The Apostle Paul, Augustine of Hippo, and John Calvin — all rejoiced in being saved by grace alone. Being an issue of Calvin, as the author Dr. Lee prefers to call himself, he never grows weary of emphasizing that man is saved solely by the grace of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Baptism does not change this. It does not regenerate.
Dr. Lee is a man of astounding erudition and — of much greater importance — one who humbly and unreservedly accepts the authority and infallibility of Holy Scripture. He is one of the few Scholars of our day who has really probed the literary heritage of the great Reformer John Calvin.
This paper is no exception to the rule: solely by grace! Infant baptism is based on the Covenant of grace. Depraved man has no meritorious works. Regeneration and the seed of faith thus implanted in the heart of the smallest child, are indispensable for Baptism. But these are gifts of God!
The prior existence of faith as deserved merit, could never be proved — not even before Baptism. That is why the Belgic Confession (art. 21) explains: “We do not mean that faith itself justifies us.”
However, faith is indeed the implied prerequisite for all advocates of Adult Baptism alone. Indeed, the [Adult] Heathen — who have as yet had no participation in the Covenant — do need to profess their faith before receiving Baptism.
–from the forward
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