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THE AFFAIRS OF MR MARTIN EDWARDS.

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"THE WRECK OF THE ARGOSY."

A TRADESMAN'S COMPLAINT.

INFANT BAPTISM : IS IT SCP.WTURAL?

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INFANT BAPTISM IS IT SCP.WTURAL? Tfthe Editor of the Free Press. He that saith. to his brotherr Thou fool is xnttemger of hell fire.Chriiit- Dear Sir,—It is reaHy amusing to see the would- be champions of Paedo-Baptism trotting- out one after the other with such airs and with btsrning zeal to defendinfant sprinkling, and immediately beating an ignoble; retreat without giving a. straightforward reply to a single question. "No more correspondence," savs the Rey J. Ll. Jones, who. has faii-A to defend the unfortunate position of the Rev. S. Jones,, who declared that infant baptism Wail; scriptural. "I cannot fritter my time in writing any more." says the Rev. P. D. Mctcse, who fails to throw one ray of light on the subject. Where is the consistency of this inflated linguist who. is impelled by a. sense of duty to write to she Pre3x to defend infaat sprinkling and who will not hesitate to draw swords with Boanerges ? lie. enters the field like a hero aud quits it the next moment like a coward. W.hy did he write at all I Was. it to show his knowledge of bombastic terms ? Or was it to. let tha world know that there was sach a man living in some obscure nook in the neighbourhood or Pontnewynydd ? Surely it was not to reply to Boanerges* It it was his- letter is wide of the mark. Every line reveals his hombast and spleen, and betrays his ignorance of the ques- tion of Christian ba.ptism,f scripture, and of logic. He first of all caats my questions into his own mould to suit his own convenience, and then pre- tends to reply to me. Hence he replies to his own questions and not to mine. I said the word baptise means to immerse or to dip but not to sprinkle. Can he prove that it does mean to sprinkle 2 Can he prove that it does not mean to immerse or to dip ? I cannot put it plainer. I would like if I could to make it clear to your correspondent's dull comprehension. He quotes Dr. Carson in such a way that would leave an impression upon your readers that the doctor admits that all the lexiographers and commenta- tors maintain that baptize means sprinkle. That would be gross perversion of the doctor's statement as anyone may see by referring to Carson on Baptism," page 55, which 1 am afraid is too long for insertion in the Frets. I said that if baptism be sprinkling it is strange that theNew Testament writers do not use the word 'rantize,'which means to sprinkle, instead of baptize which means to immerse, when they speak of this ordinance. It cannot be because they are ignorant of the word; for it is used in the NewTestament. It is immaterial to me whether it occurs half-a-dozen times or a hundred times, and whether it be used by one writer or by all. Mr. Morse quotes from "Westcot as if that eminent scholar finds in the I greek word rantIze an unquestionable allusion to baptism. If that be not his object what does he want to drag into the discussion the Lord Bishop of Durham I In his exposition of Hebrews x, 22, his lordship says, The two phrases appear to contain allusion to the Christian sacraments. That to the eucharist is veiled, that to baptism is unquestion- able." Therefore his lordship's remark about rantize which he supposes alludes to the eucharist is no reply to my remarks in the Fvexx about the same word. "Where he supposes he finds an un. questionable allusion to baptism is in the word leioumenci and net in erriuuu menoL Let Mr. Morse not overlook the word appear in the above quotation. His lordship is cautious where Mr. Morse is bold and conhdtnt. It is surprising how daring little ru.nls are made by a little learning. They rush where any els fear to tread." Let Mr. Morse'have more regard for honesty and truthful- ness in his quotations in future. He is not satisfied with my quotations of conces- sions made by eminent Pcedo-Baptists,and suggests that I should revise the list. I gave those names because I knew they were held in high esteem in the religious world that they represented most of the sections of the Christiiui church, and thac they would be the best known to general readers. Now fancy a man who is not known to public men who reside within half a mile of his own door, blotting out of the list of eminent men such names as Wesley, Doddridge,Conybeare, Howson, and others. BUL Lest he may be wisetin his own conceit." I be,, to subjoin the concessions of eminent Paedo- Baptists of the present day. It is not to death, it is to the interment of the dead that Paul com. pares baptism." F. Godet. D.D. in Romans, vi, 3-4, Ye were buried with Christ to your old selves beneath the baptismal waters and were raised with him from these same waters to a new and better life." Bishop Lightfoot as quoted by Dr. Maclasen, (1) "Immersion had clearly been practised by John, and was involved in the original meaning of the word. (2)-The symbolic meaning of the act required immersion in o^der that it might be clearly manifested, and Roman vi, 4, and 1st Peter, iii, 21 seem almost of necessity to imply the more com- 11 y y plete mode." The Rev. E. H. Plumtre on Acts ii, 41, From the earliest sub-apostolic writings we learn that immersion was the usual though not the. only valid form of baptism." Barnabas says, 1; We go down into the water full of sin and defilement, and we arc up bearing fruit in the heart." And we cannot doubt, that to this Paul 'refers. Even the form of their admission to the church sets forth a Sirritual burial and resurrection,"—the Rev. ~J.~A. eet on Romans vi, 4. Bravo, Messrs. Barnabas, Beet and Co What could tfc staunchest Baptist that ever put a pen on paper say stronger on bap- ) tism ? We cannot find infant sprinkling in the ¡ apostolic church: we must come to the past apostolic I church before we can discover any traces of it. How then can it be scriptural ? He says Boanerges deems the argument from circumcision sheer nonsense. I have said nothing about circumcision to the best of my recollection. But pray what has that to do with infant baptism ? He says Martensen has said something about it. I ask what saith the scriptures 1 Let Mr. Morse reply if he can. Is Mr. Morse not aware that that branch of the subject under discussion has been wrecked by One who believes in sprinkling, but not in- fants." I would pity the man that would attempt to reconstruct the wreck. He cooly tells us that I demand chapter and verse for the words" Infant sprinkling." Then he proceeds to ridicule my demand. What monstrous stupidity. What I ask for is chapter and verse con- taining arguments which prove that infant sprink- ling iB scriptural,just as we prove that the doctrine ling iB scriptural,just as we prove that the doctrine of the Trinity is scriptural to use his own illustra- tion. Then what about the proof from church history that infant sprinkling is scriptural ? That I pre- sume is abandoned and consigned to limbo for ever. My definition of the signification of infant sprinkling has evidently riled the little man. If I am wrong why does he not correct me ? If I am right why does he not give up this Romish badge ? Messrs. Jones, Morse, & Co., having all pegged out it is time for some one else to appear on the scene. Who will be the next ? Yours, Dec. 15th, 1891. BOANERGES.

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