Did not John The Baptist Say ” I Baptize you with Water, but one is Coming, who’s shoes i am not fit to Tie, And He will Baptize you with the Holy Spirit” He was Speaking of Jesus.
I myself was Baptized within the 1st year of my life as are many Children. And over the years more recently to be exact, i have seen many Adults being Baptized for the first time or, for the second.
For adults to be Baptized it seems to me, That this is a signaling of a new start in there life’s en-devours, the turning of a new page, a fresh start perhaps? For others, it is a re-conformation of there Beliefs/ faith . The latter there is more of a Traditional Tradition. and a family Day out. Yet, they all can serve as a Psychological Boost? for the person starting afresh, turning a new page, it is like a Signature affirming there new/better way of life and done in the presence of others this re-enforces, or should do there intent, to remain steadfast, to not slip!
Wow!!.. if it was really that easy!… The world would be in Bliss, a little bit of tap water and a prayer a quick Blow dry… and Hallelujah! My life is Fixed.
But if they did slip, would there Guilt be ten fold?
Do not get me wrong. i like to see People Come together and eat and lend a helping hand to the needy. But i know a beggar who has been baptized (The Full Body Immersion) in fact, i know many beggars who have been! Yet? they are still begging or drug dependent, still homeless!
The People however who helped Baptize them, and welcomed them in to there church? They are not homeless or Begging!….. But wait! strangely Enough!? they are begging?
They are begging people to come into there Church, so they Can Baptize them, begging for validation perhaps? to hear them speak, and to hear them read from the Holly Book with The words of Jesus That they think they Understand! Okay.. They Understand Feed the Poor. but i question if the many, even understand this? as are we not all spiritual poor ? And this i do not Belittle at all.
In this Day & Age there should be no Poverty or starvation, and those who help others are Doing good things! but, if you are doing good things, to satisfy your own Needs? Then you are Part of the Problem and you yourself are in need of SALVATION! at least a homeless person is honest in there predicament … no pretenses!!
A Friend of mine who is an avid Christian, (he also wants me to be Baptized he has a good heart). He, my freind, had to give a speech to The congregation about him becoming a christian, and how it had changed his life etc etc! And at the “Specially” Named Speech That he gave that night, which was very good & very funny he had everybody laughing on several occasions, throughout his speech.
IN a Nutshell he, became a christian, so he could Get together with his now Girlfriend, That got a big Laugh, when he said That Line, as her Father is in the congregation.
Anyway, Later That evening at a Inter- church Football Game. of which the Home team Won easily i am Happy to say! [they have a good team.]
The Pastor of Said church appeared, of which was unusually, not Unheard of But!!? he had disappeared before My friends Speech, But Had no Doubt heard that it had been Very very, well received, with Laughter & all the trade marks of Good speech!. (or had he?)
The Pastor as soon as he arrived, more or less Greeted My pal, who at that time was playing in a game of 8 a side.The Pastor, shouted in Greeting “Hey Daniel Mr Preacher Man” When he said that you could see the fleeting Confusing Looks upon most peoples Faces. & My Friend actually thought he might Be In Trouble He said albeit Jokingly!. as we made our way to the Football Match.Earlier on And after the Game he did Comment on the Pastors unusually greeting.. not talking it as a complement! but more questioning it! …Strange you would think.. i said nothing.
I had watched all this, and what i saw, was the Alpha male Pastor’s little whip as a Dominating comment! he said it Jokingly but behind a mask of his insecurities.The fleeting confused looks of his flock Passed, no doubt to be commented on Behind there closed doors, and no doubt, no True understanding will be Made from that little jibe.
I have no doubt that the Pastor is a Decent person but still why should a person, who himself is insecure, Baptize a person who is insecure and in need of help in changing there life? It is very easy to re-confirm your Faith when life is good and your Family is all around you? ( IF you get my meaning?)
For a man who uses the gutter as his bed, you alleged free Churches are giving him false Baptism, to feed your own Ego’s.. and sadly you do not know it.. this is a general statement!
We as people Band together, why? as it makes us feel wanted, and secure, it is good to eat together, also a need is filled for a time.The need of Human Contact.
A Modern baptism for the most part, is just like Joining a club? and the water is the Signature! And just like the Tap water that is used upon the Homeless Junkie, it will eventually Drain Away! i hope it does not & The mental boost it gives to others, also helps them remain Steadfast.
But what i think, is that a true Hand of friendship is worth more than a 1000 Churches & There Baptisms of what they deem to be Holy Water!
For a house built on Loose Foundations will crumble when the strong winds come!