Church History on Water Baptism

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Church History on Water Baptism Introduction Baptism can be traced back to the Old Testament era during the time when the wanted to identify themselves with the Israelites and become Jews. The word “Baptize” was coined from the Greek work “Bapto” which basically means to immerse down in water and then pull out. Christians have been practicing water baptism since time immemorial as a way of cleansing themselves of sins and getting closer to Jesus Christ. Some churches require that a person must have specific qualifications before one can perform a baptism. However, in the Old Testament the act wasn’t actually practiced as a way of repenting but rather the Judaists saw it as a cleansing ritual. Such as when someone a person was ill they…show more content…
Instead of using water during the baptism, Holy oil was used. The priest would meet the child at the entrance of the church and if the child had not yet been baptized, the priest would put salt in the child’s mouth as a way of exorcising demons. At the baptismal font, the priest would anoint the child after which the child would be immersed under water. The child after being taken out of the water would then be wrapped by the godparents in pure christening white linen gown. The child’s godparents and the sole responsibility to look out for the child as one would to their own children. Other than looking out for the child, the godparents were expected to teach the child prayers and even go further to teach the child on morals and ways of conducting one in a Christian manner in the society. The Reformation The reformation was a movement lead by Martin Luther in the sixteenth century in Western Europe whose main purpose was to change of the Christian beliefs that were already in place at the time. The reformation brought about the rise of four major Protestants; Lutheranism, Calvinism, Anglicanism and Anabaptism. All the four Protestants were in agreement that baptism of infants was unnecessary since as a new born child one could not possibly already have faith in something. Luther’s views on water baptism was just as similar as that of the Roman Catholic church as he believed that infant baptism was of
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