Summary: A sermon on water baptism and infant baptism from one United Methodist's point of view.
Debunking the False Beliefs About Baptism
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Intro: Today we are going to expose some of the “False Beliefs about Baptism.” So turn in your bibles to the book of John chapter 22. When you get there say, "amen." By now you realize there is no John Chapter 22
So let’s begin to debunk some of the myths and untrue ideas about baptism. There is no John 22.
I. John 22:1 “Baptism must be done by a particular church or a specific denomination. All other baptisms are invalid and worthless.”
There is no John 22:1 in the Bible. Nowhere in the bible does it say “you have to be baptized in the United Methodist Church” for it to be correct. But neither does it say in the bible that you have to be baptized by a Southern Baptist, or a Church of God, or Missionary Baptist, or Catholic, or some Other denominational specific church.
Christians we need to stand our ground here. As United Methodist our hearts, our minds, our doors, are open to accept and tolerate others opinions. But when it comes to others condemning our baptism and saying we are lost because we were not baptized at one of their churches is false.
I knew a lady who came to be baptized at the Methodist Church I was pastoring. I knew she had recently been baptized at the Presbyterian Church and I knew she had been a Baptist. Someone told me she had been baptized at another non-denominational church. So I asked her what baptism meant to her. She said she had been told that only baptism by the “One True Church” would get her into heaven and so she wanted to be baptized at all the different churches to make sure she was baptized by the “One True Church.”
When we read through the New Testament it is amazing at how much the 27 books of the bible have to say about water baptism. When the Jews on the Day of Pentecost asked Peter what they needed to do to be right with God, Peter told them to “repent and let every one of you be baptized…for the remission of sins” Acts 2:3
After Saul of Tarsus had spent three days praying and fasting, Ananias came to him and said: “why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” Acts 22:1
Paul, in the book of Romans, explained that in the waters of baptism we come in contact with the death of Christ (Romans 6:3), and it is through that contact we are cleansed by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 1:7)
That is why Paul could write in Galatians, “for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” Galatians 3:27
The importance of baptism in God’s plan of salvation is repeatedly stressed in the New Testament. After realizing the importance of baptism. We need to ask ourselves the serious question of “Who can baptize another person?”