Baptism, Ordinance of

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An ordinance is an outward institution, a prescribed practice, appointed by Christ, to be observed by all his people to the end of the age, commemorating an essential gospel fact and declaring an essential gospel truth. An ordinance is something that the Church practices because Jesus Christ has told it to do so.

They practice the ordinance of baptism by total immersion. They do not recognize baptisms performed by outsiders. Baptism is always performed by a Brother Worker by full immersion in a body of water; e.g. ocean, river, creek, lake, swimming pool, etc.; never by sprinkling per Matt 3:16. Infants are not baptized or dedicated. Professing children are not baptized until they reach the age of accountability, which is considered to be around age 12 or 13. Generally, one is not allowed to take the emblems (communion) until after baptism. Baptism is not performed until after a waiting period to ensure one has a good understanding.

They believe baptism is a commitment for life and is a necessary part of salvation as Jesus said, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:16). They believe Workers are the only ones with the authority to baptise.

There are two ordinances that most Christians agree upon which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. They are, Baptism and Communion; and there is debate over a third one: Foot Washing.

Worker Quote: As a candidate for baptism, do you have your affections set on things above? Are you faithful in reading and praying? Are you free from every form of bitterness and unforgiveness? Are you free from the bondage of ungodly and worldly practices, such as smoking, drinking, swearing, worldly entertainments, the unnecessary adornment of self with gold, silver, pearls. etc., make-up or apparel that attracts attention to self? If single, are you purposed to not become unequally yoked with an unbeliever? Do you believe in Jesus with all your heart? Assured that He is able to lead you and to save you? (From: Notes on Baptism*)

Worker Quote: No, we do not believe in infant baptism…Because it is nowhere commanded in the bible and there is no definite instance of it having been performed. Those who were baptised in the New Testament were the converts of the Servants of God as a result of their preaching. (Willie Hughes, 1931 Letter)

Worker Quote: Luke 3:8 – “Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance,” BEFORE you are baptised. People led by the Spirit of God get these idols [TVs] out, and usually without being told
(Dan Hilton, 1964 Milltown 2 Convention).

Worker Quote: The authority to baptise was given to only one type of ministry. The ones to whom Jesus gave this authority in Matthew 28:16-20 were men who had been willing to follow Jesus in His way. This is very important. No minister can bring you into anything more than what he has. The wrong kind of preacher, even though he may baptise by immersion, can only bring a person into the church that he himself is a part of. On the other hand, when one is baptised by a minister who is in fellowship with Jesus, he shares with them that same pure fellowship that he is enjoying, 1 John 1:3. (Baptism Handout-New South Wales, Australia