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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by SaggyWoman, Dec 30, 2011.
What are your thoughts?
I tend to believe the book of Acts. "What hinders me from being baptized?" "If you believe with all your heart, you may." "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." And Philip baptized him.
I agree. :thumbsup:
and if someone asked me the same question, I more than likely be more than pleased to baptize immediately.
Ron wants to be baptized along with his teenaged grandson - both professing Christian men. They will be baptized in June. The ice and winter melt will be gone by then and these two men will be fixing up the spot in the creek and clearing the brush from the bank beforehand. :thumbsup:
I'd go with the same requirements that we came up with for our children: When they can articulate their faith clearly, then it's time to baptize them.
Then we agree that it should be immediately after salvation?
In the case of my children, no. They were very young when they were saved but they were still too young to fully be able to explain what had happened. We waited until they were old enough to explain it to another adult AND for them to be tall enough to not drown in the baptismal.
So you believe your children were saved even though they couldn't articulate what being saved is? You are correct that they shouldn't have been baptized, but not for the reason you think.
Was Paul able to articulate exactly what happened when he was saved? Nope.
The kids understood but in a very basic way. They were between 4 and 5 years old and I knew they were truly saved. They had faith and had changed hearts - but it took them a little time of maturing to be able to explain what happened. But there is no question they were saved. They are now 9, 11, 19 and 21 and all continue to love the Lord and walk with Him. I have no questions about their salvation.
I voted "other". It should be after conversion, of course. But it should be left up to the one who gave their hand to decide when they want to be laid in their "liquid grave".