The Joyful Curmudgeon
Another discussion cropped up in another thread a while back concerning the adminsters of Baptism. Someone suggested that women, or any common disciple was a lawful administer of the ordianance of Baptism. The discussion started here.... http://www.puritanboard.com/f71/great-commission-us-today-26208/
Rich, I was more responding to Amazing Grace because he was talking about baptism.
1. You're puzzled because you're a baptist and I don't hold to the LBCF.
2. Did you notice the restriction that even the LBCF placed on baptism? Is a woman permitted to baptize?
3. I wasn't even speaking of baptism per se. Regardless of how the sacrament is administered, my initial and subsequent posts remain in force. A man is incapable of fulfilling the Great Commission apart from the Church at large.
Yes, a woman is permitted to baptize. Throughout the LBCF, "men" is used to denote both male and female.
"who will in the great day judge the secrets of all men's hearts by Jesus Christ"
"God had in Christ before the foundation of the world, according to the good pleasure of his will, foreordained some men to eternal life through Jesus Christ"
"the Gospel which is to be preached to all men as the ground of faith"
If you follow the logic, you would say that the gospel is to be preached only to men, God only elected men, and only men will be judged!
The term "men" is not intended to limit those who can baptize to males. The limitation, as stated in the LBCF, is that the baptizer ought to be a disciple who can preach the gospel to someone. If a person can preach the gospel to someone, they can also baptize.