Church History, Newman’s false dictum, and baptismal regeneration in the early church

This post includes 2 excellent videos about Church History, Historical Theology, Cardinal John Henry Newman’s famous quote, “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant” (which is false, and Gavin Ortlund is providing a ton of good pushback to that false and misleading and often used by Roman Catholics in apologetics on Evangelicals. Not only is Gavin Ortlund well read and knowledgable in historical theology, he also engages Roman Catholics well and interacts with them in a respectful way. He is nicer than I would probably be. That said, character is important / essential and how we treat RCs is important! Gavin Ortland has many You Tube Videos, several books, and a web-site that I recently discovered and it is like trying to drink from a fire-hydrant. He has engaged many Roman Catholics and some Eastern Orthodox on You Tube in the last 2 years. Great material. These are 2 of the most recent videos that I have watched. Amazing that in the first one, he faced 3 Roman Catholics (* but see addendum below) – Joe Heschmeyer (of Shameless Popery blog, which I have read some over the years), and the other two are the moderators – I need to learn their names better.

*Addendum: June 10, 2021 – it took me a long time to figure out that the guy that runs the “Gospel Simplicity” You Tube channel is actually still a Protestant and a student at Moody Bible Institute. His name is Austin. So, I was wrong that Gavin faced 3 Roman Catholics, just 2, but Austin did not come across as a Protestant until I watched a few more of his videos. The other Roman Catholic is a former Evangelical; his name is K. Albert Little and also runs his own You Tube channel that goes by “The Cordial Catholic”.

The Roman Catholic who goes by “The Cordial Catholic”, in the first video even mentions my friend Rod Bennett, who converted to Rome in 1996 and has now written several books on church history issues and Roman Catholicism and his conversion to Rome. (see the side bar of my articles on my friend Rod Bennett.

Pushback on Joe Heschmeyer of “Shameless Popery”:

See this: Did Jerome Change his mind on the Apocrypha?

The Pope and Marian dogmas and Purgatory are not in the early centuries, but baptismal regeneration is probably the earliest challenge for Evangelicals, Protestants, and especially Baptists, like me. Many people think it was unanimously held by the 2nd century onward. (William Webster, The Church of Rome at the Bar of History, a great book, by the way for an overview of the problems with the Roman Catholic Church.)

I have written on this before, here at Apologetics and Agape; and at Beggar’s All (James Swan’s website)

Acts 2:38 and the Early Church

At Beggar’s All:

See here: “Ex Opere Operato Baptismal Regeneration is UnBiblical!”

On John 3:5 and Titus 3:5

The relationship of baptism in the early church to Faith Alone (Sola Fide) of the Reformers and the Council of Orange of 529 AD

Gavin Ortlund has some new insights and quotes from the early church that are helpful for me, especially his understanding of “baptism” and “baptism saves you” (1 Peter 3:21) as metonymy (using one word to stand for a lot of things), just like phrase “the blood of Christ cleanses us from sin” is a metonymy for all the events of the suffering, death, the cross, the atonement, substitution, satisfaction of the wrath of God, etc. – it is a short phrase that communicates much more when fleshed out.

For a big overview of the externalism focus, false practices, and false doctrines that very slowly crept into church history and eclipsed the Biblical doctrine of Sola Fide = Justification by Faith Alone, see here.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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