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Fear Of Water Baptism

Do any of you know any Christians who have not been baptised by total immersion because of the fear of being immersed in water (and for no other reason)?

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//we publicly perform this sacrament that demonstrates our intention to submit to God and to obey His commands, as our way of living.//
---aservant on 12/15/14

a display of spiritual fruit where there once was none shows that we overcome any intention that we've had. i seen many well meaning people who could not get passed the intention.
---aka on 12/16/14


The Bible shows water baptism to occur by immersion, by pouring (affusion), and by sprinkling. Though immersion is the example of Christ, the most important point is that we publicly perform this sacrament that demonstrates our intention to submit to God and to obey His commands, as our way of living.
---aservant on 12/15/14


\\I have implants on my spine and should not bend backwards. Is there any other way for immersion. \\

Yes.

You can sit down in the baptistery as far as you can and then be pushed forward.

This is PRECISELY why Orthodox allow for baptism by pouring when there is medical reason to preclude immersion.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 12/15/14


shannon

i am not hear to say that water baptism is bad. as a new christian today, i also would be scared. immerse yourself in the bible and prayer seeking the lord. he will immerse you with Spirit.

don't let man further injure you out of guilt.

Joh 1:33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'
---aka on 12/15/14


I have implants on my spine and should not bend backwards. Is there any other way for immersion. Also I have a phobia of water. I know that doesn't come from God, but I have it. I was gloriously saved a few months ago, now I'm scared.
---Shannon on 12/14/14




The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not what John did (the spirit had not yet been given, John 7:39).

John baptized with H2O, but we should be baptized with the living water of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5 and 11:16, John chap. 4, John 7:38, Revelation 7:16). This is the water that flowed from Christ's side at the cross and will be POURED out in the last days (Acts 2:17).

The living water is our guarantee (1 Corinthians 1:22, 5:5, Ephesians 1:14). We shall not live by the bread of life alone, but by His spirit also (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4) and learn the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10).

All verses are from the RSV.

Institutional Christianity never understood this, but we must have a NEW Covenant devotion.
---more_excellent_way on 7/11/08


There was a man on here some months ago who stated he would not get baptised because the water scared him, he would not get totally immersed. Sorry I can't remember who he was, maybe he will come forward. As for me I have never known anyone who refused to be immersed.
---Rosa on 7/11/08


I was also like you and was fearful of being immersed. I steped out and obeyed God and did it and, "I'M SO GLAD I DID, PRAISE GOD!"

God did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power , love and a sound mind.
---John on 10/28/07


I was afraid of this, very afraid but I just said, "Lord, your Word is living and you said that I can do all things through Christ". So I just held by breath and did it. It was easy, and what a wonderful exerience the Lord gave me!
Tip: a little secret. Before you go under, hold your breath and when your under (Less then a second) just exhale out through your nose. Nothing bad can happen. God did not give us the spirit of fear, but Power, Love and a Sound Mind. Do it, in the name of Jesus!
---Tammy on 4/3/07


It took me a long time to be baptised by total immersion because I am afraid to have my head under water. The pastor had my head under water just long enough to say, "I baptise you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."
---Ulrika on 4/3/07




I got baptised 2 years after I got saved because I have a fear of drowning but I knew I had to do it.
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---April on 11/21/05


I, too, was afraid to get Baptized{total immersion}. It hindered me a long time. My husband {who's a Preacher} Baptized me. My nose felt a little funny afterward, but I was SO GLAD TO GET BAPTIZED!!!!! You'll be glad to get Baptized. I am!!!
---PAM on 6/2/05


I know how you feel, I went several years before i could get the courage to be baptized because of the fear of water, but trust me when God tell you to do it, He will be right there with you, and truly it is a wonderful feeling. In fact, it so quick that you don't have time to think about it. you can do, just pray for courage.
---barba on 5/30/05


Yes, I have known someone. Not only were they afraid of the water, but of being in front of the church. Pastor was her son-in-law, and eventually, she was baptized in his family pool, with her family there.

This is a common fear, and if you are the person afraid of water, pray and ask the Lord for guidance about how to obey Him and overcome your fear. He will show you. He is faithful.
---Madison on 5/29/05


I wouldn't be afraid, because God is with you through this act of faith. When I got baptized at bible camp I was a little afraid that they would drop me, but you have a preacher guy do it and he is going to hold on to you and he can tell you to hold your nose, but it's soo fast that you won't even notice what you had just done until everybody claps and hugs you. That's why you do it is to hand your life over to christ completely.
---Andrea on 5/26/05


Just close your eyes and take the plunge. You will be okay. That's why it's called an act of faith.
---Anne on 5/26/05


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The procedure takes seconds and you wouldn't even know what has happened and the joyful feeling won't allow you to feel any fear of water or anything.

Remember that they will immerse you and they will lift you up very fast. You won't even notice it at all.
---Albert on 5/26/05


Ask the Lord to take care of the details. At Bible Camp a friend decided "now is the time" & made all the arrangements for me. While standing on the river bank, they said I was white as a ghost but an elderly woman next to me, with the most calming voice, gently reassured me. I suddenly felt my "lead" feet move toward the water. All my friends jumped into the river with me ... it turned out really cool. The Lord knew what I needed!
---DoryLory on 5/26/05


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