How many denominations believe that Immersion is the true way of baptism?

A question from a reader: I am doing a study for an essay i am writing and I need to know how many CHRISTIAN denominations believe that Immersion is the way for baptism

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10 Responses to “How many denominations believe that Immersion is the true way of baptism?”

  • witnessofJesus says:

    not only do the LDS believe this,
    they have also taught that the straight and narrow gate is “baptism”

  • Buddy R says:

    Immersion in water is the only Chrstian baptism.

    The didache is nice and all but the Bible says they picked out a place with “much water” and baptised in the name of Jesus.

    Joh 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.

    Act 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.

    Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  • Rene O says:

    That’s the way John the Baptist baptized Jesus!

    Please people! Diadiche is NOT biblical. Stop adding things to the bible that aren’t there! John the Baptist did full immersion with Jesus’ approval. What more proof do you need?

  • tebone0315 says:

    In the Didache. Early writings of the Apostles before the Bible

    Didache 7:1
    But concerning baptism, thus shall ye baptize. Having first recited all these things, baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in living (running) water.

    Didache 7:2
    But if thou hast not living water, then baptize in other water; and if thou art not able in cold, then in warm.

    Didache 7:3
    But if thou hast neither, then pour water on the head thrice in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

    http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/didache.ht

  • sharon says:

    It’s mostly just baptist Christians who have never heard of the Didache in their whole lives! Otherwise, they would know how the apostles practiced baptism.

  • Willie K says:

    Most. Even Catholics will baptize that way if you want it…though every priest may not do it considering baptism by immersion to be an inconvenience.

    The real question is “how many denominations believe the water ‘SAVES’ the infant”….brings them into the family of Christ.

    Like John Gotti, he was ‘baptised as an infant’ and believed he was going to heaven because of it.

    The water doesn’t save, it isn’t magic.

  • The Padre says:

    A number of Protestant denominations ‘require’ total immersion for baptism– which is not the same thing as ‘believe is the true way of baptism’. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a precise number, since literally no one knows how many Christian denominations there are world-wide (I visited an Anglican Church in Abu Dhabi that opened its compound to any other Christian groups that wanted to use it– there were more than 60, many from Southeast Asia). The catholic churches– Roman, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican– all accept baptism by immersion, but do not require it, providing water is used and the baptism is done in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many mainstream Protestant denominations, such as Lutherans, Methodists, etc., do the same.
    The requirement for total immersion is neither historical nor Biblical. As another responder pointed out, the earliest known Christian liturgical text, the Didache, does not require immersion. The Didache dates to approximately the end of the First Century A.D. (or C.E.). The New Testament as such was brought together until the year 367, by St Athanasius– various Christian communities had differing parts of what became the New Testament Canon, but there was much disagreement before the final decision was made on which books would and would not be included (and as late as the Reformation, Martin Luther would have liked to drop the The Letter of James!). The Four Gospels and the Book of Acts were generally accepted much earlier by Christians everywhere, as were many of St. Paul’s letters.

    Curiously, one of the strongest arguments against total immersion is Biblical– in the Book of Acts, Chapter 8, verses 26-39, there is the story of Philip’s baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch on the road that foes south from Jerusalem to Gaza. As any visit, terrain map, or reading of verse 26 makes clear, this road runs through the midst of very dry desert– so much so that the eunuch is surprised to find any water at all (in verse 36), and so asks to be baptized. There is no place on that road where the eunuch could have been totally immersed– there simply isn’t any water deep enough there.

  • cristoiglesia says:

    The Bible does NOT teach immersion. There is nowhere in the Bible that says that Jesus or anyone else was immersed. Those that believe in immersion only are adding to the Bible something that it does not say. The only early Church writing telling of the methodology of Baptism is the Didache. Sometimes some so called Christians have a total lack of comprehension when reading Scriptures. No wonder there are over 30,000 denominations in Protestantism as a result of Sola Scriptura with everyone doing private interpretations and creating their own heresies. So sad. God bless!

    In Christ
    Fr. Joseph

  • Another View says:

    Thank you Fr. Joseph. The Bible most definitely does not mandate baptism by immersion. Those who say so infer it. The Didache is a valid source to look to to understand what Scripture teaches. The Didache favors immersion, but provides for other modes if immersion is not available. While my particular denomination (Presbyterian) normally baptizes by pouring, I requested that all of my children be baptized by immersion because (1) the Didache indicates that it is the preferred mode and (2) it is a wonderful picture of burial and resurrection.

    I know that Eastern Orthodox normally baptize by immersion. I am curious as to why Roman Catholics do not in light of the following from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    Para. 628: “Baptism, the original and full sign of which is immersion, efficaciously signifies the descent into the tomb by the Christian who dies to sin with Christ in order to live a new life. ‘We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.’”

    Para. 1262 “The different effects of Baptism are signified by the perceptible elements of the sacramental rite. Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purification, but also regeneration and renewal. Thus the two principal effects are purification from sins and new birth in the Holy Spirit.”

    Para. 1239 “The essential rite of the sacrament follows: Baptism properly speaking. It signifies and actually brings about death to sin and entry into the life of the Most Holy Trinity through configuration to the Paschal mystery of Christ. Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple immersion in the baptismal water. However, from ancient times it has also been able to be conferred by pouring the water three times over the candidate’s head.”

    So, while I agree that baptism by pouring is valid and licit, I can’t help by wonder why the Roman Catholic Church does not normally baptize by immersion, using pouring only when immersion is not possible.

    Thanks.

  • Marqus R says:

    Total immersion is implied by the Bible.

    When Jesus was baptized, it said He went up out of the water (Matthew 3:16). You can’t come up out of anything, unless you are down in something.

    Also look at the Greek translation of the word baptize (BAPTIZO), which means to dip, immerse, plunge, submerge.

    Understand that baptism won’t save you; it’s the mark and outward expression of the saved. The thief on the cross made a declartion unto Christ on the cross, and Jesus told him that he would be with (Jesus) today in paradise. Jesus granted this to the thief despite the fact he was never baptized.

    It’s good to know the proper method of baptism, but it won’t save you, unless you do the Romans 10:9 thing:…confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Confess & believe, then be saved & then be baptized…God Bless!!!

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