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6.—From the Concessions of Peedobaptist Historians . 153-160
XIII.—On Evidence Fkom The Futility Ok All Known Objections 164-554
§ 23.—Futility of Objectious from Occasional Impractica-
§ 24.—Futility of Objections from Supposed Danger
S.—On the Practice of the First Thirteen Hundred Years, as
Coming Down to us Through a Popish Channel
An Appeal To Baptists And P^edobaptists On Charity, With
BAPTISM A DIVINE INSTITUTION.
J. A. James.—"OGod! T render Thee my sincere and hearty thanks for the sacred Scriptures, that inestimable Tolume. which is given by Thine inspiration, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. May I consider Thy Word the only infallible standard of truth; and turning from all human authority, however I may avail myself of the teaching of uninspired men, may I determine to receive nothing as truth which is not taught here, and everything as truth which is taught here. Give me an enlightened understanding, and lead me into a knowledge of Thy will."—Chris. FaUier's Prcs., p. 27.
Sf-asdkr.—"We must follow not the spirit of the age, but the Spirit of God."—His. of Chris. Dogrn'u, p. 10, Bonn's Edition.
Dr. Laxrcuii-D.—•' Watch the errors of your times and neighbourhood. "—Counsels to if in., p. 48. *
That baptism has been enjoined by the highest authority, whatever may be the import of the word, and whoever may be its proper subjects, appeare to the writer indisputable, inasmuch as we have the express command, "Go ye, therefore, and teach" (marginal and proper rendering, Make disciples of) "all nations, baptizing them," <fec. (Matt, xxviii 19.) This command is prefaced by the words, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth," ver. 18. We read also in Mark xvi. 15, 16, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He tliat believeth and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." In accordance with this law of the kingdom of heaven, on the day of Pentecost, to those who inquired, "Men and brethren, what shall we do]" Peter replied, "Repent, and be baptized, every one of you," &c Subsequent conduct and instruction recorded in the Acts and Epistles of the Apostles, prove that baptism, whatever may be its import or advantages, was regarded as having been legislatively enacted by the adored Sovereign and Head of the church. Hence Acts"ii 41; viii 12, 13, 36, 38; ix. 18; x. 47,48; xvi. 15,33; xviii. 8; xix. 3-5; xxii. 16; Rom. vi 3, 4; 1 Cor. L 13-17; xiL 13; Gal. iii. 27; Eph. iv. 5; Col. ii. 12; 1 Peter iii 21.
Baptism, therefore, is not indebted for its origin to the decrees of popes or ecclesiastical assemblies, to the whims, vagaries, inventions, or policy of uninspired, designing, or erring men. It is commanded by "the wisdom of God." It should not, therefore, be scorned or despised; nor should it be prartically disregarded, unless the intention of God that it should be of temporary continuance, can be proved from His own Word.
• The reader will perceive that some of the subsequent prefixes to the various sections of this volume are from Baptist writers, ami that many of these prefixed quotations ■wrre not intended for baptism by their respective authors, hut that they are here adduced because of their appropriateness and importance.