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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE VALIDITY OF THE
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH.

Q. 1. Does the catholic Church recognize the baptism of the Baptist Church?

A. 1. The baptist church does not recognize infant baptism. Instead, they have a ceremony of dedication that excludes the usage of water. Valid baptism takes place for those who are age 13 and over. The following provides a great explanation:

"For the main majority of all Baptists, Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.[155] It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Saviour, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer's faith in the final resurrection of the dead.

Most Baptists believe that baptism in itself does not convey salvation or transformation, but is a sign of what has already happened in a spiritual sense to a new believer. Since it is considered not to bestow "saving grace" or be salvific as such, Baptists consider it an "ordinance" rather than a "sacrament." Being a church "ordinance"—a teaching of the Bible that Jesus intended his followers to observe,[157] it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord's Supper (Baptist's preferred term for communion).

Baptism cannot be separated from one’s doctrine of Christ, since Christ himself was baptized and his redemptive work is depicted in baptism by immersion as a new relationship in Christ which all believers enjoy.

Baptists also believe that baptism is an important way of professing one’s faith in Christ. Typically, adults, youth, or older children who understand the commitment of faith to Christ and wish to respond to God’s call are acceptable candidates for baptism.

Baptists have been criticized because their rejection of infant baptism appears to have no place for children in an adult or believers’ church. Instead of baptizing young children and infants, Baptists prefer to dedicate children to the Lord in a public church service where the parents and the members of the church are called upon to live exemplary lives before children, and to teach them the ways of the Lord. Water baptism is not an element in that service."

[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism#Baptist_views]



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