Discussion in 'Baptism' started by R.G. Sassard, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:01 PM.

  1. R.G. Sassard

    R.G. Sassard Puritan Board Freshman

    Hey Guys. I just started getting deep into reformed theology a few years back (or really just theology in general) and I am reformed baptist as of now. Of course, I have learned much from reformed Presbyterian theologians and others such as Anglican as well. I love the things they have to say and have learned a tremendous amount from R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, Martyn Lloyd Jones, Calvin, Luther, J.C. Ryle, etc. I grew up in an Episcopal-then-turned-Anglican church and was born again and baptized at 5 years old. I wasn't involved too much in the church, though, until later on in life. But infant baptism was sort of normal to me as I saw it go on in the church, although I wasn't big on it because I believed (and still do) that nobody is saved by baptism. I thought it to be biblical until I began to study more and became credo because that is what I saw in scripture. After becoming baptist and being in a lot of non-reformed baptist churches who are dispensational, I realized that I am not a dispensationalist or fundamentalist by any means and that a lot of their arguments, or rather understandings, against paedobaptism were flawed and that it really came down to a difference in Bible interpretation as they are Dispensational and the reformed are covenant. I hold to a covenant interpretation of the scriptures and I am starting to understand paedobaptism more clearly and understand the reasonings and arguments behind it. As of now, I am not a paedobaptist, but I do not necessarily have anything against it and do not view those who hold to it as inferior or less spiritual or less biblically sound. So I am looking to study further and am wondering if any of you have some helpful input, as well as any recommended books and teachings on baptism. I have been listening to teachings by Ligon Duncan and they have helped a lot. Any recommendations would be appreciated, and thank you in advance.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019 at 10:13 PM
  2. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

  3. KMK

    KMK Moderator Staff Member

    Are you looking for paedobaptism input only? If so, I will move your thread to the "Paedo Baptism Answers Only" Forum.
  4. Johnathan Lee Allen

    Johnathan Lee Allen Puritan Board Freshman

    I went through something similar a little over a year ago. I finally, as I’ve seen the Scriptures to teach, adopted covenant baptism (paedobaptism). It has been terribly difficult, so if you are taking this journey, be aware that it isn’t easy. However, it was worth it.

    As for resources, @R. Scott Clark has a blog with good information. Reading John Murray’s Christian Baptism did it for my wife.
  5. Harley

    Harley Puritan Board Sophomore

    Hello brother,

    Your good and warm spirit is greatly appreciated :)

    I was a convinced Reformed Baptist until November of 2017, then one day I got shook up by the New Testament teaching on the church.

    One series that greatly helped me was Ted Donnelly on the matter. Simple and easy to follow, taught with manifest love and respect for those with whom he disagrees.

    But really brother, do as you've been doing already: make the Scriptures primary. Study them intently. Digest them. A brother I know came to his conclusions simply going through all the key passages and wrestling through himself, and were you to ask him he would tell you that when he studied the issue he prioritized reading and studying the Scriptures over reading books from either side (though read he did), and he came out a household Baptist. But you want to be able to say, whichever side you land on, that you know all the relevant passages inside and out, and you can explain them for yourself, and defend your view despite other interpretations, and to be able to explain key passages from the other side. So if you stay a Baptist you can sharpen us by speaking fluently from the Scriptures for your side; and if you change, you'll have complete confidence that you are obeying Christ because you know chapter and verse your warrant. This is a mighty issue, an institution of Christ, so take it from His Word.
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