I have been reading a lot about this, read much about how the Baptist Church gets so much wrong about baptism, salvation, once saved – always saved and all the other non Biblical beliefs they follow.
Having started out Christian life, in a Baptist Church and being delivered from that terrible example, cult-like behaviours, much heresy and some pretty horrible spiritual abuse, I am unlearning some of what I heard there, although much of it, I was very aware seemed wrong and I know God was protecting me from learning all the wrong messages.
So, following this, I am very interested in water baptism and what it is for – being for the repentance of our sins?
I am already aware it does not equal being saved (i.e. not getting your ticket to heaven), or to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
I read there are Biblical New Testament examples of people who received the Holy Spirit without water baptism and examples of people who were saved without water baptism.
But, it is also something required and I need to know exactly why. I don’t do anything unless I know exactly why – otherwise what’s the point?
I don’t do anything to ‘look good in Church’, I do what I know God wants.
I am too vigilant, have too much insight to just believe anything that doesn’t seem right, too discerning, not image needy and not willing to be a sheep – praise God!