Baptisms Forbidden! – by Eliezer Gonzalez
Sep 9, 2015 1521
When we were in Brussels during our 2015 mission trip to Europe, we found that baptisms were effectively prohibited in the city. After our programme, there were precious people who had decided to give their lives to Christ. We had two options: either drive an hour to the seashore at Ostend, or use a public swimming pool, or a hotel with a pool.
I wasn’t that keen about Ostend, since I had baptised there before, and it was not for the faint-hearted. The cold waters there were enough to get anyone thinking about eternity!
Pastor David and Brother Sammy diligently set about the task of finding a pool in the city, and within a short time-frame. But they had no idea just what a monumental task that would be!
First they tried the public swimming pools. But everyone they talked to said the same thing– that they did not allow baptisms in their pools. Pr David even offered to hire the pool out for the whole day. But still they said refused – on principle. They received the same response at the hotels. Finally we had a joyful baptism in a spa centre that had a pool.
I don’t know what it is. Is it atheism? Fear of offending other religions? Whatever it is, Europe is becoming in many ways not only a difficult place for evangelism, but a place that is becoming hostile to Christianity. And this is not a good move for European civilisation, since it was built on the pillars of Christian values.
When we see the faithlessness of the world around us, that is a trumpet call for us to remain faithful to Christ and to his gospel. Sadly, his words ring more and more true with each passing day:
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved – Matt 24:12–13.
– Eliezer Gonzalez