Thursday, August 06, 2009

Outdoor baptisms, according to USA Today, are dwindling because of a number of factors.

It appears that one has been omitted. Maybe today, folks don't see it as essential as the first church did.

While citing "indoor pools, mega-churches and modernization", the story gives one pause, if the modern American church even believes what the first century church held about the topic.

Doing a search for baptism at, the results are overwhelming that the act was important then.

Leaving the topic on the mode, the timing, the candidacy alone, the importance alone is worthy of note.

Just in the Acts of the Apostles alone, six references to baptism (the word) show the one case of water baptism being administered twice. If once is good enough, then the record will reveal why it was done again.

In fact, read the entire Acts account. Never was the act put off, stored up, or delayed. THAT practice was enacted by the second and third generation christians, as revealed in the writings of the early church fathers.

Now, it's not important where you are buried so that you can rise to walk a new life. Indoor or outdoor is fine. What is important is that you are. Given the choice of being buried inside or outside should be the choice of the one being buried. I've done both. The latter is a little chilly in the winter.

If it's good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me.

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No one keeps statistics on outdoor baptisms, which are performed predominately by Baptists and Pentecostals. But officials at ...

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