The Covenant of Grace and Christian Baptism

The Covenant of Grace and Christian Baptism

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Beschreibung

Baptist denominations have become world leaders in proselytising and many Christians have ceased to question Baptist dogmas in view of their obvious zeal. Yet modern Baptists show little pan-Biblical knowledge regarding their central initiation ceremony. This work demonstrates the great Biblical doctrines expressed in New Testament baptism. It is also a refutation of the Baptist position based almost entirely on a selective use of pagan Greek. Baptists fail to see that Biblical vocabulary concerning baptism bears a specifically Christian meaning not found in other ancient literature. New Testament Greek words used for baptism must be studied primarily in conjunction with their Biblical roots in Hebrew and Greek OT usage. Baptism here does not refer to a ‘bath of submergence’ as Baptists claim, but is a sign of cleansing where the mode is secondary. Indeed, though words to do with sprinkling, pouring, washing and dressing are used of Old Testament cleansing and New Testament baptism, words meaning to immerse, to sink or to submerge are nowhere found. Baptist secular linguistic claims are therefore groundless.

Buchtitel The Covenant of Grace and Christian Baptism
Autor George M. Ella
Typ Buch (Paperback)

Baptist denominations have become world leaders in proselytising and many Christians have ceased to question Baptist dogmas in view of their obvious zeal. Yet modern Baptists show little pan-Biblical knowledge regarding their central initiation ceremony. This work demonstrates the great Biblical doctrines expressed in New Testament baptism. It is also a refutation of the Baptist position based almost entirely on a selective use of pagan Greek. Baptists fail to see that Biblical vocabulary concerning baptism bears a specifically Christian meaning not found in other ancient literature. New Testament Greek words used for baptism must be studied primarily in conjunction with their Biblical roots in Hebrew and Greek OT usage. Baptism here does not refer to a ‘bath of submergence’ as Baptists claim, but is a sign of cleansing where the mode is secondary. Indeed, though words to do with sprinkling, pouring, washing and dressing are used of Old Testament cleansing and New Testament baptism, words meaning to immerse, to sink or to submerge are nowhere found. Baptist secular linguistic claims are therefore groundless.

New Testament baptism is a continuing sign of the Abrahamic Covenant of Grace pointing to the righteousness which is by faith. It is for believers and their seed as taught in both Testaments. This so embarrasses Baptists that they deny the New Testament norm of household and family baptisms and that believers’ children are under covenantal promises.

This book analyses the major occurrences of words to do with baptism in the Greek and Hebrew Biblical texts in the light of the Covenant of Grace and the promises to believers and their family dependents. Baptist claims that the Early Church only knew immersion and adult believer’s baptism are refuted on written and archaeological evidence. From the third century onwards, immersion and adult baptism only were indeed practised superstitiously by some enthusiasts because of the idea that immersion washed away all sin. These candidates postponed their baptisms until after they had sown their wild oats, fearing that post-baptismal sins were beyond repentance. Such are the Baptists’ historical roots.

320 Seiten, 170 g schwer