A Study on Infant Baptism

This is a study guide that I prepared on the topic of infant baptism for confirmation students, but I thought that the material might be beneficial for anyone looking to lead any kind of study on the topic.Here is the PDF. BaptismStudyGuide … [Read more...]

Second Response to Rev. Schwertley on Baptismal Regeneration

On today's program, I continued my response to Rev. Brian Schwertley on the topic of baptismal regeneration. I discussed the relationship between faith and baptism, monergism and baptism, and other important issues.Here is the videoHere is the audio … [Read more...]

A Defense of Baptismal Regeneration in Response to Brian Schwertley

On today's program, I defended the doctrine of baptismal regeneration in response to a sermon preached by Rev. Brian Schwertley titled, "Sacramentalism refuted." I addressed the nature of the means of grace, how baptismal efficacy does not negate sola fide, and many other important issues. Check it out!Here is the audio.Here is the video. … [Read more...]

Response to James White on Baptismal Regeneration Part 3

On today's program I finished my response to James White's article "A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration." I discussed Acts 2:38 and the meaning of baptism "for the remission of sins," as well as the washing away of sins in Acts 22:16. We continued to demonstrate the false dichotomy presented by White regarding the efficacy of the cross and baptismal regeneration, and addressed his closing remarks in the essay.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Response to James White on Baptismal Regeneration Part 2

On today's program, I continued my response to James White'a article "A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration." We looked at several Biblical texts about baptism and continued to discuss the false dichotomy of salvation by grace or salvation through baptism.Here is the program Here is James White's original article: A Brief Rebuttal of Baptismal Regeneration. … [Read more...]

Can Someone be Saved Without Being Baptized?

When speaking about Baptismal regeneration, the question is often asked: What about someone who isn't Baptized, but believes? Can they be saved?There are some important distinctions we need to make when answering this question. There is a difference between something being a relative necessity and an absolute necessity. A relative necessity is something that is necessary in ordinary circumstances; an absolute necessity is something that is necessary in every circumstance. If Baptism were an ab … [Read more...]

Does Baptism Save?

For the first 1500 years of the church's existence, the answer would have been a unanimous "yes" to this question. However, since the Reformation, especially in the contemporary evangelical church, baptism is viewed primarily of a symbol, rather than a sacramental act of God.There are, broadly speaking, two different views of what the Sacraments are. For many in the evangelical church, grace comes apart from the Sacraments to the individual, and the individual who recieved grace then … [Read more...]

Infant Faith

One of the most contested aspects of Lutheran theology when talking to people tends to be the concept that infants have faith. Luther vigorously upheld the ancient practice of infant baptism against the anabaptist movement, and also sought to uphold baptismal efficacy. An objection which he often encountered was that since salvation is by faith alone, how can baptism save an infant, who does not yet have faith? Rather than answering the question in the way that Augustine does, wherein a parent's … [Read more...]

A Review of "The Baptized Body" by Peter Leithart

Peter J Leithart's "The Baptized Body" is a fascinating read. Coming from the controversial "Federal Vision" movement, Leithart seeks to infuse a high sacramental theology into Reformed Christianity. His argument comes primarily through exegesis, though with a strong dose of Calvin references. Leithart argues that contemporary Reformed Christianity has deviated from both the Biblical and Calvin's understanding of baptism.There are three main points that Leithart attempts to demonstrate in this … [Read more...]

Does Absolution Obscure Christ's Mediatorial Role?

I received the following question which I think deserves a response since it is so commonly asked: Hey, I just started watching your video "Just and Sinner: What is the doctrine on the two kindoms?" And you mentioned that if someone were to commit a crime to someone else, and they went to the pastor for forgiveness, then it was then the pastor's job to forgive them. Now I was wondering how that perspective matches with I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive … [Read more...]