The other day, I attended a baptims of a friend of mine. Before he underwent the immersion in the river, the pastor first explained to all who were gathrere what was to happen and why it was important. His basic message was that baptism was merely a symbol, and nothing more.
So this left me wondering: If one doesn’t believe all of the truths of baptism, is it still a valid baptism? Even if they do not believe that baptism involves God’s sanctifying grace, do they still recieve it?