Friday, May 2, 2014

Baptism

Baptism is very important to the Amish.

To them it is a brand new beginning, what ever happened in the past has now been forgiven and you have been given a fresh clean start. For a little while you are totally clean and sinless. You now belong to the church, the family of God.

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Anyone that leaves the Amish and allows themselves to become baptized again has no hope, and will also never be accepted back into the Amish church. We knew there would be no turning back even if we ever wanted to, (we never have) on the day we confirmed our faith in Jesus by being baptized again, nearly two years after we had left. It was one of the happiest days of our life!

18 comments:

  1. I have recently found your blog and have been reading it non stop like a book! I can't tell you what a blessing it has been to read your testimony of how you came to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have long been fascinated with the peaceful lifestyle of the Amish, as are a lot of people, and I loved hearing your stories of childhood and early adulthood. Your blog is a real treasure and I hope to enjoy it for a long time to come!

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    1. So glad you enjoy my blog! Always encouraging to hear that.

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  2. This made me HAPPY for you !!! The TRUTH will set you FREE !!! AMEN !!!
    Have a happy, blessed week-end my friend xo

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    1. Amen! Hope you have a joyful weekend as well!

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  3. I too just recently found your blog and have enjoyed every post. I'm so happy for you, having found our Savior. God bless you and your family.

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  4. It is amazing how once you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ EVERYTHING falls in line, everything makes sense. Nothing else makes sense, like what is the first thing that takes you from that" little while" of being totally sinless? No vows, no promises, no trying your best makes sense. Only putting your faith and trust in Him! May God continue to bless you!

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    1. So true, things in the Bible make sense now, and interestingly enough, though we used the be, think, and act Amish a lot of their ways no longer make sense to us.

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  5. I find this amusing, since the meaning of "anabaptist" is "baptise again"!

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    1. True, but they think two baptisms are okay only when the first occurred as a baby and was not of their own choosing.

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  6. When you were Amish did you have have an 'English' person become part of the Amish church (or hear of it)? I read something once that a man joined but thought how hard that must have been!

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    1. There were a few that tried, but failed. To join, and remain Amish for the rest of your life if you weren't born and raised Amish happens very seldom. Only two cases that I know of that seem to have been successful.

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  7. I grew up not far from an Amish community and in elementary school had Amish classmates. I am glad I found your blog...via the A to Z Challenge.

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  8. I'm so glad that you have committed your life to Jesus. How sad that it isn't acceptable to the Amish faith.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. It is sad they don't understand salvation.

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  9. WHAT IS THE SALVATION TIMELINE?

    How long does it take for a person to become saved? It takes as long as it takes to believe and be baptized in water.(Mark 16:16)

    On the Day of Pentecost they believed and were baptized in water the same day. (Acts 2:22-38)

    Cornelius, his relatives and close friends believed and were baptized in water the same day. (Acts 10:24-48)

    The Ethiopian eunuch believed and was baptized in water the same day.(Acts 8:26-38)

    Saul (the apostle Paul) believed and then was baptized in water three days later. (Acts 9:9 Acts 22:6-16)

    The Philippian jailer and his household believed and were baptized in water the same hour. (Acts 16:25-33)

    Salvation is an act of obedience. (John 3:16, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10, Mark 16:16)

    Salvation is not keeping the Laws of Moses nor is it the performing of good deeds.


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  10. Hi MaryAnn, I'm catching up with you by going backwards in time... hahaha!

    I find myself praying for our Amish communities quite often - I'm not sure what they believe as I do not know them well enough to bring it up in discussion. I know several of them are "old order" and some are even more conservative than that, but one group appears to be a bit more progressive and they appear to be happy and friendly... not afraid to talk to us 'English' types - makes me wonder if they have found the Joy of God's Salvation!

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