The First London Baptist Confession of 1644/1646

Published in 1646 The Text used: There has been some updating of Old English words – but otherwise no changes have been made to the original texts. CONFESSION OF FAITH of seven congregations or churches of Christ in London. which are commonly, but unjustly,...

Baptism That Saves

I have been asked on various occasions about the issue of baptism and its relation to salvation. Does scripture require baptism for salvation, or not? Before I go further let me say, I am not, in this article, speaking about whether scripture commands believers to be...

Baptism’s Purpose

What is the purpose of baptism? John the Baptist explicitly stated the purpose of his baptism when he said, “I baptize you with water for repentance” (Mt 3:11). Did John baptize them so that they could repent or because they already had repented? That is,...

Baptism’s Practice

Nearly every church “baptizes” its converts, either by pouring, immersing, or sprinkling. The Greek behind our English word “baptize” is baptizo. According to Thayer’s lexicon, one use of this word outside the Bible was with reference to sunken...

Baptism’s Participants

The Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Reformed churches all practice infant baptism. Is this a valid practice? Most illuminating are the contents of a tract entitled, “What the Bible Says About Infant Baptism” – its interior is blank! I appreciate the...

Head Coverings

  1 Corinthians 11:12-16 clearly states that women should have their heads covered while praying or prophesying.  It also ranks among the most difficult of all passages in the New Testament. The intent of this chapter is not to give an exhaustive analysis of this...