I get emails —
I really enjoy your stuff. The first thing I read of yours I had to stop and see where you grew up I thought it was the church I grew up in. I am still at that church. I would be considered the young married group, and I’m a couple of decades to old; so you get the picture.
The preacher said he told a girl he wouldn’t baptize her because she lived in sin. I understand what he was saying, but would you ever tell someone not to be baptized?
I’ve had readers get upset when I’ve suggested that it’s common practice in the Churches of Christ for the leadership to refuse a baptism in some circumstances. Other readers have been upset over Churches agreeing to baptize children who are too young or others who aren’t truly ready or penitent.
So when is it appropriate to refuse a baptism, if ever?