A THEOLOGICAL REFELCTION ON THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISM AMONG METHODIST CHURCH AND REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD

Samuel C. Nwanwko, Daniel Samuel

Abstract


This research reflected on the concept of baptism as a religious doctrine and rite. Ab initio, baptism ought not to be a challenge to the Church; but with the emerging understanding, interpretation and practice by various Christian groups, it has become rather an issue of debate. The main focus of this work centered on the doctrinal differences on baptism among Methodist Church and Redeemed Christian Church of God. Using comparative and analytical methods and secondary sources of data collection, the findings of the research, revealed some areas of convergence and divergence between the Methodist Church and Redeemed Christian Church of God. It was discovered that baptism represents believers’ repentance and forgiveness of sins, though who receives baptism becomes an issue. It signifies a new birth and the beginning of a person’s Christian discipleship. Regardless of the prevailing disparity, the work recommended that Churches engage in dialogue that brings about theological development among Christian churches in Nigeria. Baptism should be seen not just as an individual’s act but a divine event. The ideology of baptism as link to heaven should be abolished. The work advised that baptism, be administered to only adults who through repentance confess and forsake their sins, and not infants.


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Theology, Doctrine, Baptism, Christianity, Methodist Church, Redeem Christian Church.

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