The Didache or the "Teaching of the Twelve Apostles" is said to have been written between 65 and 80 a.d. The purpose was to instruct gentile Christians on life, death, fasting, etc. Some dispute the early date but it is still useful considering how early in church history the document appears. I just stumbled upon … Continue reading The Didache & Fasting
A candidate seeking admission into the Cathar church would knee before the Elder and repeat the Lord's Pray phrase by phrase following the Elder's lead. Our father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our supersubstantial … Continue reading Cathar Pater Noster
Posted back in 2011 (I believe): It's probably fair to say that most Calvinistic, Particular or "Reformed" Baptists feel peer pressure to pursue the study of paedobaptist covenantalism. I have been personally told on numerous occasions that I should move toward a "full" covenant theology and embrace the baptism of infants "into the covenant." In … Continue reading Toward a Covenantal Theology
Posted in 2015: A few years back I found an interesting audio posted on a podcast called Orthodixie. The audio is a highlight reel where an Eastern Orthodox Priest plays apart of his discussion on the Scriptures and Tradition while offering commentary in between clips. It’s not a debate but a guy asking questions of … Continue reading Orthodoxy and Baptism
"Sacraments had provoked controversy among Christians ever since Paul rebuked the church at Corinth for irregularities at the Lord's Supper (1 Cor. 11:20-34). The rudiments of medieval baptismal doctrine emerged in the course of contention between Augustine and the Donatists in the early fifth century. Roman eucharistic doctrine was shaped by the ninth-century that erupted … Continue reading Sacramental Controversy
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In the seventeenth-century polemics of paedobaptism and credobaptism, one of the common arguments asserted by the English Particular Baptists was that their paedobaptist brothers agreed that a profession of faith was a necessary prerequisite for baptism. To make their point, Particular Baptists like Andrew Ritor, Benjamin Coxe, William Kiffin, Hanserd Knollys, and Thomas Patient appealed to the catechism of the Church of England, which was appended to the Book of Common Prayer. The catechism specifically required a profession of faith and repentance before admission to baptism. Here is the portion to which they referred:
The Particular Baptists viewed this as inconsistent credobaptism, or perhaps we could call it “credopaedobaptism.” If actual repentance and faith were necessary, how could these be promised by parents or godparents? Given their strong Calvinism, the idea of promising actual faith and repentance (which could only be given by God) for another was an absurdity. To the Particular Baptists…
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Hey folks, I normally order from Reformation Heritage Books or Amazon, once in a while from Gospel Mission Books, but I’m having trouble finding two titles by Jeffery Johnson from the same book dealer. Could you good folks recommend a trusted online book dealer that has both, The Fatal Flaw and the The Kingdom of … Continue reading Where do you order from?
“It is true that there is no express command to baptize infants in the New Testament, no express record of the baptism of infants and no passage so stringently implying it that we must infer from them that infants were baptized. If such warrant as this were necessary to justify the usage, we would have … Continue reading Warfield on Baptism
A few years back I found an interesting audio posted on a podcast called Orthodixie. The audio is a highlight reel where an Eastern Orthodox Priest plays apart of his discussion on the Scriptures and Tradition while offering commentary in between clips. It's not a debate but a guy asking questions of the Priest stumps … Continue reading Orthodoxy and Baptism