Posts Tagged Baptism

Calvinism: An Introduction and Comparison with the Main Historic Christian Alternatives With the Principal Relevant Historical Councils and Creeds Stephen Paynter April 2020

Review Article Calvinism: An Introduction and Comparison with the Main Historic Christian Alternatives With the Principal Relevant Historical Councils and Creeds Stephen Paynter April 2020      I have been recently sent an online copy of Stephen Paynter’s new book, or rather a new version of a work done in 2014, by Academia.edu free of charge. This academic consortium has kindly provided me for several […]

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Bridging the Waters of Baptism: A dialogue on the right use of the ordinance

Introduction: How things began      The discussions recorded here are not fictive but have actually occurred. They did not take place in a pastor’s vestry or a private home or in the usual, traditional places where friends meet, but in internet chat-groups. To make matters easier, I shall reduce the forty-odd people who have debated on the subject […]

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A Baptist Argument from History

     It has become the custom amongst modern Baptist apologists to argue from history in order to establish a Baptist apostolic succession of believers’ immersion from the earliest Christian times similar to that boasted of by the Landmarkers and now even the Southern Baptists. There is indeed sporadic evidence of such a succession but only […]

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The Language of Baptism

Dear visitors to this site:      There is much healthy thinking going on today concerning the meaning of baptism in Scripture and its function as a visual gospel aid in bringing souls to Christ and preparing them to receive repentance, forgiveness and the remission of sins and the blessedness of a life in the Spirit. […]

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Richard Hooker and the Counter-Reformation: Part Two

A revolution in language and dress demanded      It was during Hooker’s days that a major innovation occurred in English Protestant theology regarding the ministry of the church. It was initially a mere linguistic thrust encouraged by new, democratic ideas. As such, it was relatively harmless but the movement quickly took over republican and oligarchic […]

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Baptism in the Early Church

Prof. Hendrick F. Stander Prof. Johannes P. Louw Carey Publications      This Carey Publications reprint deals with baptism in the first four centuries, claiming that ‘the writings of this era are important since they reveal the origins and developments of Christian practices and dogmas.’ Such an examination is unhelpful in tracing origins and developments when […]

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Some thoughts on Carson’s, Conant’s, Gale’s, Philpot’s and the Paulicans’ contradictory views on Baptism

Receiving the antitype before the type      Most Baptists accuse believers in covenant baptism of confusing type with antitype. Actually, the boot is on the other foot in the special case of Carson who argues:      “Sins are washed away by faith in the blood of Christ, but they are symbolically washed away in baptism. […]

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Heinrich Bullinger (1504-75) and the Catabaptists

Heinrich Bullinger (1504-75) and the Catabaptists: An examination of Alleged Roots of Present Day Baptists A brief look at the meaning of ‘Catabaptist’.      Most Baptists nowadays look upon the Swiss Catabaptists or Anabaptists of the 1520s as being the forerunners of the British Baptists who are, in turn, seen as the founders of the […]

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Prepositions and Voices

Dear Brethren, Please permit me to express: Some Thoughts on the Use of Prepositions and Voices Regarding Baptism A. Baptism with a view to      A factor which often leads to misunderstandings regarding the nature and purpose of baptism is that the preposition ‘eis’ which carries the basic meaning ‘with a view to’ is translated […]

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