The Basics of Baptism
By Rodney Nulph, Associate Editor
Baptism is by far one of the most controversial subjects in the religious world. In fact, not long ago a denominational person made the statement to this author that he could not understand why I place so much emphasis on baptism. The answer is simple: The reason I place so much emphasis on baptism is because God Almighty has placed great emphasis on the subject. Baptism is a line that God has drawn “in the sand.” And anyone desiring to please God today must cross that line! There are some preliminary matters that are essential in understanding the subject of baptism.
baptism? The verb
“baptize” in the New Testament literally means
“to put or go under water” (Mounce 52). Bible
baptism is not sprinkling or
pouring! Baptism is nothing less than a burial in
Why should one
be baptized? First, one should
be baptized because the Bible
commands it! Jesus so lovingly said, “He that believeth and
is baptized shall
be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark
Should baptism really be that controversial of a subject? Why does mankind try to alter God’s plan? Should our attitude not be if God said it then I will do it? Have you submitted to God and His plan? Have you been immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins? If not, please let us help you fulfill your obligation to God, so one day you can live eternally with Him! “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16)!
Works CitedMounce, William D. Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words.