Posted on this site 11the April 2007
God Can Even Use a Water Baptism to Accomplish His Purposes
Some years ago, our pastor,
Steve Fatow, was invited to speak in a Lutheran
Church in Germany. He went. Brother Steve
said that on his way, the Lord spoke to him and told him to speak on water
baptism. He did. At the meeting, he saw nothing happen. Questions arose in his
mind if he had missed the mind of the Lord, or misunderstood what the Lord was
speaking to him. This he thought while flying in an airplane all the way home.
Over the next few years,
every time he thought about that church, the same question arose in his mind,
and he finally concluded that, yes, perhaps he had missed the mind of the Lord.
A few weeks ago, I met a
couple who had done some missionary work in Germany. They told me the rest of
After Brother Steve left Germany, the
people to whom he had preached discussed his message. In the Lutheran Church,
they had been "baptized" by sprinkling. They were not immersed in
water. Brother Steve told them that real baptism meant immersion in water.
After they discussed it, they decided that they should be re-baptized by
immersion. The Lutheran pastor refused to baptism them, telling them that the
sprinkling baptism was valid. They looked around for another church that would
baptism them by immersion, but they did not find any, so they decided to
baptize each other. They did.
Finally the priest of the Lutheran Church found out what they had done, and
he kicked all of them out of his church. Now they were without a church, so
they looked around for another church to join, but did not find one. Finally
they decided to start their own, and they did.
The missionary couple that
told me this story said that that church was one of the fastest-growing
churches in Germany, and is
now one of the largest, strongest churches in Germany.
Wow! God used Brother Steve
Fatow’s message on baptism by immersion to start a good, strong, vibrant
church. Who can fathom God’s ways! How many times we have done things and
asked, "Lord, did I do the right thing? Did I miss your mind?"
The above written by Jim
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