Q. I was recently baptized along with my wife and we had the event videoed. I’m a quadriplegic and only have use of my shoulders and biceps, so we had 3 people carry me into the pool. Once I was in, my pastor had me under my armpits, but when he went to submerge me, the top of my head didn’t go all the way under the water. I’m sure he was a bit nervous and didn’t want me to accidentally choke, but shouldn’t I have been fully submerged? I know I’m saved, but was I technically not baptized?
A. Baptism is an outward sign of an inner conviction. If you believe Jesus died for your sins and rose again and have asked Him to be your Savior, and if the motive of your heart was to declare your belief by being publicly baptized, you have nothing to worry about. In my opinion, there’s no Biblical reason to think of your baptism as being technically incomplete.