Page 1 PastorGreg: Baptism pictures the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, all of which He did ONCE. He wasn't buried and resurrected three times. Crabtownboy: There are baptisms where the person is laid back under the water. Others are laid forward under the water, and I have seen videos or a movie where there person performing the baptist simply laid their hand on the head of the person and that person bend their knees down until their head disappeared under the water. To me all these symbolize death to the old life and resurrection to the new life in Christ. Webdog: If baptism is symbolic of us being buried and resurrected in Christ, I don't recall this happening to Jesus 3 times. It's pointless and shows a certain amount of ignorance concerning the symbolism involving it. Jerome: Romans 6:3-4 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 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. Can a Christian an associate, and worship with anyone if that person believes on our Lord Jesus Christ? Page 2 I personally will not condemn anyone that is saved, and has never been baptized. If they are baptized according to the great Commission as shown in scripture, are they not still Christ's? Are they still not Christians if they do not baptize as says the great Commission? GE: This 'baptism' – (Jerome Romans 6:3-4) – can only be an act in faith by faith of faith. There is NO WAY this 'baptism' can be done by a human being, physically or 'literally'; There consequently is NO WAY this 'baptism' can be undergone by a human being physically of literally IN OR WITH OR BY OR THROUGH _WATER_! And after all, this 'baptism' Paul refers to here, IS CHRIST'S BAPTISM HE only underwent and which he bestows on others than himself through the operation and power of the Holy Spirit by FAITH ONLY . It is spiritual or it 'is', not at all in believers, as in Christ Jesus ONLY it was BOTH spiritual and physical. One Word stands fast, all the controversy about baptism despite: "ONE Lord, ONE baptism— the baptism whereby "there is: ONE Faith". The baptism that PRECEDES Faith. There's no such thing in Christian Faith as a 'baptism' that 'has got nothing to do with salvation'. There's no such thing in Christian Faith as a 'baptism' that FOLLOWS faith except the baptism through suffering with in the suffering of Christ. The Christian Baptism is the ONE ALL believers share “IN CHRIST”, “TOGETHER WITH HIM”. Page 3 Just like at Pentecost when AFTER the people HAD been "pricked in their hearts ... when they had HEARD" through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit ALREADY and immediately ASKED: what they could do, JUST SO in Acts 8, the eunuch ASKED, and Philip answered, If thou ALREADY believest with ALL thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I DO ALREADY believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." No DUTY AS a believer saves; repentance and desire to serve FOLLOW salvation; and are not conditional to salvation. All the GOOD deeds of obedience of the righteous are like filthy rags were it not for the merit of Jesus Christ RECKONED to them. The newly being born again receives the same reward or credit as the life-long follower of Christ --- which is the FORGIVENESS OF SIN the CROWN of their salvation. The only fitness of the redeemed 'for heaven' as the saying goes, is their FORGIVENESS OF THEIR SINS through and in Jesus Christ. They have NO other beauty or virtue or merit than the Author of their salvation .... NOTHING! DHK: Jerome, “Can a Christian an associate, and worship with anyone if that person believes on our Lord Jesus Christ?” Yes, why not? Baptism does not affect one's salvation. What does baptism have to do with salvation? I don't understand your question here. There are Christians I won't fellowship with because they live in a state of disobedience. But that is another matter. That has nothing to do with baptism, per se.