Baptism

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Subsections

Infant Baptism

Baptismal Regeneration

Baptism for the Dead  (1 Cor. 15:29)

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Order of Contents

Article
Books
Qutoes

Only Ministers are to Baptize
A Baptismal Prayer
Is Roman Catholic Baptism Valid?

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Article

Berkhof, Louis – Christian Baptism  1950  35 paragraphs, from his Systematic Theology

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Books 

Dabney, Robert – Fiction, No Defence of Truth: or a Review of Theodosia Ernest; or the Heroine of the Faith  1859  166 pp.  

Theodosia Ernest was a current popular fictional novel where the main story revolved around the baptist convictions of the heroine.  Here is Dabney’s review of it.

M’Crie, Thomas – Lectures on Christian Baptism  1850  230 pp.

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Quotes

John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

To his daughter Maria:

“The Lord gave you to me, and I gave you back to Him before and in baptism.”

To his daughter Annie:

“Annie, you were baptized into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.  It is a holy name that is named upon you.  Let it point you evermore to Jehovah, who sanctifieth Israel, and remind you of the call: ‘be ye holy’.”

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Only Ministers are to Baptize

Samuel Rutherford  1642

A Defense of the Government of the Church of Scotland, Article 5

The minister or pastor only may baptize, as he only may preach the Word (as Matt 28:19; Jn. 4:2; 1 Cor. 1:14-16).

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A Baptismal Prayer

Ludwig Lavater, Rites and Institutions of the Zurich Church (1559)

“Then the minister continues, saying:

Be mindful that God our savior wills all people to come to the knowledge of the truth through the only mediator, Jesus Christ, who handed himself over as a ransom for many.  

God also wills for us to join in many prayers, that we should arrive at the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, our redeemer.  Therefore we ask the Lord to grant faith to this little one, that the external baptism should take place internally through the Holy Spirit in [by means of?] the salvific water.

Therefore, pray in this way:

Almighty, eternal God, who through the flood, in accordance with your severe but just judgment, condemned the unbelieving world and saved, on the grounds of your immense mercy, faithful Noah’s eight; you who submerged hardened Pharaoh with all his people in the Red Sea, but then led your people Israel across with dry feet, a prefiguring of baptism —

We beseech you through your immense mercy that you would deign to look mercifully upon your servant, [name], and kindle in his heart the light of faith, so as to be grafted into your Son, buried together with him in death, and also raised into a new life, in which he would eagerly follow your son in bearing his cross daily and cling to him in true faith, firm hope, and ardent love, so that for your sake, he could boldly despise this life, which is nothing other than death, and on the last day present himself fearlessly at the universal judgment of your Son.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God throughout all ages.  Amen.”

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Is Roman Catholic Baptism Valid?

Peru Mission – The Reformed Churches and Roman Catholic Baptism – An Anthology of Principle Texts  106 pp.

The answer is Yes.  This anthology includes quotes and brief analyses of the French Confession of Faith (1559), Calvin, Knox, Beza, Perkins, Rutherford, the Westminster Confession of Faith, Baxter, Turretin, and Hodge, all of whom said yes. 

Knox, John – ‘Answer to Some Questions on Baptism’, pp. 254-255, in Select Practical Writings of John Knox

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Related Pages

The Covenant of Grace

Historic Reformed Quotes on the Visible Church being Outwardly in the Covenant of Grace