Our personal faith is essential in our baptism! This false doctrine began in approximately 300A.D.
Proponents of infant baptism site its necessity from another false teaching – the doctrine of “Original Sin.” This false teaching became church doctrine in 549A.D. Guilt is not transferrable. God holds each and every one of us responsible for our own sin. We are not responsible for our parent’s sin, nor will our children be responsible for ours. We may, however, bear the consequences of our parent’s sin.
Praying and asking Jesus to come into your heart is a relatively new, popular false doctrine. It began in the early 1800s in America. It minimizes the need to become a disciple, repent of sin, be baptized and make Jesus Lord.
These scriptures are commonly used to support the “sinner’s prayer.” However, they were written to people who were already saved. They were never intended to be used by a non-Christian as a method to be saved.