Here are a few denominational descriptions of baptism:
Baptist: It is not entirely necessary for salvation. By immersion only. Baptisms of other churches accepted if done by immersion. Infants are not baptized. Candidates must first believe.
Roman: By pouring, sprinkling or immersion. Baptisms of other churches accepted when performed as Catholic Church prescribes. Necessary for salvation. Infants are baptized.
Eastern: By immersion for the remission of sins and entrance into church. Essential to salvation. Must be performed by one holding proper priesthood authority. Required of all 8 years & older. Infants are not baptized.
Methodist: By sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. Is only an outward sign of one’s entrance into the church. Baptisms of other churches accepted. Not necessary to salvation. Infants are baptized.
A few questions I have:
- If baptism is symbolic, what does being baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire by Jesus really accomplish?
- If it has to be done by ordained clergy, who was doing it before there were any ordained clergy?
- If it really does change something to be baptized as a believer, what does it change?
An extensive study on baptism is on Page 2 of my website: Being Baptized.