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#06 Eight Fallacies about Baptism and Three Truths -Podcast

This Sunday our church will baptize 13 people and I’m excited! I’ve thought a lot about the significance of baptism as I prepare to preach.

In this episode of Now is the Time I share with you 8 fallacies about baptism.

I also talk about the importance of baptism and how we should use it in connection with making disciples.

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8 fallacies about baptism

  1. It has to be done by a pastor
  2. Candidates have to go through a class
  3. It has to be done in the church
  4. It’s not valid unless there’s full immersion
  5. It gives a person some sort of spiritual enlightenment
  6. It’s necessary for salvation
  7. It’s great for children
  8. It requires a certain form (backwards, forwards, 3x)

3 truths about baptism

  1. It needs to be connected with discipleship
  2. It should clearly identify a person with Jesus and with the church
  3. Those who have been baptized are called to make disciples themselves

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Questions: Do you agree with my 8 baptismal fallacies, can you add anything to my list of baptism fallacies?



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I am a pastor, missionary, and preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Ukraine since 2007. God blessed me with a wonderful wife and 5 amazing children!

My greatest passion is to teach, encourage, and exhort others to turn to Jesus, who is Savior, Lord, and God!

  • I think it might take me a lifetime to convince my church about #1. But, I agree on all your points, I believe.

    • Believe it or not my church is also pretty set on #1 but I’m pretty sure we’ll all survive anyway 🙂

  • aggiemom0407

    What are your thoughts on this? I believe true baptism is by the Holy Spirit, not water.

    • Yes, the Bible also talks about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, see 1 Corinthians 12:13. This is the work of God in heart of an individual. Water baptism is a picture of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

  • I do agree with these baptism fallacies. I’m not sure one has to be identified with both Jesus and the church, however. I think just Jesus is acceptable, but agree that the church is important.

    • Dan, I was thinking of 1 Cor 12:12-13 where Paul talks about the fact that we are all baptized into one Body.

      • One body I can wholeheartedly accept and agree with. And yes, the church does seem to be a representation of that body.

  • I think the thief on the cross is one of the most instructional passages here. He didn’t do almost any of the things that many say are necessary. Yet Jesus told him he would be with him in Paradise.

    • Loren that’s a good example of the thief on the cross, thanks for sharing!