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2 Tim. iii. 4. Continue in the things thou hast learned, and hast been
2 John, ver. 9, 10. Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him
PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM BARLAS,
NO. 6 LIBERTY-STREET.
No subject perhaps is less understood, and no privilege more abused among professing Christians, than that of infant baptism. Every attempt to exhibit it in its true light, and restore it to its proper place in the system of divine truth, is commendable. Under this impression, the following discourses are republished, as calculated to correct prevailing errors in opinion about this solemn ordinance of the Lord Jesus, and to prevent its serious and awful abuse.
The design of the worthy and able author, whose praise is in all the Churches, was not controversial but practical. He did not avoid exhibiting in their details, the ground on which infant baptism rests, or the subject's who are entitled to it, because he could not, but because he considered these objects of inferior importance, to the duties connected with the subject, and the doctrines it embraces and unfolds. His desire was to heal, not widen the differences existing between good and great men about this ordinance, by endeavoring to shew, how far they could agree in what was really essential to it.
The design unquestionably was laudable, but from the very nature of the difference chimerical. They who reject infant baptism, in the view of its advocates deprive the Church of a precious privilege: and they