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        William the Baptist



By James M Chaney (first published 1877)


"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" (Matthew 28:19,20).



Note: The author's position on marriage between a professing Christian and an unbeliever is not clear. 


However, it is plain in Scripture that such marriages are unlawful: 

"Then his [Samson's] father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well." (Judges 14:1-3)

"The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 7:39)

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?" (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)

See also Genesis 6:1-7, Nehemiah 13:23-27, etc. 


The Westminster Confession of Faith contains the following statement: 

"It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry who are able with judgment to give their consent (Heb. 13:4; 1 Tim. 4:3; 1 Cor. 7:36 -38; Gen. 24:57,58): yet is it the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord (1 Cor. 7:39). And therefore such as profess the true reformed religion should not marry with infidels, Papists, or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies (Gen. 34:14; Exod. 34:16; Deut. 7:3,4; 1 Kings 11:4; Neh. 13:25-27; Mal. 2:11,12; 2 Cor. 6:14)." [Chap. 24 (Of Marriage and Divorce) Sect. 3]




1. General Remarks  



2. William the Baptist  



3. Scripture Does not  Demand Immersion  



4. Meaning of the Words



5. Baptism and Burial  



6. Significance of Baptism



7. Examples of Baptism in Scripture  

8. More Examples from Scripture  



9. Simplicity of Baptism  



10. Infant Baptism