The question at hand is, does baptism have to involve dunking. As you already know, many churches do not practice believer’s baptism but sprinkle children of religious parents with water instead. The general reason for this is because they see baptism as a replacement of circumcision. Baptists have always been against this position because of the lack of scriptural support.
To answer the question of what baptism should look like, lets consider what Jesus and John the Baptist did. Here in John 3:22-23, we see clear evidence that baptism required more than just a small basin of water for sprinkling. When John baptized, much water was needed. “John was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized” (John 3:23). Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 also say baptism is a picture of dying with Christ and dying to sin. If baptism represents you dying (going under the ground) and being raised (coming out of the ground) and required lots of water (John 3:22-23), sprinkling as baptism does not make sense. Baptism is a picture of dying to sin and being raised to walk in newness of life. So how does this apply to you?
- In order to be a true Christian, you must die to sin (repent and turn) and place your trust in Jesus, giving your life to him. Turn from sin to Christ. After being born again, you are then ready to proclaim this inward reality with the outward proclamation of Baptism. If you would like to talk with me about this give me a call or come see me.
- If you were “baptized” before you fully gave your life to Christ in repentance and faith, or were sprinkled with water instead of baptized, you need to be baptized. Being baptized is an act of obedience to Christ and often is the start of a commitment to accountability and a local church family who will grow in Joy with you.