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Baptism
Baptism
(from the Greek noun βάπτισμα baptisma; see below) is a Christian
Christian
sacrament of admission and adoption,[1] almost invariably with the use of water, into the Christian Church
Christian Church
generally.[2][3] The canonical Gospels report that Jesus
Jesus
was baptized[4]—a historical event to which a high degree of certainty can be assigned.[5][6][7] Baptism
Baptism
has been called a holy sacrament and an ordinance of Jesus Christ. In some denominations, baptism is also called christening,[8][9] but for others the word "christening" is reserved for the baptism of infants.[10] Baptism
Baptism
has also given its name to the Baptist churches and denominations. The usual form of baptism among the earliest Christians was for the candidate to be immersed, either totally (submerged completely under the water) or partially (standing or kneeling in water while water was poured on him or her).[a] While John the Baptist's use of a deep river for his baptism suggests immersion, "The fact that he chose a permanent and deep river suggests that more than a token quantity of water was needed, and both the preposition 'in' (the Jordan) and the basic meaning of the verb 'baptize' probably indicate immersion. In v. 16, Matthew will speak of Jesus
Jesus
'coming up out of the water'. Phillip and the Eunuch also went down and came up out of water (Acts 8:38-39). Baptism
Baptism
is likened unto a burial in Romans 6:3. "Dip" is translated from baptō (βάπτω). The traditional depiction in Christian
Christian
art of John the Baptist
John the Baptist
pouring water over Jesus' head may therefore be based on later Christian
Christian
practice."[17] Pictorial and archaeological evidence of Christian
Christian
baptism from the 3rd century onward indicates that a normal form was to have the candidate stand in water while water was poured over the upper body.[18][19] Other common forms of baptism now in use include pouring water three times on the forehead, a method called affusion. Martyrdom
Martyrdom
was identified early in Church history as "baptism by blood", enabling martyrs who had not been baptized by water to be saved. Later, the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
identified a baptism of desire, by which those preparing for baptism who die before actually receiving the sacrament are considered saved.[20] As evidenced also in the common Christian
Christian
practice of infant baptism, baptism was universally seen by Christians as in some sense necessary for salvation, until Huldrych Zwingli
Huldrych Zwingli
in the 16th century denied its necessity.[21] Quakers
Quakers
and The Salvation
Salvation
Army practice Baptism
Baptism
with the Holy Spirit instead of baptism with water.[22] Among denominations that practice baptism by water, differences can be found in the manner and mode of baptizing and in the understanding of the significance of the rite. Most Christians baptize "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit"[23] (following the Great Commission), but some baptize in Jesus' name only. Much more than half of all Christians baptize infants;[b] many others hold that only believer's baptism is true baptism. Some insist on submersion or at least partial immersion of the person who is baptized, others consider that any form of washing by water, as long as the water flows on the head, is sufficient. The term "baptism" has also been used to refer to any ceremony, trial, or experience by which a person is initiated, purified, or given a name.[29]

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History 3 Mode and manner

3.1 Meaning of the Greek verb baptizein 3.2 Derived nouns 3.3 Apparel

4 Meaning and effects

4.1 Christian
Christian
traditions 4.2 Ecumenical statements 4.3 Validity considerations by some churches 4.4 Recognition by other denominations 4.5 Officiator

5 Specific Christian
Christian
groups practicing baptism

5.1 Anabaptist 5.2 Baptist 5.3 Churches of Christ 5.4 Reformed
Reformed
Protestantism 5.5 Roman Catholicism 5.6 Jehovah's Witnesses 5.7 Church of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
of Latter-day Saints

6 Non-practitioners

6.1 Quakers 6.2 Salvation
Salvation
Army 6.3 Hyperdispensationalism

7 Comparative summary 8 Debaptism 9 Other initiation ceremonies

9.1 Mystery religion initiation rites 9.2 Gnostic Catholicism and Thelema 9.3 Baptism
Baptism
of objects

9.3.1 Boats and ships 9.3.2 Church bells 9.3.3 Dolls

10 Mandaean baptism 11 See also

11.1 Related articles and subjects 11.2 People and ritual objects

12 Notes 13 References 14 Further reading 15 External links

Etymology[edit]

Catacombs of San Callisto: baptism in a 3rd-century painting

The English word baptism is derived indirectly through Latin
Latin
from the neuter Greek concept noun baptisma (Greek βάπτισμα, "washing-ism"),[c][30] which is a neologism in the New Testament derived from the masculine Greek noun baptismos (βαπτισμός), a term for ritual washing in Greek language
Greek language
texts of Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period, such as the Septuagint.[31][32] Both of these nouns are derived from the verb baptizō (βαπτίζω, "I wash" transitive verb), which is used in Jewish texts for ritual washing, and in the New Testament
New Testament
both for ritual washing and also for the apparently new rite of baptisma. The Greek verb baptō (βάπτω), "dip", from which the verb baptizo is derived, is in turn hypothetically traced to a reconstructed Indo-European root *gʷabh-, "dip".[33][34][35] The Greek words are used in a great variety of meanings.[36] History[edit] Main article: History of baptism

Al-Maghtas
Al-Maghtas
ruins on the Jordanian side of the Jordan
Jordan
River are the location for the Baptism
Baptism
of Jesus
Jesus
and the ministry of John the Baptist.

Excavated mikveh in Qumran, Israel

Baptism
Baptism
has similarities to Tvilah, a Jewish purification ritual of immersing in water, which is required for, among other things, conversion to Judaism,[37] but which differs in being repeatable, while baptism is to be performed only once.[38] (In fact, the Modern Hebrew term for "baptism" is " Christian
Christian
Tvilah".) John the Baptist, who is considered a forerunner to Christianity, used baptism as the central sacrament of his messianic movement.[39] The apostle Paul distinguished between the baptism of John, ("baptism of repentance") and baptism in the name of Jesus,[40] and it is questionable whether Christian
Christian
baptism was in some way linked with that of John.[41] Christians consider Jesus
Jesus
to have instituted the sacrament of baptism, though whether Jesus
Jesus
intended to institute a continuing, organized church is a matter of dispute among scholars.[21] The earliest Christian
Christian
baptisms were probably normally by immersion, complete or partial.[42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50] though other modes may have also been used.[51] Though some form of immersion was likely the most common method of baptism, many of the writings from the ancient church appeared to view the mode of baptism as inconsequential. The Didache
Didache
7.1–3 (AD 60–150) allowed for affusion practices in situations where immersion was not practical. Likewise, Tertullian
Tertullian
(AD 196–212) allowed for varying approaches to baptism even if those practices did not conform to biblical or traditional mandates (cf. De corona militis 3; De baptismo 17). Finally, Cyprian (ca. AD 256) explicitly stated that the amount of water was inconsequential and defended immersion, affusion, and aspersion practices (Epistle 75.12). As a result, there was no uniform or consistent mode of baptism in the ancient church prior to the fourth century.[52] By the third and fourth centuries, baptism involved catechetical instruction as well as chrismation, exorcisms, laying on of hands, and recitation of a creed.[53] In the early middle ages infant baptism became common and the rite was significantly simplified.[54] In Western Europe Affusion
Affusion
became the normal mode of baptism between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, though immersion was still practiced into the sixteenth.[55] In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther
Martin Luther
retained baptism as a sacrament,[56] but Swiss reformer Huldrych Zwingli
Huldrych Zwingli
considered baptism and the Lord's supper to be symbolic.[21] Anabaptists denied the validity of the practice of infant baptism, and rebaptized converts. Mode and manner[edit] Baptism
Baptism
is practiced in several different ways. Aspersion is the sprinkling of water on the head, and affusion is the pouring of water over the head. The word "immersion" is derived from late Latin
Latin
immersio, a noun derived from the verb immergere (in – "into" + mergere "dip"). In relation to baptism, some use it to refer to any form of dipping, whether the body is put completely under water or is only partly dipped in water; they thus speak of immersion as being either total or partial. Others, of the Anabaptist
Anabaptist
belief, use "immersion" to mean exclusively plunging someone entirely under the surface of the water.[57][58] The term "immersion" is also used of a form of baptism in which water is poured over someone standing in water, without submersion of the person.[59][60] On these three meanings of the word "immersion", see Immersion baptism. When "immersion" is used in opposition to "submersion",[61] it indicates the form of baptism in which the candidate stands or kneels in water and water is poured over the upper part of the body. Immersion in this sense has been employed in West and East since at least the 2nd century and is the form in which baptism is generally depicted in early Christian
Christian
art. In the West, this method of baptism began to be replaced by affusion baptism from around the 8th century, but it continues in use in Eastern Christianity.[59][60][62]

Christening photograph in Orthodox Church. The moment of Catechism.

Baptism
Baptism
by submersion in the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
(Sophia Cathedral, 2005)

Men lined up to be baptized by immersion in the River Jordan

The word submersion comes from the late Latin
Latin
(sub- "under, below" + mergere "plunge, dip")[63] and is also sometimes called "complete immersion". It is the form of baptism in which the water completely covers the candidate's body. Submersion is practiced in the Orthodox and several other Eastern Churches.[64] In the Latin
Latin
Church of the Catholic
Catholic
Church, baptism by submersion is used in the Ambrosian Rite and is one of the methods provided in the Roman Rite
Roman Rite
of the baptism of infants. It is seen as obligatory among some groups that have arisen since the Protestant Reformation, such as Baptists
Baptists
and The Church of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Meaning of the Greek verb baptizein[edit] The Greek-English Lexicon of Liddell and Scott gives the primary meaning of the verb baptizein, from which the English verb "baptize" is derived, as "dip, plunge", and gives examples of plunging a sword into a throat or an embryo and for drawing wine by dipping a cup in the bowl; for New Testament
New Testament
usage it gives two meanings: "baptize", with which it associates the Septuagint
Septuagint
mention of Naaman
Naaman
dipping himself in the Jordan
Jordan
River, and "perform ablutions", as in Luke 11:38.[65] Although the Greek verb baptizein does not exclusively mean dip, plunge or immerse (it is used with literal and figurative meanings such as "sink", "disable", "overwhelm", "go under", "overborne", "draw from a bowl"),[65][66] lexical sources typically cite this as a meaning of the word in both the Septuagint[67][68][69] and the New Testament.[70] "While it is true that the basic root meaning of the Greek words for baptize and baptism is immerse/immersion, it is not true that the words can simply be reduced to this meaning, as can be seen from Mark 10:38–39, Luke 12:50, Matthew 3:11 Luke 3:16 and Corinthians10:2."[71] Two passages in the Gospels indicate that the verb baptizein did not always indicate submersion. The first is Luke 11:38, which tells how a Pharisee, at whose house Jesus
Jesus
ate, "was astonished to see that he did not first wash (ἐβαπτίσθη, aorist passive of βαπτίζω—literally, "was baptized") before dinner". This is the passage that Liddell and Scott cites as an instance of the use of βαπτίζω to mean perform ablutions. Jesus' omission of this action is similar to that of his disciples: "Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash (νίπτω) not their hands when they eat bread".[72] The other Gospel
Gospel
passage pointed to is: "The Pharisees...do not eat unless they wash (νίπτω, the ordinary word for washing) their hands thoroughly, observing the tradition of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they wash themselves (literally, "baptize themselves"—βαπτίσωνται, passive or middle voice of βαπτίζω)".[73]

Baptism
Baptism
of a child by affusion

Scholars of various denominations[74][75][76] claim that these two passages show that invited guests, or people returning from market, would not be expected to immerse themselves ("baptize themselves") totally in water but only to practise the partial immersion of dipping their hands in water or to pour water over them, as is the only form admitted by present Jewish custom.[77] In the second of the two passages, it is actually the hands that are specifically identified as "washed" (Mark 7:3), not the entire person, for whom the verb used is baptizomai, literally "be baptized", "be immersed" (Mark 7:4), a fact obscured by English versions that use "wash" as a translation of both verbs. Zodhiates concludes that the washing of the hands was done by immersing them.[78] The Liddell–Scott–Jones Greek-English Lexicon (1996) cites the other passage (Luke 11:38) as an instance of the use of the verb baptizein to mean "perform ablutions", not "submerge".[79] References to the cleaning of vessels which use βαπτίζω also refer to immersion.[80] As already mentioned, the lexicographical work of Zodhiates says that, in the second of these two cases,[81] the verb baptizein indicates that, after coming from the market, the Pharisees washed their hands by immersing them in collected water.[78] Balz & Schneider understand the meaning of βαπτίζω, used in place of ῥαντίσωνται (sprinkle), to be the same as βάπτω, to dip or immerse,[82][83][84] a verb used of the partial dipping of a morsel held in the hand into wine or of a finger into spilled blood.[85]

Fresco of a baptism from the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter.

A possible additional use of the verb baptizein to relate to ritual washing is suggested by Peter Leithart (2007) who suggests that Paul's phrase "Else what shall they do who are baptized for the dead?"[86] relates to Jewish ritual washing.[87] In Jewish Greek the verb baptizein "baptized" has a wider reference than just "baptism" and in Jewish context primarily applies to the masculine noun baptismos "ritual washing"[88] The verb baptizein occurs four times in the Septuagint
Septuagint
in the context of ritual washing, baptismos; Judith cleansing herself from menstrual impurity, Naaman
Naaman
washing seven times to be cleansed from leprosy, etc.[89] Additionally, in the New Testament only, the verb baptizein can also relate to the neuter noun baptisma "baptism" which is a neologism unknown in the Septuagint
Septuagint
and other pre- Christian
Christian
Jewish texts.[90] This broadness in the meaning of baptizein is reflected in English Bibles rendering "wash", where Jewish ritual washing is meant: for example Mark 7:4 states that the Pharisees "except they wash (Greek "baptize"), they do not eat",[91] and "baptize" where baptisma, the new Christian
Christian
rite, is intended. Derived nouns[edit] Two nouns derived from the verb baptizo (βαπτίζω) appear in the New Testament: the masculine noun baptismos (βαπτισμός) and the neuter noun baptisma (βάπτισμα):

baptismos (βαπτισμός) refers in Mark 7:4 to a water-rite for the purpose of purification, washing, cleansing, of dishes;[92][93] in the same verse and in Hebrews
Hebrews
9:10 to Levitical cleansings of vessels or of the body;[94] and in Hebrews
Hebrews
6:2 perhaps also to baptism, though there it may possibly refer to washing an inanimate object.[93] According to Spiros Zodhiates when referring merely to the cleansing of utensils baptismos (βαπτισμός) is equated with rhantismos (ῥαντισμός, "sprinkling"), found only in Hebrews
Hebrews
12:24 and Peter 1:2, a noun used to indicate the symbolic cleansing by the Old Testament priest.[78] baptisma (βάπτισμα), which is a neologism appearing to originate in the New Testament, and probably should not be confused with the earlier Jewish concept of baptismos (βαπτισμός),[95] Later this is found only in writings by Christians.[92] In the New Testament, it appears at least 21 times:

13 times with regard to the rite practised by John the Baptist;[96] 3 times with reference to the specific Christian
Christian
rite[97] (4 times if account is taken of its use in some manuscripts of Colossians
Colossians
2:12, where, however, it is most likely to have been changed from the original baptismos than vice versa);[98] 5 times in a metaphorical sense.[99]

Manuscript variation: In Colossians, some manuscripts have neuter noun baptisma (βάπτισμα), but some have masculine noun baptismos (βαπτισμός), and this is the reading given in modern critical editions of the New Testament.[100] If this reading is correct, then this is the only New Testament
New Testament
instance in which baptismos (βαπτισμός) is clearly used of Christian
Christian
baptism, rather than of a generic washing, unless the opinion of some is correct that Hebrews
Hebrews
6:2 may also refer to Christian
Christian
baptism.[93] The feminine noun baptisis,[101] along with the masculine noun baptismos[102] both occur in Josephus' Antiquities (J. AJ 18.5.2) relating to the murder of John the Baptist
John the Baptist
by Herod.[103][104] This feminine form is not used elsewhere by Josephus, nor in the New Testament.[105]

A Christian
Christian
baptism is administered in one of the following forms, performing the action either once or thrice:[106][107] Apparel[edit] Until the Middle Ages, most baptisms were performed with the candidates naked—as is evidenced by most of the early portrayals of baptism (some of which are shown in this article), and the early Church Fathers
Church Fathers
and other Christian
Christian
writers. Deaconesses helped female candidates for reasons of modesty.[108] Typical of these is Cyril of Jerusalem
Cyril of Jerusalem
who wrote "On the Mysteries of Baptism" in the 4th century (c. 350 AD):

Do you not know, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into His death? etc....for you are not under the Law, but under grace. 1. Therefore, I shall necessarily lay before you the sequel of yesterday's Lecture, that you may learn of what those things, which were done by you in the inner chamber, were symbolic. 2. As soon, then, as you entered, you put off your tunic; and this was an image of putting off the old man with his deeds.[109] Having stripped yourselves, you were naked; in this also imitating Christ, who was stripped naked on the Cross, and by His nakedness put off from Himself the principalities and powers, and openly triumphed over them on the tree. For since the adverse powers made their lair in your members, you may no longer wear that old garment; I do not at all mean this visible one, but the old man, which waxes corrupt in the lusts of deceit.[110] May the soul which has once put him off, never again put him on, but say with the Spouse of Christ
Christ
in the Song of Songs, I have put off my garment, how shall I put it on?[111] O wondrous thing! You were naked in the sight of all, and were not ashamed; for truly ye bore the likeness of the first-formed Adam, who was naked in the garden, and was not ashamed. 3. Then, when you were stripped, you were anointed with exorcised oil, from the very hairs of your head to your feet, and were made partakers of the good olive-tree, Jesus
Jesus
Christ. 4. After these things, you were led to the holy pool of Divine Baptism, as Christ
Christ
was carried from the Cross to the Sepulchre which is before our eyes. And each of you was asked, whether he believed in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and you made that saving confession, and descended three times into the water, and ascended again; here also hinting by a symbol at the three days burial of Christ.... And at the self-same moment you were both dying and being born;[112]

The symbolism is threefold: 1. Baptism
Baptism
is considered to be a form of rebirth—"by water and the Spirit"[113]—the nakedness of baptism (the second birth) paralleled the condition of one's original birth. For example, St. John Chrysostom calls the baptism "λοχείαν", i.e., giving birth, and "new way of creation...from water and Spirit" ("to John" speech 25,2), and later elaborates:

For nothing perceivable was handed over to us by Jesus; but with perceivable things, all of them however conceivable. This is also the way with the baptism; the gift of the water is done with a perceivable thing, but the things being conducted, i.e., the rebirth and renovation, are conceivable. For, if you were without a body, He would hand over these bodiless gifts as naked [gifts] to you. But because the soul is closely linked to the body, He hands over the perceivable ones to you with conceivable things. (Chrysostom to Matthew., speech 82, 4, c. 390 A.D.)

2. The removal of clothing represented the "image of putting off the old man with his deeds" (as per Cyril, above), so the stripping of the body before for baptism represented taking off the trappings of sinful self, so that the "new man", which is given by Jesus, can be put on.

Long laced gown worn at a typical Lutheran
Lutheran
baptism in Sweden in 1948

3. As St. Cyril again asserts above, as Adam and Eve in scripture were naked, innocent and unashamed in the Garden of Eden, nakedness during baptism was seen as a renewal of that innocence and state of original sinlessness. Other parallels can also be drawn, such as between the exposed condition of Christ
Christ
during His crucifixion, and the crucifixion of the "old man" of the repentant sinner in preparation for baptism. Changing customs and concerns regarding modesty probably contributed to the practice of permitting or requiring the baptismal candidate to either retain their undergarments (as in many Renaissance paintings of baptism such as those by da Vinci, Tintoretto, Van Scorel, Masaccio, de Wit and others) and/or to wear, as is almost universally the practice today, baptismal robes. These robes are most often white, symbolizing purity. Some groups today allow any suitable clothes to be worn, such as trousers and a T-shirt—practical considerations include how easily the clothes will dry (denim is discouraged), and whether they will become see-through when wet. Meaning and effects[edit]

Baptism
Baptism
of Augustine of Hippo
Augustine of Hippo
as represented in a sculptural group in Troyes
Troyes
cathedral (1549)

There are differences in views about the effect of baptism for a Christian. Some Christian
Christian
groups assert baptism is a requirement for salvation and a sacrament, and speak of "baptismal regeneration". Its importance is related to their interpretation of the meaning of the "Mystical Body of Christ" as found in the New Testament. This view is shared by the Catholic
Catholic
and Eastern Orthodox denominations, and by Churches formed early during the Protestant Reformation
Reformation
such as Lutheran
Lutheran
and Anglican. For example, Martin Luther
Martin Luther
said:

To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism
Baptism
is to save. No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to "be saved". To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ
Christ
and live with him forever. — Luther's Large Catechism, 1529

The Churches of Christ,"[114]:p.66[115]:p.112 Jehovah's Witnesses, Christadelphians, and LDS Church
LDS Church
also espouse baptism as necessary for salvation. For Roman Catholics, baptism by water is a sacrament of initiation into the life of the children of God ( Catechism
Catechism
of the Catholic Church, 1212–13). It configures the person to Christ
Christ
(CCC 1272), and obliges the Christian
Christian
to share in the Church's apostolic and missionary activity (CCC 1270). The Catholic
Catholic
holds that there are three types of baptism by which one can be saved: sacramental baptism (with water), baptism of desire (explicit or implicit desire to be part of the Church founded by Jesus
Jesus
Christ), and baptism of blood (martyrdom). In his encyclical Mystici corporis Christi
Mystici corporis Christi
of June 29, 1943, Pope Pius XII
Pope Pius XII
spoke of baptism and profession of the true faith as what makes members of the one true Church, which is the body of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
himself, as God the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
has taught through the Apostle Paul:

18...Through the waters of Baptism
Baptism
those who are born into this world dead in sin are not only born again and made members of the Church, but being stamped with a spiritual seal they become able and fit to receive the other Sacraments. ... 22 Actually only those are to be included as members of the Church who have been baptized and profess the true faith, and who have not been so unfortunate as to separate themselves from the unity of the Body, or been excluded by legitimate authority for grave faults committed. 'For in one spirit' says the Apostle, 'were we all baptized into one Body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free.' As therefore in the true Christian
Christian
community there is only one Body, one Spirit, one Lord, and one Baptism, so there can be only one faith. And therefore if a man refuse to hear the Church let him be considered—so the Lord commands—as a heathen and a publican. It follows that those who are divided in faith or government cannot be living in the unity of such a Body, nor can they be living the life of its one Divine Spirit. —  Mystici corporis Christi
Mystici corporis Christi
(full text in an English translation)

By contrast, Anabaptist
Anabaptist
and Evangelical Protestants recognize baptism as an outward sign of an inward reality following on an individual believer's experience of forgiving grace. Reformed
Reformed
and Methodist Protestants maintain a link between baptism and regeneration, but insist that it is not automatic or mechanical, and that regeneration may occur at a different time than baptism.[116] Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
consistently teach that in baptism a believer surrenders his life in faith and obedience to God, and that God "by the merits of Christ's blood, cleanses one from sin and truly changes the state of the person from an alien to a citizen of God's kingdom. Baptism
Baptism
is not a human work; it is the place where God does the work that only God can do."[114]:p.66 Thus, they see baptism as a passive act of faith rather than a meritorious work; it "is a confession that a person has nothing to offer God".[115]:p.112 Christian
Christian
traditions[edit]

The baptistry at St. Raphael's Cathedral, Dubuque, Iowa. This particular font was expanded in 2005 to include a small pool to provide for immersion baptism of adults. Eight-sided font architectures are common symbology of the day of Christ's Resurrection: the "Eighth Day".

The liturgy of baptism for Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, and Methodist
Methodist
makes clear reference to baptism as not only a symbolic burial and resurrection, but an actual supernatural transformation, one that draws parallels to the experience of Noah
Noah
and the passage of the Israelites
Israelites
through the Red Sea
Red Sea
divided by Moses. Thus, baptism is literally and symbolically not only cleansing, but also dying and rising again with Christ. Catholics believe that baptism is necessary for the cleansing of the taint of original sin, and for that reason infant baptism is a common practice. The Eastern Churches ( Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
and Oriental Orthodoxy) also baptize infants on the basis of texts, such as Matthew 19:14, which are interpreted as supporting full Church membership for children. In these denominations, baptism is immediately followed by Chrismation and Communion at the next Divine Liturgy, regardless of age. Orthodox likewise believe that baptism removes what they call the ancestral sin of Adam.[117] Anglicans believe that Baptism
Baptism
is also the entry into the Church and therefore allows them access to all rights and responsibilities as full members, including the privilege to receive Holy Communion. Most Methodists
Methodists
and Anglicans agree that it also cleanses the taint of what in the West is called original sin, in the East ancestral sin.

Baptism
Baptism
Jar, used in Portuguese Ceylon.

Eastern Orthodox Christians usually insist on complete threefold immersion as both a symbol of death and rebirth into Christ, and as a washing away of sin. Latin
Latin
Church Catholics generally baptize by affusion (pouring); Eastern Catholics usually by submersion, or at least partial immersion. However, submersion is gaining in popularity within the Latin
Latin
Catholic
Catholic
Church. In newer church sanctuaries, the baptismal font may be designed to expressly allow for baptism by immersion.[118] Anglicans baptize by submersion, immersion, affusion or sprinkling. According to evidence which can be traced back to at latest about the year 200,[119] sponsors or godparents are present at baptism and vow to uphold the Christian
Christian
education and life of the baptized. Baptists
Baptists
argue that the Greek word βαπτίζω originally meant "to immerse". They interpret some Biblical passages concerning baptism as requiring submersion of the body in water. They also state that only submersion reflects the symbolic significance of being "buried" and "raised" with Christ.[120]Baptist Churches baptize in the name of the Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, they do not believe that baptism is necessary for salvation; but rather that it is an act of Christian
Christian
obedience. Some "Full Gospel" charismatic churches such as Oneness Pentecostals baptize only in the name of Jesus
Jesus
Christ, citing Peter's preaching baptism in the name of Jesus
Jesus
as their authority.[121] Ecumenical statements[edit] In 1982 the World Council of Churches
World Council of Churches
published the ecumenical paper Baptism, Eucharist
Eucharist
and Ministry. The preface of the document states:

Those who know how widely the churches have differed in doctrine and practice on baptism, Eucharist
Eucharist
and ministry, will appreciate the importance of the large measure of agreement registered here. Virtually all the confessional traditions are included in the Commission's membership. That theologians of such widely different denominations should be able to speak so harmoniously about baptism, Eucharist
Eucharist
and ministry is unprecedented in the modern ecumenical movement. Particularly noteworthy is the fact that the Commission also includes among its full members theologians of the Catholic
Catholic
and other churches which do not belong to the World Council of Churches itself.[122]

A 1997 document, Becoming a Christian: The Ecumenical Implications of Our Common Baptism, gave the views of a commission of experts brought together under the aegis of the World Council of Churches. It states:

...according to Acts 2:38, baptisms follow from Peter's preaching baptism in the name of Jesus
Jesus
and lead those baptized to the receiving of Christ's Spirit, the Holy Ghost, and life in the community: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers"[123] as well as to the distribution of goods to those in need.[124]

Those who heard, who were baptized and entered the community's life, were already made witnesses of and partakers in the promises of God for the last days: the forgiveness of sins through baptism in the name of Jesus
Jesus
and the outpouring of the Holy Ghost on all flesh.[125] Similarly, in what may well be a baptismal pattern, 1 Peter testifies that proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
and teaching about new life[126] lead to purification and new birth.[127] This, in turn, is followed by eating and drinking God's food,[128] by participation in the life of the community—the royal priesthood, the new temple, the people of God[129]—and by further moral formation.[130] At the beginning of 1 Peter the writer sets this baptism in the context of obedience to Christ
Christ
and sanctification by the Spirit.</ref>[1:2]</ref> So baptism into Christ
Christ
is seen as baptism into the Spirit.[131] In the fourth gospel Jesus' discourse with Nicodemus
Nicodemus
indicates that birth by water and Spirit becomes the gracious means of entry into the place where God rules.[132][133] Validity considerations by some churches[edit]

Russian Orthodox
Russian Orthodox
priest greeting an infant and its godparents on the steps of the church at the beginning of the Sacred Mystery
Sacred Mystery
of Baptism.

Since the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Methodist
Methodist
and Lutheran churches teach that baptism is a sacrament that has actual spiritual and salvific effects, certain key criteria must be complied with for it to be valid, i.e., to actually have those effects. If these key criteria are met, violation of some rules regarding baptism, such as varying the authorized rite for the ceremony, renders the baptism illicit (contrary to the church's laws) but still valid.[citation needed] One of the criteria for validity is use of the correct form of words. The Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
teaches that the use of the verb "baptize" is essential.[55] Catholics of the Latin
Latin
Church, Anglicans and Methodists
Methodists
use the form "I baptize you...." Eastern Orthodox and some Eastern Catholics use a passive voice form "The Servant/(Handmaiden) of God is baptized in the name of...." or "This person is baptized by my hands...."[citation needed] Use of the Trinitarian formula
Trinitarian formula
"in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" is also considered essential; thus these churches do not accept as valid baptisms of non-Trinitarian churches such as Oneness Pentecostals.[citation needed] Another essential condition is use of water. A baptism in which some liquid that would not usually be called water, such as wine, milk, soup or fruit juice was used would not be considered valid.[134] Another requirement is that the celebrant intends to perform baptism. This requirement entails merely the intention "to do what the Church does",[135] not necessarily to have Christian
Christian
faith, since it is not the person baptizing, but the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
working through the sacrament, who produces the effects of the sacrament. Doubt about the faith of the baptizer is thus no ground for doubt about the validity of the baptism.[136] Some conditions expressly do not affect validity—for example, whether submersion, immersion, affusion or aspersion is used. However, if water is sprinkled, there is a danger that the water may not touch the skin of the unbaptized. As has been stated, "it is not sufficient for the water to merely touch the candidate; it must also flow, otherwise there would seem to be no real ablution. At best, such a baptism would be considered doubtful. If the water touches only the hair, the sacrament has probably been validly conferred, though in practice the safer course must be followed. If only the clothes of the person have received the aspersion, the baptism is undoubtedly void."[134] For many communions, validity is not affected if a single submersion or pouring is performed rather than a triple, but in Orthodoxy this is controversial.[citation needed] According to the Catholic
Catholic
Church, baptism imparts an indelible "seal" upon the soul of the baptized and therefore a person who has already been baptized cannot be validly baptized again. This teaching was affirmed against the Donatists who practiced rebaptism. The grace received in baptism is believed to operate ex opere operato and is therefore considered valid even if administered in heretical or schismatic groups.[137] Recognition by other denominations[edit] The Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian
Presbyterian
and Methodist
Methodist
Churches accept baptism performed by other denominations within this group as valid, subject to certain conditions, including the use of the Trinitarian formula. It is only possible to be baptized once, thus people with valid baptisms from other denominations may not be baptized again upon conversion or transfer. Such people are accepted upon making a profession of faith and, if they have not yet validly received the sacrament/rite of confirmation or chrismation, by being confirmed. Specifically, " Methodist
Methodist
theologians argued that since God never abrogated a covenant made and sealed with proper intentionality, rebaptism was never an option, unless the original baptism had been defective by not having been made in the name of the Trinity."[138] In some cases it can be difficult to decide if the original baptism was in fact valid; if there is doubt, conditional baptism is administered, with a formula on the lines of "If you are not yet baptized, I baptize you...."[139][140] In the still recent past, it was common practice in the Roman Catholic Church to baptize conditionally almost every convert from Protestantism
Protestantism
because of a perceived difficulty in judging about the validity in any concrete case. In the case of the major Protestant Churches, agreements involving assurances about the manner in which they administer baptism has ended this practice, which sometimes continues for other groups of Protestants. The Catholic Church
Catholic Church
has always recognized the validity of baptism in the Churches of Eastern Christianity, but it has explicitly denied the validity of the baptism conferred in the LDS Church.[141] Practice in the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
for converts from other communions is not uniform. However, generally baptisms performed in the name of the Holy Trinity
Trinity
are accepted by the Orthodox Christian Church. If a convert has not received the sacrament (mysterion) of baptism, he or she must be baptised in the name of the Holy Trinity before they may enter into communion with the Orthodox Church. If he has been baptized in another Christian
Christian
confession (other than Orthodox Christianity) his previous baptism is considered retroactively filled with grace by chrismation or, in rare circumstances, confession of faith alone as long as the baptism was done in the name of the Holy Trinity
Trinity
(Father, Son and Holy Spirit). The exact procedure is dependent on local canons and is the subject of some controversy.[citation needed] Oriental Orthodox Churches recognise the validity of baptisms performed within the Eastern Orthodox Communion. Some also recognise baptisms performed by Catholic
Catholic
Churches. Any supposed baptism not performed using the Trinitarian formula
Trinitarian formula
is considered invalid.[citation needed] In the eyes of the Catholic
Catholic
Church, all Orthodox Churches, Anglican and Lutheran
Lutheran
Churches, the baptism conferred by the LDS Church
LDS Church
is invalid.[142] An article published together with the official declaration to that effect gave reasons for that judgment, summed up in the following words: "The Baptism
Baptism
of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
and that of the Church of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
of Latter-day Saints differ essentially, both for what concerns faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in whose name Baptism
Baptism
is conferred, and for what concerns the relationship to Christ
Christ
who instituted it."[143] The LDS Church
LDS Church
stresses that baptism must be administered by one having proper authority; consequently, the church does not recognize the baptism of any other church as valid.[144] Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
do not recognise any other baptism occurring after 1914[145] as valid,[146] as they believe that they are now the one true church of Christ,[147] and that the rest of "Christendom" is false religion.[148] Officiator[edit] There is debate among Christian
Christian
churches as to who can administer baptism. The examples given in the New Testament
New Testament
only show apostles and deacons administering baptism. Ancient Christian
Christian
churches interpret this as indicating that baptism should be performed by the clergy except in extremis, i.e., when the one being baptized is in immediate danger of death. Then anyone may baptize, provided, in the view of the Eastern Orthodox Church, the person who does the baptizing is a member of that Church, or, in the view of the Catholic
Catholic
Church, that the person, even if not baptized, intends to do what the Church does in administering the rite. Many Protestant churches see no specific prohibition in the biblical examples and permit any believer to baptize another. In the Roman Catholic
Catholic
Church, canon law for the Latin
Latin
Church lays down that the ordinary minister of baptism is a bishop, priest or deacon,[149] but its administration is one of the functions "especially entrusted to the parish priest".[150] If the person to be baptized is at least fourteen years old, that person's baptism is to be referred to the bishop, so that he can decide whether to confer the baptism himself.[151] If no ordinary minister is available, a catechist or some other person whom the local ordinary has appointed for this purpose may licitly do the baptism; indeed in a case of necessity any person (irrespective of that person's religion) who has the requisite intention may confer the baptism[152] By "a case of necessity" is meant imminent danger of death because of either illness or an external threat. "The requisite intention" is, at the minimum level, the intention "to do what the Church does" through the rite of baptism. In the Eastern Catholic
Catholic
Churches, a deacon is not considered an ordinary minister. Administration of the sacrament is reserved to the Parish Priest
Priest
or to another priest to whom he or the local hierarch grants permission, a permission that can be presumed if in accordance with canon law. However, "in case of necessity, baptism can be administered by a deacon or, in his absence or if he is impeded, by another cleric, a member of an institute of consecrated life, or by any other Christian
Christian
faithful; even by the mother or father, if another person is not available who knows how to baptize."[153] The discipline of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy
Oriental Orthodoxy
and the Assyrian Church of the East
Assyrian Church of the East
is similar to that of the Eastern Catholic
Catholic
Churches. They require the baptizer, even in cases of necessity, to be of their own faith, on the grounds that a person cannot convey what he himself does not possess, in this case membership in the Church.[154] The Latin
Latin
Catholic Church
Catholic Church
does not insist on this condition, considering that the effect of the sacrament, such as membership of the Church, is not produced by the person who baptizes, but by the Holy Spirit. For the Orthodox, while Baptism
Baptism
in extremis may be administered by a deacon or any lay-person, if the newly baptized person survives, a priest must still perform the other prayers of the Rite of Baptism, and administer the Mystery of Chrismation. The discipline of Anglicanism
Anglicanism
and Lutheranism
Lutheranism
is similar to that of the Latin
Latin
Catholic
Catholic
Church. For Methodists
Methodists
and many other Protestant denominations, too, the ordinary minister of baptism is a duly ordained or appointed minister of religion. Newer movements of Protestant Evangelical churches, particularly non-denominational, allow laypeople to baptize. In the LDS Church, only a man who has been ordained to the Aaronic priesthood holding the priesthood office of priest or higher office in the Melchizedek priesthood may administer baptism.[155] A Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
baptism is performed by a "dedicated male" adherent.[156][157] Only in extraordinary circumstances would a "dedicated" baptizer be unbaptized (see section Jehovah's Witnesses). Specific Christian
Christian
groups practicing baptism[edit] Anabaptist[edit]

A river baptism in North Carolina
North Carolina
at the turn of the 20th century. Full-immersion (submersion) baptism continues to be a common practice in many African-American Christian
Christian
congregations today.

Anabaptists ("re-baptizers") and Baptists
Baptists
promote adult baptism, or "believer's baptism". Baptism
Baptism
is seen as an act identifying one as having accepted Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
as savior. Early Anabaptists were given that name because they re-baptized persons who they felt had not been properly baptized, having received infant baptism, sprinkling.[158] The traditional form of Anabaptist
Anabaptist
baptism was pouring or sprinkling, the form commonly used in the West in the early 16th century when they emerged. Since the 18th century immersion and submersion became more widespread. Today all forms of baptism can be found among Anabaptist.[159] Baptism
Baptism
memorializes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.[Rom 6] Baptism
Baptism
does not accomplish anything in itself, but is an outward personal sign or testimony that the person's sins have already been washed away by the blood of Christ's cross.[160] It is considered a covenantal act, signifying entrance into the New Covenant
New Covenant
of Christ.[160][161] Baptist[edit] For the majority of Baptists, Christian
Christian
baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.[162] 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
Christ
Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer's faith in the final resurrection of the dead.[163] Furthermore, for a new convert the general practice is that baptism also allows the person to be a registered member of the local Baptist congregation (though some churches have adopted "new members classes" as a mandatory step for congregational membership). Regarding rebaptism the general rules are:

baptisms by other than immersion are not recognized as valid and therefore rebaptism by immersion is required; and baptisms by immersion in other denominations may be considered valid if performed after the person having professed faith in Jesus
Jesus
Christ (though among the more conservative groups such as Independent Baptists, rebaptism may be required by the local congregation if performed in a non-Baptist church – and, in extreme cases, even if performed within a Baptist church that wasn't an Independent Baptist congregation)

Churches of Christ[edit] Baptism
Baptism
in Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
is performed only by full bodily immersion,[164]:p.107[165]:p.124 based on the Koine Greek
Koine Greek
verb baptizo which means to dip, immerse, submerge or plunge.[166][167]:p.139[168]:p.313–314[169]:p.22[170]:p.45–46 Submersion is seen as more closely conforming to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus
Jesus
than other modes of baptism.[166][167]:p.140[168]:p.314–316 Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
argue that historically immersion was the mode used in the 1st century, and that pouring and sprinkling later emerged as secondary modes when immersion was not possible.[167]:p.140 Over time these secondary modes came to replace immersion.[167]:p.140 Only those mentally capable of belief and repentance are baptized (i.e., infant baptism is not practiced because the New Testament
New Testament
has no precedent for it).[165]:p.124[166][168]:p.318–319[171]:p.195 Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
have historically had the most conservative position on baptism among the various branches of the Restoration Movement, understanding baptism by immersion to be a necessary part of conversion.[114]:p.61 The most significant disagreements concerned the extent to which a correct understanding of the role of baptism is necessary for its validity.[114]:p.61 David Lipscomb insisted that if a believer was baptized out of a desire to obey God, the baptism was valid, even if the individual did not fully understand the role baptism plays in salvation.[114]:p.61 Austin McGary contended that to be valid, the convert must also understand that baptism is for the forgiveness of sins.[114]:p.62 McGary's view became the prevailing one in the early 20th century, but the approach advocated by Lipscomb never totally disappeared.[114]:p.62 As such, the general practice among churches of Christ
Christ
is to require rebaptism by immersion of converts, even those who were previously baptized by immersion in other churches. More recently, the rise of the International Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
has caused some to reexamine the issue.[114]:p.66 Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
consistently teach that in baptism a believer surrenders his life in faith and obedience to God, and that God "by the merits of Christ's blood, cleanses one from sin and truly changes the state of the person from an alien to a citizen of God's kingdom. Baptism
Baptism
is not a human work; it is the place where God does the work that only God can do."[114]:p.66 Baptism
Baptism
is a passive act of faith rather than a meritorious work; it "is a confession that a person has nothing to offer God."[115]:p.112 While Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
do not describe baptism as a "sacrament", their view of it can legitimately be described as "sacramental."[114]:p.66[169]:p.186 They see the power of baptism coming from God, who chose to use baptism as a vehicle, rather than from the water or the act itself,[169]:p.186 and understand baptism to be an integral part of the conversion process, rather than just a symbol of conversion.[169]:p.184 A recent trend is to emphasize the transformational aspect of baptism: instead of describing it as just a legal requirement or sign of something that happened in the past, it is seen as "the event that places the believer 'into Christ' where God does the ongoing work of transformation."[114]:p.66 There is a minority that downplays the importance of baptism in order to avoid sectarianism, but the broader trend is to "reexamine the richness of the biblical teaching of baptism and to reinforce its central and essential place in Christianity."[114]:p.66 Because of the belief that baptism is a necessary part of salvation, some Baptists
Baptists
hold that the Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
endorse the doctrine of baptismal regeneration.[172] However, members of the Churches of Christ
Christ
reject this, arguing that since faith and repentance are necessary, and that the cleansing of sins is by the blood of Christ through the grace of God, baptism is not an inherently redeeming ritual.[167]:p.133[172][173]:p.630,631 Rather, their inclination is to point to the biblical passage in which Peter, analogizing baptism to Noah's flood, posits that "likewise baptism doth also now save us" but parenthetically clarifies that baptism is "not the putting away of the filth of the flesh but the response of a good conscience toward God" (1 Peter 3:21).[174] One author from the churches of Christ
Christ
describes the relationship between faith and baptism this way, " Faith
Faith
is the reason why a person is a child of God; baptism is the time at which one is incorporated into Christ
Christ
and so becomes a child of God" (italics are in the source).[171]:p.170 Baptism
Baptism
is understood as a confessional expression of faith and repentance,[171]:p.179–182 rather than a "work" that earns salvation.[171]:p.170 Reformed
Reformed
Protestantism[edit] Main article: Reformed
Reformed
baptismal theology In Reformed
Reformed
baptismal theology, baptism is seen as primarily God's offer of union with Christ
Christ
and all his benefits to the baptized. This offer is believed to be intact even when it is not received in faith by the person baptized.[175] Reformed
Reformed
theologians believe the Holy Spirit brings into effect the promises signified in baptism.[176] Baptism
Baptism
is held by almost the entire Reformed
Reformed
tradition to effect regeneration, even in infants who are incapable of faith, by effecting faith which would come to fruition later.[177] Baptism
Baptism
also initiates one into the visible church and the covenant of grace.[178] Baptism
Baptism
is seen as a replacement of circumcision, which is considered the rite of initiation into the covenant of grace in the Old Testament.[179] Reformed
Reformed
Christians believe that immersion is not necessary for baptism to be properly performed, but that pouring or sprinkling are acceptable.[180] Only ordained ministers are permitted to administer baptism in Reformed
Reformed
churches, with no allowance for emergency baptism, though baptisms performed by non-ministers are generally considered valid.[181] Reformed
Reformed
churches, while rejecting the baptismal ceremonies of the Roman Catholic
Catholic
church, accept the validity of baptisms performed with them and do not rebaptize.[182] Roman Catholicism[edit]

A modern baptistery in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Monza, Italy.

See also: Parish register In Catholic
Catholic
teaching, baptism is stated to be "necessary for salvation by actual reception or at least by desire".[183] This teaching is based on Jesus' words in the Gospel
Gospel
according to John: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God."[184] It dates back to the teachings and practices of 1st-century Christians, and the connection between salvation and baptism was not, on the whole, an item of major dispute until Huldrych Zwingli
Huldrych Zwingli
denied the necessity of baptism, which he saw as merely a sign granting admission to the Christian
Christian
community.[21] The Catechism
Catechism
of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
states that " Baptism
Baptism
is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel
Gospel
has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament."[20] The Council of Trent
Council of Trent
also states in the Decree Concerning Justification from session six that baptism is necessary for salvation.[185] A person who knowingly, willfully and unrepentantly rejects baptism has no hope of salvation. However, if knowledge is absent, "those also can attain to salvation who through no fault of their own do not know the Gospel
Gospel
of Christ
Christ
or His Church, yet sincerely seek God and moved by grace strive by their deeds to do His will as it is known to them through the dictates of conscience."[186] The Catechism
Catechism
of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
also states: "Since Baptism signifies liberation from sin and from its instigator the devil, one or more exorcisms are pronounced over the candidate".[187] In the Roman Rite
Roman Rite
of the baptism of a child, the wording of the prayer of exorcism is: "Almighty and ever-living God, you sent your only Son into the world to cast out the power of Satan, spirit of evil, to rescue man from the kingdom of darkness and bring him into the splendour of your kingdom of light. We pray for this child: set him (her) free from original sin, make him (her) a temple of your glory, and send your Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
to dwell with him (her). Through Christ
Christ
our Lord."[188] In the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
by baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins. Given once for all, baptism cannot be repeated. Baptism
Baptism
not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte "a new creature," an adopted son of God, who has become a "partaker of the divine nature," member of Christ
Christ
and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. Sanctifying grace, the grace of justification, given by God by baptism, erases the original sin and personal actual sins.[189] Catholics are baptized in water, by submersion, immersion or affusion, in the name (singular) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit[190]—not three gods, but one God subsisting in three Persons. While sharing in the one divine essence, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct, not simply three "masks" or manifestations of one divine being. The faith of the Church and of the individual Christian is based on a relationship with these three "Persons" of the one God. Adults can also be baptized through the Rite of Christian
Christian
Initiation of Adults. It is claimed that Pope Stephen I, St. Ambrose
St. Ambrose
and Pope Nicholas I declared that baptisms in the name of "Jesus" only as well as in the name of "Father, Son and Holy Spirit" were valid. The correct interpretation of their words is disputed.[55] Current canonical law requires the Trinitarian formula
Trinitarian formula
and water for validity.[183] The Church recognizes two equivalents of baptism with water: "baptism of blood" and "baptism of desire". Baptism
Baptism
of blood is that undergone by unbaptized individuals who are martyred for their faith, while baptism of desire generally applies to catechumens who die before they can be baptized. The Catechism
Catechism
of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
describes these two forms:

The Church has always held the firm conviction that those who suffer death for the sake of the faith without having received Baptism
Baptism
are baptized by their death for and with Christ. This Baptism
Baptism
of blood, like the desire for Baptism, brings about the fruits of Baptism without being a sacrament. (1258)

For catechumens who die before their Baptism, their explicit desire to receive it, together with repentance for their sins, and charity, assures them the salvation that they were not able to receive through the sacrament. (1259)

The Catholic Church
Catholic Church
holds that those who are ignorant of Christ's Gospel
Gospel
and of the Church, but who seek the truth and do God's will as they understand it, may be supposed to have an implicit desire for baptism and can be saved: "'Since Christ
Christ
died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery.' Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel
Gospel
of Christ
Christ
and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism
Baptism
explicitly if they had known its necessity."[191] As for unbaptized infants, the Church is unsure of their fate; "the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God".[192] Jehovah's Witnesses[edit] Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
believe that baptism should be performed by complete immersion (submersion) only when an individual is old enough to understand its significance. They believe that water baptism is an outward symbol that a person has made an unconditional dedication through Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
to do the will of God. They consider baptism to constitute ordination as a minister.[193] Prospective candidates for baptism must express their desire to be baptized well in advance of a planned baptismal event, to allow for congregation elders to assess their suitability.[194] Elders approve candidates for baptism if the candidates are considered to understand what is expected of members of the religion and to demonstrate sincere dedication to the faith.[195] Most baptisms among Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
are performed at scheduled assemblies and conventions by elders and ministerial servants[196][197][198] and rarely occur at local Kingdom Halls.[199] Prior to baptism, at the conclusion of a pre-baptism talk, candidates must affirm two questions:[200]

On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus
Jesus
Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will? Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses
in association with God's spirit-directed organization?

Only baptized males may baptize new members. Baptizers and candidates wear swimsuits or other informal clothing for baptism, but are directed to avoid clothing that is considered undignified or revealing.[201][202][203] Generally, candidates are individually immersed by a single baptizer,[201] unless a candidate has special circumstances such as a physical disability.[204] In circumstances of extended isolation, a qualified candidate's dedication and stated intention to become baptized may serve to identify him as a member of Jehovah's Witnesses, even if immersion itself must be delayed.[205] In rare instances, unbaptized males who had stated such an intention have reciprocally baptized each other, with both baptisms accepted as valid.[206] Individuals who had been baptized in the 1930s and 1940s by female Witnesses, such as in concentration camps, were later re-baptized but recognized their original baptism dates.[156] Church of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
of Latter-day Saints[edit]

A Mormon baptism, circa the 1850s

Main article: Baptism
Baptism
in Mormonism In The Church of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), baptism has the main purpose of remitting the sins of the participant. It is followed by confirmation, which inducts the person into membership in the church and constitutes a baptism with the Holy Spirit. Latter-day Saints believe that baptism must be by full immersion, and by a precise ritualized ordinance: if some part of the participant is not fully immersed, or the ordinance was not recited verbatim, the ritual must be repeated.[207] It typically occurs in a baptismal font. In addition, members of the LDS Church
LDS Church
do not believe a baptism is valid unless it is performed by a Latter-day Saint one who has proper authority (a priest or elder).[208] Authority is passed down through a form of apostolic succession. All new converts to the faith must be baptized or re-baptized. Baptism
Baptism
is seen as symbolic both of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection[209] and is also symbolic of the baptized individual discarding their "natural" self and donning a new identity as a disciple of Jesus. According to Latter-day Saint theology, faith and repentance are prerequisites to baptism. The ritual does not cleanse the participant of original sin, as Latter-day Saints do not believe the doctrine of original sin. Mormonism rejects infant baptism[210][211] and baptism must occur after the age of accountability, defined in Latter-day Saint scripture as eight years old.[212][213] Latter-day Saint theology also teaches baptism for the dead in which deceased ancestors are baptized vicariously by the living, and believe that their practice is what Paul wrote of in Corinthians 15:29. This occurs in Latter-day Saint temples.[214][215] Non-practitioners[edit] Quakers[edit] Quakers
Quakers
(members of the Religious Society of Friends) do not believe in the baptism of either children or adults with water, rejecting all forms of outward sacraments in their religious life. Robert Barclay's Apology for the True Christian
Christian
Divinity (a historic explanation of Quaker theology from the 17th century), explains Quakers' opposition to baptism with water thus:

"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire".[216] Here John mentions two manners of baptizings and two different baptisms, the one with water, and the other with the Spirit, the one whereof he was the minister of, the other whereof Christ
Christ
was the minister of: and such as were baptized with the first were not therefore baptized with the second: "I indeed baptize you, but he shall baptize you." Though in the present time they were baptized with the baptism of water, yet they were not as yet, but were to be, baptized with the baptism of Christ. — Robert Barclay, 1678[217]

Barclay argued that water baptism was only something that happened until the time of Christ, but that now, people are baptised inwardly by the spirit of Christ, and hence there is no need for the external sacrament of water baptism, which Quakers
Quakers
argue is meaningless. Salvation
Salvation
Army[edit] The Salvation
Salvation
Army does not practice water baptism, or indeed other outward sacraments. William Booth
William Booth
and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation
Salvation
Army, believed that many Christians had come to rely on the outward signs of spiritual grace rather than on grace itself. They believed what was important was spiritual grace itself. However, although the Salvation
Salvation
Army does not practice baptism, they are not opposed to baptism within other Christian
Christian
denominations.[218] Hyperdispensationalism[edit] There are some Christians termed "Hyperdispensationalists" (Mid-Acts dispensationalism) who accept only Paul's Epistles as directly applicable for the church today. They do not accept water baptism as a practice for the church since Paul who was God's apostle to the nations was not sent to baptize. Ultradispensationalists (Acts 28 dispensationalism) who do not accept the practice of the Lord's supper, do not practice baptism because these are not found in the Prison Epistles.[219] Both sects believe water baptism was a valid practice for covenant Israel. Hyperdispensationalists also teach that Peter's gospel message was not the same as Paul's.[220] Hyperdispensationalists assert:

The great commission[221] and its baptism is directed to early Jewish believers, not the Gentile believers of mid-Acts or later. The baptism of Acts 2:36–38 is Peter's call for Israel to repent of complicity in the death of their Messiah; not as a Gospel
Gospel
announcement of atonement for sin, a later doctrine revealed by Paul.

Water baptism found early in the Book of Acts is, according to this view, now supplanted by the one baptism[222] foretold by John the Baptist.[223] Others make a distinction between John's prophesied baptism by Christ
Christ
with the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
and the Holy Spirit's baptism of the believer into the body of Christ; the latter being the one baptism for today. The one baptism for today, it is asserted, is the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" of the believer into the Body of Christ church.[224] Many in this group also argue that John's promised baptism by fire is pending, referring to the destruction of the world by fire.[225] John, as he said "baptized with water", as did Jesus's disciples to the early, Jewish Christian
Christian
church. Jesus
Jesus
himself never personally baptized with water, but did so through his disciples.[226] Unlike Jesus' first apostles, Paul, his apostle to the Gentiles, was sent to preach rather than to baptize[227] in contradiction to the Great Commission.[228] But Paul did occasionally still baptize Jews, for instance in Corinth[229] and in Philippi.[230] He also taught the spiritual significance of Spirit baptism in identifying the believer with the atoning death of Christ, his burial, and resurrection.[231] Romans 6 baptism does not mention nor imply water but is rather a real baptism into Christ's death. Other Hyperdispensationalists believe that baptism was necessary until mid-Acts. The great commission[232] and its baptism was directed to early Jewish believers, not the Gentile believers of mid-Acts or later. Any Jew who believed did not receive salvation[233][234] or the baptism of the Holy Spirit[235] until they were water baptized. This period ended with the calling of Paul.[236] Peter's reaction when the Gentiles received the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
before baptism[237] is seen as proof of transition from water to Spirit baptism. Also significant is the lack of any instructions in the Acts 15 apostolic conference requiring Gentiles to be water baptized. Comparative summary[edit] Comparative Summary of Baptisms of Denominations of Christian Influence.[238][239][240] (This section does not give a complete listing of denominations, and therefore, it only mentions a fraction of the churches practicing "believer's baptism".)

Denomination Beliefs about baptism Type of baptism Baptize infants? Baptism
Baptism
regenerates / gives spiritual life Standard

Anabaptist Baptism
Baptism
is considered by the majority of Anabaptist
Anabaptist
Churches (anabaptist means to baptize again) to be essential to Christian
Christian
faith but not to salvation. It is considered to be an ordinance. The Anabaptists stood firmly against infant baptism in a time when the Church and State were one and when people were made a citizen through baptism into the officially sanctioned Church ( Reformed
Reformed
or Catholic). By Alter in "Why Baptist?" pgs 52-58. Traditionally by pouring or sprinkling, since the 18th century also immersion and submersion. No No. Faith
Faith
in Christ
Christ
is believed to precede and follow baptism. Trinity

Anglicanism " Baptism
Baptism
is not only a sign of profession, and mark of difference, whereby Christian
Christian
men are discerned from others that be not christened, but it is also a sign of Regeneration or New-Birth, whereby, as by an instrument, they that receive Baptism
Baptism
rightly are grafted into the Church; the promises of the forgiveness of sin, and of our adoption to be the sons of God by the Holy Ghost, are visibly signed and sealed; Faith
Faith
is confirmed, and Grace increased by virtue of prayer unto God."[239] By submersion, immersion or pouring. Yes (in most provinces) Yes (in most provinces) Trinity

Baptists A divine ordinance, a symbolic ritual, a mechanism for publicly declaring one's faith, and a sign of having already been saved, but not necessary for salvation. By submersion only. No No Trinity

Brethren[241] Baptism
Baptism
is an ordinance performed upon adults in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is a commitment to live Christ's teachings responsibly and joyfully. Immersion only No Yes Trinity

Calvary Chapel[242] Baptism
Baptism
is disregarded as necessary for salvation but instead recognizes as an outward sign of an inward change Immersion only No No Trinity

Christadelphians Baptism
Baptism
is essential for the salvation of a believer.[243] It is only effective if somebody believes the true gospel message before they are baptized.[244] Baptism
Baptism
is an external symbol of an internal change in the believer: it represents a death to an old, sinful way of life, and the start of a new life as a Christian, summed up as the repentance of the believer—it therefore leads to forgiveness from God, who forgives people who repent.[245] Although someone is only baptized once, a believer must live by the principles of their baptism (i.e., death to sin, and a new life following Jesus) throughout their life.[246] By submersion only[247] No[247] Yes The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
(although Christadelphians
Christadelphians
do not believe in the Nicean trinity)

Denomination (continued) Beliefs about baptism Type of baptism Baptize infants? Baptism
Baptism
regenerates / gives spiritual life Standard

Churches of Christ Baptism
Baptism
is the remissions for sins, it washes away sins and gives spiritual life; it is a symbolization through the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.[248] Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
have historically had the most conservative position on baptism among the various branches of the Restoration Movement, understanding baptism by immersion to be a necessary part of conversion.[114]:p.61 By immersion only[164]:p.107[165]:p.124[166] No[165]:p.124[166][168]:p.318–319[171]:p.195 Yes; because of the belief that baptism is a necessary part of salvation, some Baptists
Baptists
hold that the Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
endorse the doctrine of baptismal regeneration.[172] However, members of the Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ
reject this, arguing that since faith and repentance are necessary, and that the cleansing of sins is by the blood of Christ
Christ
through the grace of God, baptism is not an inherently redeeming ritual.[167]:p.133[172][173]:p.630,631 Baptism
Baptism
is understood as a confessional expression of faith and repentance,[171]:p.179–182 rather than a "work" that earns salvation.[171]:p.170 Trinity

The Church of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
of Latter-day Saints An ordinance essential to enter the Celestial Kingdom of Heaven and preparatory for receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. By immersion performed by a person holding proper priesthood authority.[144] No (at least 8 years old) Yes Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost (the LDS Church
LDS Church
does not teach a belief in the Nicean trinity, but rather a belief in the Godhead)[249]

Christian
Christian
Missionary Alliance[250] Water baptism identifies a person as a disciple of Christ
Christ
and celebrates the passage from an old life into a new life in Christ. Simply stated, it is an outward sign of an inward change. Immersion No No Trinity

Community Churches[251] Not necessary for salvation but rather is a sign as a Christ's followers. It is an act of obedience to Christ
Christ
that follows one's acceptance of salvation by God's grace. Baptism
Baptism
is a symbolization of cleansing of the spirit through God's divine forgiveness and a new life through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. Immersion only No Yes Trinity

Disciples of Christ[252] Baptism
Baptism
is a symbolization of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection. It also signifies new birth, cleansing from sin, individual's response to God's grace, and acceptance into the faith community. Mostly immersion; others pouring. Most Disciples believe that believer's baptism and the practice of immersion were used in the New Testament. No Yes Trinity

Eastern Orthodox Church[253] Baptism
Baptism
is the initiator the salvation experience and for the remissions of sins and is the actual supernatural transformation Immersion Yes Yes Trinity

Evangelical Free Church[254] An outward expression of an individual's inward faith to God's grace. Submersion only No No Trinity

Foursquare Gospel
Gospel
Church[255] Baptism
Baptism
is required as a public commitment to Christ's role as Redeemer and King Immersion only No Yes Trinity

Grace Communion International[256] Baptism
Baptism
proclaims the good news that Christ
Christ
has made everyone his own and that it is only Him that everybody's new life of faith and obedience merges. Immersion only No Yes Trinity

Jehovah's Witnesses Baptism
Baptism
is necessary for salvation as part of the entire baptismal arrangement: as an expression of obedience to Jesus' command (Matthew 28:19–20), as a public symbol of the saving faith in the ransom sacrifice of Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
(Romans 10:10), and as an indication of repentance from dead works and the dedication of one's life to Jehovah. (1 Peter 2:21) However, baptism does not guarantee salvation.[257] By submersion only; typical candidates are baptized at district and circuit conventions.[258] No No Jesus

Denomination (continued) Beliefs about baptism Type of baptism Baptize infants? Baptism
Baptism
regenerates / gives spiritual life Standard

Lutherans The entry sacrament into the Church by which a person receives forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation.[259][260][261] By sprinkling, pouring or immersion.[262] Yes[261] Yes[261] Trinity

Methodists
Methodists
and Wesleyans The sacrament of initiation into Christ's holy Church whereby one is incorporated into the covenant of grace and given new birth through water and the spirit. Baptism
Baptism
washes away sin and clothes one in the righteousness of Christ. It is a visible sign and seal of inward regeneration.[263][264] By sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.[265] Yes[266] Yes, although contingent upon repentance and a personal acceptance of Christ
Christ
as Saviour.[267][268] Trinity

Metropolitan Community Church Baptism
Baptism
is conducted in the order of worship. sprinkling, pouring, or immersion Yes Yes Trinity

Moravian Church[269] The individual receives the pledge of the forgiveness of sins and admission through God's covenant through the blood of Jesus
Jesus
Christ sprinkling, pour, or immersion Yes Yes Trinity

Nazarenes[270] Baptism
Baptism
signifies the acceptance of Christ
Christ
Jesus
Jesus
as Saviour and are willingly to obey him righteously and in holiness. sprinkling, pouring, or immersion Yes Yes Trinity

Oneness Pentecostals Necessary for salvation because it conveys spiritual rebirth.[271] Being baptized is an ordinance directed and established by Jesus
Jesus
and the Apostles.[272] By submersion. Also stress the necessity of a baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; 8:14–17, 35–38).[272] No Yes Jesus[273]

Pentecostals (Trinitarian)[d] Water Baptism
Baptism
is an ordinance, a symbolic ritual used to witness to having accepted Christ
Christ
as personal Savior.[citation needed] By submersion. Also stress the necessity of a "second" Baptism
Baptism
of a special outpouring from the Holy Spirit.[274] No Varies Trinity

Reformed
Reformed
(includes Presbyterian
Presbyterian
churches) A sacrament and means of grace. A sign and a seal of the remission of sins, regeneration, admission into the visible church, and the covenant of grace. It is an outward sign of an inward grace.[275] By sprinkling, pouring, immersion or submersion[275] Yes Yes, the outward means by which the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
inwardly accomplishes regeneration and remission of sins[276] Trinity

Quakers
Quakers
(Religious Society of Friends) Only an external symbol that is no longer to be practiced[277] Do not believe in Baptism
Baptism
of water, but only in an inward, ongoing purification of the human spirit in a life of discipline led by the Holy Spirit.[277] – – –

Denomination (continued) Beliefs about baptism Type of baptism Baptize infants? Baptism
Baptism
regenerates / gives spiritual life Standard

Roman Catholic
Catholic
Church Necessary for salvation. It erases the original and all personal sins. The sanctifying grace, the grace of justification is given by God through baptism.[20] Usually by pouring in the West, by submersion or immersion in the East; sprinkling admitted only if the water then flows on the head.[278][279] Yes Yes Trinity

Seventh-day Adventists Not stated as the prerequisite to salvation, but a prerequisite for becoming a member of the church, although nonmembers are still accepted in the church. It symbolizes death to sin and new birth in Jesus
Jesus
Christ.[280] "It affirms joining the family of God and sets on apart for a life of ministry."[280] By submersion.[281] No No Trinity

United Church of Christ
Christ
(Evangelical and Reformed
Reformed
Churches and the Congregational Christian
Christian
Churches) One of two sacraments. Baptism
Baptism
is an outward sign of God's inward grace. It may or may not be necessary for membership in a local congregation. However, it is a common practice for both infants and adults.[282] By sprinkling, pouring, immersion or submersion. Yes No Trinity

United Church of God[283] Through the laying on hands with prayer, the baptized believer receives the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
and becomes a part of the spiritual body of Jesus
Jesus
Christ. Immersion only No No Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
(although members of the United Church of God doctrinally believe in Binitarianism believing that the Holy Spirit is a power of God and Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
rather than a separate person)

Vineyard Churches[284] A public expression of faith for a person who has committed to follow Jesus. It also symbolizes a person's cleansing of sin and gives a person a chance to openly profess their faith in front of the church, friends, and family. Immersion only No (at least six years old) Yes Trinity

Denomination Beliefs about baptism Type of baptism Baptize infants? Baptism
Baptism
regenerates / gives spiritual life Standard

Debaptism[edit] Main article: Debaptism Most Christian
Christian
churches see baptism as a once-in-a-lifetime event that can be neither repeated nor undone. They hold that those who have been baptized remain baptized, even if they renounce the Christian
Christian
faith by adopting a non- Christian
Christian
religion or by rejecting religion entirely. But some other organizations and individuals are practicing debaptism. Other initiation ceremonies[edit] Main article: Initiation Many cultures practice or have practiced initiation rites, with or without the use of water, including the ancient Egyptian, the Hebraic/Jewish, the Babylonian, the Mayan, and the Norse cultures. The modern Japanese practice of Miyamairi is such as ceremony that does not use water. In some, such evidence may be archaeological and descriptive in nature, rather than a modern practice. Mystery religion initiation rites[edit] Apuleius, a 2nd-century Roman writer, described an initiation into the mysteries of Isis. The initiation was preceded by a normal bathing in the public baths and a ceremonial sprinkling by the priest of Isis, after which the candidate was given secret instructions in the temple of the goddess. The candidate then fasted for ten days from meat and wine, after which he was dressed in linen and led at night into the innermost part of the sanctuary, where the actual initiation, the details of which were secret, took place. On the next two days, dressed in the robes of his consecration, he participated in feasting.[285] Apuleius
Apuleius
describes also an initiation into the cult of Osiris
Osiris
and yet a third initiation, of the same pattern as the initiation into the cult of Isis, without mention of a preliminary bathing.[286] The water-less initiations of Lucius, the character in Apuleius's story who had been turned into an ass and changed back by Isis
Isis
into human form, into the successive degrees of the rites of the goddess was accomplished only after a significant period of study to demonstrate his loyalty and trustworthiness, akin to catechumenal practices preceding baptism in Christianity.[287] Gnostic Catholicism and Thelema[edit] The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, or Gnostic Catholic Church
Catholic Church
(the ecclesiastical arm of Ordo Templi Orientis), offers its Rite of Baptism
Baptism
to any person at least 11 years old.[288] The ceremony is performed before a Gnostic Mass and represents a symbolic birth into the Thelemic
Thelemic
community.[289] Baptism
Baptism
of objects[edit]

Christening of USS Dewey

The word "baptism" or "christening" is sometimes used to describe the inauguration of certain objects for use. Boats and ships[edit] See also: Ceremonial ship launching Baptism
Baptism
of Ships: at least since the time of the Crusades, rituals have contained a blessing for ships. The priest begs God to bless the vessel and protect those who sail in. The ship is usually sprinkled with holy water.[55] Church bells[edit] The name Baptism
Baptism
of Bells has been given to the blessing of (musical, especially church) bells, at least in France, since the 11th century. It is derived from the washing of the bell with holy water by the bishop, before he anoints it with the oil of the infirm without and with chrism within; a fuming censer is placed under it and the bishop prays that these sacramentals of the Church may, at the sound of the bell, put the demons to flight, protect from storms, and call the faithful to prayer. Dolls[edit] " Baptism
Baptism
of Dolls": the custom of 'dolly dunking' was once a common practice in parts of the United Kingdom, particularly in Cornwall where it has been revived in recent years [290] Mandaean baptism[edit] Mandaeans revere John the Baptist
John the Baptist
and practice frequent baptism as a ritual of purification, not of initiation.[291][292][293] See also[edit] Related articles and subjects[edit]

Baptism
Baptism
by fire Baptism
Baptism
of desire Baptism
Baptism
of Jesus Baptismal clothing Baptistery Believer's baptism Catechumen Chrismation Christifideles Conditional baptism Consolamentum Disciple (Christianity) Divine filiation Emergency baptism Infant baptism Jesus-Name doctrine Prevenient Grace Ritual purification Sacrament Theophany Water and religion

People and ritual objects[edit]

Baptismal font Baptistery Chrism Godparent Holy water Holy water
Holy water
in Eastern Christianity John the Baptist Mikvah

Notes[edit]

^ It is a controversy whether baptism was performed by total or partial immersion. Described by multiple scholars:

"In the early centuries baptism was usually by immersion. However, this need not have meant full submersion in the water. Early Christian mosaics portray persons kneeling or standing in the baptismal pool with water being poured over them".[11] "The usual form of baptism was immersion... But sprinkling, also, or copious pouring rather, was practiced at an early day (late second, early third Century) with sick and dying persons, and in all such cases where total or partial immersion was impracticable"[12] "In the case of such a pouring type of baptism, one is necessarily 'immersed' by someone who actually does the pouring over the body".[13] "Very probably Paul pictures baptism as it was given in the early Church by partial immersion, and as the word in its original meaning suggests".[14] "The baptism of John did have certain similarities to the ritual washings at Qumran: both involved withdrawal to the desert to await the lord; both were linked to an ascetic lifestyle; both included total immersion in water; and both had an eschatological context"[15] "It is to be noted that for pouring another word (ekcheo) is used, clearly showing that baptizo does not mean pour. ...There is thus no doubt that early in the 2nd century some Christians felt baptism was so important that, "when the real baptism (immersion) could not be performed because of lack of water, a token pouring might be used in its place"[16]

^ Out of a total of about 2,100,000,000 Christians,[24][25] infant baptism is in use in the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
(1,100,000,000), the Eastern Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church
(225,000,000), most of the 77,000,000 members of the Anglican
Anglican
Communion, Lutherans and others.[26][27][28] ^ βάπτισμα, βαπτισμός, βαπτίζω, βάπτω. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project. The several Greek words from which the English word baptism has been formed are used by Greek writers (in classical antiquity, in the Septuagint, and in the New Testament) with a great latitude of meaning, including "to make Christian" and "baptisma pyros (baptism of fire)" — The University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts, Linguistics Research Center, Indo-European Lexicon, PIE (Proto-Indo-European) Etymon and IE (Indo-European) Reflexes: "baptism" and "baptize", Greek baptein, baptizein, baptos — New Advent, Catholic
Catholic
Encyclopedia: "Baptism": Etymology
Etymology
— Spirit Restoration, Theological Terms: A to B Dictionary: "baptize" (scroll down to "baptism") — Online Etymological Dictionary: "baptize" — International Standard Bible
Bible
Encyclopedia: "baptism" — two parallel online sources, Search God's Word and Eliyah, for "Strong's numbers": Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible: Greek Lexicon 907 βαπτίζω "baptize"/907 baptizo "baptize", 908 βάπτισμα "baptism"/908 baptisma "baptism", 909 βαπτισμός "baptisms"/909 baptismos "baptisms", and 910 βαπτστἠς "baptist"/910 baptistes "baptist". Archived June 29, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Assemblies of God, Church of God of Prophecy, and Church of God in Christ

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in the making of disciples is an immersion in water. The topic formerly was warmly debated, but in these days there is general scholarly agreement. Several lines of evidence converge in support of the baptismal action as a dipping.", Ferguson, "The church of Christ: a biblical ecclesiology for today", p. 201 (1996). ^ Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible
Bible
casts doubt on "the usual assumption that all NT baptisms were by immersion" (Freedman, David Noel; Myers, Allen C., eds. (2000). Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Amsterdam University Press. p. 148. ISBN 9789053565032. ); and the Global Dictionary of Theology says that it is "probable" that immersion was the early church's normal mode of baptism, but that it was not seen as an important issue.(Dyrness, William A., ed. (2008). Global Dictionary of Theology. Intervarsity Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-8308-2454-0. ) ^ "Historians have sometimes assumed that baptism was usually accomplished by full immersion – or submersion – of the body (dunking). However, the archaeological and iconographic evidence is ambiguous on this point" (Jensen, Robin (2010). Living Water. Brill. p. 137. ISBN 978-9-00418898-3. ). ^ "In the early centuries, baptism was usually by submersion. However, this need not have meant full submersion in the water" (Bower, Peter C., ed. (2003). Companion to the Book of Common Worship. Geneva Press. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-66450232-4. ). ^ Hellholm, David (2011). Ablution, Initiation
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and Baptism. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 682, 699, 1397. ISBN 978-3-11024751-0. Retrieved April 13, 2014.  ^ Immersion is to be distinguished from submersion (that is going under the water), a minority practice in early Christianity" (Mannion, M. Francis (2002). Pastoral Answers (Our Sunday Visitor). p. 99. ISBN 978-0-87973725-2. ). ^ Guy, Laurie (2011). Introducing Early Christianity. InterVarsity Press. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-83083942-1.  ^ Slade, Darren M. (August 2014). "The Early Church's Inconsequential View of the Mode of Baptism." Archived September 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. American Theological Inquiry 7 (2): 21–34 ^ Old, Hughes Oliphant (1992). The Shaping of the Reformed
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Dictionary. Etymonline.com. Retrieved on August 14, 2010. ^ John Piper. "1689 Baptist Catechism". Retrieved February 3, 2010.  ^ a b Cross, Frank Leslie; Elizabeth A. Livingstone (2005). "Immersion". The Oxford
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University Press. p. 827. ISBN 0-19-280290-9. OCLC 58998735.  ^ a b "Study published on the website of Pinehurst United Methodist Church" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2014.  ^ In scientific contexts the two words are often understood as mutually exclusive. Examples are found in mathematics (see Ralph Abraham, Jerrold E. Marsden, Tudor S. Ra iu, Manifolds, Tensor Analysis, and Applications, p. 196 and Klaus Fritzsche, Hans Grauert, From Holomorphic Functions to Complex Manifolds, p.168), in medicine (Effect of immersion, submersion, and scuba diving on heart rate variability), and language learning (Immersion in a Second Language in School). Archived December 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Catholic
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Encyclopedia, article ''Baptismal Font''". Newadvent.org. Retrieved April 13, 2014.  ^ Submerge – Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Merriam-webster.com (April 25, 2007). Retrieved on August 14, 2010. ^ It is not the only method that these churches use: "In the present practice of infant baptism in the Greek church the priest holds the child as far under the water as possible and scoops water over the head so as to be fully covered with water" (Everett Ferguson, Baptism in the Early Church, p. 860). ^ a b Liddell & Scott: entry βαπτίζω: "βαπτ-ίζω, A. dip, plunge, 'ξίφος εἰς σφαγήν' J.BJ2.18.4; 'σπάθιον εἰς τὸ ἔμβρυον' Sor.2.63:—Pass., of a trephine, Gal.10.447; ... 2. draw wine by dipping the cup in the bowl, Aristopho 14.5; 'φιάλαις β. ἐκ . . κρατήρων' ..." The usage examples quoted here mean "a sword into his throat"; "a sword into the foetus"; "draw with cups from bowls" ^ Theological dictionary of the New Testament. 1964–c1976. Vols. 5–9 edited by Gerhard Friedrich. Vol. 10 compiled by Ronald Pitkin. (G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed.) (electronic ed.) (1:529–530). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ^ 'In the Sept.: 2 Kgs. 5:13, 14 we have loúō (3068), to bathe and baptízomai. See also Lev. 11:25, 28, 40, where plúnō (4150), to wash clothes by dipping, and loúō (3068), to bathe are used. In Num. 19:18, 19, báphō, to dip, and plúnō, to wash by dipping are used', Zodhiates, S. (2000, c1992, c1993). The Complete Word Study Dictionary : New Testament
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(electronic ed.) (G908). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers. ^ 'In the LXX βάπτειν (βαπτίζειν occurs only at 4 Βασ. 5:14) as a rendering of טָבַל, "to dip," is used for the dipping of the morsel in wine at Ru. 2:14, of feet in the river at Jos. 3:15, of the finger in blood in the Torah of sacrifices at Lv. 4:6, 17 etc., of the dipping of unsanctified vessels in water in the laws of purification at Lv. 11:32 (בא hiph). In the latter case, however, πλύνω (כבס) and λούομαι (רחץ) are more common, as in Lv. 15:11, 13 etc. The sevenfold dipping of Naaman
Naaman
(2 K. 5:14) perhaps suggests sacramental ideas and illustrates the importance of the Jordan. In the later Jewish period טבל (b. Ber., 2b of the bathing of priests; Joma, 3, 2ff. etc.) and βαπτίζειν become tech. terms for washings to cleanse from Levitical impurity, as already in Jdt. 12:7; Gk. Sir. 31(34):30. The טְבִילָה of proselytes belongs to this context.', Theological dictionary of the New Testament. 1964–c1976. Vols. 5–9 edited by Gerhard Friedrich. Vol. 10 compiled by Ronald Pitkin. (G. Kittel, G. W. Bromiley & G. Friedrich, Ed.) (electronic ed.) (1:535). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ^ 'βαπτίζω+ V 0-1-1-0-2=4 2 Kgs 5,14; Is 21,4; Jdt 12,7; Sir 34,25 M to dip oneself 2 Kgs 5,14; to wash Jdt 12,7 ἡ ἀνομία με βαπτίζει I am imbued with transgression Is 21,4 Cf. DELLING 1970, 243–245; →NIDNTT; TWNT', Lust, J., Eynikel, E., & Hauspie, K. (2003). A Greek–English Lexicon of the Septuagint : Revised Edition. Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft: Stuttgart. ^ 'In Mark 7:3, the phrase "wash their hands" is the translation of níptō (3538), to wash part of the body such as the hands. In Mark 7:4 the verb wash in "except they wash" is baptízomai, to immerse. This indicates that the washing of the hands was done by immersing them in collected water. See Luke 11:38 which refers to washing one's hands before the meal, with the use of baptízomai, to have the hands baptized.', Zodhiates, S. (2000, c1992, c1993). The Complete Word Study Dictionary : New Testament
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Answers. Archived from the original on March 14, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2009.  ^ Drachman, Bernard; Kaufmann Kohler. "Ablution". In Cyrus Adler. Jewish Encyclopedia.  ^ a b c 'Washing or ablution was frequently by immersion, indicated by either baptízō or níptō (3538), to wash. In Mark 7:3, the phrase 'wash their hands' is the translation of níptō (3538), to wash part of the body such as the hands. In Mark 7:4 the verb wash in 'except they wash' is baptízomai, to immerse. This indicates that the washing of the hands was done by immersing them in collected water. See Luke 11:38 which refers to washing one's hands before the meal, with the use of baptízomai, to have the hands baptized.", Zodhiates, S. (2000, c1992, c1993). The Complete Word Study Dictionary : New Testament (electronic ed.) (G907). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers. ^ "LSJ: βαπτίζω". Perseus.tufts.edu. Retrieved April 13, 2014.  ^ 'Despite assertions to the contrary, it seems that baptizō, both in Jewish and Christian
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contexts, normally meant "immerse", and that even when it became a technical term for baptism, the thought of immersion remains. The use of the term for cleansing vessels (as in Lev. 6:28 Aquila [cf. 6:21]; cf. baptismos in Mk. 7:4) does not prove the contrary, since vessels were normally cleansed by immersing them in water. The metaphorical uses of the term in the NT appear to take this for granted, e.g. the prophecy that the Messiah will baptise in Spirit and fire as a liquid (Matt. 3:11), the "baptism" of the Israelites
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Church in America. Archived from the original on November 1, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.  ^ a b c "What About Holy Baptism?". Lutheran
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Church––Missouri Synod. Retrieved December 2, 2012.  ^ "What is a baptismal remembrance – sprinkling with water?". Evangelical Lutheran
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Church in America. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2012.  ^ Crowther, Jonathan (1815). A Portraiture of Methodism: Or, The History of the Wesleyan Methodists. T. Blanshard. pp. 224, 228. They believe baptism to be an ordinance appointed by Christ; not only for the solemn admission of the party baptized into the visible church, also to be to him a sign or emblem of regeneration, and of his presenting himself to God, through Jesus
Jesus
Christ, to walk in newness of life. It is also a covenant of grace, and by Christ's own appointment, is to continue in the church to the end of the world.  ^ "AMEC - Beliefs and Practices of the AMEC (African Methodist Episcopal Church)". Christianity.about.com. March 4, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2014.  ^ "By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist
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heritage. He taught that in baptism a child was cleansed of the guilt of original sin, initiated into the covenant with God, admitted into the church, made an heir of the divine kingdom, and spiritually born anew. He said that while baptism was neither essential to nor sufficient for salvation, it was the "ordinary means" that God designated for applying the benefits of the work of Christ
Christ
in human lives. On the other hand, although he affirmed the regenerating grace of infant baptism, he also insisted upon the necessity of adult conversion for those who have fallen from grace. A person who matures into moral accountability must respond to God's grace in repentance and faith. Without personal decision and commitment to Christ, the baptismal gift is rendered ineffective. Baptism
Baptism
as Forgiveness
Forgiveness
of Sin. In baptism God offers and we accept the forgiveness of our sin (Acts 2:38). With the pardoning of sin which has separated us from God, we are justified—freed from the guilt and penalty of sin and restored to right relationship with God. This reconciliation is made possible through the atonement of Christ
Christ
and made real in our lives by the work of the Holy Spirit. We respond by confessing and repenting of our sin, and affirming our faith that Jesus
Jesus
Christ
Christ
has accomplished all that is necessary for our salvation. Faith
Faith
is the necessary condition for justification; in baptism, that faith is professed. God's forgiveness makes possible the renewal of our spiritual lives and our becoming new beings in Christ. Baptism
Baptism
as New Life. Baptism
Baptism
is the sacramental sign of new life through and in Christ
Christ
by the power of the Holy Spirit. Variously identified as regeneration, new birth, and being born again, this work of grace makes us into new spiritual creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17). We die to our old nature which was dominated by sin and enter into the very life of Christ
Christ
who transforms us. Baptism
Baptism
is the means of entry into new life in Christ
Christ
(John 3:5; Titus 3:5), but new birth may not always coincide with the moment of the administration of water or the laying on of hands. Our awareness and acceptance of our redemption by Christ
Christ
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Further reading[edit]

Canadian Council of Churches, Commission on Faith
Faith
and Witness (1992). Initiation
Initiation
into Christ: Ecumenical Reflections and Common Teaching on Preparation for Baptism. Winfield, B.C.: Wood Lake Books. ISBN 2-89088-527-5.  Chaney, James M. (2009). William the Baptist. Oakland, TN: Doulos Resources. p. 160. ISBN 978-1-4421-8560-9. OCLC 642906193. Archived from the original on July 8, 2009.  Dallmann, Robert (2014). Baptisms - One? Many? Or Both?. ChristLife, Inc. ISBN 9780991489107.  Gerfen,, Ernst (1897). "Baptizein": the Voice of the Scriptures and Church History Concerning Baptism. Columbus, Ohio: Press of F.J. Heer.  Guelzo, Allen C (1985). Who Should Be Baptized?: a Case for the Baptism
Baptism
of Infants. Reformed
Reformed
Episcopal Pamphlets. Philadelphia, PA: Reformed
Reformed
Episcopal Publication Society. . 26 pp. N.B.: States the Evangelical Anglican
Anglican
position of the Reformed
Reformed
Episcopal Church. Guelzo, Allen C (1985), What Does Baptism
Baptism
Mean?: a Brief Lesson in the Spiritual Use of Our Baptisms, Reformed
Reformed
Episcopal Pamphlets (5), Philadelphia, PA: Reformed
Reformed
Episcopal Publication Society  Jungkuntz, Richard (1968). The Gospel
Gospel
of Baptism. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House. OCLC 444126.  Kolb, Robert W. (1997). Make Disciples, baptizing: God's gift of new life and Christian
Christian
witness. St. Louis: Concordia Seminary. ISBN 0-911770-66-6. OCLC 41473438.  Linderman, Jim (2009). Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism
Baptism
in Vintage Music and Photography 1890–1950. Atlanta: Dust to Digital. ISBN 978-0-9817342-1-7.  Matzat, Don (Spring 1997). "In Defense of Infant Baptism". Issues, Etc. Journal. 2 (3). Retrieved February 26, 2009.  Root, Michael; Saarinen, Risto, eds. (1998). Baptism
Baptism
and the Unity of the Church. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans; Geneva: W.C.C. [i.e. World Council of Churches] Publications. Also mentioned on t.p.: "Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France". ISBN 2-8254-1250-3.  Scaer, David P. (1999). Baptism. St. Louis: The Luther Academy. OCLC 41004868.  Schlink, Edmund (1972). The Doctrine of Baptism. St. Louis, Mo: Concordia Publishing House. ISBN 0-570-03726-3. OCLC 228096375.  Slade, Darren M. (August 15, 2014). "The Early Church's Inconsequential View of the Mode of Baptism" (PDF). American Theological Inquiry. 7 (2): 21–34. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 3, 2014.  Stookey, Laurence Hull (1982). Baptism, Christ's act in the church. Nashville, TN: Abingdon. ISBN 0-687-02364-5. OCLC 7924841.  Torrell, Jean-Pierre (2011). A Priestly People: Baptismal Priesthood and Priestly Ministry. New York/ Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. ISBN 978-0-8091-4815-8.  Ware, Kallistos (1993). The Orthodox Church. New York: Penguin Books. pp. 277–278. ISBN 0-14-014656-3. OCLC 263544700.  Willimon, William H. (1980). Remember who you are: baptism, a model for Christian
Christian
life. Nashville: Upper Room. ISBN 0-8358-0399-6. OCLC 6485882.  World Council of Churches
World Council of Churches
(1982). Baptism, Eucharist, and ministry. Geneva: World Council of Churches. ISBN 2-8254-0709-7. OCLC 9918640. 

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