The Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Ilia II, has been filmed roughly dunking tiny babies into a baptismal font, both legs-first and headfirst, in yesterday’s celebration of the Epiphany.
Holding the infants firmly between his hands, the 84-year-old Russian forcibly spins the children round, splashing them into the water at a high speed.
Needless to say, all the little ones have panic written all over their face as they are plunged under the water, and burst into tears afterwards.
According to Euronews, the patriarch blessed 780 children in the ceremony in Tbilisi using this rather violent method.
How is the Christian to be baptised?
“Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12.
NOTE: Baptizo is the Greek for the word baptism. It means to dip, to plunge under water, to immerse. When you bury something you cover it completely. A person is buried face upward, not downward. He is covered once, not three times. Therefore, the practice of triune immersion is not the proper symbol. In true Bible baptism the candidate is placed underneath the water completely, on his back, and then brought up out of the water. This is a symbol of death, burial and resurrection.
Who is eligible to be baptised?
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19, 20. Read Acts 2:38; Isaiah 55:7; Romans 10:9, 10.
NOTE: A person desiring baptism should (1) be taught, (2) believe and repent, (3) forsake his past life of sin. Since a baby cannot meet these conditions it is clear infant baptism is not biblical..
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