Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What If My Baptizer Was A Tool?

"If the pastor who baptized me turned out to be a hypocrite or a really bad person, should I consider getting baptized again? Would it invalidate my Baptism?"

Water With The Word     No. Baptism is valid because of God's Word of promise with the water, not because of the spiritual state of the person adminstering it. Since all people are indeed sinners, we always receive the blessings of God through weak and imperfect human beings. God's gifts are not less valid because of the instruments he uses; in fact, they often end up shining all the brighter (2 Corinthians 4:7). We do not, of course, approve of sin for this reason (see Romans 3:7-8, 6:1-2)! But we do rejoice that we can be certain of our Baptism, which would not be possible if its validity were dependent on the internal state of the person administering it.
     --Kelly Klages

Jesu Juva,
Soli Deo Gloria

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