Sacramento, Calif. — Members of Stricten Narrow Adventist Church did not even let new convert Waz Hapnin change out of his dripping baptismal robe before they collectively grabbed him.
Hapnin, a complete novice swimmer was unceremoniously thrown into the deep end of the community pool the church had used for the baptism.
Gone were the smiles; the understanding free passes and the kind offers of assistance that had charmed Hapnin to no end when he was first introduced to the church.
As Hapnin flailed around trying to keep his head above water in the heavy robe, members chastened him on his irreverent calls for help.
Seasoned Adventists hollered out reminders about faithful stewardship and the finer points of vegan cusine to Hapnin as he gasped for air.
As he finally reached the side of the pool and frantically reached for something firm to grab on to, one question raced through Hapnin’s mind:
“What have I gotten myself into?”