Immersion has taken on an entirely new meaning in our household. We have come to realize that it is not a one time event. And there are different types of immersion. It did not begin with John the baptist. It is not a “christian” action, but was practiced in the original Scriptures. We still have a lot to learn about it, but as a beginning, it is an opportunity to take a stand and be identified with a new life, a new heart and to show our allegiance for YHWH and His Messiah.
Having read the following, I wanted to share that this creed is what was required of christians initially.
Constantines Creed (322AD):
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, and propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues. Absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom and IF afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, THEN let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be an anathema in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with satan and the devils.”
Also required in some cases:
“I accept all customs, rites, legalism, and feasts of the Romans, sacrifices. Prayers, purifications with water, sanctifications by Pontificus Maxmus (high priests of Rome), propitiations, and feasts, and the New Sabbath “Sol dei” (day of the Sun, ), all new chants and observances, and all the foods and drinks of the Romans. In other words, I absolutely accept everything Roman, every new law, rite and custom, of Rome, and the New Roman Religion.”
This is what we have proclaimed through Immersion:
“I renounce all pagan customs, rites, legalisms, communions and baptisms, and all the other pagan holidays, traditions, prayers, aspirations, unclean foods, false translations and definitions, false teachers and teachings and sunday-keeping, and superstitions, and hymns, and observances and churches. Absolutely everything that is pagan, every vain tradition, rite and custom and IF afterwards I shall desire to deny and return to superstition, or shall be found feasting in pagan celebrations, or secretly conversing and condemning the Way instead of openly confuting and condemning vain faith, THEN let YHWH judge me according to His Scriptures.”
“I accept all customs, rites, commands, and feasts of YHWH, sacrifices. Prayers, purifications with water, kadosh practices, propitiations, and feasts, and the Sabbath, all observances, and all the foods and drinks of YHWH. In other words, I absolutely accept everything in Torah, every law, rite and custom, of YHWH, and His Torah.”