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ESSAY

ON

CHRISTIAN BAPTISM.

ON

CHRISTIAN

BAPTISM.

BY

BAPTIST W. NOEL, M.A.

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.”-Marx, xvi, 16.

“ Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
-Acts, ii. 38.

LONDON:

JAMES NISBET AND CO., 21 BERNERS STREET.

1849,

PREFACE.

DURING my ministry in the Establishment, an indefinite fear of the conclusions at which I might arrive led me to avoid the study of the question of baptism ; but I felt obliged to examine honestly each passage of scripture upon the subject which came in my way, and the evidence thus obtained convinced me that repentance and faith ought to precede baptism. The reasons assigned by the Anglican Catechism why an infant should be baptized without repentance and faith are very unsatisfactory

As soon, then, as I had settled

upon the union of the churches with the State, I turned my at

my mind

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