Category Archives: Baptism

Tertullian (~200): Children should not be baptized until they can ask for salvation themselves

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And so, according to the circumstances and disposition, and even age, of each individual, the delay of baptism is preferable; principally, however, in the case of little children. For why is it necessary — if…

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The heart is cleansed by faith first, then baptism follows, like a seal

Some key quotes that demonstrate against the idea that baptismal regeneration was unanimous by the early church fathers and early church writers. “That baptismal washing is a sealing of faith, which faith is begun and is commended by the faith of repentance. … Continue reading

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Sneak preview of Rod Bennett’s upcoming book, “Four More Witnesses”

My Roman Catholic friend Rod Bennett, gave a sneak pre-view of his upcoming book, “Four More Witnesses”. (in the 2nd half of Gary Michuta’s podcast.) Somehow I stumbled upon this – https://player.fm/series/hands-on-apologetics/ep-25-jun-21-rod-bennett-four-more-witnesses It bears repeating that I still love Rod … Continue reading

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Baptism, Baptists, and Church History

Overall, a Baptist History has to have 3 elements: 1.  The Anabaptists – 1500s around Luther and Zwingli and then forward. Most of the Anabaptists were Arminian in theology, except for, apparently, Zwingli’s students. 2.  The General Baptists – 1601 … Continue reading

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Physical water does not cleanse the soul

In Roman Catholic Apologetics, (and also Eastern Orthodoxy), in defending “Baptismal Regeneration”, a lot is made of Justin Martyr’s section on baptism in his First Apology, 61. My friend Rod Bennett made a lot of his argument on that in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A Wrinkle in the Practice of Reformed Infant Baptism

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Briefly today, I would like to respond to the statements in a paragraph in Dr. Clark’s latest blog post. After posing a question that he received from someone, Dr. Clark gives us an introductory paragraph…

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External forms in true religion can be abused

A guy named David made a good point over at Allan Ruhl’s web-blog: So it would appear that one’s heresy *can* in fact invalidate a sacrament if that heresy is sufficiently grave. Is it that Arianism isn’t as grave a … Continue reading

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Acts 2:38 and the Early church

38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and your children and for all … Continue reading

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Early Church history – Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Irenaeus, Gnosticism, and a little Origen

Christian Apologists (Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Origen) and early Heresies – by Dr. Ryan Reeves See also his entire church history series – excellent! For Gnosticism and Irenaeus:  “Three Threats, Three Apologists (Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Irenaeus) and three early church … Continue reading

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