There are verses about BAPTISM that have been dropped in modern translations of the Bible including the NIV. Do you know why?
Mark 16:16 is a verse that links Baptism as the Biblical response to Believing the Gospel. Yet today, the most common expression of faith in the Gospel is a "Sinners Prayer" which is a fairly recent practice popularized in the 20th Century. Baptism is a command from God. For the Believer, doing it by faith is obedience. and obedience sanctifies (it cuts the power of sin in our life).
Mark 16:16 is part of the last 12 verses of the Book of Mark (more on this below) which have been dropped in modern translations including the NIV, NLT, etc. Another verse example is Acts 8:37 which also links baptism directly to faith in Christ. But why were these verses dropped?
WATCH THE ANALYSIS BY CHUCK MISSLER OF THE LAST 12 VERSES OF MARK BELOW (it's only 13 minutes but it will blow you away):
"He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." Mark 16:16
36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 37 And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
TO BELIEVE IS TO OBEY
Those who truly believe the gospel will obey God's command to get baptized. To Believe is to Obey according to John 3:36 because obedience is an act of faith to God's command:
"The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him." John 3:36
THE ROLE OF BAPTISM
Romans Chapter 6 clearly explains the role of Baptism in salvation, more specifically sanctification: To bury our sins so that we can rise into the newness of life in Him.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin.
Acts 2:38 clearly links Baptism with Repentance for it is the action part of believing:
Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
A CHALLENGE TO COMMON UNDERSTANDING?
Today, Baptism is often taught as just a "public declaration" or a "symbolical" act of what happens inside the heart. But is that what the verses above teach? Nowhere in the New Testament will you find such a teaching. Baptism is the first command by God to those who believe. Obedience is the Biblical response and it sanctifies by cutting the bondage to sin. Satan doesn't want the church to know about the true power of baptism in deliverance!
DOCTRINAL IMPACT OF MISSING VERSES
Going back to the last 12 verses of Mark (Chapter 16. These refer to some very important key doctrines of the Bible that are being challenged including: Christ's resurrection (v. 9-14), The Great Commission (v. 15), The Biblical response to the gospel through baptism (v. 16) and the apparent signs that disciples of Christ will demonstrate (v. 17-18)
The Last 2 verses alone in Mark 16:17-18 have been ignored by most Christians because they no longer see healing and casting out of demons (SIGNS) as practiced by the early Christians.
THE OUTWARD SIGNS OF TRUE BELIEVERS
These are the SIGNS that will accompany those who believe: In my name they’ll drive out demons. they’ll speak in new languages, and they’ll pick up snakes with their hands.Even if they drink any deadly poison, it won’t hurt them, and they’ll place their hands on the sick, and they’ll recover.”
Mark 16:17-18 (ISV)
Why? Because they argue that these verses are questionable, having been dropped by modern translations of the Bible including the NIV which rely on an older manuscript as its basis.
ORIGIN OF MANUSCRIPT CORRUPTION?
This manuscript is the Alexandrian Codices which were known to have been corrupted by the Gnostics (Alexandria was a center of Gnosticism) and which early church father Irenaeus also warned against. While these codices are "older" and less damaged, they do not mean they are better (the fact that were less used could indicate they were avoided - just like a unused Bible gathering dust on a shelf).
In Chuck Missler's presentation "How we got our Bible", Missler analyzes the mathematical properties of the last 12 verses to see if they reveal the same supernatural properties found in the rest of the gospels, namely, the heptadic structure. No wonder Satan wants these verses out? It's the very verses that validate disciple movements that live it out.
TO LEARN MORE
>>> WATCH THE ANALYSIS BY CHUCK MISSLER OF THE LAST 12 VERSES OF MARK BELOW (it's only 13 minutes but it will blow you away):
Jesus, the Messiah,is the same yesterday and today—and forever! (Hebrew 13:7). So is the Holy Spirit!
It's the church that has changed!
NOTE: Some modern Bible translations will have a parenthesis preceding the verses in question [The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.] or they just end up in the footnotes. Many people think it doesn't matter, but it does when there's a hint of doubt added.