I want to be baptized. But I read that the ancient Greek word for baptize means immersion. What if a person has musculoskeletal health problems that prevent them from being thrown backwards under water?
I have health issues-a detached retina and three herniated discs in my lumbar spine. There’s no way a preacher could bend me over backwards into water over my head. The whole process seems too prescriptive with no concern for individuals who would like to participate in believer’s baptism but cannot due to their physical needs.
Also, there are some people who are terrified to be put in water up to their chest and certainly don’t want someone to dunk them under the water for any amount of time. How can individuals like this be accommodated, while still participating in the public declaration of faith?
First of all, I’m so sorry for the pain you are enduring. Life is not supposed to be like this. Nevertheless, it sounds like you handle it well and it’s time to be baptized.
Let me give you little background and then reach a conclusion. You are correct, the Greek word for baptism really does mean immerse, not sprinkling as some believe. Real baptisms pictures the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It also pictures the washing away of sin so that we may have a new life in Christ.
It’s important to realize that there are times when immersion is not possible. For example, you and your friend simply can’t be immersed.
A little history might help. The Essenes were a select group of ascetics who lived in caves about 40 miles south of Jerusalem. The three major groups in Jesus time were the Sadducees, the Pharisees, and the Essenes. You may know the Essenes because they are the ones who copied most of the Old Testament texts again and again for safety and security. These copies were discovered in 1947 and are found in the historical archives in Jerusalem.
Since there’s not much water in the desert, the Essenes improvised. The rule was that if there was not enough water for immersion, sprinkling over the head was all right. If there was not enough water for sprinkling, then pouring sand was all right.
The point is: be immersed. But if that not possible, it’s okay to sprinkle.
It is time to baptized, whether in the baptistery tank or not. Have the one baptizing explain carefully exactly what’s happening. You’d like to be immersed, but since you can’t, you’ve chosen to be sprinkled to express the picture of the washing away of sin by the Lord Jesus (or something to that effect). By doing this, your baptism will be pleasing to the Lord and accepted by everyone else.
You will be as fully baptized as those who are immersed. I hope this helps.
13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
He has been preaching this crap for forty years and for forty years has sent people to their spiritual death. This pales in comparison the physical death of abortion. God never told to you sprinkle your head with sand or the green grass in my yard. He told you through Christ to immerse yourself in the waters of the Living Word, Christ. This is what the Word calls having the mark of the beast that came out of the deep.
You follow me into my house I will baptize you in the Living Word, the good news, Christ dwells within you. If you want to sprinkle sand on your head you do not need a pastor to do it just to show others . It would show others of common sense how stupid you are
You sprinkle your head with the Word you are as dead as that pastor, I was not sent to you to save the world only those that hear my words of the one that brought the light.
Hell on Wheels–Europe 1977–Spearhead
Spiritual Combat Warfare Div. S-2
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