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

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Order of Contents

Articles
Interpretation of the Westminster Confession
Against Baptismal Justification
Quotes

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Articles

1800’s

Buchanan, James – ‘The Doctrine of the Sacraments’  1843, p. 61, 13 pp.  in On the “Tracts for the Times” in the context of the Oxford Tractarian Movement of the mid-1800’s

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

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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. 

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Against Baptismal Justification

Edwards, John – ‘The Distinction used by some Late Divines of Justification at Baptism and Justification at the Day of Judgment, is Groundless’  1708  8 pp.  in The Doctrine of Faith and Justification set in a True Light, Part 3, ch. 4, pp. 433-441

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Quotes

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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Related Pages

The Perseverance of the Saints

Baptism

Infant Baptism

Baptism for the Dead  (1 Cor. 15:29)