Phillip and the Eunich

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  1. saturneptune

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    38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
    .39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

    From Acts 8, a pattern of baptism in the Bible.

    Christ's baptism states that He came out of the water, and does not address John. However, here in Acts 8, both went under the water. So why is it, that Baptist pastors never go under water with the person being baptized? Could it be, like some of those that claim to be pastors on this board, they are very dry and already all wet at the same time?
     
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  2. InTheLight

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    The verse doesn't say that Phillip went under the water, just that he went into the water. I presume that Phillip had already been baptized. So why should he repeat the symbolism of being buried in baptism?
     
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    Everytime we've baptized, the person baptizing is in the water with the person being baptized. Then they both come out of the water - to dry off and change.
     
  4. thisnumbersdisconnected

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    I agree with Ann. The word "came" is the Greek anabaino and means "to ascend." It indicates the "coming up out of the water" was walking up the bank of the pond, lake, river -- whatever "some water" refers to.
     
  5. Bro. James

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    Perhaps it depends on if the administrator has hip waders or chest waders--which brings up another important point: is it ok for the administrator to remain dry--in a wetsuit perhaps? How about the candidate?

    Legalism is approaching an all time high.

    Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    Bro. James
     
  6. Baptist Believer

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    Speaking of waders and baptism...

    Back when I was a teenager, the pastor at our church was doing a series of baptisms on Sunday morning. He went into the water and beckoned the first candidate to join him, then he got a strange look on his face. He stammered, looked uncertain, then continued on as normal. After he had completed the three or four baptisms, he led the congregation in prayer and then VERY SLOWLY moved/slid over to the side of the baptistery out of sight of most of the congregation. There was quite a bit of struggling and splashing during the next hymn and then it grew quiet again.

    The pastor did not appear as quickly as he normally did after baptism and we ended up singing all four stanzas of the hymns as well as adding a couple of extra hymns to the song service.

    When the pastor finally arrive to preach, he told us that someone had made a series of holes in his waders around the midsection and as soon as he got chest-deep in the water, his waders flooded and he had a very hard time getting out of the baptistery. He had to go back to his office and get his emergency change of clothes.

    It came out later that the pastor's teen aged son was responsible.
     
  7. webdog

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    I think Phillip slipped :D
     
  8. Tom Butler

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    And then there was the preacher who, went down deeper, stayed down longer and came up drier whenever he preached.
     

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