BAPTISM Baptism is a sacrament, symbolic of spiritual regeneration, in which, as a result

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BAPTISM Baptism is a sacrament, symbolic of spiritual regeneration, in which, as a result of the traditional use of water, the individual is cleansed of original sin and admitted into Christianity or a specific Christian church. One does not need to be baptized into the Universal Life Church. Our theology expounds the belief in that which is right for the individual and many members of the church do believe in baptism. Thus, baptismal certificates are made available, at a nominal donation of five for $1.00, to those who wish an outward sign of this inner conversion. The certificates are available through CompuChurch. Rev. Hensley often tells the story of his own baptism. He originally was baptized as a Southern Baptist, but as his knowledge grew of different modes of baptism he felt he had to try them all -- just to make sure! When we talk of different modes we are talking of the different ways in which one can be baptized. Water may be poured or sprinkled on the head, or the person may be immersed once or three times, backwards or forwards, or water may not be used at all. Another variable is age. The controversy of "infant baptism" vs. "believers baptism has been a constant one. In "believer's baptism" the adult convert makes a conscious decision to join the church. In "infant's baptism" it is maintained that it was the practice from the time of the Apostles to baptize the infants of Christians. In either situation the baptismal ceremony is an outward sign of the dedication of a life to a specific religious philosophy. Christening (naming an infant) often takes place at the time of baptism. Christening at first meant "to make Christian." The custom dates back to early Christian times when a person took a new name at baptism. (c) 1984, 1990 Universal Life Church All Rights Reserved distributed with permission by CompuChurch (tm) Universal Life Church (504) 927-4509 Permission to electronically display and transfer this textfile is granted without charge to reader subject to inclusion of complete copyright/source statement.


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