Discussion in 'Baptism' started by tcalbrecht, Jun 12, 2008.

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  1. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    The heresy they share in common is the requirement for rebaptism of those not baptized by immersion or baptized as infants.
  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    That is hardly heresy.
  3. toddpedlar

    toddpedlar Iron Dramatist Staff Member

    I'm not saying it's not a problem, Tom - just saying that it's inappropriate to paint all credobaptists as "Anabaptists", a name which, when used by Calvin and other early Reformers, meant something very specific - and something which does not properly represent many groups of credobaptists.
  4. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    The wading pool is getting deeper...
  5. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    According to Schaff (as noted by Dr. McMahon), "All the Reformers retained the custom of infant baptism and opposed rebaptism as heresy." (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, The German Reformation, p 607)

    Granted, this opposition was in the historical context of the Anabaptist controversy, but there is no difference between rebaptism of an infant by a Baptist vs. rebaptism of an infant by an Anabaptist.
  6. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    You will note I was not painting with a broad brush. I know that most Baptists do not entertain all the excesses of the Anabaptists.

    However, in the area of rebaptism there is really no difference between the two camps. While internally consistent, nevertheless, the credobaptist view wrt rebaptism is anomalous wrt the Reformed faith as it is historically understood.
  7. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    They were wrong to believe that mere rebaptism was heresy. It may have been an error - and I believe it was - but it is not heresy.
  8. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    Your opinion is noted, but it is not historically inappropriate to identify rebaptism as heresy (in this case, error of a fundamental sort with strikes at the very nature of the covenant).
  9. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    If someone believes that their baptism was not legitimate, then I do not see why they should be labeled a "heretic" for being re-baptized.
  10. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    Hmmm. Is baptism an ordinance of the individual or of the Church? I didn't know that individuals got to make those types of decisions.

    In fact, they do not. If I move to some remote and desolate portion of the US where there are no confessionally Reformed churches, and I visit with the local (credo)Baptist church and seek to bring my membership there, 99.9% of the time I will be told that I may join by being rebaptized (by immersion) or may not formally join.

    Likewise, in every consistent Reformed church, if a person presents himself for membership and seeks to be rebaptized because they somehow believe their infant baptism was deficient, any pastor worth his salt will try to dissuade the individual from this course of action. Rebaptism is unnecessary, and convenantally and confessionally inconsistent. BTW, I speak as one who sought rebaptism as a young Christian at a confessional Presbyterian church and was never dissuaded from doing do.

    Besides, it is not necessarily the person seeking rebaptism that is the heretic, as much as the person performing the rebaptism. Those who purport to teach these matters will suffer the greater condemnation.

    People who might seek rebaptism need to be counseled from the Scriptures and confessions why this is not a good idea.

    BTW, this is very off topic. I would be happy to continue the discussion in another thread in an appropriate forum.
  11. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Are Re-Baptizers Heretics?

    This follows on from a discussion in another thread.

    I really do not understand how you can call people who re-baptize, because they believe infant baptism was illegitimate, heretics. Surely they are not, on their view, being re-baptized at all?
  12. Hippo

    Hippo Puritan Board Junior

    By saying that people are heretics you are seeking to expel them from the Church, this is a really serious step to take and prevents any form of communion with them.

    If you read the Bible a credobaptist position is a possible interpretation, the teaching of the early church is also not decisivie on the point and if people believe in credobaptism in faith then I would not even say that it is sinful, let alone heretical.

    In my humble opinion a charge of heresy should be used with care.
  13. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

  14. tcalbrecht

    tcalbrecht Puritan Board Junior

    "The sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered unto any person." (WCF 28:7)
  15. Hippo

    Hippo Puritan Board Junior

    The question is not whether the position is confessional.
  16. Dwimble

    Dwimble Puritan Board Freshman

    A bit off topic, but that starts to sound awfully like, "we're of our father Abraham" to me. Although ministers making statements like that may be well-meaning, and although the statements may be intended in some way other than the impression they give, they still make me cringe every time I hear them. It's almost enough to make me go credo.:D
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    It certainly confirms me in my credo views. The old line about God having no grandchildren popped into my head immediately.

    In light of the fact that apparently Southern Presbyterians and those influenced by their thought (e.g. the 1845 Old School G.A.) are the only major Reformed or Presbyterian group to reject Roman Catholic baptism, I wonder what this minister would say in a case where all of the person's known ancestors were Roman Catholics and there is no "covenant line" to point to? Typically the argument that one hears is that such baptisms are "irregular but not invalid," with the fact that circumcision was obviously unrepeatable given as justification for baptism being unrepeatable.
  18. Zenas

    Zenas Snow Miser

    I think your poll is fatally flawed because it doesn't distinguish between what one thinks of re-baptizers, and baptizers doing so because the first one wasn't considered valid.

    Re-baptizing implies a recognition of the first, but a need or doctrine that dictates a Baptism must be done again, even though the first one holds some measure of validity.

    The other type aren't re-baptizers at all, but only baptizers who do so visibly again for the express purpose that the first baptism was no baptism at all, ergo no baptism has ever occured.

    Re-baptizers, in my book, are heretics. Baptizers doing so because the first batpsm was no baptism are not.

    I think those affirming the heresey of the latter is one you would take issue to, and to that one you have my answer.

    As the poll asks, whether re-baptizers are heretics are not, I answer yes.
  19. Hippo

    Hippo Puritan Board Junior

    Good points here.

    I would have to say that if one accepted a first baptism but repaptised anyway then that would be heretical.

    I do not think that the question envisaged such a situation, but the terminology allows for such an understanding and renders the polls results fairly useless.
  20. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

  21. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate


    For these reasons, I voted "Not Sure." There is some ambiguity to this question, and what needs to be sorted out first is: "What is true baptism?"

    If one accepts the papist "baptism" as valid, then there is no reason to "rebaptize."

    However, if the papist baptism is seen as the pagan ritual it is, and thus is no true baptism, then one who is Scripturally baptized, (even though he he was once a recipient of the "so-called papist baptism)," is not being re-baptized, but is in truth being baptized for the FIRST time!
  22. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    The Wading Pool is not for debate...

    OK Gents, I feel like I set up a kiddie pool in my backyard for my little kids and the big kids started running around in it so my little kids couldn't play.

    Stripped all the "re-baptism is heresy" debate out of the Wading Pool and moved it here.
  23. Zenas

    Zenas Snow Miser

    Sorry, I didn't see it was in the wading pool area. (I still think we should call it the Baptismal for laughs).

    This is definatly a question for the Baptism forum. :p
  24. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    This IS the baptism forum....isn't it? :scratch:
  25. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    OKay, never mind. I see what happened.
  26. DMcFadden

    DMcFadden Puritan Board Doctor

    Unless the rules of the Puritan Board are changed so as to disallow adherents to the 1689 LBCF, the catagorizing of "Baptists" as "heretics" (along with the Anabaptists of the 16th century) would be a contemptible libel, not an accurate label. Remember that when the Presbyterians were racing all the other lemmings jumping off the cliff to become unitarians in the 18th century, it was those pesky Baptists who held to Calvinism.
  27. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

  28. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    Just to clarify, this thread began as a reaction to a discussion in the wading pool. I moved a bunch of posts from a thread there to this thread. The parties debating this issue in the wading pool know what I'm talking about.
  29. Presbyterian Deacon

    Presbyterian Deacon Puritan Board Graduate

    Yes. I figured that out after I posted this note. Hence my next post (#26) of this thread. Sorry, I was temporarily confused.
  30. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Again, the word "heretic" should be used sparingly and only for those who deserve it.

    Calling a Christian brother a heretic is a grave offense and is even worse than the supposed "heresy" of wrong baptism.

    We should love all those that are Christs, even if they disagree with us.
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