Baptist Catholicism (What the Altar Call, Sinner’s Prayer & Pope Have in Common)

The typical Baptist suffers from Catholiphobia: the fear of all things Catholic. We Baptists often know more about Catholics than Catholicism, which is probably true of any religious tradition.  We tend to define religious traditions by the few people we know who practice them rather that what that tradition has historically confessed. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take long for a Baptist to realize he strongly opposes Catholic baptism. The Council of Trent‘s […]

The Necessity of Baptism (Part 2)

Christian baptism is necessary for the Christian life.  The New Testament regularly considers it in the same context of conversion (see Part 1).  It’s the new birth certificate, the public record, that one has been born again.  While the act of baptism does not technically save anyone, it is nonetheless part of what it means to be saved.  The New Testament simply has no category for an unbaptized Christian.  Baptism […]

The Necessity of Baptism (Part 1)

“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised […]