The following articles are related to the topic of INFANT BAPTISM

The Folly of Extrapolating Analogy

An "analogy" is a form of thought by which things are compared.Analogical thought involves a broad "comparison" spectrum that is manifested in several varieties.The simile, the metaphor, metonymy, the parable, and the similitude are all forms of analogical expression. Scripture speaks of the person who meditates day and night upon the word of God, and suggests that such a one ... read more »

JUSTIFICATION: By Faith or Works?

Is justification from sin by faith or works? Does it result from neither, one as opposed to the other, or both? One would expect that such a fundamental question could be answered clearly and confidently, with a united declaration, by those who profess a devout regard for the testimony of the Scriptures. Sadly, such is not the case. The more ... read more »

Ethical Guidelines for Writers

Any writer is pleased when people value his work and wish to pass it along to others. Writing is a form of teaching, and a dedicated teacher wants his message exposed to as many people as possible. The Christian author rejoices, therefore, when his material is circulated widely. When a writer has labored over a production long and hard, he ... read more »

What Is a “Necessary Inference”?

"I frequently hear ministers talk about a 'necessary inference' in connection with the issue of Bible authority.What is a 'necessary inference,' and is this a legitimate method of establishing scriptural authority?" The word "inference" derives from Latin roots that signify "to gather in."In logic (the science of critical thinking), it suggests the idea of gathering in data from various sources, ... read more »

What About Judging Angels, Godfathers and Ezekiel’s Temple?

Judging Angels "What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, in suggesting that Christians will 'judge the world' and also 'angels'?" The sense likely is the same as that conveyed in Hebrews 11:7, wherein Noah is said to have "condemned [katakrino, "pronounce a sentence on"] the world." That is, by his obedient example he stood in bold contrast to the ... read more »

Are Logic and Scripture Compatible?

Some religionists are opposed to "using logic" or "reason" concerning spiritual things. We are informed, by these guardians of rational thought, that the use of logic is the reason for much of the division in the church today. This position is perplexing, for those who reject the use of "reason," reason that binding "our conclusions" produces much of the religious ... read more »

The Pope Ignites a Controversy

A furor was reignited recently when news outlets reported that "Pope Benedict XVI" made the claim that the Catholic Church is the only true path to salvation. Various "pastors" of non-Catholic persuasions denounced the assertion, while some Catholic officials since have contended that the "pontiff's" message had been "misconstrued." Several observations regarding this confusion are appropriate. If the Roman Catholic ... read more »

Logic and the Plan of Salvation

In his classic work, Biblical Hermeneutics, Milton S. Terry, one-time Professor at the Garrett Biblical Institute, declared there is a "general harmony" which pervades the entire Scriptures. Consequently, "no single statement or obscure passage of one book can be allowed to set aside a doctrine which is clearly established by many passages" (1890, 449). This procedure is called "the analogy ... read more »

8 Mistaken Ideas About Baptism

Some subjects in the Bible are more difficult to comprehend than others. Even Peter declared that Paul had written upon themes that are hard to understand (2 Pet. 3:16). It should be obvious, however, that things pertaining to the plan of redemption should be the easiest of all subjects to grasp. The topic of water baptism is mentioned dozens of ... read more »

The Roman Catholic – Lutheran Peace Treaty

The formal beginning of the Protestant Reformation, as generally fixed by historians, was October 31, 1517. On that day, Martin Luther went to the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a parchment to the door containing ninety-five "theses" (actually, indictments), objecting to various elements of Roman Catholic doctrine. Most of these were directed against the Roman dogma relating to the ... read more »