|originally posted by SuperPickle: Here's a question for anyone out there: Pres. and Meth.'s practice infant baptism. Is that conservative or liberal? I mean, in Biblical times, it was adult baptism. But ever since the Roman Catholic times until the radical baptists came in the scene, it was infant baptism. NOw the evangelicals and baptists do adult and the mainline & liturgical churches do infant. SO which wold you consider the conservative practice?|
My parents, My Wife, and Myself were all baptised as a teen or adult.
I've always been taught that it must be a choice that you personally make - to follow Christ - and Baptism is an outward symbol of an inward committment to take the seriousness of your relationship with Christ to the next level... a parallel might be moving from an "engagement" period to the point of "marriage" with baptism being that marriage ceremony. You are taking a stand to Stand with Christ
If it is a choice that I must personally make - then I must have reached an age where I could conceivable consciously MAKE that decision.
Now the next question - the one that has been debated in circles that I've fellowshipped with - is the debate between the Biblical example of Baptism by Immersion and the Water Conservation Method (Sprinkling)
As for whether or not it is Conservative vs. Liberal. I've been taught that it was the more liberal denominations that Baptised you as a small child (w/o your consent, and/or knowledge of the levity of the situation - in fact - you haven't even reached an age of accountability - so it is more to pacify the parents or put them at peace about your salvation than for your own salvation and/or commitment to Christ)
From my perspective it must be a personal choice as to whether or not you should be baptized.
FYI: my grandpa died a few years ago - and the minister who came to visit him asked him if he would like to be baptized "the right way" - since he was "only sprinkled" as a small child - My grandpa made it clear that his commitment was to the Lord and not to a church or a method of Baptism...