Are 'litmus tests' required for baptismal candidates? : Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003
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Are 'litmus tests' required for baptismal candidates? : Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003
Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003

Are 'litmus tests' required for baptismal candidates?

The recent failure of the Baptist State Convention, in session recently, to reverse the ouster of McGill church over its baptismal practices causes me to wonder if the convention would, for the sake of consistency, ask each church to impose additional "litmus tests" for other lifestyle issues on each candidate for baptism before they enter the baptistery. Would the convention act to exclude a church that baptized someone with a drug or alcohol abuse problem? A tobacco addiction? A weight problem? A history of gossip or racist attitudes? The list could be endless. I was taught long ago that one type of sin is no worse than another. We are all sinners who need God's grace to transform our lives.

May we be agents of grace, giving to others the grace we have experienced in Jesus Christ.

James A. Garrison

Arden

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