Water is important in a man’s life. God created water first, then He created man out of dust. Without water, dust wouldn’t stick. There is power in the water.
There’s water in a car. There’s power in that water. If you don’t believe it, try going home without it in the radiator, and you’ve got a burnt up car. Now, try to get a man to go to Heaven without water, and you’ve got burnt up man. Try going to Heaven without water, and you’ve got a burnt up church.
Some say you’re saved before baptism. Christ said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Now, you can’t say you’re saved before baptism; you’re calling God a liar.
You can’t go to Heaven calling God a liar. You can call me a liar, but not Him.
Some say, “A man is not saved and then baptized.” A woman doesn’t wash clothes because they are already clean. I’ve seen a lot of smart women, but not that smart. She washes clothes because they are dirty. Man is baptized because he’s dirty and needs to be cleansed.
The gospel is made up of five "pills" that will cure anything: first pill–hear; second pill–believe; third pill–repent; fourth pill–confess; fifth pill–baptism. Take ’em with water, and they’ll cure sin.