APPENDIX

APPENDIX

HAVING presented the reader, as clearly as I know how, with what God's word teaches, so far as I have been able to apprehend it, on Baptism, I desire to add the testimonies of several honored servants of Christ, all of whom are now with the Lord, on this much controverted theme. These are all extracts from their books, the titles of which are given in each case. The reader who can consult these works will find it helpful to read the entire connection.

A note from C.H.Mackintosh. (C.H.M.)

"I complain not of any who conscientiously hold this or that view on the subject; but I do complain of those, who instead of preaching and teaching Jesus Christ are disturbing the minds of God's people by pressing infant baptism upon them. For my own part--seeing the question has been thus forced upon me-I can only say I have for thirty-two years been asking, in vain, for a single line of Scripture for baptizing any save believers, or those who profess to believe. Reasonings I have had, inferences, conclusions, and deductions; but of direct Scripture authority not one tittle." --Things New and Old. Vol.15, page 48.

Historical point of interest, from Andrew Miller. (A.M.)

"In the New Testament there is perfect uniformity, both as to precept and example on the subject of baptism; but in our own day, and ever since the beginning of the third century we find in the church endless variations both as to theory and practice on this important subject ...

"Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons, is the first of the fathers that alludes to infant baptism. He died about the year 200, so that his writings are placed towards the close of the second century. The apostolical fathers never mention it." --Short Papers on Church History, chapter 13. The entire chapter is very interesting and illuminating.

Extract from J.G.Pellet. (J.G.P.)

"I believe Galatians 3:27 more fixed my judgment as to baptism than any scripture, for it told me that baptism was the intelligent act of a believer, the personal act of one's own faith, so to express it. I do not see in 1 Peter 3:21 anything to give the mind a pause. For while it owns that the answer which the conscience is enabled to give, when it reads and receives the value of the resurrection of Jesus, is the great thing, still it implies the putting of a believer's body under water. It seems to me to take that as the granted form of the ordinance." --Showers Upon the Grass, page 44.

Expository Remarks on Acts 16, by Wm.Kelly. (W.K.)

"Made a disciple, Lydia was baptized (John 4:1) as became her. Such was the Lord's command to His servants. Only the males among the Jews were circumcised; disciples, both men and women (Acts 8:12), were baptized. Not only was Lydia baptized, but her household also. "And when she was baptized and her house," etc. What is meant thereby! We do not hear of children or of husband. She may have been a widow without a family, or never married. She had a household, and we hear (v.40) of the brethren there, believers therefore, and probably not men only but women. Of little ones we hear nothing; and the divine account, which is full and minutely exact to admiration in other respects, not even implies anything of the kind, so that the temerity of tradition, of intellect, of will, that would from this account extract a ground for supposing infants in this case at any rate, is as bold and manifest, as unjustifiable ... Neither here, nor later in the chapter, nor in 1 Corinthians 1, is there the least proof that any were baptized except confessors of Christ, and... the baptism of infants has no Scriptural warrant." --Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles. Vol.2, pages 54,55.