LifeSongPublishers.com Asks the Question When Is Baptism Dangerous?

Years ago, while attending a church that performed believers’ immersion baptism, I observed many baptisms in which the pastor asked the children why they wanted to be baptized, and a few too many of the children shrugged their shoulders, as though they had no idea. Now I realize that they may have been nervous and clammed up in front of the congregation, but it did seem possible that they really weren’t sure why they were standing in front of the large group of eyes peering at them, preparing to be immersed under water.

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LifeSongPublishers.com Asks the Question When Is Baptism Dangerous?

(PRWEB) October 08, 2012

Years ago, while attending a church that performed believers’ immersion baptism, I observed many baptisms in which the pastor asked the children why they wanted to be baptized, and a few too many of the children shrugged their shoulders, as though they had no idea. Now I realize that they may have been nervous and clammed up in front of the congregation, but it did seem possible that they really weren’t sure why they were standing in front of the large group of eyes peering at them, preparing to be immersed under water. This was disturbing in light of the fact that this is a decision of eternal consequences, one of the most important decisions that can be made. It is not an act that should be moved into without a good understanding of who God is, what He has done for us, the who-what-when-where-and why of baptism and what our life will look like afterwards. LifeSong Publishers is celebrating that over 37,000 copies of the workbook, “God Should I Be Baptized” has been sold to aid in that endeavor. This book has been a tremendous answer to the problems of training of children and their relationship with God.

Making a decision to be baptized without the understanding of what it means, is dangerous. The biggest danger is the false sense of salvation that can come if the child hasn't received the gift of salvation and committed his life to Christ. Since it is also a public affirmation of the student’s faith, it is important that the student’s faith be represented accurately. Probably most important of all is to be sure that the student has a truly repentant heart before he decides to be baptized.

As parents and church leaders, it is of utmost importance that we take our responsibility seriously to train our children to understand the aspects of their relationship with God and be shown the importance of heart change before they decide to be baptized. Many have used “God Should I Be Baptized” for church classes as well as one to one teaching.

Since it is also a public affirmation of the student’s faith, it is important that the student’s faith be represented accurately. Probably most important of all is that we need to be sure that the student has a truly repentant heart before he decides to be baptized.

As parents and church leaders, it is of utmost importance that we take our responsibility seriously to train our children to understand the aspects of their relationship with God and be shown the importance of heart change before they decide to be baptized. We are commanded to “train up a child in the way he should go.” LifeSong Publishers has been desirous to come along side and aid parents and churches in this endeavor. We want no student to enter into baptism with the question in his heart and mind, Why am I doing this?


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