BOOKSTORE BOBBY AND BAPTISM
By Herb Evans
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors . . . -- Luke 23:33
And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: -- John 19:17
Bob Ross, a militant Calvinist, was once a militant Landmarker/Baptist Brider and once militantly anti "Sword of the Lord" [until his opportunity to advertise/sell Spurgeon books through interdenominationalist, Arminian papers (majority marketplace)]. Bob is now a militant anti-King James Only spoiler and protagonist, all hung up on the word "baptism" (and its variations). Bobby, unable to any longer blame the term "baptism" and its variations on the Anglican 1611 King James translators (a discredited old wive's tale, thanks to Bynum, Vance, and Bunch), must now reluctantly admit to its early English use. [Tyndale used the word "baptise" in 1525 as do all other major English translations (before or after)]. Bob Ross takes double minded exception to the use of "baptism" in the KJB but is conspicuously and inconsistently silent about earlier and later bible usage and his own usage.
Ross' claim is that baptism "has always been rejected by Baptists as a legitimate translation of the Greek word." Well, baptism has, indeed, been rejected by some Baptists but not always! Yes, Baptist Bible correctors of the Doug Kutilek, Gary Hudson, Hot-dog Hymers, Estus Pirkle, and Rick Norris caliber may reject it! Still, Bob Ross' mail--outs, use the word "baptize" (or variations of it) dozens of times, even in the context of his condemnation of the term. Of course, Bob freely uses "baptism" or variations thereof throughout his writings. Also, Ross would admit being a Baptist and calls Baptists "Baptists" and their churches "Baptist" churches, while never once calling them "Immersionists" or Submergists or "Submersionists." It doesn't look like he is doing much rejecting in everyday life. Oh well, we suppose that all Ross wants to do is fault and correct the KJB.
Ross whines that the Protestants and their dictionaries inject "sprinkling" and "pouring" into the term. But what affair is that of ours? Because others distort a word, may we not use it? Still, many Baptists like the term, for it nicely distinguishes between a submersion in the ol' swimming hole, the submerging of a Nazi U- boat, and the immersion of a dirty cup, welcome distinctions between biblical immersions and common immersions. The Greek may not make such distinctions, but composite English (Greek, French, German, Latin) not bound by the nuances and rules of other languages, savors such a distinction between the word "baptism" and "immersion." Perhaps, Ross and his Bible correcting Baptist friends should translate their own Bible (like the JW's) or start their own language.
Ross' new objection contends (but makes no attempt to prove) that "baptism" is a transliteration from Jerome's Catholic, Latin Vulgate (which predates "sprinkling"). Why not from Wycliffe's Bible, Bobby? Or why not a transliteration from the Greek BAPTIZO? Still, Ross needs to talk to Estus Pirkle, who endorses the elimination of hell from the New King James New Testament (1982), substituting for it not a translation nor a transliteration but an untranslated Greek word - "HADES." [HO (Greek definite article) ESTUS has written a bumbling attack on the King James Bible (sold through Bob Ross' bookstore). Estus may show Bobby a Greek flash card or two! HO! HO! HO!]
Immersion does not fully give the meaning of the word and process. Immersion is the plunging of onr into the water but not necessarily taking one out of the water. Baptism puts one into the water but also has one coming up out of the water. Oddly enough, the word immersion was never used like we use it until 1612 and was never used until 1625 for Christian baptism (Oxford Dictionary).
The word "Calvary" is a Latin
transliteration (Calvaria - cranium)! Could it also be from the Latin vulgate,
Bobby? Now Bob Ross has had more than a little association with a Calvary
Baptist Church or two in his day and has used the term often in his former
"Baptist Examiner" ministry. Will he also reject the Latin word "Calvary"
and consistently insist that all Calvary Baptist Churches change their
names to "Golgotha Submersionist Assemblies?" They could sing, "Knowing
not it was for me He died on Golgotha!" Or "Golgotha Road." Nice ring,
huh? But "Golgotha" is a transliterated word just like "baptize." Well,
they could sing, "Blessed Redeemer! Seems now I see him on "skull's" tree."
Or sing, "Lead me to the "skull" place.