James Durham Concerning Scandal Part 2, Chap. 4, pp. 120-123. Whether the ordinances of Christ be any way polluted by corrupt fellow worshippers. It may be said, ‘But are not the ordinances of Christ someway polluted by the unworthiness of such scandalous partakers? And if so, can polluted ordinances be partaken of without sin?’ Answer.… Read More How Ordinances Are Polluted
The Value and Virtue of Baptism in which: The dignity and duty of Baptism The due right of infants to Baptism And their right above that of grown persons by Baptism The degrading and destructive principles and practices of Baptism ARE Catechetically propounded, plainly preached and now published as an Antidote against all Baptism despising… Read More A Short Catechism on Baptism
William AttersollBadges of ChristianityBook 3, ch. 5, pp. 350-352 Christ delivered his Last Supper in bread and wine, then these signs may not be altered, but must be retained for the perpetual use and comfort of the Church. And howsoever it be left to the choice and liberty of the Church, what bread or what… Read More Christ Alone Defines the Sacramental Elements
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 2, pp. 460-465. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). I come now to handle the questions in the Catechism concerning the… Read More How the Sacraments are Effectual Means of Salvation
Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 10, pp. 271-280. After what manner Christ Used the Sacraments. I. Thus far we have at large treated of those things that relate to the covenant between Christ and the Father; and might seem to have completely finished that subject,… Read More Why Did Christ Partake of the Sacraments?
The New Testament teaches that Gentiles are now partakers in the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12-13) that were formerly exclusive to the nation of Israel. One of those promises is that God will be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 17:7); and this promise is explicitly repeated in the New… Read More A Clear and Concise Case for Infant Baptism
Many, citing Acts 19 as their proof, would deny that John the Baptist’s baptism was Christian. They conclude from that text that the Apostle Paul rebaptized men who had been baptized by John and therefore John’s baptism was not a valid New Testament baptism. However, we believe this understanding of Acts 19 is incorrect, and… Read More Was John’s Baptism Christian?
Samuel Rutherford on Infant Baptism (Part 2) The following is Chapter 14 of The Covenant of Life Opened Considerations of the Arguments from Gen. 17, Mark 10:15-16, Luke 18, Math. 19, & Rom. 11 for Infant Baptism. If God be the God of Abraham and of his seed, Gen. 17. therefore every male child shall… Read More Infant Baptism Proven from the Scriptures (2) | Samuel Rutherford
Samuel Rutherford The Covenant of Life Opened pp. 82-85 Q.5. What holiness is it that is called federal, or Covenant holiness which is in Infants? Ans. It is not so much personal holiness (though it may so be called, because the person is a Church member, separated from the world to God) as holiness of… Read More The Federal Holiness of Infants | Samuel Rutherford