As we continue to look at various Protestant Reformers, I want to introduce you to a group most people are
probably unfamiliar with. The Anabaptists were a group of reformers that rejected infant baptism and believed in full
immersion. Some Anabaptists were pacifists and others were fairly militant, but all stood for believer baptism.
The reason I bring them up is that the Independent Christian Church, of which we are a part, dated back to the
early 1800’s, but our understanding of baptism can be traced through the centuries all the way to very earliest days of the
Church. There has always been a remnant that has understood baptism as for believers, not infants, and to be done by full
immersion. In fact, every church document before about 250 AD describes baptism as being for believers and linked
strongly with salvation.
Our stance on baptism, while different than many other churches, has a strong history throughout the ages and
almost universally held in the earliest days of the Church. In fact, it dates at least to the Day of Pentecost, where Peter
said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will
receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”