Sprinkling Or Baptism?

It’s interesting to know that Jesus commanded baptism for all who believed, that His apostles did baptize such believers, and that this was done two centuries before sprinkling was introduced by the Catholic Church.

Actually, sprinkling and baptism are different actions. Baptism means: “to immerse, submerge, bury, or to cover up.” In no way can the original word (baptidzo) be translated into the idea of something less than a burial.

Sprinkling, then, is altogether an unscriptural concept. That word is never used relative to the command to be baptized and cannot substitute for it.

One who is sprinkled has not been Biblically baptized. Sprinkling is one act; baptism is another. If a believer is not immersed in water, he is not baptized with the Lord’s baptism. If the Lord’s command to be baptized / immersed (Mark 16:16Mark 16:16
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16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.

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) is not strictly held to, then we do not have to hold firmly to any of His commands.

Romans 6:3-10Romans 6:3-10
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3 Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin; 7 for he that hath died is justified from sin. 8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him; 9 knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death no more hath dominion over him. 10 For the death that he died, he died unto sin once: but the life that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

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teaches us that baptism is a burial in water, and that this burial unites a believer with Jesus in His death, burial and resurrection. The word itself means a burial (Colossians 2:12Colossians 2:12
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12 having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

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), and the actions of the apostles show it to be a burial (Acts 8:26-40Acts 8:26-40
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26 But an angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza: the same is desert. 27 And he arose and went: and behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was over all her treasure, who had come to Jerusalem to worship; 28 and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 31 And he said, How can I, except some one shall guide me? And he besought Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth: 33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth. 34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other? 35 And Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture, preached unto him Jesus. 36 And as they went on the way, they came unto a certain water; and the eunuch saith, Behold, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 [And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.] 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they both went down into the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, for he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached the gospel to all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.

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). That being the case, all the decrees, councils and synods in the world cannot rewrite the Scriptures of God or substitute a practice of their own choosing. All who do so are cursed by God (Galatians 1:8-9Galatians 1:8-9
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8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema. 9 As we have said before, so say I now again, if any man preacheth unto you any gospel other than that which ye received, let him be anathema.

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).

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