In 2023, the Protestant churches will increasingly organize baptismal events in sometimes unusual surroundings. The meaning and purpose of baptism are completely denied here and “spiritually sold off” like popcorn and roasted almonds at the fair.
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Baptism events of a special kind
The year 2023 was proclaimed by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) as the “Year of Baptism”, just as Pope Francis “simply” defined the period between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016 as the “Year of Mercy”. For this reason, the Protestant churches are increasingly organizing “baptism events” of a special kind. In Berlin, anyone who is interested can spontaneously be baptized in the Sankt Marien-Friedrichswerder congregation in Berlin-Mitte since the beginning of 2023. This sprinkling of water is called “pop-up baptism” for those who decide quickly. Some decide to have ice cream during a sunny weekend walk, others to go to a fast food restaurant and some to “baptize”.
Highlight: TV tower christening
On Saturday, 1,000 evangelical congregations nationwide held a “special baptismal event”. Those wishing to be baptized simply had to come. The christening event in the Stuttgart television tower at a height of 144 meters is now presented as a special highlight. 44 baptism candidates appeared at this location, as evangelisch.de reportet.
An unusual place, according to the Bishop of the Evangelical Church of Württemberg, Ernst-Wilhelm Gohl. Nevertheless, a suitable place, as this is a symbolically well-chosen place between heaven and earth.
Unconventional explanation of the symbolism of baptism
The statements of the “Protestant clergymen” about the meaning and purpose of a baptism have the same character as these so-called baptismal events. For Bishop Gohl of Württemberg, baptism is a “sign that God accepts us as we are”.
For Annette Kurschus, Chairwoman of the EKD Council, baptism represents a connection between one’s own life and Jesus Christ. “In baptism, people are promised once and for all and confirmed by the sign of water: ‘Nothing and nobody can get out of your hands Tear of God. Your life runs towards life – even through death.'” Kurschus expressed his gratitude for the “many original ideas of the parishes in this campaign year”.
The bishop’s statement makes absolutely no sense. The initiative for baptism is to be taken by the baptized. The act of baptism is not a sign of God, but an action of the baptized and the pastor. So if God didn’t accept every human being, He would have to stop baptism in some way. So this explanation of the Württemberg “supervisor” is complete nonsense, which does not come close to the true symbolism of baptism.
Kurschus is once again on top of it
The EKD Council President is also one on top of that. With her statement, she keeps it completely open as to who gives the promise she describes (here God’s promise is assumed) and then she also reformats the water as a symbol of this promise. It is true that nothing and no one can snatch a person out of God’s hands, but to promise eternal life as a guarantee with this representation of baptism is not only gross nonsense but also a fatal error. One does not want to speak of intent just yet.
Should this baptism also be accompanied by the ominous baptismal motto of the pastor, as this was recently explained by the Evangelical Press Service, this whole “baptismal event” would be an absolute disaster for the person being baptized.
Real baptism presupposes faith
Basically, God really accepts everyone, even as they are. But God does not say to a single person that they can remain the way they were before. Baptism is the rebirth of man. The water does not symbolize God’s promise for such an “all-salvation theology” as propagated by the EKD, but rather the death of Jesus Christ by being immersed in the water and the resurrection of Jesus Christ by emerging from the water. Therefore a teapot full of water over the head is not able to fulfill this important symbolism. The biblical and therefore the only correct baptism is that submerge in the water.
The correct baptismal phrase used by the pastor for proper baptism is “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost”. No more and no less.
The Bible also says nothing about the baptism of people who decide to do so in a hurry and perhaps want to experience something special like a baptism in the television tower. Baptism is the surrender of one’s life to Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. This fact is apparently denied and avoided by Kurschus and her ilk like “the devil avoids holy water”. The surrender of one’s own life includes the reversal of the previous life. Acknowledging one’s own guilt (sins), confessing one’s guilt to Jesus Christ and asking for forgiveness (repentance). In addition, there is also the public confession of Jesus Christ (testimony of Jesus) and the declaration and willingness to follow in His footsteps in the true faith.
All of this, not to mention Jesus Christ himself, is not even mentioned in passing either by the bishop or by the EKD council chairwoman.
Quick baptism leads to nothing
A small passage from Acts chapter 8, verses 36-38 shows that not everyone can be baptized “just like that” if he decides to do so “on the fly” without knowing what it is all about and what is fundamentally important . A eunuch from Ethiopia wanted to be baptized by the apostle Philip. However, it wasn’t quite that simple:
EKD leads people to absolutely nothing
This is exactly where the now obvious “problem” of the evangelical churches lies. It is about the fact that Jesus Christ is the incarnate Son of God and that the person being baptized must also testify to this in his faith at the time of baptism. The Son of God and also the Incarnate Word of God (John Chapter 1) must be strictly denied in favor of ecumenism. This is at the expense of people who are misled by a false “universal theology” and are thus lost. They don’t wake up “through death” in a heavenly perfect world, but to take note of the verdict and then it’s off to absolute nothing (there is no eternally tormenting hell).
The evangelical churches have long since fallen, fallen.
Bible verses from King James Version