Baptized for someone else’s sake

Aside from the fact “holy water” was used and it was administered as an avenue of “admittance” into a man-made church, I would like to point out something important concerning a recent celebrity’s baptism – it was done for someone else’s sake and not her own.

The mistake of being baptized for someone else’s sake is an often repeated act. A child is baptized to please his or her parents. A man or woman is baptized to please a significant other. An individual is baptized because it seems like several others have also been baptized and they do not want to be left-out. These are mistakes. They are not in-line with the biblical purpose of baptism.

Baptism is a personal choice one must make after hearing and believing in the gospel (Mark 16:15-16). Baptism is a personal choice that one must desire for his or herself (Acts 8:36-38). Baptism is a personal choice that remits one’s own sins that separate us from God (Acts 2:37-38, 41; 22:16).

It is not my job to run around judging people, but it is my job to remind people it is their responsibility to judge for themselves as to whether or not what they are doing is being done to please God or to please other people … including the baptism he or she is submitting to (Philippians 2:9-13, Galatians 1:10, Acts 19:3-5; 1 Timothy 4:6).

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Colossians 3:23-25 NKJV)