On Baptism

Baptism is how God labels us as those for whom He sent His Son to redeem. That is why Baptism is preached as Peter preached it: repent and be baptized, everyone of you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. This promise is for you and your children, and for all those God has called to Himself.

We baptize those who repent. We baptize those who believe that because of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension, their sins are forgiven and they have life in Jesus’ name.

So what is the purpose of adult classes that prepare one for Baptism? We don’t prepare children for Baptism. Why adults? I’m not purporting that we baptize by hose, hosing down passer-bys in the Triune Name, but if someone attends one or two Masses, or speaks a few times with the pastor discussing sin, death, hell, damnation, salvation, life, forgiveness, and especially Jesus, and that person, like the Etheopian Eunich, says, “What prevents me from being baptized?” Shall we answer: “Well, 12 classes prevent you from being baptized.” Or shall we say that they have not convinced us that they want baptism, and these classes will satisfy our conscience? When have we set up as worship the doctrines of men?

Again, I’m not saying we should baptize indescriminately, but those who want it. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.


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