An Anabaptist Theology Of Baptism

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Anabaptists rejected infant baptism because they insisted that the purpose of baptism was personal transformation and conscious adult commitment to Christ. Although dependent on personal faith, baptism occurred in the church and set the person baptized on a trajectory of witness for Christ that, in the sixteenth century, often led to persecution and even martyrdom. In later centuries, this visible witness for Christ increasingly manifested itself in a sectarian distinctiveness from the...


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