"And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling upon the name of the Lord." I have been told that many Baptists interpret this verse to say that sins are washed away, not in being baptized, but only by calling upon the name of the Lord. Is this true? If so, isn't the word order in this sentence very odd to arrive at that meaning? Let's break this verse down. Ananias is talking to Saul, who just a few days before was blinded by the brilliance of seeing the Lord on the road to Damascus. What commands does Ananias give Saul in this verse: 1. Stop delaying 2. Get up 3. Be baptized 4. Call on the name of the Lord If the forgiveness of sins simply occurred when Saul called on the name of the Lord, wouldn't the verse read like this: "Why are you delaying? Call upon the name of the Lord to wash away your sins. Then get up and be baptized (as a public profession of your faith)." But Ananias doesn't say that, does he? Let's dissect this verse further: If all Saul had to do was call on the name of the Lord to wash away his sins, why would Ananias tell him to get up? It's possible to call upon the Lord while you are seated, right? As far as I know, God doesn't demand that you stand to call upon him. So the first thing Ananias commands Saul to do is to get up to do something. Do what? Answer: be baptized. Now notice that Ananias doesn't say, "be baptized and then call upon the Lord to wash your sins away." No. Baptism and calling upon the name of the Lord occur simultaneously. Sins are washed away in baptism in which the sinner calls upon the name of the Lord. God responds to this call by washing your sins clean. Would a Baptist ever tell a sinner this: "Get up. Go get baptized, and then call upon the Lord to wash away your sins."? No, a Baptist would say this: Pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart, he will then wash away your sins. Then, you should get baptized to make a public profession of your faith. Why would Ananias tell Saul to do things in the wrong order, according to Baptist beliefs?? There are really only two options in reading this verse literally: you either get baptized, and then get saved, or you are saved and baptized at the same time! This verse absolutely cannot be read that the "calling" occurs first. Do either one of the above interpretations fit Baptist doctrine?