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801 total votes have been cast on this survey | 88 user comments  ( edit survey )

Who is Biblically qualified to baptize (immerse) a new believer (explain answer if necessary)?
Created: 6/30/2006 | Last Vote: 4 years ago | Comment: 9 years ago
Disclaimer: These surveys are created by PLUS or FULL Members of the site and, unless specified, are not created by the SermonAudio staff nor do they necessarily reflect the site's position on any topic.

 •   Only ordained men have the authority to baptize a new believer.

 •   Only godly men given permission by the church have the authority to baptize.
  17% | 139 votes

 •   True believers (male/female) living a godly life with authority from their assembly can baptize.
  13% | 108 votes

 •   Any person who says they are a believer can baptize another who requests the ordinance.
  39% | 313 votes

 •   No answer. Skip this survey, I do not care to vote on this topic.
  7% | 59 votes


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Survey1/3/10 8:50 AM
Riaan Meyer | south africa  Contact via emailFind all comments by Riaan Meyer
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Any man who are truly saved and walk the path of holiness can baptize

Survey11/10/08 11:28 AM
enough already | usa  Find all comments by enough already
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P. Resby- there is powerful truth in your statement, 'the important thing is the washing of the soul by the blood of Christ and the mortifying of the flesh', this is the only baptism that truly saves! Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit, this is the baptism that truly counts. 'But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior' Titus 3:4-6

Survey11/10/08 11:17 AM
There is Hope | United States  Find all comments by There is Hope
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P. Resby wrote:
The concept that every millimetre of the flesh must be touched by water in Baptism, (to make it genuine), is contrived and not Scripturally valid.
P. Resby

Perhaps it is taken from the following where the Greek word βαψη, βαψας and βεβαμμενον which is derived from the root word βάπτω are used and translated dip, dipped.

(Luk 16:24) And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

(Joh 13:26) Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

(Rev 19:13) And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

I think you are right though, more emphasis is placed on the mode rather what it symbolizes, union with Christ. We are buried with Him by baptism, His Spirit is poured out on us and our sins were washed by the sprinkling of His precious blood on the alter as the atonement for our sins.

Survey11/10/08 10:47 AM
P. Resby  Find all comments by P. Resby
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The concept that every millimetre of the flesh must be touched by water in Baptism, (to make it genuine), is contrived and not Scripturally valid.

1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (NOT the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

In baptism the sign is water, but the important thing is the washing of the soul by the blood of Christ and the mortifying of the flesh. The institution of Christ includes these two things. Don't allow the sign to dominate or take away the other.

Survey11/8/08 5:31 PM
St Jeremiah | Salt Lake City, UT  Contact via emailGo to homepageFind all comments by St Jeremiah
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Jesus was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John, although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. John 4:1,2

I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name.(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don't remember if I baptized anyone else.) 1 Corinthians 1:14-16

When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. Acts 18:5

Survey4/6/08 11:03 PM
FR | Faithful Remnant's desk  Find all comments by FR
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Mike, a joy to see you. God bless you and yours! How are you doing? Surely Spring is arriving in the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes. Sounds very nice. Any recommendations for a good place of repose in the Finger Lakes region?

Survey4/6/08 10:50 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
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Faithful Remnant wrote:
A believer, whether an ordained pastor or ordinary layman, can baptize another believer.
Agreed, FR

Survey4/6/08 8:07 PM
Faithful Remnant  Find all comments by Faithful Remnant
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A believer, whether an ordained pastor or ordinary layman, can baptize another believer.

Survey4/6/08 6:58 PM
Bernard | Australia  Find all comments by Bernard
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I had to pick "No answer". I don't believe that anyone is biblically qualified to immerse anyone.

Survey5/16/07 12:36 AM
mgarsteck  Find all comments by mgarsteck
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Not a big fan of dogma m'yself... Here is some water, why shouldnt i be baptised now?" Taken from Acts it expresses one man's own desire to be baptised regardless of who did it. A friend and myself baptised two new believers at the ocean a couple of months ago and a few people i knew did not approve of it. However, me being the stubborn man i am, i enjoyed telling them that there was no reason to suggest that we could not have baptised them.

Survey5/15/07 4:33 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
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"God, I thank thee, that I am not as these baptist dabblers are..."

Some time ago I once encountered a Presby here who accused Baptists of "plagairizing" the WCF, instead of rejoicing.

Survey5/15/07 3:17 PM
Presbee  Find all comments by Presbee
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This is interesting....

"In an important book, Baptist theologian James William McClendon Jr. has argued that small-b Baptists, a group that includes the Baptists; have produced little theology.

He defines theology as the discovery, understanding, and transformation of the convictions of a convictional community, including the discovery and critical revision of their relation to one another and to whatever else there is.

Baptists have not done much of this kind of work, McClendon says, because through much of their history they have been involved in a struggle for survival, and when they have been secure they have allowed the agenda for their theology to be set by other groups such as the eighteenth-century Reformed theologians whose major concerns were expressed in the Calvinist/Arminian controversies and the twentieth-century Fundamentalists whose major concerns were expressed in controversies with modernists about the Bible.

The issues in these controversies, McClendon says, did not arise naturally from Baptists' own identity with its origins in the radical wing of the Reformation but were borrowed by Baptists from outside their own life."

Amazin' what these Baptists get up to isn't it.

Survey3/8/07 9:34 PM
Faithful Remnant  Find all comments by Faithful Remnant
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Any believer can baptize another when the need arises or if God says so. A lot of unecessary conflicts arise over this issue. I remember once a new believer asked my dad to baptize him and some of his family(those who also believed) in a reservoir instead of at the Baptist church(and I suppose it would have had to be the pastor if baptized in the church building). Do you think there was no comotion at the church? Sounds like jealously if you want my opinon. Instead of rejoicing that some new people received forgiveness, there was complaining. And I don't see enough space in the scriptures to justify such complaining. Now, if perhaps the pastor is the one who converted the folks, maybe the whole story would have been different. I agree that Ananias is a good example. There's no Biblical record of any supposed baptismal succession through him to anybody else.

Survey3/8/07 3:33 PM
Discerning Believer  Find all comments by Discerning Believer
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That was referring to the layman in the congregation in contrast to those who hold an ordained office in the church (elder, bishop, deacons).

Sorry for the confusion.

As far as Ananias is concerned, if the Lord commissioned him to baptize through Paul, then I don't see the problem.

Where the problem is is that people are taking it upon themselves the privilege to baptize other believers who are not in the leadership of the local church.

Baptism and the Lord's supper is the two ordinances of the local church and since the pastor, elder is God's undershepherd of the church, he is the only one qualified to perform those ordinances or ordain assisstants to help out.

Survey3/8/07 3:02 PM
Strachan  Find all comments by Strachan
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17 "And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized."

Why would Ananias need to hand this duty over to anyone else? After what the Lord has just enabled him to do with Paul, the baptism would be easy.

Therefore I nominate Ananias!!

BTW Discerned Believer referred to a "Lay Believer" below.
I've come across a Lay Preacher but the only Lay Believer I've found are Buddhists???

Survey3/8/07 2:43 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
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Good observation! Can anyone refute that?

Survey3/8/07 2:31 PM
doulosRay | Arizona  Find all comments by doulosRay
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Who baptized the Apostle Paul?
(Acts 9:10-18)
If such a person was good enough for God (and Paul), he would be good enough for me.

(answer to Discerning Believer)

Survey2/21/07 11:25 PM
msc  Find all comments by msc
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Not sure exactly, Neil. What I've stated is in regard to my interpretation of the New Testament and the understanding of Christians who lived long before me.

Survey2/21/07 3:22 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
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msc, do you have a stronger (i.e. Biblical) rationale?

I note that Paul, an apostle, denied that Christ sent him to baptize despite Matt. 28:19 (1 Cor. 1:17), though that did not mean he had no right to (vv. 14,16). May we infer that non-apostles baptized in his place?

Another question: what if an independent church selects Biblically unqualified elders (divorced, too young, etc.)? Is their baptism valid or not?

These are not leading questions; I'm genuinely interested in a good answer.

Survey2/21/07 3:10 PM
msc  Find all comments by msc
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Baptism is in most cases administered by the pastor of the church. However, I wouldn't object to another baptizing in the case of necessity(lack of pastor, remote area, etc).

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