“A child should be presented to God, to receive Baptism purely, according to the institution [of the Holy Bible]. He is instead defiled [by magical sacramentalism] with many perverse and profane ceremonies. It is quite true that Baptism does not on that account fail to have its virtue as far as the child is concerned. Because God’s ordinances [such as Paedobaptism] are not abolished by the foolish inventions of men” such as Romish and Eastern-‘Orthodox’ baptismal regenerationism. — John Calvin: A Short Treatise Setting Forth What the Faithful Man Must Do When He is Among Papists and He Knows the Truth of the Gospel (1543)
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Foreword (by the late Rev. Professor Dr. F.J.M. Potgieter (Th.D., Ph.D.)
BAPTISM DOES NOT REGENERATE: CALVINISM VERSUS 'CHRISTENING'
1. Intertestamental literature denies circumcisional regenerationism 2. Early-patristic literature denies baptismal regenerationism 3. Pre-baptismal regeneration even in some late-patristic literature 4. Syncretistic Cyprian: the father of baptismal regenerationism 5. Ritualistic baptismal regenerationism challenged by the Reformation 6. Modern ritualism maintains baptismal regenerationism 7. Statement of the problem of baptismal regenerationism 8. The saints before Abraham were justified without Circumcision 9. The circumcised Abraham and his uncircumcisable womenfolk 10. The circumcised yet still unregenerated male Shechemites 11. God threatened disobedient Moses himself; but not Moses’ uncircumcised son 12. Zipporah' s circumcising of her son was highly irregular 13. Calvin' s Institutes on the circumcising by Zipporah 14. Moses: fleshly Circumcision pointed to that of the heart 15. The Psalmist trusted in God before he was born 16. Joel on prenatal sanctification and Circumcision of the heart 17. Jeremiah on prenatal sanctification and Circumcision of the heart 18. Calvin on the Circumcision of the heart in Jeremiah 19. Ezekiel: God says that tiny (uncircumcised) covenantal infants are "My children!" 20. Malachi predicted the coming of John the Baptizer to convert also children 21. John the Baptizer filled with the Spirit from his mother' s womb 22. John the Baptizer prenatally acknowledged his Saviour Jesus 23. Was John the Baptizer regenerated before his birth? 24. The sinless Jesus was holy from His human conception onward 25. John the Baptizer demanded faith from others before baptizing them 26. John the Baptizer sprinkled not just penitent adults but also their children 27. Calvin on John' s demand for repentance before Baptism 28. John the Baptizer refused to baptize unbelieving Pharisees 29. John' s Baptism of the righteous Jesus Christ our Lord 30. Jesus evangelized the circumcised but unrighteous Judeans 31. Water and Spirit and entry into the Visible Church 32. Calvin stated the passage John 3:3-8 does not refer to Baptism 33. Not Jesus but only His Apostles then baptized in Judea 34. Matthew 9:2 & 18:6 clearly disprove baptismal regeneration
35. Calvin refuted the Anabaptists from Matthew 19:14 36. Christ's Great Commission precludes baptismal regeneration yet includes babies 37. Calvin on "he who believes and is baptized" 38. The Calvinistic Westminster Standards on the Great Commission 39. Jesus baptized His Church with His Spirit at Pentecost 40. Be baptized: for the promise is to you and to your children! 41. Calvin's baptismal comments on Acts 2:38f 42. Acts 2:38f in the Calvinistic Westminster Standards 43. Acts 3: The Abrahamic Covenant predicted Christian Baptism 44. Acts 7: Circumcision and the faith of Abraham 45. Baptism did not justify Simon the sorcerer 46. Calvinism on Simon the Samaritan's Baptism 47. The Ethiopian eunuch was justified by God before he was baptized 48. Calvin on the Ethiopian's pre-baptismal faith 49. Antisacramentarianism too disproved by the Ethiopian's Baptism 50. Paul believed and was justified before he was baptized 51. Cornelius and family trusted in God long before their Baptisms 52. Calvin's baptismal discussion of Acts chapters 10 and 11 53. The actions of Paul in Antioch-Jerusalem-Lystra condemn the Anabaptists 54. Jerusalem General Assembly vindicated the Church as the "New Israel" 55. The tactical circumcising of the faithful Christian Timothy 56. The Baptisms at Philippi of the Households of Lydia and the jailer 57. Baptized Households suggest even their infants have faith before their Baptism 58. The Baptism of John and the fiery believer Apollos 59. Unitarians in Ephesus were regenerated just before Paul gave them Christian Baptism 60. Unitarians in Ephesus were not regenerated by or during their prior "John's Baptism" 61. Paul explained Baptism to the unregenerate Unitarians 62. Calvin's explanation of the baptismal passage Acts 19:1-6 63. Acts 19:1-5, to Calvin, teaches faith before Baptism 64. Paul's sins washed away prior to his receiving Baptism 65. Calvin: Paul here claimed pre-baptismal regeneration 66. He is a 'Jew' who has been circumcised in his heart 67. Circumcision was not righteousness, but it did seal the righteousness of faith 68. Abraham the 'father of believers' trusted in God before being circumcised 69. Romans 4:11 demolishes the arguments of the Anabaptists 70. Even babies, stained by original sin, need regenerating 71. After Baptism, we may no longer continue in sin 72. Esau obviously not regenerated during his Circumcision 73. Holy parental roots produce holy offshoots for Holy Baptism 74. Christ sent Paul not to baptize but to preach the Gospel 75. Paul planted, Apollos watered, but only God gave the increase