Turretin’s 1st proof for infant baptism was an appeal to the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20. Matt. 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. … Continue reading Infant Baptism Argued From The Covenant
Francis Turretin (1623-1687) wrote one of the most influential works in Reformed theology. His works were influential and used as text books till the time of Hodge. Turretin is a special jewel that was largely forgotten in Reformed circles. In volume 3 of his three volume work he discusses infant baptism. The question he starts … Continue reading Turretin: Infants of Believers Should be Baptized
Liam Goligher writing for Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia, PA gives an account here describing the journey that led him to changing his mind from being a baptist to paedobaptist. Raised in a Baptist church he was baptized at 15 then became a pastor of his own church at the age of 22. His journey took time because of … Continue reading Liam Goligher – How I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism
I was talking with a Romanist and they were trying to argue that the 7 sacraments were always the standard of the Church. Is he right? A quick look through Schaff tells otherwise. The number of sacraments was under discussion and it wasn't till over 1000 years after the Ascension that the number was determined. … Continue reading Schaff: The Number of Sacraments
In and of themselves the sacraments do nothing. God the Holy Spirit works through the preaching of the Word and the Administration of the sacraments. WSC Q. 91. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation? A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that … Continue reading What do the Sacraments do?
In reading the book Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry Boersma writes "Thus the church's sacraments are simply the beginning of the cosmic restoration. The entire cosmos is meant to serve as a sacrament: a material gift from God in and through which we enter into the joy of his heavenly presence." Boersma has basically … Continue reading Is everything sacramental?