The Lord has left only two ordinances for the church, the Lord’s Table and baptism. We teach much about the Lord’s Table because we come to the Lord’s Table very often and we speak of its meaning very often. But largely, the subject of baptism is untouched, and perhaps even in my own case, I’ve been unfaithful in maintaining a balance so that you would understand the significance of baptism and its meaning. Frankly, it is somewhat of a non-issue in the church today. We don’t hear very much about it.
It has been years since anyone has written a book emphasizing baptism. It has been years since I have heard any preacher or any teacher emphasize baptism. Radio/television kinds of religious programming give no thought to baptism. Grace to You, our daily radio program , is the only radio program in America that puts baptismal services on the air, and we broadcast the baptismal services here periodically across the nation. But there doesn’t seem to be much concern about baptism. Largely, it stems from the fact that there seems to be such a wide diversity of opinion about what it means and how important it is that everybody has sort of relegated it to an archaic, antiquated sort of ecclesiastical-discussion level, and there’s little concern for its spiritual importance.
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