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FALSE TEACHERS WHO PROMOTE THE EVILS OF INFANT BAPTISM AND BAPTISMAL REGENERATION

May 7, 2014

“…infant baptism is far from being harmless. On the contrary, that it is one of the most calamitous evils with which the church has ever been visited. … INFANT BAPTISM IS AN EVIL BECAUSE ITS PRACTICE IS UNSUPPORTED BY THE WORD OF GOD … Evil is found prevailing even in the professed churches of Christ! … In no form, however, has it afflicted the cause of truth and salvation more grievously, than in that of infant baptism; a rite generally prevalent, but without divine authority; repulsive in itself, and in its consequences always injurious… Is infant baptism supported by the Word of God? I aver that it is not. It is nowhere commanded. It is nowhere, in any form, divinely authorised. Examine the holy record, from first to last, and you will discover not a trace of infant baptism. If it is anywhere commanded, or authorised, the passages in which that fact appears, can be produced. Where are they? Let them be forthcoming. We have a right to see, and to examine them, for ourselves. We demand the texts. But this demand has before been often made, and always in vain. They have never been produced. They have not yet been found. They never can be found. They do not exist. The Word of God, in all its length and breadth, contains not a syllable of authority for infant baptism, in the form of command, of precept, of permission, of example, or in any other form whatever. In that sacred book not one word in relation to it, is anywhere uttered. He who claims divine authority for infant baptism, must justify himself by adducing it. … Martin Luther, the great father of the Reformation, says:—‘It cannot be proved by the scriptures, that infant baptism was instituted by Christ, or begun by the first Christians after the apostles’.1  John Calvin testifies thus:—‘It is nowhere expressly mentioned by the evangelists, that any child was by the apostles baptised’.2 … Infant baptism is not found in any form in the Bible. Every effort to deduce it from the sacred records, no matter how ingeniously conducted, has proved a wretched failure. It is confessed by its advocates that it is not found in the inspired pages. Infant baptism is therefore, unsupported by the Word of God.” [Emphasis added]

– Robert Boyte C. Howell

(http://quintapress.macmate.me/PDF_Books/Evils_of_Infant_Baptism.pdf)

 

What doth hinder me to be baptized?

Acts 8:34-39 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.

 

Many false teachers are promote the heresy of Infant Baptism:

Sadly many professed Christians and teachers who have no scriptural support for Infant Baptism have turned to the fable of infant baptism.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 

Billy Graham deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

Billy Graham grew up going to a Presbyterian Church and then joined the Southern Baptist Church but his wife Ruth remained a Presbyterian. In 1961, Billy Graham in an interview with the Lutheran Standard shows you how Billy Graham was deceived by the evils and heresy of infant baptism also:

“I have some difficulty in accepting the indiscriminate baptism of infants without a careful regard as to whether the parents have any intention of fulfilling the promise they make. But I DO BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING HAPPENS AT THE BAPTISM OF AN INFANT, particularly if the parents are Christians and teach their children Christian Truths from childhood. We cannot fully understand the miracles of God, but I BELIEVE THAT A MIRACLE CAN HAPPEN IN THESE CHILDREN SO THAT THEY ARE REGENERATED, THAT IS, MADE CHRISTIAN, THROUGH INFANT BAPTISM. If you want to call that baptismal regeneration, that’s all right with me” (Graham, interview with Wilfred Bockelman, associate editor of the Lutheran Standard, American Lutheran Church, Lutheran Standard, October 10, 1961). [Emphasis Added]

 

Charles Spurgeon said:

“… you have this baptismal regeneration, preparing stepping stones to make it easy for men to go to Rome. … I pray you never rest upon this wretched and rotten foundation, this deceitful invention of antichrist.”    

– Charles Spurgeon (from his sermon titles Baptismal Regeneration)

 

Martin Luther deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

“To put it most simply, the power, effect, benefit, fruit, and purpose of Baptism is to save. No one is baptized in order to become a prince, but as the words say, to ‘be saved.’ To be saved, we know, is nothing else than to be delivered from sin, death, and the devil and to enter into the kingdom of Christ and live with him forever.”

– Martin Luther (Quoted from The Large Catechism)

 

“The false sacramental gospel of ‘Baptismal Regeneration,” as proclaimed by Martin Luther and others, has probably (God only knows) led more people to hell than any other error propagated and tolerated within the ranks of professing Christianity.”

– Dwight Oswald

 

Michael Horton deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

“In Baptism, we have been swept into the new creation and in the Supper we are actually fed with the body and blood of Christ as pilgrims on the way to the Promised land …”

– Michael Horton (in the May/June 1997 issue of Modern Reformation, p.14.)

 

Don Matzat deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

“I have on numerous occasions discussed if not debated the subject of infant Baptism with callers on my daily radio program. The scenario is always the same. The opponent of infant Baptism is put off by the fact that we teach and confess that an infant can become a believing Christian by God’s grace through Baptism. … ”

– Don Matzat (LCMS)

 

Pope John Paul II deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

“The fact that Christianity is a religion of salvation is expressed in the sacramental life of the Church. … Baptism and the Eucharist [are] sacraments which create in man the seed of eternal life.

– Pope John Paul II (Quoted from Crossing the Threshold of Hope, pp. 74-75)

 

Pope Francis deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

 

John Calvin deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

“…at whatever time we are baptised, we are washed and purified once for the whole life…we must…recall our baptism…so as to feel certain and secure of the remission of sins…it wipes and washes away all our defilements” (IV: xv, 3).

“God in baptism promises the remission of sins, and will undoubtedly perform what he has promised to all believers. That promise was offered to us in baptism, let us therefore embrace it in faith” (IV: xxv, 17).

“We have…a similar promise given to the fathers in circumcision, similar to that which is given to us in baptism…the forgiveness of sins and the mortification of the flesh….We deny…that…the power of God cannot regenerate infants….Let God, then, be demanded why he ordered circumcision to be performed on the bodies of infants…by baptism we are ingrafted into the body of Christ (1 Cor xii.13). [Therefore] infants…are to be baptised…” (IV: xv, 22; xvi, 3, 4, 8, 10, 17-32)

– John Calvin (Institutes)

“Today’s Calvinists avoid the uncomfortable fact that in all of his voluminous writings, Calvin never tells of being born again through faith in Christ. He considered himself to have been a Christian from the moment of his Roman Catholic infant baptism: ‘…at whatever time we are baptised, we are washed and purified once for the whole life…we must recall…our baptism…so as to feel certain and secure of the remission of sins…it wipes and washes away all our defilements.’21 He trusted in that baptism as proof that he was one of the elect22 and denounced all who, like today’s evangelical ex-Catholics, were baptized after believing the gospel.
Those saved out of Catholicism and baptized as believers were known as Anabaptists and were persecuted by Catholics, Lutherans, and Calvinists. Of such, near the time of his conversion to Luther’s Protestantism, Calvin wrote, ‘One should not be content with simply killing such people, but should burn them cruelly.’23 Calvin banished them from Geneva in 1537.24 How could today’s born-again and baptized former Catholics consider Calvin as one of them? They couldn’t–and wouldn’t.”

– Dave Hunt (What Love is this? Calvinism’s Misrepresentation of God)

 

R.C. Sproul deceived by the evils of Infant Baptism

“Regeneration is the gift of God’s grace. It is the immediate, supernatural work of the Holy Spirit wrought in us. Its effect is to quicken us to spiritual life from spiritual death. It changes the disposition of our souls, inclining our hearts to God. The fruit of regeneration is faith. Regeneration precedes faith. Infants can be born again, although the faith that they exercise cannot be as visible as that of adults.” [Emphasis added]

– R.C. Sproul (“Regeneration: The New Birth.” New Geneva Study Bible 1995; pg 1664); he wrote the introduction and was the general editor. Other editors: James Boice, Edmund Clowney, Roger Nicole, J.I. Packer.

 

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More info:

INFANT BAPTISM (WHO PRACTICES INFANT BAPTISM?)

Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian, World Council of Churches

http://www.wayoflife.org/database/infant_baptism.html

 

Is Infant Baptism Biblical? (Selected Scriptures) John MacArthur

 

 

WHY DID SPURGEON FINALLY STOP SMOKING CIGARS?

February 28, 2014

“D.L. Moody went to London to meet Spurgeon, whom he had admired from a distance and considered to be his professional mentor. However, when Spurgeon answered the door with a cigar in his mouth, Moody fell down the stairs in shock. “How could you, a man of God, smoke that?” protested the great American evangelist.

Spurgeon took the stogie out of his mouth and walked down the steps to where Moody was still standing in bewilderment. Putting his finger on Moody’s rather rotund stomach, he smiled and said, “The same way you, a man of God, could be that fat!”

– Classic C.H.S

“Spurgeon also suffered ill health toward the end of his life, afflicted by a combination of rheumatism, gout and Bright’s disease. He gave up smoking his beloved cigars due to failing health and, for different reasons… ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Spurgeon

“After Spurgeon’s pronouncement of his “smoking to the glory of God,” English businessmen began to market the cigars that Spurgeon smoked. Spurgeon once entered a store and saw a sign that said, ‘Spurgeon smokes!’ He also heard complaints from parents who were encouraging their children not to drink alcohol or smoke, only to receive the reply, ‘But Spurgeon does…’

By the 1880′s, Spurgeon’s health was failing, and so the preacher who had once justified his cigar-smoking by claiming a doctor had prescribed it as a relaxant, realized that smoking was doing more harm than good to his body. So, he gave it up.”

– Trevin Wax

“Charles Spurgeon, great and blessed London preacher, was a Calvinist though he spoke against “hyper-Calvinism,” and called it that; and his hyper-Calvinist friends criticized him for preaching that “whosoever will” may come…

Spurgeon was a Calvinist and said so, but he did not accept all the doctrines of hyper-Calvinism, and he said so.

In truth, the false doctrines of hyper-Calvinism would not do so much harm if they were emphasized as little as Spurgeon emphasized them, and particularly, if those who advocate them worked unceasingly to win souls as Spurgeon did.

But why follow Spurgeon? He was human. He was an amazing preacher, an evangelist. Some think he was the greatest preacher since the Apostle Paul. But when he was wrong he was wrong. He plainly said he did not know enough about the return of Christ to preach on it. No man is perfect.  It would be as foolish to follow Spurgeon in whatever part of the false doctrine of hyper-Calvinism he believed as to follow him in smoking cigarsHe saw the error of smoking a little while before he went to Heaven, and I am sure he saw the errors of hyper-Calvinism, besides those he himself criticized, as soon as he reached Heaven. Why not just follow the Bible instead of Arminius or Calvin or Wesley or Spurgeon?”

– Dr. John Rice

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

Election / Predestination

February 14, 2014

“What must be borne in mind is the fact that predestination is not God’s predetermining from past ages who should and who should not be saved. Scripture does not teach this view.”

– Herbert Lockyer

“Never does election or predestination refer to salvation, but always and only to particular befits.”

– Dave Hunt

“Turn to your Bible and read for yourself in the only two chapters in which this word predestinate or predestinated is found. The first is Romans:8:29-30, the other chapter is Ephesians:1:5 and 11. You will note that there is no reference in these four verses to either heaven or hell but to Christ-likeness eventually. Nowhere are we told in scripture that God predestinated one man to be saved and another to be lost. Men are to be saved or lost eternally because of their attitude towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Predestination means that someday all the redeemed shall become just like the Lord Jesus

D.L. Moody used to put it very simply the elect are the ‘whosoever wills’ the non-elect ‘whosoever wont’s’. This is exactly what scripture teaches, the invitation is to all, those who accept it are the elect. Remember, we are never told that Christ died for the elect.

‘Whosoever means, whosoever.’ Only a biased theologian, with an axe to grind, could ever think that it meant only the elect.”

– H. A. Ironside

Free Will

February 13, 2014

“God did not make us robots. In spite of the denial by Luther, Calvin, and many evangelical leaders today, God gave man a will to freely choose to love or to hate Him, to receive Christ as Savior and Lord or to reject Him.”

– Dave Hunt