The On The Gospel And Baptism

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Why would Paul place more emphasis on the Gospel than baptism if, without baptism, the Gospel cannot do anything to save the lost? Dr. Robert Farish attempts to equate this passage with John 6:27, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” “To contend that Jesus here forbids us to work for the food we eat,” Farish claims, “is to array His teachings through Paul” (Farish 8). Farish shows here that Jesus teaches that food should not be the ultimate goal, while at the same time not forbidding the gathering and consumption of food. Likewise, according to Farish, while the passage in 1 Corinthians shows that baptism was not Paul’s ultimate goal in Corinth, that did not deny its importance or in any way forbid it. There is a problem with this analogy though. To a Campbellist, baptism is the ultimate goal for salvation: faith, repentance, confession, baptism. Baptism is the end-all be-all of the process, making it as important to the process as belief in Christ. If Paul did not place that level of importance on it in Corinth, why should Campbellists assume that it truly is as necessary as they imply? While the early church seems to have placed baptism in high regard, this evidence seems to imply that it was not placed at the same level of importance that Campbellist churches assume. They cannot point to the early church as a supporter of their concept of essential baptism. So, are the Campbellists placing too

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