Jim, a reader in Keller, sent us this question: “An Inmate on death row accepted Jesus, but his warden won’t allow a water baptism. Is his faith sufficient? He then gets executed for bis crimes.”
In 1994 Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer, learned the way of salvation while in prison, but was murdered by an inmate before his execution date. The warden had allowed his baptism in a bathtub in the prison, like over 10,000 men who have been baptized in one Texas prison in this way.
Jesus, Peter and Paul said all must believe, repent and be baptized in order to receive forgiveness of sins (Jn 3:5; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; I Pet 3:21). God will judge all according to His Word, the Bible (Jn.12:48; Rev. 20:12).
I have preached this for over 60 years now without any fear of successful contradiction. Remember, I did not “write the letter; I just deliver the mail.” God gave us His perfect love letter, the Bible. The demons believe, but faith alone will not save them (James 2:19). “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Jesus, Mark 16:16). Ask for the Jeffrey Dahmer story.