What was the command given to the disciples and to us today?
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Matthew 28:19
Answer: Notice the bible says TEACH all nations then go onto say baptizing them. A person ought to be taught the basics of salvation.
What else is essential?
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
In reply to his inquiry concerning salvation, what was the philippian jailer to do?
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31
Answer: The philippian was to ” believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?
What followed immediately after the jailer and his family had accepted Christ as their Saviour?
And he took them [Paul and Silas] the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. Acts 16:33
In connection with Christian baptism, what is washed away?
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16
Answer: Our Sins!
By what means are sins washed away?
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Revelation 1:5
What did the apostle Peter associate with baptism in his instruction on the day of Pentecost? And what promise is made to those who repent?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38
Answer: Repentance is also required for baptism, and it is promised that you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The bible teaches that someone needs to be taught, to believe and to repent to be baptized. This automatically crosses out baptism for a young child who is not at the age of understanding. Baptism is necessary in order for us to be saved Mark 16:16.