Those of us in the Western church look at Baptism as an act of obedience following Jesus’ example:

“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” (Mark 1:9)

Such is not the case in India where baptism is regarded as an act of total surrender and renunciation of Hindu beliefs. In other words, for a man or woman in India to submit to water baptism is a big deal, a life-altering decision, a public profession of faith which has been tested and tried over time.

The pastors partnering with Heart of God India all agree that baptism should not be entered in hastily for those under their spiritual care. The recommendation is to wait to allow a time of discipleship and testing of personal faith in Jesus Christ before offering baptism to believers. When we receive reports of baptisms, we rejoice because faith is sincere and solidly built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Rejoice with us for hearts totally surrendered.