Category Archives: Baptism

Tertullian (~200): Children should not be baptized until they can ask for salvation themselves

And so, according to the circumstances and disposition, and even age, of each individual, the delay of baptism is preferable; principally, however, in the case of little children. For why is it necessary — if (baptism itself) is not so … Continue reading

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The Didache (~150): Baptism is by Immersion and for Converts

And concerning baptism, baptize this way: Having first said all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Matthew 28:19 in living water. But if you have not living water, … Continue reading

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Zwingli (1525): Baptism By Immersion Signifies Christ’s Death and Resurrection

What clearer proof could there be than this text from Paul that baptism is an initiatory sign which introduces or pledges us to Christ, that in him we may be new men and live a new life. Immersion in the … Continue reading

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Canons of the Apostles (4th Century): Immerse Thrice or Forsake the Bishopric

If any bishop or presbyter does not perform the three immersions of the one admission, but one immersion, which is given into the death of Christ, let him be deprived; for the Lord did not say, Baptize into my death, but, … Continue reading

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Martin Luther (1520): Baptism By Immersion Was Instituted By Christ

Hence it is indeed correct to say that baptism washes sins away, but that expression is too weak and mild to bring out the full significance of baptism, which is rather a symbol of death and resurrection. For this reason … Continue reading

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Sozomen (440): Baptism is By Immersion

This is an intersting one in which Sozomen states that it was actually Arians who corrupted baptism by immersion by stating that it could properly be done with a single immersion rather than three immersions, as was the “tradition which … Continue reading

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Martin Luther (1519): Restore the Practice of Immersion

“In Greek, baptism is baptismos and in Latin, it is mersio. It means to submerge something so deeply that it is covered by the water. It is no longer a common practice to immerse infants but to scoop water from … Continue reading

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