Besides, it’s just stupid to hold a baby out in mid-air and expect him/her to feel secure. I’d scream too!
And whoever dreamed up this “gotta bounce the baby” idea? I’ve stood in circles where I tried to act as a shock absorber to keep the rest of the crew from tossing the child into the air on every upswing.
And then someone mentioned the blessing of a child, not a baby. Whoever thought you should take a 5-year-old and hoist him/her aloft like a 5-week-old while giving a blessing obviously has long since taken leave of his senses!]]>
The water was 2 ft deep. After I said the prayer I pulled him down and 2 local Xhosa elders grabbed his legs and helped me guide him into the water. We then pushed his body down and made sure his clothes were submerged.
That Bap counted I tell you. Later I ran into him in Capetown at a baptism in a font and we laughed about how “easy” the guy getting baptized had it.]]>
Except for the part about WHO does the immersing.
If the technicalities don’t count, then any form of baptism would be valid as long as the one performing the ordinance has the proper authority.]]>
If the baptizee is of age, there of their own free will, the authorities are present and accounted for, the prayers are said properly, and the person was submerged and surfaced (creating the proper symbolism) the rest is frosting.]]>
And we knew it before this blog revealed it.
I heard of a baptism once where the very large lady kept backing away from the skinny young elder who was trying to put her under. It was in a motel swimming pool. When the elder realized he’d never get her under the usual way, he dived under the water, grabbed her ankles and pulled her feet out from under her. Down she went, and up she came, a new member of the church.
Just as the handbook says nothing about the number of hands under the baby, it simply says that the person baptizing should immerse the person. If he is afraid of water, let him squat and bow his head forward to get it under the water, and a little pressure on the back or the shoulder will count. You don’t have to lay the person back, you don’t have to hold his right wrist with your left hand and have him hold your wrist with his left hand–that’s all custom, not prescribed form.]]>