A History of the Baptist Churches in the United States, Volume 2

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C. Scribner's sons, 1915 - Baptists - 545 pages
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Mr. Newman has taken the liberty to discredit baptism from the plan of salvation as it is obviously contained in the great commission of Christ Matthew 28 and Mark 16. While baptism of infants is not in keeping with the teachings of the first century church one can not deny if was one of the things the apostle Paul was confronted by Christ on the road to Damascus in Acts 9. During the interaction with Christ Paul was told to do this, " And I said, What shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, and go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed for thee to do, quoting Acsts 22's accounting. Acts 9 it is "do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Before Agrippa he declared he was not disobedient to the vision. He went into the city, met Ananias and when the time came Ananias did tell Paul, "...Why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized." While it is unclear why God makes this part of his plan of faith and salvation it is clear that it is practiced throughout the book of Acts as the church is founded and emphasized in the epistles to the early congregations (Galatians 3:27), therefore is part of the plan of salvation. Ananias said, "Why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Can one deny it is obedience that must be carried out. Read Hebrews 5:8-9. He is the author of salvation to the obedient. 

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