Christianity.com: What is baptism and why is it important for Christians to be baptized?-Russell Moore

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  • 2013-02-04T19:24:49

I'm intrigued by your reference to Col. 2:12. You say that Paul is talking about "the symbolic value of Baptism." I read and heard other Baptists referring to Colossians 2 as if it were speaking symbolically about Baptism, but I don't find that in the text. Paul says that you were "circumcised" in Baptism. The circumcision is "symbolic," if you will. It is a circumcision "made without hands." But the Baptism is real. It DID happen. You WERE "circumcised... in baptism." Even if you don't remember it, the water hit you, the words were spoken -- this "circumcision" did take place outside of you in real time and space. It is an irrevocable fact. It does not say that Baptism symbolizes a circumcision of the heart. It says that Baptism IS a circumcision of the heart.

  • 2013-02-04T19:05:51

In Galatians 5 Paul says that any man among the Galatians who accepts circumcision is "severed from Christ" (v.4). Is that because circumcision was immoral or wrong? No. In Acts 16 Paul circumcised Timothy. So what is going on? If circumcision severed the Galatians from Christ how could Paul do it to Timothy? Answer: It wasn't circumcision itself that alienated the Galatians from Christ. It was submitting the false doctrine of Judaizers. We live in a country full of people who tell us that if we were not fully immersed in the water of baptism, then we were not baptized at all. I would love to have the freedom to baptize by immersion, but when you insist that it is a necessary condition for baptism, you take that freedom away -- just as the Judaizers stole the freedom of the Galatians with regard to circumcision. It is no longer an option. We cannot afford to give anyone the impression that immersion is required, when it is not.

  • 2013-02-04T12:53:44

What a remarkable video! If there is one non-negotiable distinctive characteristic of Baptist doctrine concerning Baptism, it is the conviction that Baptism does NOT save. No where. No how. No way. It's by faith, therefore, it's not by baptism. The line separating salvation from Baptism is absolutely sacrocanct... except that... The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Rm. 1:16), and the Word of God is the source of ALL life -- natural and regenerated. When Russel Moore says that Christ is speaking to us in Baptism, whether he realizes it or not, he has broken down that wall separating salvation from Baptism. For where Christ SPEAKS there is forgiveness, life and salvation. That may not take a Baptist to the point of saying, "Baptism saves" (1Pet.3:21), but it does move him off that point of saying, "Baptism cannot possibly save, because it is nothing more than a work of man."

  • 2012-06-04T03:58:42

With all respect I have a question. My question is regarding Christian baptism. I want to know about whether a child or an adult born of a Christian married couple need to be baptized. As Christians after having, the word of God from the apostles repented and was baptized. After they have become believers and members of the body of Christ is there any need for their children to be baptized. Is there any clear commandment or a narration in the Gospel? The answer should not be based on theology, Church history or denominational education. The answer should only be based on the Gospel.

  • 2012-04-26T14:08:59

Baptism done by sprinkle or immersion in water, I don't see any difference what matters is what we believe in I stand to be corrected.

  • 2012-04-18T12:20:05

Emman Mangco No water? ARe you illiterate. They baptized in water in the book of acts.

  • 2012-04-18T05:37:33

Jesus did not say, baptize in Jesus name, naming all three as himself.

  • 2012-04-18T05:35:45

Tim Sauder God bless you we are pray for your more blessings that give to you Amen

  • 2012-04-18T05:33:50

matthew 28:19 is not an add on by the catholic church at all! thats just a convenient cop out to avoid facing whats plainly stated..

  • 2012-04-16T13:57:16

Stephen Parr Also Stephen read the book of Acts which shows quite clearly how they understood the name to be used in Baptism.

  • 2012-04-16T13:54:52

Stephen Parr Try Exodus 3:15 as the start. Second Jesus said that he came in his fathers name... of course Yahshua Yahweh saves is his name then they baptized in the name of Yahshua since Jesus as a name was not on the scene until 1628 when the J first appears in the English language. Zech 14:9 tells us that there will be only one name in the future and that is Yahweh. If you read Isaiah putting the name Yahweh is place of the false word LORD as most front of the bibles in English will tell you that they replaced the proper name, then you will see clearly who is God and what is his name. Modalism is not the same as oneness Stephen. Oneness teaches that God exists simultaneously in various forms as the bible shows us whereas modalism was that God became different forms. The Matt.28:19 verse is proven to be an add on by the Catholic church just type it into youtube. I hope this answers your question.

  • 2012-04-16T07:19:19

Tim Sauder you can add me your facebook may God bless you and your family

  • 2012-04-16T07:18:07

Amen

  • 2012-04-15T13:01:26

With all respect I have a question. My question is regarding Christian baptism. I want to know about whether a child or an adult born of a Christian married couple need to be baptized. As Christians after having, the word of God from the apostles repented and was baptized. After they have become believers and members of the body of Christ is there any need for their children to be baptized. Is there any clear commandment or a narration in the Gospel? The answer should not be based on theology, Church history or denominational education. The answer should only be based on the Gospel.

  • 2012-04-15T09:01:32

Grace Kim Kwon, I like ur comments....yes, there is no inconsistencies. It is the most glorious book....there is a beginning and an end, and I am looking forward to a closure to this age. Man cannot live on, the way we r doing.....abuse of the earth.

  • 2012-04-15T07:58:12

My reply does not appear on the column properly, so I'll write here. I send message to the recipient that I replied to him. Mr. Ron Hayes, there is no inconsistencies and disagreements in the Bible. Those who don't study it seriously believe there are such things. If telling the truth hinders the cause of Christianity, it's hearers' problems, as the Bible says so.

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