Rev. Ron Hale
Senior Adult Pastor
West Jackson Baptist Church
[Editor’s Note: This essay is the reprint of an article from 2013 tracing the significant role Anabaptist martyrs played in restoring biblical believer’s baptism during the 16th Century. We are indebted to these heroes for their recovery of sound baptism doctrine.]
In his renowned work on 16th Century Anabaptists, Dr. William R. Estep says, “If the most obvious demarcation between the Reformers and the Roman Catholics was biblical authority, that between the Reformers and the Anabaptists was believer’s baptism. Believer’s baptism was for the Anabaptists the logical implementation of the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura.” Believers’ baptism, by its very nature, eliminates any possibility of infant baptism. “If you can show me a single instance of infant baptism in the Bible, I am defeated,” was the repeated challenge by one Anabaptist leader whom I will mention in a moment.
Southern Baptists need to understand the theological tributaries that have pointed us to deep pools and simple truths through the years. As Baptists, we were dunked down under. We were not sprinkled or poured upon. “A little dab’ll do ya” was not the sentiment of the Baptist pastor that laid me back into a watery grave (Rom. 6:4) and raised me up to walk in newness of life at the age of 23. I went under, realizing that Jesus had already forgiven me of my sins through the shedding of His blood and the water baptism was my first step of obedience in following Him.
Dr. Adam Harwood
Associate Professor of Theology
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
*This a portion of an article taken from the Journal For Baptist Theology and Ministry and is used by permission. It was first published here at SBC Today on August 10, 2015.
The goal of this article is to address the question: “Is the gospel for all people or only some people?” The answer to this question undergirds one’s theology and practice of evangelism and missions. By the word “gospel,” I am referring to the message of the death and resurrection of Jesus for our sins (1 Cor 15:3–4). By asking whether the gospel is for all people, I am not asking whether it should be announced to all people, but whether it concerns all people. One’s view of whether the gospel is for all people or only some people is revealed by one’s answers to the following questions: Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Dr. Hunter’s blog and is used by permission.
WHEN THE GENTILES WHO DO NOT HAVE THE LAW DO INSTINCTIVELY THE THINGS OF THE LAW, THESE, NOT HAVING THE LAW, ARE A LAW TO THEMSELVES, IN THAT THEY SHOW THE WORK OF THE LAW WRITTEN IN THEIR HEARTS, THEIR CONSCIENCE BEARING WITNESS – ROMANS 2:14,15
Shockingly, one of the most intrinsically compelling arguments for God’s existence is also one that is often discounted by believers and unbelievers alike. The moral argument has undeniably captured the attention of many skeptics and lifted them out of their intellectual doubts and settled them onto firm theistic foundations. Yet, some have considered it to be an elaborate case of question begging. What cannot be denied is its usefulness in convincing skeptics of the truth of Christian theism. Francis Collins, the head of the human genome project, describes his experience of the argument as follows: Continue reading