‘Water Slide… Baptism?’ (2016)

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To merge the church with the amusement park seems like a really bad idea, but there’s a church in North Carolina that’s done it.

Water Slide… Baptism?

Do you get the impression that some churches don’t take the sacraments seriously anymore? That’s what happens when you conform to the world rather than being transformed by the word of God.

It shows a lack of respect.

 

7 comments on “‘Water Slide… Baptism?’ (2016)

  1. This is an interesting thing. For the moment, I’ll assume that they are sincere in wanting to baptize a lot of people in a short period of time. My question would be, how often does one get baptized?

    I have always taken it as a somber, and significant step; the point at which we die to our old way of life and start anew. This doesn’t sound like something you do numerous times. If someone requests to be cleansed of their former way of life, then goes right back to that way of life, eventually making a new request for God to forgive them and to allow them to start anew and does this over and over, it strikes me as missing the point. Beyond that, if you immediately return to sin, then you haven’t died with respect to your former way of life, so your baptism request to start anew may not have been entirely sincere.

    It certainly strikes me as a very undignified way of performing a very sacred rite.

  2. I certainly agree with your remarks, Unknowable. Too many people are to casual in their relationships, including that with the Lord. They could find themselves hearing “depart from Me, I never knew you.” What a horror to think about.

    1. I was baptized once, in my late teens. I confessed Christ as my savior and went into it with my eyes open to the meaning. From that point on, I feel that I bore a responsibility to have died with regard to my former way of life and to have been born again, to a new life as a Christian. If I were to renew that baptism, I would, in effect, be repudiating what I had done all those years ago. Indeed, my understanding has increased since then, but when Phillip taught the Ethiopian that the verses he was reading in Isaiah referred to Christ Jesus, the Ethiopian asked to be baptized immediately. Certainly he would learn more as he grew in experience as a Christian, but Phillip baptized him based upon that man’s faith in Jesus, as the foretold Christ. It would be interesting to know the rest of the story and how his faith developed over time, but his baptism was a very important step.

      Somehow, installing a water slide, saying a few carefully selected words, then sending them down the slide as an efficient means to baptize many people in short order, seems to miss the purpose. Baptism does play a role in forgiveness, but we need to die to our former way of life. I was a pretty well behaved child, but once I was baptized, I felt a strong sense of responsibility and weighed my actions much more carefully, keeping in mind that I had accepted Christ as my savior and that I should not forget that my life had really started with that step.

      If this church needs a water slide in order to keep up the pace of its baptisms, they are either converting people (to Christianity) at an astounding rate, or re-baptizing an awful lot of people that had been baptized before. If the second is the case, then it appears to me that they don’t take this very seriously. My baptism, and my partaking of communion with Christ, are serious matters, not an amusement park attraction.

    2. I was baptized as a baby. I’m afraid Christianity in our family was taken for granted, as a given. Sort of “standard American Christianity.” The problem with that is, it’s so shallow, so easily turned aside. I have learned we have to work at being Christians.

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