The Truth About Water Baptism
Baptism (by Definition) is By Total Immersion in Water
Baptism is defined in Strong's Lexicon as "to be wholly overwhelmed by a liquid." Look it up. However, rather than rely on someone's scholarship, let's just look at the scriptures to see how it was done...
Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Mark 1:9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:
11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Two things are interesting here. First, Jesus came up "straightway out of the water." You aren't being sprinkled with a little water to come up out of the water. Note that he was baptized in the Jordan River. Also note that it was after Jesus came up out of the water that the words were heard, "Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Acts 8:38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Note again, they both went into the water, "both Philip and the eunuch." Now you don't both have to go down into the water to sprinkle someone with water.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
The Bible talks of us being "buried" with Christ in baptism. I don't know of anyone who was buried by sprinkling a handful of dirt on them.
Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
If it is adequate to just have a little liquid sprinkled over one's forehead to be baptized, then why did John the Baptist have to go out into the wilderness? Why couldn't he have just stayed in the city with all the people and baptized them by sprinkling? Seems illogical, but God didn't ask our opinions, he commands our obedience.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.