Today 08:00 PM #8 Herald
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Blog Entries:15 Originally Posted by Marrow Man
I would also add, as Calvin stated many years ago, we also do not have not one example in the New Testament of a woman partaking of the Lord's Supper. Let's be consistent with the discussion.
Tim, we're not dealing with apples and apples here. There is a distinct categorical difference between who is able to partake of the Lord's Supper and who is a valid recipient of baptism. The Lord's Supper is to be partaken by all those who have believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and who are capable of self-examination. 1 Cor. 11:18-21 deals with this from the negative as Paul addresses the corporate body of believers (male and female).
1 Corinthians 11:18-21 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part, I believe it. 19 For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you. 20 Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord's Supper, 21 for in your eating each one takes his own supper first; and one is hungry and another is drunk.
The positive injunction is that all who have examined themselves are to partake.
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes.
The use of ἀηθροπος is 11:28 does not men the male gender only. It's simply a term used to describe mankind.
The qualifier is different when we discuss baptism. A not-so-obscure paedobaptist, Matthew Henry, wrote about Acts 16:34:
The voice of rejoicing with that of salvation was heard in the jailer's house; never was such a truly merry night kept there before: He rejoiced, believing in God, with all his house. There was none in his house that refused to be baptized, and so made a jar in the harmony; but they were unanimous in embracing the gospel, which added much to the joy.
Using a modern author, Dr. Gary Crampton writes:
There is not a single example of infant baptism in the whole of Scripture. This is admitted by paedobaptist theologians. John Murray acknowledged that "there is no express command to baptize infants and no record in the New Testament of a clear case of infant baptism." Thomas Boston said that "there is no example of baptism recorded in the Scriptures, where any were baptized, but such as appeared to have a saving interest in Christ." "Regrettably," asserted Peter Toon, "there is no clear scriptural teaching on whether or not children and infants were baptized."
Tim, I wasn't going to defend my statement to Joseph until you inferred I wasn't being consistent in my argument. I'm going to leave it at this so as not to hijack the OP.
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Today 08:12 PM #9 armourbearer
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Posts:8,324 Originally Posted by Herald
There is not a single example of infant baptism in the whole of Scripture.
1 Corinthians 10:2, "And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea." Verse 11, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."