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  1.  Iím a good person

The Bible says:

      Romans 3:1   As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
      Vs.23  ..all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

       2 Timothy 1:9   Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according
      to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in
      Christ Jesus before the world began,

      Isaiah 64:6  But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like
      filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

      Ephesians 2:8-9   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of
      yourselves: it is the gift of God:
      9.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Question: have you ever committed a sin? Above - all have sinned

 * Just one little sin disqualifies a person from heaven


God is totally Holy, Totally pure - Sin cannot come into his presence

Jesus is the only person who has never committed one sin. Also, he was born without original sin.  He had to be born of a virgin, so that He would not inherit original sin.
The sin of Adam and Eve that was passed off to the human race.

-- Living Bible
Romans 5:12  When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. His sin spread death throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die, for all sinned.

Original sin is inherited by every person through Adam. We sin because were sinners.

God had to deal with that root of sin. That's why Jesus said :

John 3:3   Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Hebrews 9:22   And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

* All the blood of the animals in the Old Testament was for the atonement of sins. (The
  covering for sins)

* Christ Jesus poured out his blood for the remission of our sins.  (The putting away of our

Hebrews 9:12   Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hallelujah!  He obtained redemption for us.

  2.  I was Baptized

   * Water baptism is for believers only; those who hear the gospel, believe, and turn to
      Christ as their Savior. This is the pattern we see throughout the early church, as is
      seen in the book of Acts. Water baptism is the outward symbolic act, of the
      regeneration, that has already taken place in the heart ( spirit ). It symbolizes the
      death of the old life and the birth of the new.

Peter said repent and be baptized.

Philip said if you believe with all you heart, you may.

Apostle Paul said

Of baptism:

1 Corinthians 1:17-18   For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18.  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Of the Gospel:

Romans 1:16   For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

There is no such thing as  Regeneration by water baptism.

Please read the following:  Acts 10:1-48

Notice: that while Peter was preaching about Jesus they received the Holy Spirit, later they were baptized in water. ( Only born again Christians can receive the Holy Spirit ) they became Christians before they were baptized in water. Water Baptism has nothing to do with regeneration.

Peter shares the experience with the Jewish Christians

Acts 11:14-17   Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.
15.  And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.
16.  Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17.  Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

The problem with infant baptism.

Babies canít repent
Babies canít believe
Babies canít confess.

Babies are in a state of innocence. At some point in time, children recognize wrong. When they choose wrong (sin) over whatís right; the original sin nature is activated; at which point that young man or woman becomes a sinner in need of salvation; which is only through and by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Each person must make a personal choice for Jesus.

Can a baby make a personal choice?

Has it rejected Godís gift of salvation through Jesus?

Many people that have been baptized as infants, grow up thinking that they are Christians and most attend a church.
Their lives are evidence that they have never experienced a heart change. They live a life of sin and have no desire for God. Their religion soothes their conscience

If reading this bothers you, ask yourself why?  Have you ever repented and asked Jesus to be your Savior. Have you ever made a personal choice?  Be honest with yourself. God Knows