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Christian Baptism is one of the main fundamental doctrines of the church. Baptism is defined as the one-time total immersion of a saved Christian into water as a Christian rite symbolizing the admission or adoption of a person into the Christian faith. The New Testament reports that Jesus was even baptized. There are three methods of baptism used by Christians of all denominations: pouring water on the head, sprinkling water on the head, or total submersion into water (the method used by many early African-American preachers in the southeastern United States in the 19th and 20th centuries). The COGIC also teaches that a saved Christian can be "baptized" with the Holy Spirit according to Luke 3:16 which says, "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire."

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