This is a continued discussion from the New Church thread. Todd, I believe the baptism is very important and commanded in scripture of all Christians. Yes the anabaptists and the early separatists baptists were persecuted for their position on baptism and ridiculed for the mode they used. And yes while it is an important baptist issue to care about the mode of baptism, I don't think it is an important Christian issue to care about the mode. I consider myself Christian first and Baptist second. As for baptism being symbolic, that may be true. But I think there is bibical support for non-symbolic views of baptism and will not easily dismiss those verses.