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QUOTE: "The outward administration of this ordinance considered materially, extends only to the washing away the filth of the flesh"
QUOTE: "Baptism is an outward work performed upon the body, by the arm of flesh, and can no more change your heart, or save your soul, than it can create a world."
"Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law." Rom 3:27-28
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"An Alarm to the Unconverted Sinners"
by Joseph Alleine
"It is not the being washed in the Laver of Regeneration, or putting on the badge of Christ in baptism. Many wear the livery of Christ, that yet never stand to their colours, nor follow their Leader. Ananias and Sapphira were baptized as well as the rest. How fondly do many mistake here, deceiving and being deceived! Dreaming that grace is necessarily tied to the external administration of baptism, and so every infant shall be regenerated, not only sacramentally, but really and properly. Hence men fancy that, being regenerated already when baptized, they need no farther work. Friends and brethren, be not deceived; God is not mocked; (Gal 6:7.) Whether it be your baptism, or whatever else that you pretend, I tell you from the living God, that if any of you be prayerless persons, or unclean, or malicious, or covetous, or riotous, or a lover of evil company: in a word, if you are not holy, strict, and self-denying Christians, you cannot be saved."
"Ananias and Sapphira were baptized as well as the rest"
Joseph Alleine, excerpt from "An Alarm to the Unconverted Sinners"