Baptismal Regeneration

And one of the malefactors which were hanged…  said unto Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when Thou comest into thy kingdom.’  And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.'”

Lk. 23:39-43

“…for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  How was it then reckoned?  when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision?  Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.”

Rom. 4:9-10





Buchanan, James – The Sacramentalism of the Tractarian Movement  1843, p. 61, 13 pages, in the context of the Oxford Tractarian Movement of the mid-1800’s, from his On the “Tracts for the Times”

Buchanan was a professor in the Free Church of Scotland.

Cunningham, William – Baptismal Regeneration  1863, p. 133, 8 pp.  from his Historical Theology, vol. 2

Cunningham was a professor in the Free Church of Scotland.

M’Crie, Thomas – Baptismal Regeneration  1850, p. 157, 4 pp.  from his Lectures on Christian Baptism



Interpretation of the Westminster Confession

Ramsey, D. Patrick – Baptismal Regeneration and the Westminster Confession  2008, 61 paragraphs, from the Confessional Presbyterian, #4

Ramsey argues against a baptismal regeneration reading of the Confession. 




John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan

From a letter to C.H. Spurgeon:

“Horrible as the doctrine of baptismal regeneration is, it would be still more so if combined with those scriptural principles which are usually called Calvinistic.”

[Specifically with the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints, which baptismal regeneration almost always has to deny.]

“I can trust even for my unbaptized infant.”




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The Perseverance of the Saints