Arguing theology often feels like having to re-invent the wheel. The reality of the matter is that no one out there is really coming up with “new theology.” Most often, it is the simple rehashing of old heresies or the needed re-emphasis of neglected doctrine. It is frustrating as a theologically minded pastor to see these things crop up again and again. It’s like playing that game where the little weasels pop up and you smack them with the little mallet.
One thing that is popping up its ugly head in Baptist circles these days is the issue of baptism. Of all the issues that could pop up in Baptist life, one would think that Baptists would know where they stand on this issue. Apparently, we do not.
At Bethlehem Baptist Church, where John Piper is the pastor, they have decided to allow paedo-baptists (infant baptizers) into the local Church membership. They cannot hold the office of elder, as I understand, nor can they occupy a teaching position. However, they can become regular members of the Church on every other level. While I sympathize with the spirit in which this is done, I am dismayed that it has come to pass. I believe that Bethlehem Baptist is wrong about this. I believe that it is a capitulation to the spirit of the age masked as charity towards fellow Christians.
Now, those are fighting words and I know it. Let me make a few things clear from the outset: First, I love John Piper. I pre-ordered his newest book, and I have read through Let the Nations Be Glad and The Pleasures of God more than once. Indeed, I have read almost everything the man has written. Intellectually, I cannot loosen the man’s sandal strap. As for zeal, he consistently shames me. So I take the stand against him with great sadness in this issue.
Currently, I am struggling with where to begin in my refutation of this nasty thing that they are proposing to do. I am further struggling with whether or not to post my thoughts here on this blog or on ThirstySoul. I am leaning towards ThirstySoul because this website was not created to be a deep theological site. Rather, I created it so that my fellow members at FBC Plaquemine could get to know their pastor better, and so that I might make new friends across the internet, and possibly share my devotion to Jesus Christ and His Excellency with those who are not Christians. Finally, I hoped that it would be an encouragement to my brothers and sisters across this nation and others to hear my testimony, to read some of my thoughts on Scripture, and to get to know another brother in general. It was not designed for “in house” debate.
For now, my thoughts one the matter will simply have to remain provocative and without much content. However, it does do two things: One, it lets you know that I am absolutely against what Bethlehem Baptist is doing. Secondly, it will let me know what the level of interest is on this subject. In the near future I pray God will bless me with the time and discipline to organize my objections and thoughts into a more clear refutation of what I see as folly for a well-respected and most beloved Church.
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