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Topic: Christian Baptism (10/18/07)
- TITLE: My baptisms
By Ken Ebright
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I grew up in the Lutheran church and was baptized as a baby. Actually I was baptized twice as a baby. Three weeks after I was born the doctors discovered that my intestines were blocked. My parents were concerned that I might not live and I was baptized in the hospital. Praise the Lord I survived surgery and I was baptized the second time in church.
Baptism is a very controversial subject. There are churches that believe that you should be baptized as a baby. There are churches that believe that immersion is the only way. I gave my life to the Lord in high school. I was attending a non-denominational church at the time. The church believed in immersion type baptism. The Bible is not clear as to when we are to get baptizes it just says get baptized. I decided that I would do it if and when he shows me that my baptism was wrong.
A few years ago after struggling with this issue since for years I was baptized by immersion at a pro-life event at a pool in Jackson, Mississippi. What brought me to that hotel pool to get baptized by immersion? How did I get there? First the Lord showed me a few years ago that we as Christians have a relationship with Jesus We don't have a relationship with a particular church. Every church has something wrong with there doctrine. Why is that? God's word is perfect, But because we people are sinful we mis-interrupt Gods word
Second, because of sin man mis-interrupts Gods word. I decided that I wanted to be obedient. I want to error on the side of being obedient verses disobeying the Lord. It is better to trust the Lord than to trust people Psalm 118:8. I do believe that baptism does not save you. There are things that I will not understand this side of heaven and baptism will be one of them.
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