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What Is A Foot Washing Baptist

Speaking of different Baptist churches ... has anyone ever heard of the Foot Washing Baptists? Woman who worked for my family (she was our family) was a Foot Washing Baptist. She was an usher, wore white on a particular Sunday and they washed congregation's feet.

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nella, i have been a baptist for 60 years and have never seen what you described. Growing up we had foot washing services. What a way to be humbled.
---shira3877 on 6/18/11


Ruben: "Hint Jhn 6:52-55"

Exactly! The consumption of the bread and wine of communion is a spiritual - not a physical - application. Otherwise, those questioning Jews would have been right in seeing it as "cannabalism". Jesus corrected them by claiming it was spiritual. So too, does He correct those today that claim that the emblems of communion are the actual, physical flesh and blood of Jesus.
---jerry6593 on 6/18/11


Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
---jerry6593 on 6/16/11


And what words were Jesus saying..(Hint Jhn 6:52-55)
---Ruben on 6/17/11


\\Cannibal!\\

That was a charge raised by the Roman pagans against Christians. Did know know that, jerry?

Keep on blessing me, because that's all your reproaches are.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/16/11


Cluny: "There's even more for saying that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, but most people here reject it."

Cannibal!

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
---jerry6593 on 6/16/11




\\There's certainly adequate biblical support for foot washing.\\

There's even more for saying that the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ, but most people here reject it.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/15/11


\\Of course we do! We typically observe foot-washing (which we call "The Ordinance of Humility") four times a year in conjunction with our Communion Services.\\

There are many things the Bible teaches that the SDA ignores.

\\Do the Orthodox follow the Bible in that regard, or just perform some "liturgical drama" stage plays with men in dresses and pointed hats?\\

Nobody wears a pointed hat in Orthodoxy. Once more you show your ignorance of her.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/15/11


There's certainly adequate biblical support for foot washing. The few times I've been involved in such, I found it a meaningful experience.

But I suspect it doesn't appeal to many people and seems like a lot of trouble. This sort of thing isn't done unless a denomination expects it or people really want it.

Too bad, it isn't done more often.
---Donna66 on 6/14/11


Cluny: "You mean the SDA doesn't follow the Bible in this regard, jerry?"

Of course we do! We typically observe foot-washing (which we call "The Ordinance of Humility") four times a year in conjunction with our Communion Services.

Do the Orthodox follow the Bible in that regard, or just perform some "liturgical drama" stage plays with men in dresses and pointed hats?
---jerry6593 on 6/15/11


//My understanding of this statement is not ceremonial but that Christians should help fellow Christians to quit sinning at its infant stages.
---Adetunji on 6/14/11 //

Where does that concept come from? Certainly not from the Bible.
---jerry6593 on 6/15/11




\\I don't understand why all Christian denominations don't have foot-washing ceremonies. Jesus commanded: \\

You mean the SDA doesn't follow the Bible in this regard, jerry?

FWIW, foot-washing has ALWAYS been something in the nature of a liturgical drama in all of the Apostolic pre-Reformation Churches.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 6/14/11


Jerry6593: //John 13:14 ... ye also ought to wash one another's feet//. My understanding of this statement is not ceremonial but that Christians should help fellow Christians to quit sinning at its infant stages.
---Adetunji on 6/14/11


I don't understand why all Christian denominations don't have foot-washing ceremonies. Jesus commanded:

Joh 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet.
---jerry6593 on 6/13/11


i go to liberty babtist church in manchester ky.we have foot washing service once a year.it is a very humblying experience that i enjoy very much.it just makes me feel closer to god.the women sit on one side of the church and the men on the other side.women wash each others feet as do the men.there are several churches in our area that still do this
---jeannie on 3/3/11


I also saw foot washing but not from the Baptist but from the Pentacostal church I use to belong to. It was a great experience. It was the Pastor who washed the feet of the elders. It was a humble experience. He is a great teacher.
---Mark_V. on 6/14/10


I am a 40 year old Caucasian female and today was the first time I ever saw a feet washing ceremony. I was born and raised Lutheran and we just had the bread and wine for communion. Today at the primitive baptist church I joined 5 months ago, it involved the bread and wine and then the ritual feet washing. I am 1 of 3 Caucasians in the church so this was a new experience and this is why I am doing some research on this so in October I will be ready to take part in it. It was also my husbands first experience he is a 47 year old African-American, and was just baptized last month, and this was a monumental moment for him and he could not express the experience in words. I want to be able to experience that is hard to put in words.
---Lynette on 6/13/10


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Jerry I know little about the foot washing Baptists. My only contact was in Ohio a few years ago when I met a group when I was there on ministry.

My attention was attracted by their different clothing so we had a conversation.

Interestingly they are convinced God's word is the absolute historical truth, not filtered through non-Biblical human philosophies, a la Colossians 2:8

I noticed they still had their brains with them.
---Warwick on 2/6/09


Warwick: Are the foot washing Baptists the same as the seventh-day Baptists from whom the Adventists learned the real Sabbath?
---jerry6593 on 2/6/09


Every New Years Eve, we have communion and a foot wasdhing ceremony, women w/women, vice versa. It is so powerful and hubmling...Especially when the prayers go up. We pray and annoint the person were washing. If you want to lead and be lifted up(in anything) you need to get down to the level of a servant. We are all servants of God and it helps us to remember that.
---Lisa_Bermes on 2/3/09


We know that God is opposed to the proud and exalts the humble. I only took part once in a feet washing ceremony. I agree with those of you in regards to humbleness and humility. It did humble me and was a good reminder that pride separates man from God. One brother didn't particpate. He was the one we prayed for all the time at the request of his wife for salvation. It was a good lesson for the disciples, especially Peter and a good lesson for me. It gives you a sense of what Jesus might have felt like when He washed His disciples feet.
---Bob on 2/3/09


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Maybe the foot washing Baptists are distant relatives of the black-feet Baptists.

Seriously I met a group of foot-washing Baptists some years ago and they were a very impressive group who accepted the whole Bible as God's revealed historical truth.

A humble, committed and appealing group of Christians.
---Warwick on 2/3/09


One would think that ALL New Testament Christians (as some call themselves who don't keep the OT Ten Commandments) would obey the command given by Jesus himself to wash each other's feet (per the scripture quoted by Elena).
---jerry6593 on 2/2/09


Primitive Baptists and Progressive Primitive Baptists wash the saints' feet after observing the Lord's Table.
It signifies love and service of saints to one another.
Some Missionary Baptists still do feet washing.
---tim on 1/29/09


The pentecostal have foot washing service to wash someone's foot is one thing but to let them in return wash your foot is a very humbling experience.
---Betty on 1/29/09


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The pentecostal's do.
---Betty on 1/28/09


In our church we abide by what Jesus said, If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one anothers feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them, John 13:14-15, 17. So, ladies wash ladies feet and men mens taking turns every first Sunday of each month before our communion.
---Elena on 1/28/09


"When I was a child, the church I was going to use to wash feet. No one ever does that anymore."

The SDA's still do, and baptism by immersion, like the Bible says.
---djconklin on 1/28/09


When I was a child, the church I was going to use to wash feet. No one ever does that anymore. There is nothing wrong with it. It is an humbling experience. I never did it since I was a child, but I can imagine how humbling it would be. I don't understand the white and the usher part. People are too proud now to do it. At that time, a baptist was a baptist except for missionary and hardshell. We were neither.
---shira_5965 on 11/28/08


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I believe that feet washing is to show your level of servitude. Jesus washed the feet of the men that followed him, to show that He was here to serve them and He gave Himself up for them. I have been told that it is an honor for a wife to wash the feet of her husband asto a husband his wife. Point blank servitude to one another same level in this christian walk.
---Brenda on 8/11/07


One must consider the era (time)when it was the norm to wash ones feet & special servants were employed to do this menial task before entering a home.Jesus as King & lord demonstrates this humbling task,to show servuitude.In those days people had no shoes & no transport so it was all shanks Pony(Bare feet)This is enacted once a year to demonstrate & remind us of that obligation to serve.
---Emcee on 5/6/07


well bruce i reckon the whole 'do this in rememberance of me' thing wasnt literal either?
---r.w. on 5/5/07


It seems to me the purpose of foot washing is a very humbling servitude thing to do; but from the prospective of the person getting feet washed, it is a symbol of how our feet get dirty in our daily Christian walk. We, like Peter, are clean eternally. Our daily walk is not perfect and is a learning process. We need forgiveness periodically.Sometimes that forgiveness needs to come from other Christians. Which makes the person washing the feet even more humble.
---Dembie on 1/16/07


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Anonymous why would I ask God to send someone? I didn't ask for anyone to wash my feet yet they are all willing. They are willing because it brings attention to them selves.
Some people and ChristiaNet itself has spiritually washed my feet.
If someone wants to wash feet spiritually then meet the need of that person.
This act is not just about physical feet.
---Elder on 1/14/07


Elder, why not ask God to send you someone to cut your grass, wash your house and windows? We're in agreement with you. We know your feet are OK. Ask.
---anonymous on 1/13/07


Granny cutting my grass will be an act of humility also.
I'm OK with my feet it's that grass........
---Elder on 1/11/07


Jack,
As I read what I wrote you, I realize that the "Try to follow this." comment could be misunderstood. It is not meant in a condecending way. I understand that the concept "Jesus always meant what he said but he did not always say what he meant." can be tricky to get your head around. It helps if you read it out loud :)
God bless
---Bruce5656 on 1/11/07


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PART ONE:
Jack,

Try to follow this.

Jesus always meant what he said, however he did not always say what he meant.

Here is an example:

Jesus said these words: Luke 14:26, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple."
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART TWO:
Now, there can be no disputing this. Jesus said we must hate our family members to be his disciple.

Is that what he meant, we must hate our family???? There is a cult that believes this to be true but I dont know any Christians who feel that way. Why? Because we know Jesus taught love not hate. We may rightly conclude that what Jesus meant was our
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART THREE:
love for him must be so great that we are prepared to accept the fact that our family members might reject us if we accept him. In other words, we must have our first allegiance to him above any family ties.

He said the words "Hate your family if you want to come with me" He meant: We must love him above any one else including family.
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART FOUR:
This is important:
Foot washing was a common thing in ancient times. We read about it in the OT and the NT. People wore sandals and after a long day, their feet were dirty. The master of the house would usually provide a servant to wash the feet of his guests. This was a practical, needed service.
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


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PART FIVE:
In John 13, we find Jesus preparing to have the final Passover supper with his disciples and what are they doing? Arguing about who will be the greatest in Jesus Kingdom. Luke 22:24.

When they came to the upper room, there was no servant to wash their feet and they did not do it themselves. After they ate, Jesus got up, poured a basin of water and began to was their feet (John 13:4.)
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART SIX:
Peters pride would not let Jesus wash his feet v 6. Look at Jesus response in v. 7 "Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter."
He is washing feet, Peter can see that, but he tells Peter that he has no idea what Jesus is doing.
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART SEVEN:
This tells us that while Jesus was performing the act of washing feet, that is not the point of what he was doing at all. He was not washing their feet for the sake making their feet clean.

Now look at v. 12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART EIGHT:
If it was about washing feet, their response could have been "Duh, Jesus you washed our feet, we are not stupid you know."

What ever their response, Jesus continued by telling them: vv. 13,14 "Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet."
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


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PART NINE:
Note v. 15 "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you."

What was the example? How to wash feet? No, the example was humble, practical service

v. 16, 17 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART TEN:
This was not about foot washing. It was about taking these men who were arguing about who would be the greatest in the Kingdom (and this was not the first time they had done that Mark 9:34.) and showing them once again that "If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." (Mark 9:35)
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART ELEVEN:
As I already noted, at that time and place, footwashing was a practical, needed service. It is not today. However there are lots of ways we can serve each other with a humble spirit. Elder has suggested a few very practical ways below on 1/8/07.
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


PART TWELVE:
So, yes, Jesus said the words "I washed your feet you should do the same" but what he meant was "Smarten up. Stop arguing about who would be the greatest among you. Set aside your pride and do what you can to perform practical, humble service to each other." ("If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.")
---BRUCE5656 on 1/10/07


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Would someone comment on how I can get my grass cut? Wouldn't that be real "Spiritual Footwashing?"
Or should I just live in a ragged yard and go to church and allow someone to wash my feet to show how humble they are?
Humility shown to a crowd is pride.
Those things, like helping someone with their grass, done in secret is humility and will be rewarded in public.
---Elder on 1/10/07


Bruce5656 said: **Jesus did not tell us to do it [foot washing].**

Jesus said, "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet." (John 13:14).

Interesting exegesis. How do you get from "Jesus said to do this" to "Jesus did NOT say to do it"?

Please explain.

Who is right? You or Jesus?
---Jack on 1/10/07


Foot washing is an act of humility and Jesus demonstrated it in mathew. It was started by Chritst as He saw how His disciples were vying 4 the high position He said, Humble yourselves beforfe all men. It is done after the communion. If you have done someone wrong, you may ask if u could wash their feet to show humility and be forgiven. It is a beautiful way of showing humility with one another.
---granny on 1/9/07


Foot washing isn't limited to Baptists. It is a universal Christian religious practice.
---Ruthie on 1/9/07


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John,
Jesus did not tell us to do it. What he did tell us to do is to serve each other with humility.
---BRUCE5656 on 1/8/07


Would there be any purpose served in pointing out that Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and non-Chalcedonian Eastern Churches practice foot-washing, too?
---Jack on 1/8/07


You don't need to be Baptist or any other religion to be foot washing. It's just plain and simple, God told us to do it. He also told us to greet one another with a holy kiss and we've dismissed that too in most churches. I know many will say it's just a customary thing. But we are still told to do it, customary or not.
---john on 1/8/07


hello i am a southern baptist. i was baptized and i beleive in jesus christ.. our one and only God
---william on 1/8/07


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I can wash my own feet.
I need someone to wash my house and maybe my car. Wouldn't hurt if I could get some help with the grass. Now, that would be real spiritual foot washing.
Where are all of those people? Are they in churches washing feet so others can see them do it and know how humble they are? Maybe so.
---Elder on 1/8/07


If you want to know more about foot washing baptist read the book To kill a mockingbird, it is a very good book and explains more about it.
---Someone on 1/8/07


I've never attended a church where foot washing was an accepted part of the service...or where it was done at all. However, I've been in small groups that did it.
The humbling part is not washing someones feet. What is humbling, is to allow another person to wash your feet...calluses, mishapen toes, corns, bunions, ingrown toenails...and all. Everyone should experience it.
---Donna2277 on 9/6/06


free will baptists still do
---r.w. on 9/6/06


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In John chapter 13 Jesus gave an example that we must wash each other's feet. "If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet," 13:14. I go to a Pentecostal church. Before our communion every month we wash each other's feet: ladies to ladies and men to men. "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you," 13:15.
---elena on 7/14/06


In the southern Appalachians, many Baptist practice footwashing during communion. A deacon's wife makes bread and then a deacon makes wine. After commmunion, the water and pans are blessed by a preacher who preaches. Anyone led to wash someone's feet gets a pan and starts. We are "girded" with towels to dry the feet. It very humbling. I have been led to wash the feet of individuals who I do not like. Only men wash men's feet and women wash women's. Exception: husbands and wives.
---Jason on 7/14/06


You are wrong. Foot washing is a custom observed in many cultures long before the Bible existed.

Foot-washing was not a religious custom. Not surprisingly, washing someone else's feet was regarded as one of the most demeaning tasks anyone could perform. It was mainly reserved for household slaves.
However,Yashua used it as a tool to teach his disciples a valuable lesson on humility, service, and love.
---Danyul on 3/10/06


Kimberly; foot washing means that you are no better than anyone else and vice versa. The only way to do this is through God's word (bible), and for any other reason other than God is wrong. This is sacred.
---Rebecca_D on 1/24/06


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Regarding foot washing...I would love to have this done at my upcoming wedding. Does anyone know where I might get the scrip for this being done other than the bible passage? ANY ideas would be appreciated as to how to carry this out. Thanks!
---Kimberly on 1/24/06


It's a term used in To Kill a Mockingbird when Miss Maudie thinks they're more dangerous than Finch with a bottle of whiskey because they take the Bible literally.
---David on 11/13/05


One of the most memorable Christmas parties of our women's group in Vegas was when the pastor's wife gave us all the same Christmas present. She got down on her knees and washed all of our feet. The Holy Spirit fell upon that group of women and we were rejoicing and crying and praising the Lord. She suffered tremendously from arthritis and it must have been very hard for her to just get down on her knees.
---Sally on 10/18/05


Not long after I came to the Lord, we had a foot washing service, my first. We went to the front row and then after we were seated, the pastor had us wash the person to our lefts foot. It just happened that the woman to my right that had to wash my feet was an older woman that hated me, she never bothered to get to know me, she just hated me. Talk about God humbling someone!! She cried like a baby!!
---PAT on 10/17/05


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PAT, I like the idea of washing the groom's feet at the wedding. We could all use a little humility these days. Maybe all churches should adopt this practice.
---Nellah on 10/17/05


FYI::On the Thursday before Good Friday this ceremony is performed by the priest on 12 people chosen at random to have one foot washed throughout the catholic Church as part of the Easter services.& is an act of humility & servitude.
---Emcee on 10/16/05


One of my best friends growing up was a foot washing Baptist but they called them Primitive Baptists. I went with her to church once and it was a simple service in a little country church with a lay minister preaching the gospel, but they did not wash feet at the service that day.
---Annie on 10/16/05


Denominations (i.e. taking a belief & building a church around it)have off-shoots who add beliefs, hence Footwashing Baptist. Baptists came out of organized religion with Calvin to insist on baptism in the Christian walk. Footwashing is in Jesus's teachings, used in Jewish tradition & as humility among Christians. My church does this before communion allowing those with differences or concerns to air them privately or publicly. It is humbling & an honor for all there.
---mike_fl on 10/16/05


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Foot washing is done at some churches as a show of humility, following the example of Chrsit who washed the diciples feet. (John 13:5) You have a small denomination that makes this part of their beliefs, but it has not received reconition among the major denominations, except on special occassions.
---WIVV on 10/16/05


I have never heard of the (Baptist footwashers) but have been ib services where footwashing has taken place and its a very humbling experience, all christians should experience it at least one time.
---Dawn on 10/16/05


Foot washing is not only Baptist. It is a humility thing. To wash anothers feet, one must get rid of pride and submit themself to that person.As christians we are to be in submission to each other. Most ministers dont realize that the word Minister means to be a servant, not the people serving them. Personally I think it should be a part of every wedding ceremony. If I ever find someone worthy of marriage, I plan to wash his feet at our wedding.
---PAT on 10/16/05


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