Matthew 15:9

Throwback post.

In vain do they worship me. This worship is all idle, empty, and without profit, because they teach as doctrines the commandments of men. This rebuke to the Pharisees, who had added to the law of Moses many traditional human precepts, applies equally to all modern religionists who have modified or added to the Christianity of Christ and the apostles. Whatever one cannot find in the New Testament is of such a character; observance of saints’ days, of Christmas, of Lent, the removal of the cup in the Lord’s Supper from the laity, infant sprinkling, party creeds and party shibboleths, are all of men and not of God. The devout worshiper should go right to the New Testament for his religion, and reject every ordinance or precept that is not to be found there. People’s New Testament Commentary



  1. John Moerman · December 5, 2016

    Infant sprinkling in that category? Yikes.

    • jm · December 6, 2016

      Elder Moerman, I believe Johnson wrote his commentary during a period when Liberalism was spreading among the North American Presbyterians. He was painting with an overly wide brush when he included “infant sprinkling” and may have had that in mind when he wrote those comments. I thought it best to post the entire quote and not just the portion on invented holy days and allow others to judge his comments. I would disagree with the way in which Johnson phrased it but I do believe the reasons for infant baptism among Protestants were not fully worked out until the 17th century. Yours in the Lord, jm.

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