Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Who Has the Authority to Baptize?

Who Has the Authority to Baptize?

This is a very good question. Most Christian denominations and communions have policies on who may baptize based on Christian tradition and, most importantly, Scripture.

After His Resurrection, Jesus gave the apostles special authority to baptize: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NRSV

The apostles were the New Testament counterpart of today’s priests and pastors. Baptisms should be officiated at by a Christian clergy member during a public service, as baptism also signifies entry into the Church. However, in an emergency, I believe any Christian should be able to baptize.

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