Chapter 13 in my book, Close Your Church for Good, is called “Give Up Your Rites.”
In this chapter, we look at baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and whether the practices should be performed in churches today. While it is true that these are commands of Jesus, we must understand the cultural significance of these ceremonies, and what they meant at that time. Only when we do this can we properly learn to observe baptism and Lord’s Supper in our time, though in our day, the form may appear much different than anything we are accustomed to.
Please note that due to some of the feedback I receive on these posts, this chapter might be radically revised for the final edition of the book. These changes will only be available in the print or eBook version when it comes out.
Here are the blog posts from this chapter on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper:
- Should I Get Baptized?
- The Long History of Baptism
- What is Baptism?
- Various Scriptures on Baptism
- Have You Been Baptized into Moses? (1 Cor 10:2)
- Baptism Without Water (Matt 20:22; Luke 12:50)
- Drown in the Nile and Become God
- The Baptism of John (Luke 3:10-14)
- Why did Jesus get Baptized?
- Baptism: Death and Rebirth
- Baptism is not the First Step in Discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20)
- No Water Baptism in Matthew 28:19-20
- Baptized in the Name of Jesus
- Baptisms in the Book of Acts
- Water and Spirit Baptism in Acts 2
- What is the Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins?
- No Christian Baptism in Acts 2
- Baptizing Outcast Samaritans
- The End of Baptism in Acts
- Baptism and the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40)
- Most Popular Scripture on Baptism (Romans 6)
- Is Baptism for Today?
- The Lord’s Supper