The Sponsor is called upon to answer questions put to him/her by the Priest. Notice this from The heresy of the Bogomili was started in the tenth century...followers called themselves Christians and considered their faith the only true one (Klaar K. Next a stick was pushed between the knees and elbows to secure him in this position. They merely symbolized and formally emphasized that God, not man, gave them authority and set them apart for a particular job.The same question is asked three times and three times the sponsor must reply. Then the Priest continues with: "Dost thou believe in Him? The boat was rowed to the center of the [Limmat] river, and the helpless prisoner was thrown overboard, to choke in the dark, deep waters.” One wonders, How could Protestant spiritual leaders kill fellow Christians for the crime of obeying their understanding of biblical teachings regarding baptism or other doctrines? God commissioned them and issued them authority and jurisdiction to do His work.
(Ezekiel -29) John the Baptist was the first person shown in the Bible to baptize. The most ancient form usually employed was unquestionably immersion. Grant unto these creatures the power to heal; may all fevers, every evil spirit, and all maladies be put to flight by him who either drinks these beverages or is anointed with them, and may they be a remedy in the Name of Jesus Christ, Thy only Son." As early as the fourth century various writings, the authenticity of which is free from suspicion, mention the use of water sanctified either by the liturgical blessing just referred to, or by the individual blessing of some holy person. Justin, known as Justin Martyr, is a Greco-Roman and Protestant saint, though truly an apostate (see Justin Martyr: Saint, Heretic, or Apostate? Justin had practices that were similar to those employed by the followers of the sun-god Mithra (see also For, in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the universe, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, they then receive the washing with water... It should be understood that while Justin calls the newly baptized "illuminated" the Bible does not. As the Bible in no way endorses (nor records) nude baptism, the above demonstrates that pagan practices were used for people who professed, but apparently did not understand, Christ.
( 09/15/16) 24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. But there is another among these heretics, Marcus by name, who boasts himself as having improved upon his master. Yet, the Greco-Roman churches adopted this later: The use of holy water in the earliest days of the Christian Era is attested by documents of only comparatively late date.
25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. He is a perfect adept in magical impostures, and by this means drawing away a great number of men, and not a few women, he has induced them to join themselves to him, as to one who is possessed of the greatest knowledge and perfection, and who has received the highest power from the invisible and ineffable regions above. The "Apostolic Constitutions", the redaction of which goes back to about the year 400, attribute to the Apostle St. The letter written under the name of Pope Alexander I, who lived in the second century, is apocryphal and of more recent times; hence the first historical testimony does not go back beyond the fifth century. As, in many cases, the water used for the Sacrament of Baptism was flowing water, sea or river water, it could not receive the same blessing as that contained in the baptisteries. It is known that some of the faithful believed that holy water possessed curative properties for certain diseases, and that this was true in a special manner of baptismal water.
Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. If sprinkling was how baptism was done, there would be no reason to go to a place that had a lot of water. 9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Infusion and aspersion, however, were growing common in the thirteenth century and gradually prevailed in the Western Church. Translated from the second revised French edition by Thomas J. The Roman Catholic Church (as well as other churches, like the Eastern Orthodox) understand that, but they change the practice for infants. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life. 16 But Jesus called them to Him and said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. The pope in 1096 described the Valley Louise in Dauphiny, France, as infested with "heresy." It was a result of Paulician and Bogomil evangelization of the Alpine regions.
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. The Oriental Churches have retained immersion (Fanning, William H. Thus Jodocus Tiletanus of Louvaine, defending the doctrine of "Unwritten Tradition," does not hesitate to say, "We are not satisfied with that which the apostles or the Gospel do declare, but we say that, as well before as after, there are divers matters of importance and weight accepted and received out of a doctrine which is nowhere set forth in writing. However, since a baby cannot repent nor confess belief in Christ, any statement by an adult sponsor cannot be imputed to the baby. 17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." (Luke -17) 13 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. About 1104, a man from this valley, called Peter of Bruys, began at Embrun to preach REPENTANCE throughout Languedoc and Provence...
Here is one view of the origin of baptism from a Protestant source: Concerning the origin of baptism, Christian theologians suggest that although Christian baptism may have been widely used by John the Baptist, baptism itself did not originate with Christians or, for that matter, with John.