Q. Thank you for this blessed site. It has greatly enriched my knowledge of the Bible. My question or rather query is that can a woman baptize anyone? I recently came across a friend who said that a woman she knew baptized another woman. I find this Biblically incorrect for I have not come across this anywhere in Scripture. Can you answer this query for me?
A. The fact that you don’t see an example in the Bible of a woman performing a baptism is not proof that it’s forbidden. Jesus told us to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son And the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). He obviously wasn’t speaking only to the first apostles, but to all who would come after them as well. This has become known as the Great Commission for the Church. In Galatians 3:26-28 Paul wrote that in the Church there is no distinction between males and females.
I have not seen anything in the Bible that requires an office holder to conduct a baptism either. I know certain denominations specify this, but these are rules established by men, not God. Whether male or female, if a believer brings someone to a saving faith in the Lord, that person should have the privilege of conducting the baptism. Remember it’s the faith of the person being baptized that counts.