We have several baptisms a year and one case in particular is still in my mind. As this man was going down in the water all of a sudden I saw his hand reach out and grab on to the side of the baptismal. His hand, wrist, and part of his forearm never went underwater. Did it take? WDYT?newbie
Only God knows the heart. If the man was hanging onto the old way of life Jesus will know it and you will too as the fruit is displayed in the life. On the other hand the theif on the cross was not baptized at all yet by accepting Jesus he accepted Jesus' baptism in his behalf. Rahab and Ruth had no official baptism and yet were right with God by faith.
The man did all he was capable of doing unto his very best, Jesus knows that and adds his very best, and it works fine. Hope the man didn't slip on the wet tank floor and hurt himself.