In life we constantly run into the exception to the rule. In schools and universities there are those who never study, and yet they pass each test they take with ease. If most follow that exception they will fail every test they take. There are a few people in the world who can eat anything they want and never gain an ounce, but if the rest of the population had such an appetite, they would become morbidly obese. There was even a case where a man jumped from an airplane and his parachute failed to open, and the man fell on a concrete surface and yet lived to tell about it. Exceptions are not uncommon, but this never negates the rule.
Apply this knowledge to the scripture. Many believe that the thief on the cross was saved and yet never was baptized. The scriptures prove that the thief could not have been saved under the law of Christ. It was impossible for the thief to have obeyed the gospel of Christ which is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, because on the cross Christ had accomplished none of these (1 Cor 15:3,4). However, for the sake of argument, let’s temporarily accept the Baptist theory. Even so, would one exception negate the gospel of Christ? Definitely not! What is the proof of this? Since the day of Pentecost, every convert to Christianity heard the gospel (Rom 10:17); believed Jesus was the Christ in their heart and confessed such with their mouth (Rom 10:8-10); repented of their sins (Lk 13:3); and were baptized into Christ (Gal 3:27). This was true for the 3,000 on Pentecost. This was true for Saul of Tarsus. This was true for the Ethiopian Eunuch. This was true for Cornelius. This was true for Lydia. This was true for the Jailer. This was true for the Corinthians. This was the rule then and is the rule today. If the thief was saved by faith only, he was the exception and not the rule. No one was ever saved like the thief ever again. No not one. Thus, even according to denominational doctrine, no one today could be saved by “faith only” (Jam 2:24).
The truth of the matter is this, that the law of Christ has no exceptions, but even if it did, we are not bound by exceptions but rather by the law of Christ. Some in the church try and teach ‘exception to the rule’ doctrine in order to circumvent the law of Christ, even as denominations do concerning baptism. Thus they say because Priscilla accompanied her husband Aquila in explaining that the baptism of John was no longer to be preached, that women can circumvent the prohibition for women preachers. Oddly enough, if Priscilla had taught Apollos, she would have broken two laws. One which prohibited her from teaching a man, and the second one which would have had her usurping the authority over a man, that being, Aquila her husband (1 Tim 2:11-12).
In all matters concerning the law of Christ, the rule would supersede the exception every time. What is odd is that under the law of Christ, there are no exceptions. Therefore, if you want to be saved, obey the gospel and doctrine of Christ and abide faithfully without exception (Mk 16:16 f; 2 Jn 9).