The Heart of The Matter

51OkIMWaFUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_“The clarity of infant baptism is not to be founded upon any clear statements in the Scriptures, but upon the belief that there is unity between the old and new covenant. Hence, to succeed in this proving infant baptism, we must dig deeper and examine the continuity and discontinuity in between old and new covenants, as well as the relationship between the Old Testament Israel and the New Testament church. Showing the differences between circumcision and baptism is not enough; the differences between the old and new covenants must be established as well.

“This is critical to understand. One cannot consistently except covenant theology as expressed by paedobaptist without also accepting the teaching that the old and new covenants are essentially the same covenant. To put it bluntly, One cannot except this form of covenant theology without believing that the covenant that was established on Mount Sinai was part of the covenant of grace.”

– Jeff Johnson, The Fatal Flaw, 47, 54

The covenants are the main issue to grapple when wrestling with anything surrounding their logical implications.

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3 thoughts on “The Heart of The Matter

  1. I don’t know, there are views of regenative baptism that fall outside these confines completely… Some pentecostals are almost Catholic in understanding too.

    But I don’t get it, is it just a point that duel or single covenant effects your view? I think that glosses over the free will/ believer issues in baptism that predate duel covenant thought by 200 years. Duel-covenant is a late comer to the debate.

    Interesting quote though.

    • The author is defining the paedobaptism position, but he does not agree with it. He is saying that to hold to paedobaptism, one must believe in Covenant Theology such that the Old Covenant was a part of the Covenant of Grace, which he thinks is an impossibility.

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