This article is a review on the article from thetruewmscog.com entitled “Christ Ahnsahnghong and Baptism.” Click on this link to go to the original article.
It is a very informative article regarding when baptism should be conducted. All over the world, being baptized after 6 months or 1 year has been a commonly accepted practice. However, the Bible clearly states that the immediate baptism is a correct teaching of Christ.
As the article mentioned, future is never guaranteed for us. At any time, things can happen. I was listening to a car radio some time ago and one police officer said that NYPD was celebrating today because nobody was killed that day. He mentioned that about 3 people die at average everyday in the city according to the statistics. As listening to that news, a lot of thoughts came to my mind. I have lived in the city for many years and felt that it is a relatively safe city but even today, someone’s life is being claimed. Who can confidently say that I will never be one of those 3 people?
For this reason, baptism should never be delayed. The article mentioned already but I want to include a few verses here about immediate baptism.
Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Luke 12:16-20 – And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘ This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
Here are a few cases about immediate baptism.
- Ethiopian Eunuch got baptized with water on the road. He did not wait until he got home. (Acts 8:26-38)
- Cornelius who was a Roman centurion and a believer of God learned the words of God from Peter and got baptized on the same day. (Acts 10:24-48)
- Apostle Paul baptized an entire family of jailer because they wanted to be saved. It was late at night. (Acts 16:25-34)
- On a Sabbath Day, Lydia listened to Apostle Paul’s preaching and decided to get baptized right on the spot. And it was their first time meeting! (Acts 16:13-15)
Therefore, it is correct to be baptized immediately.