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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 of baptism with me over the past eight or nine years to eight. Tyler, Jim, Dan and Howard, represent the traditional and, I believe, Scriptural side concerning the baptism of believers and the children in their charge. Ralf, Detlef, Nigel and Jean represent those who feel that Scriptureteaches baptism as a post-conversion duty leading to an entrance into a local church. The discussion… Full Article

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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 within Baptist churches who have, mostly since the Reformation, covenanted to practice such a succession where it previously did not exist.      Many Baptists look to the Swiss Widertœuffer, or Täufer movement of the 16th century as historical examples of those who practised so-called believers’ baptism only, but here they err greatly. No less than twelve or so different Swiss Täufer… Full Article

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