Why Don’t Reformed Churches Rebaptize People?

(This is a re-post from June 2013.) Confessional Reformed/Presbyterian churches don’t rebaptize a Christian who comes from another church to join theirs.  The Westminster Confession of Faith (28:7) says “the sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered to any person.”  For example, if a person was baptized in a Roman Catholic, Methodist, Brethren, or Baptist… Continue reading Why Don’t Reformed Churches Rebaptize People?

Why Don’t Reformed Churches Rebaptize People?

Confessional Reformed/Presbyterian churches don’t rebaptize a person who comes from another church to join theirs.  The Westminster Confession of Faith (28:7) says “the sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered to any person.”  For example, if a person was baptized in a Roman Catholic, Methodist, Brethren, or Baptist church, he or she would… Continue reading Why Don’t Reformed Churches Rebaptize People?

The Radical Duality of Anabaptist Ecclesiology (Bavinck)

(This is a repost from August 2015) One thing that Herman Bavinck did so well was put his finger on the pulse of the radical Anabaptist theology in the post-reformation era.  Here’s one of his many penetrating insights into the Anabaptist dualism. “Anabaptism proceeded from the premise of an absolute antithesis between creation and re-creation,… Continue reading The Radical Duality of Anabaptist Ecclesiology (Bavinck)

Why Reformed Churches Don’t Rebaptize

Confessional Reformed/Presbyterian churches don’t rebaptize a Christian who comes from another church to join theirs.  The Westminster Confession of Faith (28:7) says “the sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered to any person.”  For example, if a person was baptized in a Roman Catholic, Methodist, Brethren, or Baptist church, he or she would… Continue reading Why Reformed Churches Don’t Rebaptize

Owen on “Enthusiastical Ecstasies”

  I really appreciate this section of John Owen's discussion of regeneration in his book, The Holy Spirit: His Gifts and Power.  Since the arrival of Pentecostalism in the West around 100 years ago, some people have wrongly taught and thought that regeneration and conversion have to do with elation, ecstasy, frenzy, convulsions, or some… Continue reading Owen on “Enthusiastical Ecstasies”