This method has the most scriptural basis of all the methods of baptism. It is probable that Jesus was baptized by immersion in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. As well as having scriptural support this method of baptism also has almost unanimous support from the church fathers.
Baptism is a symbolization of cleansing of the spirit through God's divine forgiveness and a new life through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Immersion only: No: Yes: Trinity: Disciples of Christ: Baptism is a symbolization of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.
The early Church admitted three valid methods of baptism: immersion, sprinkling, and pouring. But the Church admitted only one valid set of baptismal words, the Trinitarian. It wasn't enough to baptize only in the name of Jesus.
As a result, baptism by immersion is the only method of baptism which illustrates being buried with Christ and being raised with Him. Baptism by sprinkling and/or pouring came into practice as a result of the unbiblical practice of infant baptism.
There are three modes (or methods) of water baptism used in Christian churches today: immersion (in which the person is completely submerged), affusion (that is, pouring), and aspersion (sprinkling). Evangelical Christians are divided on the question of which mode or modes are proper forms of baptism.
Understanding the meaning of baptism leads us to an interesting and often controversial question. What is the proper method of baptism? There are people who will talk until their veins bulge from their necks saying, "You must sprinkle."
Previous | Next. Spring 1985 · Vol. 14 No. 1 · pp. 6–9 . Baptism: Method or Meaning? Abram G. Konrad. An ordinance is an established or prescribed practice or usage, especially a religious rite which sets forth a central truth of Jesus’ teaching.
Baptism by immersion is indeed necessary for those individuals who have reached the age of accountability. Infants who die will be in Heaven whether or not they have been baptized (wrongfully) by parents or whomever. Those who preach and practice infant baptism (sprinkling, pouring, or immersion) are false teachers.
If baptism by sprinkling really was invalid, the Vatican would have been carefully examining the Presbyterian method(s) of baptism long ago—and it would have had to issue a statement to the entire Catholic Church that this isn’t a valid way to baptize.
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