Well Look at That

“‘Is Wilson suggesting that because parents are Christians, their baptized children also are Christians?’ No, not at all. Baptism is not necessary. The unbaptized children of Christians are Christians. That’s why we baptize them. But I do wonder why John Robbins thinks we should baptize them. I also wonder why he thinks I am out of conformity with the Westminster position, and he is not, for which see below: ‘Before baptism, the minister is to use some words of instruction, touching the institution, nature, use, and ends of this sacrament, shewing . . . that they [children] are Christians, and federally holy before baptism, and therefore are they baptized’ (Westminster Directory for the Publick Worship of God, emphasis mine).”

The Auburn Avenue Chronicles, p. 36

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