I do not hereby wish to dictate to any pastor what he or she should do. However, we should think of pleasing the true and living God.
A major concern that has been affecting people in times past and especially in recent times is the fact that a number of pastors and other leaders of religions have been tolerating and accepting practices contrary to Bible standards.
For instance, some pastors are baptizing persons who are well-known fornicators. The Scriptures are very clear when it comes to God’s view on fornication.
Acts 15:20, 29 say to abstain from fornication among other things. (See also 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 6:18).
1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 mention that fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of God. Interestingly, the very next verse, verse 11 shows that some who used to practice fornication stopped that practice. Yes, they stopped being fornicators and were now washed, sanctified, in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the spirit of our God.
Hence, such ones were NOT baptized fornicators. They had changed first and got baptized, becoming holy servants of God.
Further, 1 Corinthians 5:11-13 speak against a brother being a fornicator, saying that the faithful Corinthian brothers were not even to keep company with such a fornicating brother, not even to eat with him. Verse 13 says that such a brother who was fornicating was to be “put away” from among them.
Since God is so SERIOUS about a BAPTIZED brother who is a fornicator, are we to expect that he would willingly accept the baptism of someone who is a practicing fornicator, accepting such a person as his holy servant? How absurd!
Are we turning people away from God? So Pastors etc., remember that we all have to give to God an account for our actions. Romans 14:12. Are we truly Christlike? Would Christ have baptized fornicators? NO WAY. Pastors, heed the warning implied above! This is SERIOUS business!!!