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A woman called a Methodist pastor one time and she said, “You know, Pastor Adam, I was baptized at the Church. I was up at the baptistery and sprinkled the water on my head, but my Southern Baptist friend says that I wasn’t really baptized, and I’m really upset about it, because I wasn’t immersed. And so could you please tell me, was I baptized or wasn’t I baptized?”

The pastor told her, “Do you remember how we said before you were baptized that the baptism is an outward and visible sign of the covenant? It is not the covenant. Now, let me ask you something. You’re married. If you had a 10-carat diamond ring just covering your whole hand, would you be more married than the person who has a quarter-carat diamond ring? Of course, you wouldn’t be more married.

“Let me tell you, ask your friend who is Southern Baptist if they would be more baptized if they were baptized in the Atlantic Ocean than if they were baptized in their little Jacuzzi tub-sized baptistery in their Baptist church.”

The point the pastor was making is this: It does not matter how much water you use. The water is the outward and visible sign. It is the accidental sign to the promise. The promise is what matters. The water is only a symbol of that.

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