Why Question Water Baptism?
The Messiah’s Baptism takes a fresh look at the scriptures to see if what has been handed down to us is truly accurate, or if the Roman Church (and later the Protestants) missed something on this important subject.
Was Rome’s water baptism (with its specific spoken words for a valid baptism) something that connected back to the teachings of Jesus and Paul for the promised New Covenant? Or rather, did water baptism, with its rigid formulas and phrases, become a tradition of man that voided the word of God—something that Jesus himself warned against?
The Messiah’s Baptism by T. Alex Tennent clarifies common misconceptions, tracing baptism from its earliest origins in Jewish ceremonial cleansings to Rome’s distrust and rejection of early Messianic Jewish believers and their understandings. With the lack of comprehension of the idioms, parables, and manners of speech of these early Jewish believers, the water ritual eventually displaced the real baptism the Lord wanted for us all along. What Jesus promised was the Holy Spirit baptism and the Holy Spirit infilling, but in Rome the focus was turned back to water baptism—one of the “various washings” that Paul said was no longer imposed.
Pursuing the Truth Behind the Messiah’s Baptism
Some of the earliest Jewish followers of the Messiah questioned water baptism, and their disputes with first-century author Tertullian (considered the Father of Latin Christianity) remain almost unknown today. When they claimed that water baptism was no longer necessary for salvation, an angry Tertullian fought back in his treatise, On Baptism. With the full power of Rome backing him, these early Jewish Messianic voices were lost to time and tradition.
Was there a transition period in the baptism doctrine as seen in the Book of Acts as Christ’s followers moved into the promised New Covenant? (Remember that John the Baptist said that God called him to baptize in water, but that Jesus would baptize in the Holy Spirit.) And Jesus himself said similar things at several different times.
With painstaking analysis and careful attention to interpretive nuance, this book invites readers to view baptism from another vantage point—through the original idioms and perspective of first-century Jewish believers. You will never think about baptism the same way again.
Why Question Water Baptism? See Video Below:
Recent Book Signings
The video of The Messiah’s Baptism book signing event at the Pennoyer’s home fellowship does a good job of summarizing the book and explaining why water baptism needs to be questioned. There were some excellent discussions that really added to the event!
What Readers are Saying About The Messiah's Baptism
❝ In this groundbreaking work, T. Alex Tennent explains: 'We are not cleansed and sanctified by ceremonial washing in water but by the spiritual washing that comes from the Lord and the word of God.' There is a lot I enjoy about this book. T. Alex Tennent makes a lot of sense and I believe does a better job cutting the word straight than any author I have ever read. ❞
❝ I found this book to be scripturally accurate and so helpful in understanding the true meaning of baptism. I think some people jump to conclusions without thoroughly reading and proving what Alex Tennent is teaching, which is sad. I believe it's so important to come out of religious traditions and highly recommend reading this book... ❞