“It is NOT the Church, but God alone, that forgives…
Baptism is necessary for salvation.
“It is NOT the Church, but God alone, that forgives sins, and, as a rule, indeed, this is ONLY done through baptism”
-Adolph Harnack, Professor, Halle University
“It is true that the thought was still present, that sinlessness rests upon a new moral creation (the new birth) which is realized in baptism;”–Ref: Outlines of the History of Dogma, pgs46,47