submitted, with no thought of professing faith in Christ, was no baptism at all ? whether Johannine or Christian. See Brooks, in Baptist Quarterly, April, 1867, art.: Rebaptism.
Whenever it is clear, as in many cases of Campbellite immersion, that the candidate has gone down into the water, not with intent to profess a previously existing faith, but in order to be regenerated, baptism is still to be administered if the person subsequently believes on Christ. But wherever it appears that there was intent to profess an already existing faith and regeneration there should then be no repetition of the immersion even though the ordinance has been administered by the Campbellites.
A rebaptism, whenever a Christian?s faith and joy are rekindled so that he begins to doubt the reality of his early experiences, would, in the case of many fickle believers, require many repetitions of the ordinance. The presumption is that, when the profession of faith was made by baptism, there was an actual faith, which needed to be professed, and therefore that the baptism, though followed by much unbelief and many wanderings, was a valid one. Rebaptism, in the case of unstable Christians, tends to bring reproach upon the ordinance itself.
(f) So long as the mode and the subjects are such as Christ has enjoined, mere accessories are matters of individual judgment
The use of natural rather than of artificial baptisteries is not to be elevated into an essential. The formula of baptism prescribed by Christ is ?into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.?
<402819> Matthew 28:19 ? ?baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?; cf . <440816>Acts 8:16 ? ?they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus?; <450603>Romans 6:3 ? ?Or are ye ignorant that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?? <480327>Galatians 3:27 ? ?For as many of you as were baptized into Christ did put on Christ? Baptism is immersion into God, into the presence, communion, life of the Trinity. See Com. of Clark, and of Lange, on <402819>Matthew 28:19; also C. E. Smith, in Bap Rev., 1881:305-311. President Wayland and the Revised Version read, ?into the name.? Per Contra, see Meyer (transl., 1:281 note), on <450603>Romans 6:3; cf. <401041>Matthew 10:41; 18:20; in all which passages, as well as in
<402819> Matthew 28:19, he claims that eijv to< o[noma signifies ?with reference to the name.? For the latter translation of <402819>Matthew 28:19, see Conant, Notes on Matthew, 171. On the whole subject of this section, see Dagg, Church Order, 13-73; Ingham, Subjects of Baptism.
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