body of Jesus Christ, which is the Catholic Church.

Yet even before this, assuming he’s a grown man with the ability to think intelligently, he must believe and profess and agree to obey the teachings of the Church.

The Catholic Church neither teaches anything more nor less than what Jesus and His Apostles taught, nor can She ever teach anything other than what both He and they teach, the Holy Ghost preventing a legitimate Pope from ever officially proclaiming a teaching to the Church that is false or wicked.

In this way the Hope of Salvation has been maintained across the centuries and throughout the world until the return of Jesus Christ. Which, in turn, is why the Catholic Church has always maintained that there is no Salvation outside the Catholic Church.

One is not saved until he is saved and it will require more than baptism. However, no one is eligible for salvation until he becomes Catholic, which requires baptism and, if he was in heresy, the making of a profession of faith (see this website).

Furthermore, to be eligible for salvation, one must die in a state of grace (i.e. have no mortal sin on their soul). See the section in our site for making a perfect act of contrition. It describes what one needs to do in these latter days for forgiveness of his sins.

It is our understanding as Christians that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The most sure and easy way to the Son, say the saints, is consecration to His mother Mary and a life of TRUE devotion to her. Begin to pray the 15-decade holy Rosary every day and your recourse to her will surely be your salvation. She is our life the Church teaches, she is so because she ALONE provides the grace of perseverance in the faith to our final breath necessary for life eternal.

If the person has never been baptized, then the person baptizing should pour the water three times on the person’s head (as explained below) and use a good amount of water, so that it really flows on the person’s head. THE FORM “I baptize you in the name of the Father [pouring the water the first time as you say these words], and of the Son [pouring a second time], and of the Holy Ghost [pouring a third time].”

For a person who is not sure whether they have been baptized or not, nearly all of whom were born after April 1969 when the sacramental rite was changed, the form (words) of the Sacrament is a little different.

They are: “If you are already baptized, I do not baptize you, if you are not yet baptized, I baptize you in the Name of the Father (pour water), and of the Son (pour water), and of the Holy Ghost (pour water), Amen”

Baptism is Necessary for Salvation
How to Get Baptized today when there is no clergy

From the CATECHISM OF SAINT PIUS X, The Catechism of the Council of Trent was directed to all priests.

You can have a layperson baptize you, according to The Catechism of the Council of Trent.

Q. If it were necessary to baptize a person in danger of death, and if several people were present, who should administer the sacrament?
A. If it were necessary to baptize a person in danger of death, and if several people were present, a priest, if such were at hand, should administer the Sacrament, and, in his absence, one of the inferior clergy; and in the absence of such, a layman in preference to a woman, unless in the case in which the greater skill on the part of the woman, or the claims of propriety, should demand otherwise.

CATECHISM OF SAINT PIUS X, The Catechism of the Council of Trent was directed to all priests. It asks and answers all of the question above and below.

Nature and Effects of Baptism

Q. What is the sacrament of Baptism?
A.Baptism is a sacrament by which we are born again to the grace of God, and become Christians.

Q. What are the effects of the sacrament of Baptism?
A. The sacrament of Baptism confers first sanctifying grace by which original sin is washed away, as well as all actual sin if any such exists; it remits all punishment due on account of such sins; it imprints the character of a Christian; it makes us children of God, members of the Church, and heirs to Paradise, and enables us to receive the other sacraments.

Q. What is the matter of Baptism?
A. The matter of Baptism is natural water which is poured on the head of the person to be baptized in such a quantity as to flow.

Q. What is the form of Baptism?
A. The form of Baptism is: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”

Minister of Baptism

Q. To whom does it belong to confer Baptism?
A. To confer Baptism belongs by right to bishops and parish priests, but in case of necessity any person, whether man or woman, even a heretic or an infidel, can administer it, provided he carries out the rite of Baptism, and has the intention of doing what the Church does.

Q. If it were necessary to baptize a person in danger of death, and if several people were present, who should administer the sacrament?
A. If it were necessary to baptize a person in danger of death, and if several people were present, a priest, if such were at hand, should administer the Sacrament, and, in his absence, one of the inferior clergy; and in the absence of such, a layman in preference to a woman, unless in the case in which the greater skill on the part of the woman, or the claims of propriety, should demand otherwise.

Q. What intention should the person baptizing have?
A. The person baptizing should have the intention of doing what Holy Church does in baptizing.

The Rite of Baptism and the Disposition of the Adult who receives It

Q. How is Baptism given?
A. Baptism is given by pouring water on the head of the person to be baptized — and if it cannot be poured on the head, then on some other principal part of the body — saying at the same time: “I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Q. If one were to pour the water and another to pronounce the words would the person be baptized?
A. If one poured the water and another said the words the person would not be baptized; because it is necessary that the person who pours the water should pronounce the words.

Q. When in doubt whether the person is dead, is it right to omit baptizing him?
A. When in doubt whether the person is dead, he should be baptized conditionally, saying: “If thou art alive I baptize thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Q. When should infants be brought to the Church to be baptized?
A. Infants should be brought to the Church to be baptized as soon as possible.

Q. Why such anxiety to have infants receive Baptism?
A. There should be the greatest anxiety to have infants baptized because, on account of their tender age, they are exposed to many dangers of death, and cannot be saved without Baptism.

Q. Do parents sin, then, who, through negligence, allow their children to die without Baptism, or who defer it?
A. Yes, fathers and mothers who, through negligence, allow their children to die without Baptism sin grievously, because they deprive their children of eternal life; and they also sin grievously by putting off Baptism for a long time, because they expose them to danger of dying without having received it.

Q. When the person who is being baptized is an adult, what dispositions should he have?
A. An adult who is being baptized, besides faith, should have at least imperfect contrition for the mortal sins he may have committed.

Q. If an adult in mortal sin was baptized without such sorrow, what would he receive?
A. If an adult was baptized in mortal sin without such sorrow he would receive the character of Baptism, but not the remission of his sins nor sanctifying grace. And these two effects would be suspended, until the obstacle is removed by perfect contrition or by the sacrament of Penance.

Q. Is Baptism necessary to salvation?
A. Baptism is absolutely necessary to salvation, for our Lord has expressly said: “Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.”

CATECHISM OF SAINT PIUS X, The Catechism of the Council of Trent was directed to all priests.

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