I’m finally getting around to discussing some things about baptism with a beloved family member who is dogmatic “Baptism by Immersion Only.”
Ok, since I will probably convert soon (to RC), I want to be “True To Trent,” which I think we can all agree is important, and I know by the Trent Catechism, I’m safe here, saying that all 3 modes (Sprinkling, Pouring, and Immersion) are all valid as far as modes go.
So, this matter is hindering further discussion. You know, get the little stuff out of the way first. So, I’m not going to argue, as some Presbyterians would, that only sprinkling is right, rather I want to Biblically defend sprinkling and pouring, against immersion only. I’m convinced by simple things, that sprinkling or pouring portray the “effects” of baptism (or what Baptism is to signify, if you will) at least as well as immersion does. And that in the early church (ie NT days) sprinkling was practiced, and that baptism was typified by “sprinkling” things in the OT, and that the NT Greek word “baptiso” can’t always mean “immersed.”
So, I’m actually studying up on this, and not having many Catholic sources for this, I’m turning to good ol’ presbyterian sources. But I suppose you Catholics may have a few unique suggestions to add.