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?

Baptism: Is Immersion Necessary? (Shaw)

Reformed churches do not insist on baptism by immersion. Instead, in Reformed churches various modes of baptism with water are acceptable. The Westminster Confession of Faith says that "[the] dipping of the person is not necessary; but baptism is rightly administered by pouring or sprinkling water upon the person" (XXVIII.3). What's the biblical background for… Continue reading Baptism: Is Immersion Necessary? (Shaw)

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?

Why Do Reformed Churches Baptize Infants? (Horton)

 There are several different biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize both infants and adults.  Louis Berkhof, Francis Turretin, Charles Hodge, John Calvin, and others have pointed out the various biblical reasons why Reformed churches baptize infants as well as adults.  There's obviously more to the discussion, but I appreciate how Michael Horton put it: From… Continue reading Why Do Reformed Churches Baptize Infants? (Horton)

Baptism: Immersion Only? (Hodge)

 One question that Christians sometimes ask is this: What is the proper mode of baptism?  In other words, when we baptize someone, should it be by immersion, pouring, or sprinkling?  Reformed Christians will answer: Yes!  The main question about the mode of baptism is not how much water, but only the fact that water is… Continue reading Baptism: Immersion Only? (Hodge)