Baptism in the Methodist Church

The Methodist Church views Baptisms in a different light than other Christian denominations.  They consider Baptism a sacrament rather than an ordinance.  The difference between the two is that an ordinance is a command from God, where a sacrament is viewed more as a gift and symbol of grace.

Because of this difference in view, the Methodists don’t believe that being Baptised is necessary for the salvation of the soul.  They view salvation as a lifelong process, rather than a single act.  The church still performs Baptisms and sees them as important, however a person who has not been Baptised is not automatically condemned.

However, if a person has not been Baptised before and they would like to be, the Methodist church will still perform this service.  Baptism in the Methodist church is similar to a Baptism at any other church.  The individual, often an infant, is cleansed in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Godparents are chosen for children and both the Godparents and parents play an important role in the Baptism ceremony.

Like with other Christian faiths, both the Godparents and parents promise during the Baptism to raise the child in a moral and Christian manner.  Also like with other faiths, Methodist Baptisms are usually cause for a celebration following the ritual.  The main difference is that a Baptism is not required for the soul to be saved, nor is it required to become an official part of the Church.

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