Throughout the years I’ve run across a few that do not agree with immersion baptism. Most of them don’t know why, they just know that that’s what they were taught in their earlier years.
While reading the Bible the other day I came across a scripture that made me think about this dilemma.
Luke 7:30, “But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.”
At first I thought about writing this post about whether we should be immersed or sprinkled as a form of baptism, but during my research I found the Didache, an early church manual.
As I read the area where it speaks about baptism, I saw that it could be used as proof that the early church believed in immersion baptism.
But as I read further, I noticed that the person who baptized and the one who was being baptized both were directed to fast before the event.
In my experience with both the sides of the issue, neither instruct the baptized or the baptizer to fast before hand.
In Didache chapter 7 it states,
“Concerning baptism, this is how you shall baptize. Having first recited all these things, baptize in living water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. But if you do not have running water, then baptize in other water; and if you are not able in cold, then warm. But if you have neither, then pour water on the head three times in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. But before the baptism, let him that baptizes and him that is baptized fast, and any others also who are able; and you should order him that is baptized too fast a day or two before.”
Since reading this I wonder if we are really following the early church’s ways in our own churches. If we required fasting before baptism, that would probably stop the many who are baptized but never follow through with a continued walk with our Lord.
Only a truly changed person in heart will do what it takes to follow God!
As far as which type of baptism to have; 1 Peter 3:21, “And corresponding to that, baptism now saves you-not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but appeal to God for a good conscience-through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
If you can say in good conscience that you know you’re right with God in this area then there is no reason to visit the matter any longer.
Father, thank you for showing us that having a good and clean conscience before You helps us to walk in the right direction. Help us, I pray, to get back to the true way established by the apostles. A way which was full of the Holy Spirit’s power and able to bring many to the saving faith of Jesus Christ. In whose name I pray, amen.