Water Baptism in Christian History

For those of you that read my blog, but not Christian History for Everyman, I’m just letting you know I made a page on water baptism for that site.

It’s pretty comprehensive, even though it only touches on the mode of baptism by accident and that only one time.


About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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2 Responses to Water Baptism in Christian History

  1. britt says:

    I have to admit, I have a lot of philosophical tension with this subject, as many modern evangelicals do.

    On the one hand, it is difficult for me to accept that a God who took away one system of outward observances and “expand” or “fulfill” them as you’ve explained, would then institute another one, even if it is just limited to baptism.

    On the other hand, I cannot deny the very clear testimony of the scriptures as I read them. And I’ve become more and more annoyed with anyone explaining such things away, much less myself.

    All this to say that I really appreciate your teaching on this subject and think that its probably the best I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot.

    Love you.

  2. shammahbn says:

    Thanks, Britt. That's very encouraging.

    It's an issue that's been coming up for 30 years. Two things have always stood out …

    1. Baptism was clearly the initiation rite, step one
    2. God never locks himself in a box, and there's plenty of people that really love enforcing God's rules even when God is not enforcing them.

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