Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Reformed tradition and baptismal efficacy/regeneration

Yesterday, I received an email from one follower of AF asking for examples of "Reformed folk" who hold to some form of baptismal regeneration (i.e. that baptism is an efficacious means of grace). His question was prompted by the following that I wrote back on 09-11-14:

It is important to keep in mind that those who embrace baptismal regeneration (in one form or another—e.g. Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox churches, Lutherans, many Anglicans, and some Reformed folk), adamantly maintain that it is means of grace...(link to thread)

In my reply, I suggested that he read the following online essays by Rich Lusk:

This morning, I realized that I forgot to mention William B. Evans excellent article:

“Déjà Vu All Over Again?: The Contemporary Reformed Soteriological Controversy in Historical Perspective,” Westminster Theological Journal 72.1 (2010): 135-151.

The essay is not available online, but back on 05-31-10, I provided some lengthy selections from it in THIS THREAD.

In ending, I cannot help but believe that anyone who takes the time to read the above four essays will come to the conclusion that there are (and have been) "some Reformed folk" who embrace baptismal regeneration in "one form or another".

Grace and peace,