One of Those Questions…

For persons who believe baptism is necessary for salvation: presuming John the Baptist is one of the happy band of the redeemed, who baptized him?

2 thoughts on “One of Those Questions…

  1. Mitchell Powell 18 Jan 2010 at 8:22 pm

    As someone raised in an environment steeped in baptism-for-salvationism, the answer given would be that before Christ baptism was not a command. So the question of John would cause these folk no pause. But you’re right–the doctrine of baptism as necessary for salvation is problematic.


  2. Joseph Kelly 18 Jan 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Oh Jim, this is an easy one. John the Baptist would have been in the same boat as the thief on the cross. Neither needed baptism because Jesus hadn’t yet died. A good Campbellite, and I presume a good oneness pentecostal, will take you to Heb 9:16.

    But press them as to what John’s baptism was, and how it was different than Jesus’/the apostles’, and you are sure to get a confused answer. I heard one guy once said, John’s was for remission and Jesus’ was for forgiveness. Medicine for the heart my friend!


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