Calvin on the Validity of “Romish” Baptism

CALVIN ON THE VALIDITY OF 'ROMISH' BAPTISM

Baptism into the Name of the Triune God …………………………………p. 4 Adamic Presbyterianism: mankind's first religion …………………………….p. 6 Different deviations from primordial Presbyterianism ………………………….p. 7 Calvin's protestantization and exodus from Romanism ………………………..p. 9 Calvin's account of his own conversion to Christ …………………………….p. 9 Calvin's Institutes prove he was no Anabaptist …………………………….p. 10 Baptismal background of Calvin and his immediate family ……………………..p. 11 1542: Calvin's Form of Administering Baptism …………………………….p. 12 Calvin's 1542 Brief Form of a Confession of Faith ………………………….p. 13 1546-47: the baptismal declarations of the Romish Council of Trent ………………p. 14 Calvin's response to Trent on the 'seven sacraments' …………………………p. 15 Calvin responds to Trent on the ex opere operato …………………………..p. 15 Trent and Calvin on unrepeatable baptism's "indelibility" ………………………p. 16 Calvin versus Trent on "intention" at baptisms …………………………….p. 17 Calvin repudiates Trent on "additions" to baptism …………………………..p. 17 Calvin agrees with Trent that 'Roman baptism' is valid ………………………..p. 18 Trent and Calvin agree that 'baptism by heretics' is valid ……………………….p. 18 Trent wrongly refers baptism only to prebaptismal sins ……………………….p. 18 Trent rightly refuses to rebaptize anyone priorly baptized ………………………p. 19 Calvin 'liberates' baptism from Trent's enshackling chrism ……………………..p. 20 Calvin's opposition to the Interim Declaration of Religion ……………………..p. 21 Calvin on the Romish mutilation of baptism ……………………………….p. 22 Calvin: baptism unrepeatable even to Simon the sorcerer ………………………p. 22 No rebaptism, says Calvin, in Acts 19:1-5 ………………………………..p. 23 Calvin on the validity of 'Romish baptisms' in his 1555f Sermons on Deuteronomy ……..p. 23 Calvin believed the Minor Prophets imply 'Romish' baptisms are valid ……………..p. 26 Calvin says baptism in Rome and even by the devil is still valid ………………….p. 26 The papal antichrist cannot invalidate baptism in Roman Church …………………p. 27 Calvin rejects Romish 'holy water' as quasi-rebaptistic ………………………..p. 28 Donatism and Catabaptism decisively rejected by Calvin ………………………p. 29 A baptizee's lack of faith does not invalidate that baptism ………………………p. 30 No rebaptisms of the apostles; nor by Paul at Ephesus ………………………..p. 31 Ecclesiastical embellishments to baptism do not invalidate it ……………………p. 31 The connection between unrepeatable baptism and confirmation …………………p. 33 Confirmation no 'repetition' of unrepeatable baptism …………………………p. 34 Unrepeatable baptism and lifelong repentance ……………………………..p. 35 Calvin assures Knox that Rome's baptisms are valid ………………………….p. 35 Rome's baptisms recognized in Calvin's French Confession …………………….p. 36 Trent (1545-1563) never changed Rome's doctrine of baptism …………………..p. 37 Calvin's 1563 views on the validity of Zipporah's circumcising …………………..p. 37

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Calvin on Joshua: circumcision but no recircumcision before Passover ……………..p. 38 Calvin on Ezekiel: baptisms in Romish Church clearly valid …………………….p. 39 Calvin's high regard for the imperfect Church and her baptism …………………..p. 40 Calvin upholds the baptism even of the heretical Corinthians ……………………p. 42 Antirebaptist Calvin holds Rome's baptisms valid ……………………………p. 43 Conclusion: Calvinism versus Catabaptism ………………………………..p. 44 ABOUT THE AUTHOR ……………………………………………p. 47 ENDNOTES ……………………………………………………p. 48

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 CALVIN ON  THE VALIDITY  OF  'ROMISH'  BAPTISM

 (excerpted from Dr. Francis Nigel Lee’s 1990 S.T.D. dissertation “Rebaptism Impossible!”)

Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as 'Roman Catholic' baptism.   Neither, for that matter, is there any such entity as 'Baptist' baptism — as if that were something different from what some might perhaps (though erroneously) call 'Presbyterian' baptism.   Indeed, there is only one baptism that is validly Christian.   That is Biblical baptism: the only baptism Calvin the Presbyterian upheld.

Of course, Christian baptism can indeed be administered irregularly.   Thus, a baby may irregularly be submerged three times — by an Anti-Protestant Greek 'Orthodox' priest.   Or an adult may be baptized trinitarianly with an irregular sevenfold submersion — by a maverick, noisy & enthusiastic yet insufficiently informed Ultra-Pentecostalist.   Again, a perfectly valid (though highly irregular) baptism might be performed by an immersionistic 'Plymouth Brethren' layman — or by an ordained Campbellite or 'Church of Christ' clergywoman.

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