I have a friend who has been a Protestant christian for around 15 years, and I recently found out that she has not yet been baptized. I asked her why not, and she said that she just doesn’t understand why it’s important. I replied that Jesus tells us we should get baptized, and wasn’t that enough reason. She said she knows that, but that she doesn’t understand why it’s necessary since it’s only symbolic (she rejects the Catholic reasoning for baptism), and it seems she won’t be baptized until someone can show her why it’s important.
I’m wondering how serious her refusal to get baptized (even though she knows Jesus commands it) is. Should I continue to strongly encourage her to get baptized?
One of the problems is that she attends a “house church” of about 20 people where baptisms don’t occur on a regular basis, and my friend doesn’t like to be the center of attention. In this situation, would it be improper for me to baptize her, if that is the only way she would do it?
Also, I’m wondering if the Catholic church would consider someone who has faith in Christ but refuses to be baptized to be a christian.
Thanks for your help.