Category: Baptist

“Claims, Clarity, Charity – Why the Traditional Baptist Statement on Soteriology is not and cannot be Semipelagian.”

“Claims, Clarity, Charity – Why the Traditional Baptist Statement on Soteriology is not and cannot be Semipelagian.” David L. Allen Dean, School of Preaching Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Distinguished Professor of Preaching George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry   Periodically over the past couple of years I read a post at “The Baptist Review”   …Continue Reading


NOTE: This is a portion of my Evangelical Theological Society paper “Andrew Fuller: Particular Redemptionist who Held to Unlimited Atonement.” Fuller was a very important English Baptist (d. 1815) who had enormous impact on Baptists in America. Fuller’s debates with General Baptist Dan Taylor also concerned the grounds necessary for the free offer of the   …Continue Reading


My article, “Does Regeneration Precede Faith?” has just been released in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry. The journal is online and the article can be accessed here: Does Regeneration Precede Faith? Here are a few excerpts: Why do most Calvinists believe regeneration precedes faith? There are two reasons. First,   …Continue Reading


Five years ago this week, Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism, which I co-edited along with Dr. Steve Lemke, was published by B&H Academic. The book is a collection of papers delivered at the 2008 John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Each paper dealt with one of the letters of   …Continue Reading


Our Anabaptist and Baptist forefathers were mistreated, imprisoned, tortured and murdered by Catholic and Protestant alike over their commitment to a New Testament ecclesiology centered around believer’s baptism by immersion. I wonder if we modern day Southern Baptists will follow our forefathers to so radical a conclusion. Today some Baptist pastors are willing to lead   …Continue Reading

Baptism as Immersion: Theological Evidence – Baptism & Baptists, Part 11

The two bedrock passages concerning the theology of baptism are Romans 6:3-5 and Colossians 2:12. In Rom 6:4 baptism not only symbolizes identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection; it declares our burial with him. It is precisely here that the true significance of the mode of baptism comes into play. Baptism is   …Continue Reading

Archaeological Evidence for Baptism by Immersion – Baptists & Baptism, Part 10

While in England this past summer I came across a book entitled Baptismal Fonts Classified and Illustrated. This work is one of the most significant archaeological studies of baptismal fonts by paedobaptist E. Tyrrell-Green. I was struck by his candor regarding the mode of baptism in his introduction. “In the earliest times it was natural   …Continue Reading

How Luther and Calvin Led the Way for Sprinkling Instead of Immersion in Baptism – Baptism and Baptists – Part 9

NOTE: This is Part 9 of a multi-part series on Baptism and Baptists. Today’s post deals with the historical data concerning the rise of sprinkling as a mode of baptism. Since even paedobaptists are agreed that the apostolic practice was immersion, how and why did a change take place in the early church? Affusion was   …Continue Reading

Baptism & Baptists – (Part 8) or “What did Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, & Wesley Say?”

Space does not permit an extensive evaluation of what the Church Fathers, paedobaptists and Baptists have said about the mode of baptism, nor is such necessary since their views have been well documented.[1] The older Baptist works defending baptism by immersion are laced with references to paedobaptists who have acknowledged that baptism was the mode   …Continue Reading


In each case in the New Testament where the Greek word baptidzō (to baptize) is used, language, contextual considerations, and logic itself dictate that immersion is intended. It has often been argued against immersion that there was insufficient water in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost to baptize 3000 in one day. Likewise, no mention   …Continue Reading