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From 'Crucifix Wars' To 'Baptism Wars': The Pulpit And Pen Is No Match For A Wild Boar In The Vineyard!

In case you're wondering, the pulpit and pen is no match for a wild boar in the vineyard!

Fresh off the "Crucifix Wars" last week, of course, I'm referring to the latest "controversy" that erupted on Social Media recently between Baptist preacher J.D. Hall from Pulpit And Pen and Lutheran Pastor Daniel Price from Boars In The Vineyard.

The main point of contention? Answering the question: Which is Biblical -- Rebaptism or Baptism? Perhaps a brief overview is in order first before we can attempt to answer that.

Baptism For The Christian: Rebaptism Is Not Biblical

That article did not sit well with Mr. J.D. Hall.

So, in other words, J.D. Hall from Pulpit And Pen believes in Rebaptism given his Baptist background while Pastor Daniel Price from Boars In The Vineyard believes in Baptism (and "Infant Baptism") not because it's "Lutheran" per se, but because it's Biblical.

While this debate is nothing new between Baptists and Lutherans, I thought the interview that Pastor Price gave to Pastor Jordan Cooper from Just And Sinner was an excellent rebuttal and example of how an apologetics discourse should be handled.

Response To J.D. Hall On Infant Baptism

January 22, 2014

I was joined by Daniel Price of Boars in the Vineyard to discuss a recent argument against a Lutheran view of baptism by Pr. JD Hall on his program Pulpit and Pen. Here is the program. The article Hall critiqued is found here.

Wasn't that helpful?

In case you'd like to go deeper with this particular topic, then may I suggest Andrew Taylor's 3-part response, which Pastor Cooper referenced too.

Baptism Wars! Response to Pr. J.D. Hall - Part 1

Baptism Wars! Response to Pr. J.D. Hall - Part 2
Baptism Wars! Response to Pr. J.D. Hall - Part 3

In addition, Pastor Matt Richard has done some excellent work on this topic too, but he writes about the reasons why Evangelicals have a problem with Infant Baptism (these studies were instrumental in helping me to finally see the glorious truth about Baptism!).

Why Do Many Evangelicals Find It Difficult To Accept Infant Baptism?
There Are Two Perspectives On Delayed And Legalistic Baptisms

Please don't just ignore this subject or assume that it's not worth your time since Christians have been arguing about this since forever, especially if you're new to the Lutheran faith or have never really closely examined what you believe about Baptism (and why) compared to how it's actually presented and taught in the Bible.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, doctrine does matter, and we should want to get it right, especially when it comes to the Holy Sacrament of Baptism.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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