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Baptism and the Remission of Sins Paperback – June, 1991

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: College Pr Pub Co (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899003699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899003696
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Surveys the history of discussion concerning the relationship between Christian baptism and the remission of sins. Several chapters include a history of pre-American theology, but the focus is on Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, and the controversies in which the Restoration Movement (Stone-Campbell Movement) engaged throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries (including rebaptism, open membership, and Christians among the sects). Authors include professors from both Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches.
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A series of essays written by different authors affiliated with the Christian church/Churches of Christ on the subject of baptism. Mostly historical studies concerning how baptism went from being the point where the sinner receives God's grace to what most evangelicals practice today-`outward sign of an inward act.' The person responsible for this change was not Martin Luther, he taught that to be baptized was salvation by faith alone. Faith being the main motivating factor to lead one to baptism. The charlatan who caused all the confusion was Huldreich Zwingli. He believed that since God had predestined those who would be saved and those who would be lost,

baptism could not be essential for salvation. A logical conclusion if one believed that teaching (known as Calvinism). Zwingli was also a duelist, he made a constant separation between man's body and his supposed true self-`the spirit.' This is not biblical, it is Platonic in nature. Sadly, many of our evangelical friends who believe in Free Will still argue against baptism based upon the teaching of Zwingli and a misunderstanding of what Martin Luther really meant.
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The authors, all members of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches, present excellent surveys of different historical aspects of baptism for the remission of sins.

The introduction contrasts three views of baptism: the Calvinist view, in which baptism is not for the remission of sins; the sacramental view, in which baptism inherently accomplishes the remission of sins and is often practiced upon infants (either apart from faith on the part of the recipient, in Roman Catholicism, or with an assertion of infant faith among Lutherans), and the view that salvation comes by faith but is accomplished by God through baptism after initial faith and repentance have occurred. It is the latter view that is held by the authors.

The first two chapters trace the history of doctrines about baptism up through the Swiss Reformation. Jack Cottrell, professor of theology at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, first demonstrates that baptism of believers for the remission of sins was the historic doctrine of the church from the first century until beliefs in hereditary depravity led to the addition of infant baptism. He then shows that the Swiss reformer Zwingli, who greatly influenced Calvin, developed what would be the Calvinist doctrine with two motivations. The first was an overreaction to the sacramentalism and assertions of exclusive priestly authority in the Roman church. The second was a type of unbiblical dualism, in which only the spiritual realm is sacred while our physical actions are profane. Thus, all acts seen as physical or ritual (communion, baptism, etc.) became viewed as unconnected to salvation, and as mere outward signs of inward spiritual activity, which alone was significant.
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