Has anyone ever been to a believer’s baptism service? It is usually at the end of a regular church service in churches that practice believer’s baptism.
What is believer’s baptism? It is the practice of only baptizing those who claim to be believers. The bible, according to propontents of believer’s baptism, only records adult believers being baptized, so it is unscriptural to baptize anyone else.
What usually happens at these services is the pastor calls forth those who are the be baptized (or rebaptized for those who were baptized as infants). He then says a little about the person and this is followed by the soon the be re/baptized person giving a testamony.
In all the services I have been to it has amazed me at how much self-glorification takes place during the testamonial portion of the service.
It is as if God is a bit player in the story of the new believer’s life. What is usually said is how this or that person was such a horrible sinner (which is good), and how they came to an understanding, and how they realized they needed to change, and how they accepted Christ into their hearts, and how they etc…
After this testamony the believer is re/baptized and is met with wonderous applause.
Is this really about God or about the person? Is it about God’s grace or about the person’s ability to make a wise choice?
When an infant is baptized it is not about them, it is about God’s unconditional grace in their life. God personally reaches down and accepts the child. It is about God’s grace, not about the self.