Baptism has been an issue of conflict in modern times. It wasn’t so in the early church. Baptism was understood to be inseparably linked with the cross of Jesus; his death, burial and resurrection. To understand Baptism today requires seeing it in this connection; a cruciform baptism. In the early church Baptism was Blasphemy to Jews and Treason to Romans. Today it is the same. To be baptized into Christ is a denial and rejection of the gods and power structures of this age and a full uniting with Christ in his death on the cross.