Having read just about everything written on the subject of Christian baptism in the past half century, we’re ready to call it quits. We’re tired of the arguments.
What we’ve decided to do is hand people the New Testament and urge them to read it, especially those passages where it is mentioned and/or explained. Like the book of Acts.
We’ve been doing that for a while now, and so far, here’s what we have found.
Seekers ask for baptism. They express spiritual insecurity without it.
They want immersion, nothing less.
They never ask if there is a prayer they can pray that will save them.
They never use expressions like ‘receive Christ in my heart,’ or ‘baptism is the first act of obedience after I’m saved.’
They never ask for baptism to become a member of the church.
They never express the belief that once they are baptized there is nothing more for them to do.
And when they’re baptized they rejoice, because they, like the Ethiopian treasurer, Saul/Paul, Lydia, and the Roman jailer (Acts 8, 9 & 16), have died to sin and had it washed away.