Posted by: whereintheworldismike | March 21, 2016

Baptism in a Dangerous Land

Just talked with a dear couple who lead one of the fastest church multiplication movements on Earth. They told stories of being tortured in prison for their faith. They also told us about members of their group rejoicing when they are apprehended and sent to prison. They reason, “There are so many Christians on the outside but none in the prisons so we are eager to share the Good News with those who still need to hear.” This group uses the following questions for new believers who want to be baptized to ascertain if they are genuine or potential betrayers.

What kind of shape would the Church be in in this country where convenience and comfort is often the most important values judging by our actions?

Baptizing New Believers in a Country Where the Church is Persecuted

 

To see if new believers in Christ are genuine, before baptizing them, ask:

 

  1. Are you willing to leave home and lose the blessing of your father?
  2. Are you willing to lose your job?
  3. Are you willing to go to the village and those who persecute you, forgive them and share the love of Christ with them?
  4. Are you willing to give an offering to the Lord?
  5. Are you wiling to be beaten rather than deny your faith?
  6. Are you willing to go to prison?
  7. Are you willing to die for Jesus?

 

If he or she is willing to answer “Yes” to all of these questions, then we invite them to sign on the bottom of the paper that of their own free will they have decided to follow Jesus. If they will not sign, they are not genuine and they will probably go to the police and have me arrested and thrown into prison for 6 years. If they sign and are caught then they will get 3 years (the one converted), and I (the one evangelizing) will get 6 years in prison.

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