Friday, July 24, 2009

Getting "De-Baptized"?

Reported in USA Today:

In a type of mock ceremony that's now been performed in at least four states, a robed "priest" used a hairdryer marked "reason" in an apparent bid to blow away the waters of baptism once and for all. Several dozen participants then fed on a "de-sacrament" (crackers with peanut butter) and received certificates assuring they had "freely renounced a previous mistake, and accepted Reason over Superstition."

And people wonder why infant baptism is meaningless.

HT: Jim West

8 comments:

Les Puryear said...

Joe,

Unfortunately it's not just people who were baptized as infants. It's also people who said they received Christ as children and were baptized by immersion who are getting "debaptized."

Just goes to show we never really know at the time if anyone is saved. Jesus said, "Those who endure until the end will be saved." Also, "By their fruit you shall know them."

Sad.

Les

Stan McCullars said...

These people are coming perilously close to (if not actually) blaspheming the Holy Spirit.

Joe Blackmon said...

Les,
You are certainly correct. It is sad. LIke it says in II Peter, their end is worse than their beginning.

Thanks for the comment.

Joe Blackmon said...

Stan,

I agree. I guess we can at least pray that God will give them eyes to see and ears to hear.

Thanks for the comment, man.

Tim Irvin said...

I read this in the Christian Post. I thought their act of getting "De-Baptized" was about as useless and pointless as their initial act of Baptism. They are obviously not believers and their entire lives have been marked by superstitious rituals. It's ironic.

I came to your blog by way of the LCB.

Joe Blackmon said...

Tim

Yes, a true Christian would not ronounce his faith and their de-baptism just proves they were not true followers of Christ.

I'm glad to be getting some exposure from the League of Calvinist Bloggers. Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea.

I was baptized as a clueless 12-year-old who was too old to understand the insanity of the religion I had been born into.

Also: I find it puzzling that an apparent religionist (Tim Irvin) is here denouncing others for their "superstitious rituals."

I think a ritual is only superstitious if you believe it's doing something supernatural that it's not really doing. i.e. ritual washing (like the Jewish mikvah, or Muslim cleansing of the feet and hands at prayer time, or even Christians who are not superstitious, but practice baptism to join their community) is not on its face superstitious.

BUT... if you believe that the Holy Spirit takes over your body and gives you magic powers upon baptism, or that it "wipes away sin" in such away that five minutes ago you would have damned to hell, and now you're heavenbound... well, that, to me, is superstitious.

Joe Blackmon said...

Umm, ok anon.

Just as a clarification, I nor anyone in this comment stream has or would suggest baptismal regeneration (the idea that you're saved after you're baptized).