Sunday, December 27, 2015

Baptism Index

Introductory Remarks
What prompted this series, how it will be structured, and and how I'm going to pursue this issue.

The Dispensationalist Argument for Credo-Baptism
There's no evidence we should be giving baptism to infants in the Christian era. 

The New Testament evidence indicates baptism is reserved for those who make a credible profession of faith. 

The Particular Baptist Argument for Credo-Baptism
Jeremiah 31:32-34 indicates those in the New Covenant are eternally secure, therefore baptism should be reserved for those who are in the New Covenant by profession of faith.


The Old Testament speaks of Baptism being given to make priests fit to serve God. It should therefore only be given to those who are becoming fit to serve God in the New Testament.

Baptism is a covenant sign, and Scripture consistently indicates that covenant signs are to be given to infants.

Scripture speaks of a singular plan of salvation. In the Old Testament that was indicated by the sign of circumcision, in the New Testament it is indicated by the sign of baptism. 

A Tertium Quid?
Following up with the hypothesis from the introduction that there's no stable middle ground between these two views.

Putting the Two Frameworks to the Test

The warning passages, the holiness of children, household baptism, the Apostles intent, Jesus baptizing, and more.

Examining the evidence that Paedo-Baptism asserts that the New Testament builds on the framework established in the Old Testament.

A discontinuity is present between the Old and New testaments which decouple baptism from circumcision and the rest of the covenant signs. 

Early Church Beliefs Part I

What the Council of Carthage says about the Paedo vs Credo debate.

A collection of quotes directly relevant to the debate from the church fathers that immediately proceeded the Apostles.

Evaluating the Debate
The reason this debate is often fruitless, and what I've learned about baptism.


Biblical Examination Concluded
Which side I see as more Biblical and why.

They assert I don't know what I'm talking about. I defend my positions and reasoning. 

My Baptist Pastors Take another shot at it
They assert I haven't defended my premises well. I show examples.
On a surprising event which happened after concluding this series. 

Bonus: R.C. Sproul and Alistair Begg debate infant baptism
This is debate from my two favorite theologians had absolutely everything in it. It was amazing.

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