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Together (with unrepentant sinners) for the gospel?

August 20, 2007

The debate continues about whether credobaptists should admit pedobaptists into membership in their local churches.   This is worth praying about.  If Mark Dever would repent his position, who knows what unity might spring forth?

Read all about it.

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  1. August 20, 2007 5:15 pm

    I’ve enjoyed perusing your site this afternoon. In regards to your recent post, it amazes me that the enemy of our souls has been able to create such disruption between believers without being detected. Christ called us to unity, and called us to partake of the elements in remembrance of Him. He came to unite us, not divide us. As far as I know from the scriptures the only requirement for taking communion is that you are a Believer in Christ – and that you fully identify with Him. No pastor in his right mind would deny a fellow-Believer the elements if they were on a battlefield in the middle of a war would they (irregardless of whether they’d been baptised or not)? News Flash: We ARE in a WAR! We are called to unity. This is our greatest battle in the body of Christ right now. It was the Lord’s greatest desire and prayer of His heart before He ascended the cross because He knew there would be times like this in the body of Christ. What would be admirable at this point is if both sides took off the gloves, and fasted and waited on God (I did not say “pray” on purpose…we need to seek His will first) to see what He says about the matter. All too often we jump the gun in our theology before seeking the One who gave it to us in the first place. A house divided cannot stand (Matt. 12:25).

    Blessings,
    Emanna
    http://www.myemanna.org

  2. August 21, 2007 10:09 am

    John Bunyan figured this one out in 1673. His work is titled “Differences in Judgment about Baptism No Bar to Communion”. The title itself settles the issue for me. But you can read it all here.

    http://www.mountzion.org/johnbunyan/text/bun-baptism.pdf

    It looks like little hope of Dever changing his mind. He preached a lecture against Bunyan’s position that you can find a link to here

    http://theologica.blogspot.com/2005/09/john-bunyan-and-baptism.html

  3. August 23, 2007 9:08 am

    If you’re having trouble following this debate, JT has posted a helpful and chronological list of links on his blog.

    http://theologica.blogspot.com/2007/08/baptizoblogodebate-roundup-with_21.html

  4. Oddball permalink
    August 23, 2007 9:47 am

    I take an even softer line, like that of the Evangelical Covenant Church, which defers to the conscience of parents on the question of baptism. If paedobaptists truly raise their children in the faith, then I see no reason to try to convince their children to be rebaptized as believers. Their children have essentially always been believers. However, I was baptized as an infant and raised nominally Catholic, without saving faith in Christ. I chose to be baptized after becoming a Christian because I didn’t see any validity to my infant baptism.

  5. Oddball permalink
    August 23, 2007 9:57 am

    I should probably reiterate that I’m still persuaded that believers’ baptism is the only model presented in Scripture, but I recognize room for disagreement on the issue.

    Our oldest son Jimmy (age 9) was just baptized this summer, and our hope is that the experience will be a source of strength and encouragement in his walk of faith.

  6. ebenezers permalink
    August 23, 2007 10:38 am

    The chronology on this debate really helped me — thanks for linking to it! It has been neat to see the respect and courtesy that men on all sides of this issue are demonstrating in the midst of their disagreement/discussion. I’m immensely enjoying reading about and thinking through this issue. :)

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