Iâ€™m actually still thinking about that amazing weekend at
It was unbelievable!
I know you probably get tired of me saying that, but itâ€™s true. And maybe it gets old hearing it if church for you is more typified by the same group (only a bit smaller each month) of Christians gathering weekly (if itâ€™s not raining) to complain about the big bad world â€˜out thereâ€™ for the umpteen millionth time, and the new church in town stealing all â€œour peopleâ€ (as though they signed a blood oath to attend until they die of old age or boredom â€“ one of which almost always comes first).
The latest thing to garner criticism is the â€˜so-called,â€™ spontaneous baptism.
We got a ginormous amount of hits on this blog right after we had one, so I decided to chase down some of the chatter regarding this wonderful event.
Letâ€™s just say it wasnâ€™t all good. I mean, 99.9 % of it was, but thereâ€™s always that one phantom blogger whoâ€™s just a wee bit of bandwidth short of a full connection.
You shouldnâ€™t be.
This time it wasnâ€™t about ours, but another church I really respectâ€¦Fellowship
Fellowship had just seen over 400 baptized in one weekend and they were praising God and welcoming a lot of new folks to the family whenâ€¦
The blog buzz started coming in.
As I said, most of it was overwhelmingly positive, but, as I scrolled down, I found this one guy who had apparently generated a little bit of buzz as the latest self proclaimed â€˜truth crusader.â€™
Hereâ€™s the cliff notes:
Four hundred baptized in one day? Doesnâ€™t this sound a little suspicious? Are we to simply accept this at face value or would it be better to look a little deeper into this?
First of all, how could all of these people have truly known what hey were doing when the baptisms were, spontaneous?
Second of all, how did Ed Young even know all of these people were Christians?
Third, people need classes and lengthy training before making a decision of this magnitude, and that simply could not have been done.
Ok, that was some severe trimming, I admit, but his writing ability was even worse than his theology, so I decided to spare all of you the dribble.
Hereâ€™s whatâ€™s sad thoughâ€”Ed Young presented the gospel that day â€“ even the smallest amount of checking would have shown the mystery blog assassin that much.
In addition, the entire message was about baptism, so the people who stepped forward to be baptized knew all they needed to know in order to make the right choice.
Finally, a quick read through Acts chapter 2 would make it obvious to anyone that on the very first day of the very fist church, 3,000 were saved, baptized and began functioning as a church â€“ the way a church should function.
No Seminary training?
Not even 1 weekendâ€™s worth?
Peter simply preached the gospel and told the masses that the first thing Jesus wanted new believers to do was to profess (identify with) Him (Jesus) through baptism.
And they did it.
Itâ€™s a matter of obedience.
So, listen up anonymous blog sniper, your argument is with the Living God, not Ed Young.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it!
Or, maybe just put it in there. Smoking is bad for you.
Oh, I almost forgot…
the crack job of investigative reporting?
I was actually trying to figure out who came up with the â€˜spontaneous baptismâ€™ deal in the first place.
Thatâ€™s what led me to this placeâ€¦
Which led me to this placeâ€¦
Which led me to this placeâ€¦
Etc. etc. etc.
Which finally led me to Acts chapter 2, and these verses.
Who came up with â€œspontaneous baptisms?â€
Thatâ€™s why we do it!