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"WHAT ARE THE SACRAMENTS?"
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Sacrament (n.): an outward sign combined with a prescribed form of words and regarded as conferring some specific grace upon those who receive it.
Baptism (n.): a ceremonial immersion in water, or application of water as an initiatory rite or sacrament of the Christian Church.
The root word “baptize” comes from the Greek word “baptizein” which means “to immerse.” It means literally, “to bathe.” The Greek root “bapt” means “bathe”, the Greek suffix (ein) implies “to do something.”
The Protestant sacraments are baptism and the Lord's Supper. In the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches they are baptism, penance, confirmation, the Eucharist, holy orders, matrimony, and the anointing of the sick (formerly extreme unction); something regarded as possessing a sacred or mysterious significance; a symbol or pledge.
There is no physical, symbolic practice enacted by man that is mandatory for salvation to be made manifest. This is evidenced by the Christ’s own words chronicled in the Gospel of John 4:24 which states, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” The orthodox understanding of how we should view baptism in correlation to the salvation of man is found in the etymological root of the word which means simply to bathe. Man reaches for the physical-things that can be touched, smelled, or seen and in essence misses the spiritual meaning of what was left on record for learning. God is asking directly that He not be worshiped through things that can be seen and touched but in spirit and in truth. God is requesting us to not physically be baptized but to have our life, mind, and actions be immersed and cleansed and therefore be made new.