Monday, January 30, 2006

The Sacrament of Baptism

John asks How does your church perform baptism?

I'm Baptist, so in my church we immerse and we don't baptize children. The person being baptized has to be old enough to make a conscious choice in that direction. The person doing the baptizing must be an ordained minister even if they aren't a minister at my church. We have several ex-ministers who attend my church and have baptized their own children. You can't become a member of my church unless you were baptized by immersion as an adult.

Incidentally this is why I'm not a member of my church. I was baptized as an adult but by sprinkling in a PCA church. I have no desire to get re-baptized. I suppose its the once-saved always-saved Calvinist in me.

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