A Baptist Proves that Baptism is not by Immersion - by UnknownCovenant Theology - God's Master Plan to Give His Son Jesus Christ a Bride
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Check out these books on Covenant Theology.
When dealing with Covenant Theology “simple” is a good thing. After the Bible, this work is the FIRST that you should read, or one that you should introduce to a friend if they are struggling with covenant concepts.
There is no better succinct, concise, precise and exegetically irrefutable work on infant baptism than Harrison’s work. It is not just about baptism – it’s about infant inclusion in the covenant of grace. It’s about church membership.
Two long time friends were walking in the cool of the morning discussing the mode of baptism. Both had graduated seminary at the same time, moved to the same town, and each started their ministries there: One a Baptist – the other a Presbyterian (Go figure…)
Let’s listen in to their conversation:
Presbyterian: So let me get this straight…you believe a person isn’t baptized unless they have been fully immersed in water – is that correct?
Baptist: Correct. We believe in full immersion – not pouring or sprinkling.
Presbyterian: So if you walked a person into a stream up to their ankles that wouldn’t consist in an actual baptism?
Baptist: No sir, no baptism.
Presbyterian: What if you got them wet up past their knees?
Baptist: Still not good enough.
Presbyterian: What about if they waded in to their waist? Would you pronounce them baptized?
Baptist: No, no, no…what about immersion do you not understand?
Presbyterian: Please forgive me, I am slow sometimes…I really do want to understand you and I thank you for your patience. Just a couple of more questions and I’ll move onto other edifying topics. What if they were immersed up to their chest?
Presbyterian: What if they walked all the way in, held their breath, and were up to their eyeballs in water?
Baptist: No, they have to be immersed.
Presbyterian: I think I understand now…You and I agree after all! Wait until the next Presbytery meeting!
Baptist: What…What do you mean? Did I convince you that immersion is the only way for baptism to be properly administered?
Presbyterian: On the contrary – you gave me great evidence against it!
Baptist: I did?!?
Presbyterian: You sure did. You convinced me that getting your feet wet doesn’t make one baptized. You convinced me that getting wet up to your knees or waist doesn’t make one baptized. You convinced me that being up to your chest or neck in water doesn’t make one baptized. You even convinced me that being up to your eyeballs in water doesn’t cut it.
Presbyterian: So what that tells me is that both of us deem water being administered to the head as sufficient to consider one baptized.
The Puritans made many posters, even in their day, to aid church members in understanding Scriptural truth. I created this new poster to cover the Covenant of Redemption, Covenant of Works and Covenant of Grace.
Check Out these Books on Covenant Theology
Presumptive Regeneration, or, the Baptismal Regeneration of Elect Infants by Cornelius Burges (1589-1665)
A Discourse on Covenant Theology and Infant Baptism by Cuthbert Sydenham (1622-1654)
Infant Baptism of Christ’s Appointment by Samuel Petto (1624-1711)
Covenant Holiness and Infant Baptism by Thomas Blake (1597-1657)
The Manifold Wisdom of God Seen in Covenant Theology by George Walker (1581-1651)
The Covenant of God by Thomas Blake (1597-1657)
A Chain of Theological Principles by John Arrowsmith (1602-1659)
The Covenant of Life Opened by Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)
The Covenant of Grace Opened by Thomas Hooker (1586-1647)
The Covenant of Redemption by Samuel Willard (1640-1707)
The Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace by Edmund Calamy (1600-1666)
The Doctrine and Practice of Infant Baptism by John Brinsley (1600-1665)
God’s Covenant and Our Duty By Samuel Willard (1640-1707)
God’s Glory in Man’s Happiness by Francis Taylor (1589-1656)
Infant Baptism God’s Ordinance by Michael Harrison (1640-1729)
Jesus Christ God’s Shepherd by William Strong (d. 1654)