VINDICATION OF THE BAPTISTS boo447
Many reflections are cast on the Baptists, and various charges are laid against them; of such a kind, as greatly impeach the truth of their doctrinal principles, and the candor of their Christian temper. They are frequently represented as uncharitably rigid, and as putting baptism in the place of our Lord's atoning blood and the sanctifying agency of the Divine Spirit.
But why such unfriendly surmises and bold accusations? What is there in our principles or conduct, to authorize to making baptism a substitute for the atonement of Jesus Christ, and the sanctifying agency of the Holy Spirit, it is manifestly contrary to our avowed sentiments; so contrary, that all the world, one would have thought, must agree to acquit us of such a charge. For it is too notorious to admit a plea of ignorance in any of our apponents, that we consider no one as a proper subject of that institution, who does not profess repentance towards God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; who does not, in other words, appear to be in a state of salvation. Nay, so far from making baptism a saving ordinance, we do not, we cannot consider any one as a proper subject of it, who looks upon it in that light.
From the charge of bigotry by Abraham Booth
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