Down in Georgia a Steven Furtick clone has taken it upon himself to ‘baptize’ a group of kids before a football practice.
A Georgia school district is investigating after video of a mass baptism was posted on YouTube. The video, posted by First Baptist Villa Rica, was shot on school grounds just before football practice. “We had the privilege of baptizing a bunch of football players and a coach on the field of Villa Rica High School! We did this right before practice! Take a look and see how God is STILL in our schools!” the caption with the video reads. By Tuesday evening, the video had been removed from YouTube.
No, you didn’t ‘baptize’ anyone. You dunked kids in a tub. Baptism requires two things: 1) the agreement of the congregation of which the baptized person will become a member; and 2) the promise of the baptized that he or she will become a participating member of that congregation.
Baptism is the act by which believers identify with the Body of Christ, the Church. Not in some abstract ‘church universal’ notion but in the quite concrete association of the redeemed sinner with a community of faith of which he becomes a viable member.
If the boys in this ‘baptism’ (which is really a farcical bastardization of actual baptism and its meaning) were not accepted as baptismal candidates by the Congregation; and if they didn’t agree to become members of that congregation, they were never baptized at all.
It is quite clear to anyone watching these sorts of things that the Furtick clones have no idea what baptism means, signifies, or demands. They are making a mockery not only of the Church, but of the act of baptism itself. They are precisely the reason why persons without adequate theological training should never be allowed to ascend a pulpit.