Tonight some friends of mine got baptised in our church. These friends are mature people who want to make declaration about something that has happened to them. In front of a church full of family and friends, they got wet, very wet.
I believe that baptism is for the person themselves to decide if they should do it or not. Baptism in itself will not change a person whether they are a baby or an adult. Baptism will not make you a member of the church or give you brownie points for heaven.
So what is the purpose of baptism?
Baptism is an act of witness, a testimony of a change. When a person puts their faith in Jesus, they recognise that He alone is the only way to God. With no need of a church, a priest, a minister or sacraments for salvation but only the faith of belief. Sacraments, churches, priests or ministers are only useful tools to focus our eyes on salvation not the means of it.
The eight people who got baptised tonight got no better for getting wetter.