From ABC News:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who has long identified himself as an Episcopalian, said this weekend that he is a Baptist and has been for years.
Campaigning in this conservative, predominantly Baptist state, McCain called himself a Baptist when speaking to reporters Sunday and noted that he and his family have been members of the North Phoenix Baptist Church in his home state of Arizona for more than 15 years.
McCain, at a campaign stop at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Anderson, said he has made plenty of public expressions of his faith. “I’ve done that hundreds of times,” McCain said, adding he has spoken at length with his pastor at the church and has been told there is no need for him to be baptized to be a full member of the church.
How is this all playing with the Fundies? Let’s check with the Christian NewsWire:
Jesusland Not Buying McBaptist
While campaigning in predominately Baptist South Carolina, presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-Az.), revealed that he is Baptist and has been for years. This new revelation will come as a shock for most in Jesusland, according to David Jeffers, author of Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland. “Evangelicals, and in this case those of the Baptist faith, are not going to be easily swayed by McCain’s pandering,” Jeffers said.
Jeffers explains that “Many of the Baptist faith are going to have a hard time accepting McCain’s claim that he is a Baptist while saying he ‘did not find it (baptism) necessary to do so for my spiritual needs.” “Baptism is not followed to meet spiritual needs; it is an act of obedience and a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ,” the author stated.
Jeffers reminds McCain that Proverbs 16:23 teaches “a wise man’s heart guides his mouth,” and in Jesusland it is not wise to claim to be something you are not.
I can’t wait until John the Baptist comes down to South Florida, home to a lot of Latino and Jewish voters. I wonder what Juan McCainowitz will have to say then!