Baptism

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Comparative Summary of Baptisms of Denominations of Christian Influence.

Denomination Beliefs about Baptism Type of Baptism Baptize Infants? Baptism regenerates, gives spiritual life Standard
Anglican Communion A sign of profession and a mark of separation which, received rightly, affirms the forgiveness received by a believer through faith. By immersion or pouring. Yes. Anglo-Catholic Yes, Low church No. Trinity
Apostolic Brethren Necessary for salvation because it conveys spiritual rebirth. By immersion only. No. Yes. Jesus
Baptists A divine ordinance, a symbolic ritual, a sign of having already been saved, but not necessary for salvation. By immersion only. No. No. Trinity
Christadelphians Baptism is essential for the salvation of a believer.It is only effective if somebody believes the true gospel message before they are baptised.Baptism is an external symbol of an internal change in the believer: it represents a death to an old, sinful way of life, and the start of a new life as a Christian, summed up as the repentance of the believer - it therefore leads to forgiveness from God, who forgives people who repent. Although someone is only baptised once, a believer must live by the principles of their baptism (i.e. death to sin, and a new life following Jesus) throughout their life. By immersion only No Yes Jesus
Churches of Christ Baptism is a must for salvation as commanded by Jesus, Mark 16:16; Matt. 28:19. One receives forgiveness of sin, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and addition to God's church. Acts 2:38-41. This is done after one has expressed their faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and repented from their sins. Immersion only No Yes Trinity
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints An ordinance essential to enter top two degrees of heaven (Celestial and Terrestrial) and preparatory for receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. By immersion performed by a person holding proper priesthood authority. No Yes Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (The LDS church doesn't believe in the general notion of the trinity)
Eastern Orthodox Church The old man dies the "New Man" is born free from ancestral sin. A new name is given. All previous commitments and sins are null and void. By 3-fold immersion (other forms only in emergency, must be corrected by priest if possible). Yes. Confirmation and communion immediately follows. Yes Trinity
Jehovah’s Witnesses Baptism is necessary for salvation as part of the entire baptismal arrangement: as an expression of obedience to Jesus' command (Matthew 28:19-20), as a public symbol of the saving faith in the ransom sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Romans 10:10), and as an indication of repentance from dead works and the dedication of one's life to Jehovah. (1 Peter 2:21) However, baptism does not guarantee salvation. By immersion only; typical candidates are baptized at district and circuit conventions. No Yes Jesus
Lutherans Baptism is how God miraculously delivers a person from sin, death, and the devil; gives new life; and brings one into Christ’s kingdom forever (Titus 3:5). By sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Yes Yes Trinity
Methodists (Arminians, Wesleyans) Baptism not necessary to salvation, since it is an outward sign of one’s membership in the Christian community. By sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Yes No Trinity
Pentecostal (Various “Holiness” groups, Christian Missionary Alliance, Assemblies of God) Water Baptism is an ordinance, a symbolic ritual used to witness to having accepted Christ as personal Savior. By immersion. Also stress the necessity of a “second” Baptism of a special outpouring from the Holy Spirit. No Varies Trinity
Presbyterians An ordinance, a symbolic ritual, and a seal of the adult believer’s present faith. By sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Yes, to indicate membership in the New Covenant. No Trinity
Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) Only an external symbol that is no longer to be practiced. Do not believe in Baptism of water, but only in an inward, ongoing purification of the human spirit in a life of discipline led by the Holy Spirit.
Revivalism A necessary step for salvation. By full immersion, with the expectation of receiving the Holy Spirit. No Yes Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Roman Catholic Church "Necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1257) Usually by pouring in the West, by immersion in the East; sprinkling admitted only if the water then flows on the head. Yes Yes Trinity
Seventh-day Adventists Not stated as the way to salvation, but a prerequisite for salvation since it symbolizes the acceptance of Jesus as your savior. A time for person to express personal faith in Christ. By immersion only. No No Trinity
United Church of Christ (Evangelical and Reformed Churches and the Congregationalist Churches) Not necessary for salvation because it is only an outward ritual. However, is listed as one of a handful of ways of obtaining membership with a local church. By sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Yes, to indicate membership in the New Covenant. No Trinity


What is your position on this subject and how do you support it scripturally?

Postion on Baptism by smithj7
Baptism by FFmontesM
Water and Baptism by beemanlee
some correction by darth_bill
Corrected Darth_Bill by Loutzenhiser
Not quite there by darth_bill

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