Then the theif on the cross beside Jesus was water baptized???? God has the power to save anyone and everyone in any manner He so chooses. Surely you arn't saying that he can't. If God chooses to take an individual between their acceptance of Jesus and their water baptism, Are you saying they are not saved????? If so ? Based on what??? I agree that water baptism in important. I believe that if one (having the chance to)does not get water baptized then their commitment and salvation are at least questionable. But that doesn't mean they are not saved nor does water baptism assure salvation. I believe water baptism is more dependant on salvation than salvation dependant on baptism. Instead of asking what we must do to be saved we should be discussing how we show gratitude for our salvation. My first act of gratitude was to get baptized. If not as an act of obediance then what causes an individual to be baptized??? Joh 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Joh 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The common perseption of John 3:5 is that "born of water" is baptism. But John 3:6 indicates that born of water is symbolic for "born of the flesh". In other words one must be born of flesh and spirit to be saved. Some say that "born of water" is the water of the womb. I find that to be a bit graffic and confusing but possibly having some symbolic merit. Water baptism is way too often used as a means to judge the salvation of others. Something scripture tells us not to do. Being baptized to be saved is essentialy placing our faith in the proper actions of ourselves and those who baptize us. That is legalism ,plain and simple. The belief that man can do or not do anything that has an effect on ones salvation, other than for the individual to accept the gift. Water baptism can be no more than evidence of obedience, receiving the Holy Spirit or at the most salvation. And at that it certianly can't be concidered absolute.