Baptism Does Not Regenerate! – Calvinism Versus “Christening”

                               

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Foreword (by the late Rev. Professor Dr. F.J.M. Potgieter (Th.D., Ph.D.)

BAPTISM DOES NOT REGENERATE: CALVINISM VERSUS 'CHRISTENING'

    1.  Intertestamental literature denies circumcisional regenerationism    2.  Early-patristic literature denies baptismal regenerationism    3.  Pre-baptismal regeneration even in some late-patristic literature    4.  Syncretistic Cyprian: the father of baptismal regenerationism    5.  Ritualistic baptismal regenerationism challenged by the Reformation    6.  Modern ritualism maintains baptismal regenerationism    7.  Statement of the problem of baptismal regenerationism    8.  The saints before Abraham were justified without Circumcision    9.  The circumcised Abraham and his uncircumcisable womenfolk  10.  The circumcised yet still unregenerated male Shechemites  11.  God threatened disobedient Moses himself; but not Moses’ uncircumcised son  12.  Zipporah' s circumcising of her son was highly irregular  13.  Calvin' s Institutes on the circumcising by Zipporah  14.  Moses: fleshly Circumcision pointed to that of the heart  15.  The Psalmist trusted in God before he was born  16.  Joel on prenatal sanctification and Circumcision of the heart  17.  Jeremiah on prenatal sanctification and Circumcision of the heart  18.  Calvin on the Circumcision of the heart in Jeremiah  19.  Ezekiel: God says that tiny (uncircumcised) covenantal infants are "My children!"  20.  Malachi predicted the coming of John the Baptizer to convert also children  21.  John the Baptizer filled with the Spirit from his mother' s womb  22.  John the Baptizer prenatally acknowledged his Saviour Jesus  23.  Was John the Baptizer regenerated before his birth?  24.  The sinless Jesus was holy from His human conception onward  25.  John the Baptizer demanded faith from others before baptizing them  26.  John the Baptizer sprinkled not just penitent adults but also their children  27.  Calvin on John' s demand for repentance before Baptism  28.  John the Baptizer refused to baptize unbelieving Pharisees  29.  John' s Baptism of the righteous Jesus Christ our Lord  30.  Jesus evangelized the circumcised but unrighteous Judeans  31.  Water and Spirit and entry into the Visible Church  32.  Calvin stated the passage John 3:3-8 does not refer to Baptism  33.  Not Jesus but only His Apostles then baptized in Judea  34.  Matthew 9:2 & 18:6 clearly disprove baptismal regeneration