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Baptism by immersion, pouring or sprinkling?

July 10, 2018

In this article, we will discuss whether Baptism should be done by immersion, pouring or by sprinkling. (If you would like to know if Baptism has any part in salvation, then click on this link). We will also use Sola Scriptura to prove what the Bible teaches. If scripture alone is not able to convince you of any Christian doctrine then I suggest you become a Catholic and put your traditions before God. Romans Chapter 6 clearly establishes that Baptism is by immersion
Romans 6:3-7
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

What happens when a man is Baptized by immersion? They are brought down under water just like as a man is brought down when he is buried in death and the man is then brought out of the water to signify the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
What happens when a man (or child) is sprinkled on? They have a few drops of water thrown on their face and this cannot possibly signify the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord. This portion of scripture alone proves a man is baptized by immersion. If you would like to know what the Catholic Church teaches regarding Baptism I would suggest you search up the Catholic Catechism and look at ccc 1200s which much of it pertains to Baptism. I would also like to note that within the ccc 1200s a very very small portion of scripture is even quoted to support their heretical beliefs. 
The Greek word for Baptize is βαπτίζω (Baptizo) which means "I dip, submerge or sink"

It does not mean I sprinkle or pour. 
But, most importantly let's study what the KJV has to say regarding baptism. 
John 3:23
And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

The above verse says, John was baptizing "because there was much water there". You wouldn't need very much water to just sprinkle or pour on a person, but you would need a large amount of water to immerse someone.

Mark 1:9-10
9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
You do not come up out of water when you are sprinkled or poured on, neither do you need a river for such a baptism.


Acts 8:36-39
36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.


We can see a great correlation between a large body of water needed for baptism.  Notice verse 37 also debunks infant baptism as a baby cannot confess their faith in Jesus Christ. Also to be noted was that Jesus himself and his disciples were all baptized as adults and not children or infants.
And verse 38 and 39 perfectly pictures immersion baptism as we can see a picture of going down into the water and coming back out of it. Which is only possible through immersion baptism. We find that any honest bible scholar must conclude that baptism is through immersion alone. If you choose to rebel against God's holy word and continue to believe baptism is through pouring or sprinkling then this verse could apply to you.
1 Corinthians 14:38
But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.


Grace be with you and may you have a strong love for God's word.

 

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