In both Pentecostal and Lutheran theology there is a close connection between the doctrine of baptism and Christ, between Jordan and Calvary. The oneness in Christ is given through faith and confession, not by uniform practices which in turn have their origin in different historical circumstances. The awareness of Christ as the unifying centre establishes a tool for discernment that allows the universal church to have a span of insight and a variety of practice. Baptism does not refer back to the act itself or to the person being baptized. It always refers to Christ. And if baptism does not lead to, reinforce, and strengthen the faith in Christ, any model of practice will be considered flawed. In fact no unambiguous, outward rite is able to guarantee the unity of the church, but only the faith once for all delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3).