EWTN Catholic Q&A
St. John the Baptist
Question from Prudence Konley on 11-30-2012:

Our bible study leader made the following two statements: 1. John the Baptist had a conversion and 2.John the Baptist competed with Our Lord for disciples. Does scripture support either of these two statements? Please comment.

Thank you.

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 12-04-2012:

Nonsense! He may be well intentioned but badly instructed in his own formation--perhaps a product of a typical pseudo-catholic college or modernist program. Jesus himself said no man born of woman of the Old Covenant was greater than John, so the claim that he had a conversion is preposterous. Also to competing for disciples, while there may have been disciples who clung to the Baptist, it was clear by his own words that he did not encourage this. Quite the opposite, as he said, "He must increase, I must decrease."

Thanks, Prudence

Father Echert

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