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  • By Reg Burrows
    Aug 15, 2014
    A review by David Gregson, Reeth, in 'EVANGELICAL TIMES' (June 2013): For most of his life Reg Burrows was a minister in the Church of England. The Bible was always central to his belief and practice. That included the baptism of babies but never indiscriminately; he would only baptise babies who had at least one active Christian parent. At the same time, he is aware of much ignorance and misunderstanding surrounding infant baptism and this has led to pain and prejudice among Christians. The aim of the book is to present the arguments for infant baptism simply and honestly, showing its basis in Scripture. No one should therefore reject what it says without fair consideration. The material has been carefully arranged in helpful chapters, for example: what Baptists and Paedobaptists have in common; problems with infant baptism; the biblical case for baptising only believers; and the biblical case for infant baptism. There is also a chapter on God’s covenant with his people in the Old... More > and New Testaments, for only in the context of covenant can infant baptism ever be justified. The author states that God has established a covenant of grace based on the mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the Bible, there is continuity between the old and new covenants as they represent two stages of the one overall covenant. Under the old covenant, Jewish children were received into the Old Testament community of God with the sign of circumcision. Under the new covenant, baptism replaces circumcision and is a sign of believers’ children being received into the visible church. Otherwise, children under the new covenant would be less privileged than under the old. In addition, infant baptism should motivate Christian parents to bring the gospel to their children as a priority in their family life. It should also encourage them to have faith for the future conversion of their children. I congratulate Reg Burrows for writing this book with real integrity. The chapter on arguments for believers’ baptism could leave no Baptist with any complaint, while the explanation of the principles behind infant baptism should prove instructive to both Baptists and Paedobaptists. I personally am thrilled that such a clear, brief treatment of infant baptism, with much reference to believers’ baptism, should now be available.< Less
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Product Details

Edition
Third Edition
Publisher
R. W. Burrows
Published
August 1, 2014
Language
English
Pages
117
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.88 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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