Posts tagged ‘baptism’

December 9, 2015

Caelub’s Dedication

IMG_0239On November 29th, 2015, we had a Dedication service for our 2nd child Caelub. We celebrated it at our new place of worship Grace Bible Church.  We invited our closest friends to be there with us and to support us. The Solomon family were there as Caelub’s God Parents as well.

To break down a few things, our view on God Parents is more practical. We are close with the Solomon’s and thus have made them God Parents, to help be the representation of Christ to our children, not in a sense of ‘if we die’ they take over(for clarification). Heather and I are also God Parents to their last child, Ava Marie, as well and they view this blessing the same.

Speaking with our Pastor, David Dunn, we wanted an infant Baptism, but he firmly said,”No, there is no precedent biblically speaking for infant Baptism.”  I never really thought about it that way, just thought of it as ‘normal’, but we accepted this and asked for a dedication then for Caelub in which we brought him forth before our congregation, along with the Solomon’s, and he said a prayer blessing over us focused on Caelub. We were grateful for this blessing and prayer.

It is funny how tradition in “The Church” sometimes gets confused with scripture/truth.  Baptism is a personal decision and is only needed to be made once in life(I know folks that have done this multiple times) but is not required for salvation(Man on the cross next to Jesus at the crucifixion). I know this. It is also a personal decision to be made once your ‘of age’ as well. Thus, the zero precedent in scripture for infant baptism, even though many churches do this. My Pastor is a hardcore, Bible believing brother and taught us something that I never really gave much thought to. I am glad we spoke about this and am glad that at least we were able to do a beautiful dedication for Caelub to the Lord for that purpose.

We invited all our friends, whom we consider family, over to our home for lasagna and salad afterwards and had our Pastor and his wife over as well. It was a beautiful day and a splendid memory that we will not soon forget.

Love you my son, Caelub.

Of course, I must include scripture here for reference:

One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism – Ephesians 4:5

Luke 23:39-43 Man on the Cross – Baptism not required for salvation

*Now I dedicate him to the Lord. From this time on he is dedicated to the Lord, then they worshiped the Lord there – 1 Samuel 1:28

September 17, 2013

The Baptist Church

So this past summer my wife and I took some time off from our regular church to visit another church as we typically do every summer. What happened next was pretty wild.

We visited this church in NW Houston and enjoyed going the first time. We decided to go back again the following Sunday and really enjoyed it again. We even got invited to a SS Class by a wonderful couple and enjoyed that class as well. What we noticed after leaving the parking lot that second visit, was on their church program, there was a small inscription below the grand name of the Church that stated it was a Baptist Church. We were surprised at noticing this since we didn’t see your typical loud sort of dancing in the aisles type of folks. At least that’s what I think of when I think of typical Baptist Churches. Anyway, we didn’t really make a big deal out of it, since the Church had great preaching and the worship time was excellent as well. We continued to go to this church for the rest of the summer and really felt a calling to join this Church and leave our old Church. We felt that we were being called to another Church and that this Church would fit that bill.

Well, after inquiring from a couple of members of the Church about membership, they told me to discuss membership with one of the associate pastors. So I did. I met with him at lunch one day and asked him about what it takes to join their Baptist Church. He told me everything I knew and expected except one very big difference and that was Baptism. I told him I had not been ‘dunked’ AKA ‘Fully Immersed’ Baptism, but more like sprinkled Baptism. We agreed that after this point, he would go back to the Head Pastor and that they would discuss this topic with the Board of Deacons at their Church. I said great, let me know what they say please and we left it at that.

Several weeks later, the associate pastor sends me a short email and says let’s meet. I agreed to do so and we met this past Wednesday. He told me that the board of Deacons had met and had a short 2 points and that was the end of that conversation on that topic. They said point 1) They couldn’t meet with every family individual that wanted to join their Church and find out about who was or wasn’t Baptised or fully immersed and 2) That it’s the Baptist Church and we are known for Baptism ‘dunking’ and that’s how we have always done it and that’s what makes us Baptist. Thus, my membership into their Church would have to be by ‘Full Immersion’ Baptism or else we couldn’t join their Church.

My immediate thoughts were sad and profound. I thought, man, Jesus Wept(John 11:35). Here we are in 2013 as one body of believers trying to make it in this crazy world and trying to reach out to a lost world that NEEDS Jesus and here you are pushing away a family that wants to join your church because of BAPTISM??? Not because I have never been baptized, but because of the ‘way’ I was baptized…WOW!

I was shocked and dismayed. I never knew that this was how the Baptist Church is. I never knew that regardless of your standing with ‘The Church’ and your standing in your community and your standing with God almighty, if you’re not Baptised by ‘FULL IMMERSION’ well you can’t join ‘our’ church.

I feel very sad for the Baptist Church as a whole today. I have had a little time to swallow what I have been told and it still doesn’t make me happy nor does it make me ever want to cross the doors of ANY Baptist Church EVER again, however I do know that those in that church will make it to Heaven because salvation isn’t predicated on baptism. Just sad to know that they alienate people when they stand on this ‘sand’ of ground. We are to be welcoming to those who want to accept Christ Jesus and not push away those who need to know about the Gospel and Good News of Jesus. For me, they are pushing away and hindering the body of Christ and not fulfilling the Great Commission. We need to do everything I believe, to bring those to Christ at any cost and then to find out that, well, you can’t join our church because you MUST be ‘Dunked’ by baptism to join. That’s complete hypocrisy to Christ teachings.

If the letter of the law was what the Pharisees and Sadducees were guilty of 2000 years ago, then so is the Baptist Church today. They state that because Jesus was Baptised in the Jordan river, then they must do so because of the same, by full immersion. Well, if that is true, then everyone better go to the Jordan River and get Baptised otherwise, per the letter of the law, any other place is unequal and thus should not be accepted!

My walk with Jesus has been over 15 years strong. I was at a Methodist Church, when I was baptized, not a Baptist Church. I was sprinkled with Holy Water and accepted Jesus that same day, 15 years ago on April 19, 1998. Are you stating that my salvation and baptism is null and void because I wasn’t ‘dunked’? I think not. I don’t think they believe that either, but if my baptism isn’t good enough on that day I was baptized, then what are they saying by making that stand?!?!

Thanks for the short time we were able to be a part of your church, but your ‘law’ you live by is flawed and must be changed. Because we ‘always have done it like that’ is not a justification for preventing people from being a healthy member of your congregation.

Sad to write this, Sad to believe this is true, Sad to know that there could have been a wonderful relationship that could have bloomed.

For final clarification, it would be easy to ask folks that want to join the Baptist church, that if they haven’t been baptized before, that they will be baptized by full immersion, but if they have been baptized, then they will accept that baptism. Simple in my opinion.

I will pray that God changes the Baptist Church’s stand on this.

January 28, 2008

10 years

On April 19th of 1998, I was baptised.  That day officially marked my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  What a beautiful day that was for me as well.  I don’t think I washed my hair for like 2 days after that(it wasn’t a dunking, like the Baptists do, but a sprinkling over the head, knelt down)  The joy of this total conversion was awing for me.  I was in such a ‘lost’ place for most of my life until that day.  I had felt literal emptiness inside me for years.  I had tried to fill it with ‘worldly’ things, but nothing seemed to satisfy the craving.  After that day, though, I began a new life and a fresh start with Christ Jesus. 

What’s amazing to me is that I will have walked now with Him for a decade.  I can’t believe it!  I’m really excited, you know.  It’s like a real milestone for me.  One of the things that really hit me was how fast time has passed since my conversion.  10 years doing anything for me is a milestone!  🙂  I began so many new and great things that year as well.  It seems that God does have a plan for me and for everyone.  It’s just a matter of accepting what He has in store for you and receiving it with open arms, knowing that our Abba Father know what’s best.  We just have to be obedient to Him and what He wants from us.  To love mercy, act justly and walk humbly with our God.  I know it seems harder than it reads, but it is true.  Anytime I have done my own thing, it’s never been quite good.  Whenever I do something that God would be proud of and say that was good, it seems to be blessed and have long-lasting positive effects.  That’s been my experience in 10 short years of walking with the Lord. 

 “What a blessing it has been to walk with you Lord Jesus. I’m glad that you called me from out of the slimy pit and miry clay that I was in and set my feet upon your rock of solid ground and have established my ways.  I’m grateful that you have called me into your Kingdom and I continuously give you praise for all that you are and do.  Thank you Jesus for 10 years.  I look forward to many more with you.  Amen.”