We believe in the ordinance of baptism (immersion in water) and that it should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Christ as Savior and Lord. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. However, we do not believe water baptism alone is a means of salvation but is an outward demonstration that one has already had a conversion experience and has accepted Christ as his/her personal Savior. We believe that Water Baptism is necessary as instructed by Christ in St. John 3:5, “UNLESS A MAN BE BORN AGAIN OF WATER AND OF THE SPIRIT.”
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost
This is an experience subsequent to conversion. Tongue speaking is the consequence of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost along with the manifestations of the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:2-23; Acts 10:46; 19:1-6). When one receives a baptismal Holy Ghost experience, we believe one will speak with a tongue unknown to oneself according to the sovereign will of Christ.