Excerpt from Chapter 6 – “THE MODE OF BAPTISM: ITS MEANING”Published October 22, 2017
Unfortunately, one of the minor things (which becomes a large thing for some) that divides some Christians is the mode of baptism. The great difficulty this creates is that those who adhere to an immersionist view often see those who baptize by sprinkling or effusion as not having had a legitimate baptism and therefore they are not able to join their church unless they are rebaptized by immersion. In addition, many immersionists may not allow these brothers to participate in the Lord’s Supper with them, as not being truly part of the Church.
Three major modes of baptism are practiced in churches: aspiration (sprinkling), effusion (pouring), and immersion followed by emersion. All three modes may be acceptable as legitimate for baptism, but the first two are strongly preferable because of their primary symbolic significance and compelling biblical support. As we shall see, immersion cannot be proven through Scripture. Because baptism is symbolic, its mode is to be the same as it meaning. Correct meaning can only be conveyed by the correct mode of administering the sacrament.