A couple of weeks ago, I was privy to a discussion that made me think. It was sad as the discussion turned to being real careful with who we allow to put on Christ. I recently discussed what I had heard in this discussion with one of my close friends. At this moment, you can debate in your own mind the validity of the discussion.
When one obeys the gospel, I believe the Bible is very clear that this person will follow the example given throughout the book of Acts and they will be baptized. The question for discussion is this: How much does one need to know to be baptized? I assume you need to know something or else why would you want to express your faith in this manner? So my follow up question to this would be: What is it you need to know?
Let me add to this question and ask your opinion on this issue. Is this a matter of intellect, or emotion? Is it one or the other, or is it where the two meet?
If a youngster at bible camp wants to get baptized, then the adult supervisors go into panic mode and begin a two hour grilling session to see where this kid is at. When an adult on Sunday morning goes forward and says he wants to be baptized, no one challenges their motives. Why the discrepancy? Why such judgment of ones decision?
I often find answers to unique questions of the Christian mindset here at Tentpegs hosted by Patrick Mead. The topic of baptism is discussed here on his blog.
I encourage you to leave your comments as I am curious what people think about this.