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What I Read Online – 03/05/2012 (p.m.)

06 Mar
    • Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. It is prerequisite to church fellowship, and to participation in the Lord’s Supper
    • The word means plunge or immerse. Every time it is used in the New Testament, it is either talking about an immersion in water or assuming that reality and using immersion as a metaphor. That couple was convinced and baptized—they saw that though they had been sprinkled in water as believers, they had not been baptized.
    • As baptists we’re not denying that paedobaptists have a right to their own perspective, we are simply maintaining the integrity of our own convictions. Our consciences will not permit us to welcome into membership and communion those who have not obeyed Jesus at the point of baptism.

       

    • For more on these issues, see these posts on the typological interpretation of baptism reflected in 1 Peter 3:20-21, on the way baptists are orthodox evangelicals in the reformed tradition who hold to baptist distinctives in a confessional context, and on wider issues having to do with continuity and discontinuity.
    • Forgiveness stimulates appreciation and affection
    • Forgiveness produces patience
    • Forgiveness is the fertile soil in which unity in relationships grows

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Posted by on 06/03/2012 in Current Issues

 

One response to “What I Read Online – 03/05/2012 (p.m.)

  1. Bruce Hoyt

    06/03/2012 at 12:05 pm

    “The word means plunge or immerse. Every time it is used in the New Testament, it is either talking about an immersion in water or assuming that reality and using immersion as a metaphor.”
    Seems like there is a lot of Baptist presumption in this statement. Were 3000 actually immersed in Jerusalem (Acts 2:41)? Which pool could cope with that? At 30 seconds each (at which rate it would have bit a rather ritualistic process) it would take 25 hours — somehow it doesn’t fit my view of the joyful solemnity of the occasion. There is so little detail given in several of the recorded baptisms (Acts 8:12,13; 9:18; 10:47; 16:15,33; 18:8) that I think the claim is guilty of eisegesis. And Acts 10:47 certainly sounds like a request for a basin of water to be brought for the occasion. And certainly the baptisms referred to in Heb 9:10 were not all immersions, in fact I don’t think any of them were total immersions, though some were dippings.

    In view of the lack of actual exegetical evidence, why is maintaining immersion so important for baptists? I can agree that some recorded baptisms may have been immersions but baptists maintain that it is no baptism if it were not an immersion.

     

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