Why Won’t Some People be Baptized? (Vol. 22)

by Drew Kizer

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Excerpt from the Tract:

The God’s plan of salvation involves baptism (Acts 2:38). Why is it, then, that some believe but are never baptized? Some polls report that 90 percent of Americans believe in God. A vast majority of these believe in Christ (there are over 2 billion professing Christians in the world). But only a fraction of these have been immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins.
This essay investigates some of the possible reasons why many believers choose not to be baptized. But before we get into these reasons, allow me to make the following disclaimer. I do not mean to imply that if you have not been baptized your motives are covered by these reasons. I am speaking of these six reasons because they are common and because I hope to discourage any excuses that might delay a person’s obedience to the gospel of Christ.

Reason #1: A Misunderstanding of the Word “Baptize”

The English word “baptize” was created out of a controversy regarding the proper mode for this important Christian ritual. The Greek word translated “baptize” is baptizo, which sounds very similar to its English counterpart. At the time of the writing of the New Testament, it meant “dip, immerse, or overwhelm in the figurative sense.” In non-Christian literature of the time it could also mean “plunge, sink, or drench.”

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