QAWhy must you perform baptism in living water, and not in a pool or baptistery?
Baptism in the Bible was performed in natural water (see Hastings, “BAPTISM.” Dictionary of the Bible [New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1963]).
- John the Baptist baptized the Lord Jesus in the Jordan River (Jn 3:13). John the Baptist also baptized at Aenon (Jn 3:23); the word “Aenon” means “spring.”
- There is no Scriptural basis for baptism in pools.
- Zechariah prophesied that a fountain would be opened to cleanse sins (Zech 13:1).
- The flood in Noah’s time as well as the crossing of the Red Sea prefigured baptism (1 Pet 3:20; 1Cor 10:1-2).
- The prophet Micah also prophesied that God would “cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Mic 7:19). In all cases, natural water, and never manmade pools or cisterns, represents baptism.
- Lastly, the early church performed baptism in living water (see Everett Furgenson, Early Christians Speak [Austin: Sweet Publishing Company, 1971], 51).