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Pastor's Wife Not Baptised

A man I know was interviewed for the post of pastor at a Baptist church. He was already baptised by total immersion, his wife (although born again) was not. They were told she would have to be if he was to be appointed. Is there scripture to show that decision was accurate?

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Why would a Christian choose to not be baptized? Jesus said to be baptized. When people got saved in the New Testament they immediately went out and got baptized.
---veronica on 12/10/07

For certain the case you have quoted is rare, however it raises an interesting question. Is being baptized absolutely necessary for salvation??
---mima on 11/25/07

If a church is that strict in their ways then I guess they would be ok in requiring it. But since there is several different interpretations on how and the the meaning of baptism among Christians I would be pretty turned off by the church's answer. A presbyterian is baptized, as is a baptist. in their mind they are Christian. does this church think they are more right than another. I would say that church is a borderline cult.
---Jared on 4/5/07

Emg: I know of no particular scripture, but I will say that for most Baptist churches, membership usually requires immersion baptism. A church would want the Pastor and his wife to be members, so that would mean, she would have to be baptized.
---Madison1101 on 4/4/07

emg. God is Great and a suitable position will come up for this man of God. I think that the church people selecting a pastor to teach them have the right to expect his family to be in accordance with God's word. If Jesus did it and the bible says to repent and be baptized, then can you blame them for not asking him to pastor them? It would bother me if I was responsible for choosing the leader of the flock. The Bible does say that the leader's family should have certain qualities.
---Amy9384 on 8/21/06

Emg: It's probably a blessing the preacher didn't get the position at that church. There's no telling what other legalistic rules the church administrators would've come up with next.
---Leon on 8/20/06

To clarify a couple of things. She did not refuse, in fact she said that she would be baptised if necessary. She is saved as is stated in the question. It was just the validity of the church's demand that I wondered about. They did not get the position after all though.
---emg on 8/20/06

Act.2:37-37, "...Men and brethern, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins,..." Act.9:18."...and (Paul) received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized". Read Tim.3:1-6 + 11= "Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things". And Ti.1:6-8
---mikefl on 8/19/06

Being baptized is symbolic to baptists. It is how they identify your willingness to be obedient to God in Jesus' Name and to honor the Holy Spirit. That is how this group of believers IS. I think that they are right too, esp. after reading why Jesus did it. It is not about the preacher's wife. It's about God. I pray that God moves her to want to take this step of faith that is greater than she. She will be n a position of leadership and it must be in unity. They're seeking something higher than our fears.
---Amy9384 on 8/19/06

That came from Strong's online Concordance and is the best example of what it means to be baptized that i have ever found. The first part is:
1) to dip repeatedly, to immerse, to submerge (of vessels sunk)
1. 2) to cleanse by dipping or submerging, to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one's self, bathe
3) to overwhelm
---Amy9384 on 8/19/06

The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptize is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and uses both words. Nicander said to make a pickle, it first should be 'dipped' (bapto) into boiling water, then 'baptised' (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change.
---Amy9384 on 8/19/06

** Jack: What do you mean, " Jesus commanded baptism "? **
Et reliqua.
Jesus commanded water baptism in Mark 16. See also Acts 2.
There is more than one way of administering baptism than total immersion when this is impossible, btw.
---Jack on 8/19/06

It can by argued both ways. They hiring the minister not his wife unless they are marketing them selves a couple. Baptist even if associated with a National Convention have their own autonomy for rules for pastor selection. The interesting incident are where both member of the couple are ordained in different denominations. Example: he is a Baptist Minister and She is an Episcopal Priest baptized as an infant, I would love to be a fly on the wall at such a meeting.
---notlaw99 on 8/19/06

Jack: What do you mean, " Jesus commanded baptism "? Also, I didn't read anything in emg's question that indicates the preacher's wife was refusing to obey Jesus.

Consider this: What if she's disabled, e.g., wheelchair bound, morbidly obese, etc. Would that make it just a bit difficult for be baptised by total immersion?
---Leon on 8/19/06

Mima ... I suggest that baptism is not necessary to salvation. It is Fiath in Jesus which saves, not being dunked in water. Often there is a delay before baptism is possible.
But to hold office (and a pastor's wife does that) I think she should give that public declaration of Faith by Baprism with the promises that are made at that time.
---alan8869_of_UK on 8/19/06

Salvation is not of works. Baptism in water is done by a man/woman & isn't a requirement for salvation.(Ephesians 2:8-9; Ephesians 1:7) Water baptism is an outward sign of your inward change. It's figuratively showing 2Corinthians 5:17.(Romans 6:4)
---Rickey on 8/19/06

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Jesus commanded baptism.

Why is she refusing to obey Jesus?
---Jack on 8/19/06

Recently, I talked with a lady & she said anyone who's not water baptized isn't saved. Biblically that's not true & I tried to persuade her otherwise; but, she refused to hear scripture. So, I'm praying God will show her.
Most important is whether the preacher you know & wife are born again. He should've been water baptized as an public acknowledgement & leadership example of his faith. His wife should desire to be water baptized; but, not be legalistically coerced to do so. That's wrong!
---Leon on 8/19/06

No. There is not one scripture in the bible that says that. But if her husband is going to be appointed as pastor her submission to his authority would leave an awesome example to other folks. Baptism isn't required for salvation.(1Corinthians 1:11-17)(Ephesians 2:8-9)
---Rickey on 8/19/06

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