What Do Lutherans Believe About Baptism?

What do Lutherans believe about Baptism?

Ok, I have a confession to make, which probably seems a little redundant coming from a Confessional Lutheran, huh?

My confession? As an ex-Evangelical convert to becoming a Lutheran, I'm ashamed to say that I couldn't even tell you the answer to that question myself!

All I knew was that Lutherans believed something about Baptism that "wasn't good," and depending on who you talked to, it was perhaps even borderline "heretical" too.

Come to think of it, if I think back to the kinds of things I heard certain Bible teachers I respected say about the subject, they almost made it sound as if the Lutheran position on this particular topic was akin to Catholicism's un-Biblical creation of Purgatory.

The reality, or the truth of the matter, isn't even close though! In fact, we Lutherans are simply willing to believe what God's Word actually (and quite clearly) says about Baptism.

I really can't believe I didn't see it before, but then again, maybe I couldn't (1 Corinthians 2:14). So, either I was a "false convert" all this time, or I preferred to "spiritualize" the Biblical text while refusing to accept His overwhelming grace found in the simplicity of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:3).

So, if you're anything like me, then you'll absolutely love this next presentation from Rev. Jonathan Fisk and Worldview Everlasting from back in 2011.

By the way, I hate to keep referencing the same Lutheran sources all the time, but they're really that good, and by "good" I mean "theologically sound" as well as "faithful" to the historic and traditional Lutheran Confessions, which is what we want to be careful to preach at all times.

Besides, I've found that the LCMS doesn't have a plethora of so-called "celebrity pastors" like American Evangelicalism does. I'm not angry about that or envious one bit, but only mentioning it to point out that the number of distinctly Lutheran "voices" that are available in Cyberspace and in the Christian Blogosphere are quite limited.

Anyway, let's continue, shall we? So, without further adieu, please make the time to listen to this 3-part presentation that will clearly communicate what we Lutherans believe about Baptism in comparison to Evangelicals (like the increasingly popular Reformed crowd let's say), and why we believe it.

DeYoung, DeRestless & DeRealLiteralLutheran Ninjitsu


Got Baptism? Onepoint-OH!


Got Baptism Too? Point-Oooohhhh!!!


In a Lutheran Layman's terms, those three 15-minute videos collectively represent an excellent primer on Baptism from a Lutheran (a.k.a. Biblical) perspective.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if any of my "old beliefs" seem to have found there way into any of the material published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with being a Confessional Lutheran -- let alone if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately so as to not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]

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