Who Should Be Baptized?
Charles H. Spurgeon
It is not my wont to preach what people commonly call "baptizing sermons." It is very seldom that I even mention the subject of baptism in my preaching, for I find that many of my hearers learn the scriptural teaching concerning it without much help from me. Of those who have come to unite with us in church fellowship, a very large proportion consists of persons who have searched out the truth upon this matter for themselves, and could in no wise trace their alteration in sentiment to any remark of mine, but they had seen the ordinance clearly revealed in Holy Scripture. This is a method of arriving at the truth which I greatly prefer to any instruction imparted by myself; for, in the case of people thus, divinely taught, I know that their faith will "not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." I refused, on one occasion, to go to Ireland when invited to do so by a brother, who gave, as the reason why he wished me to go, that by going there I should greatly increase the Baptist denomination. "No," I said; "I would not go across the street, much less across the sea, merely to make people Baptists." Wherever I may be, I endeavor, as in the sight of God, so to deal with men as to bring them to Christ, leaving the Spirit of God further to take of the things of Christ, and reveal them to them.
Yet I dare not be altogether silent concerning believers' baptism. If I would make full proof of my ministry, and preach the whole Gospel as it is contained in the New Testament, I must proclaim the truth with regard to that great ordinance of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He has Himself put in such an important position by coupling it with faith and salvation: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." Still, let me assure you, dear friends, that I do not introduce this topic in any controversial spirit, for that I would abhor; but only because I feel it to be "the burden of the Lord" that presses ...
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