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On Baptism:

JOSEPH ALLEINE
QUOTE: "Ananias and Sapphira were baptized as well as the rest"

JOHN OWEN
QUOTE: "The outward administration of this ordinance considered materially, extends only to the washing away the filth of the flesh"

"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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"Hereof ye see that I cannot be justified without repentance; and yet repentance justifieth me not." William Tyndale

Martyrdom of William Tyndale, d1536. Read more: Foxe's Acts & Monuments

William Tyndale (1494-1536ad) Reformer, Bible Translator and Protestant Martyr, 1536
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"And thus are we come into this damnable ignorance and fierce wrath of God, through our own deserving; because, when the truth was told us, we had no love thereto. And to declare the full and set wrath of God upon us, our prelates whom we have exalted over us, to whom we have given almost all we had, have persuaded the worldly princes (to whom we have submitted ourselves, and given up our power) to devour up body and soul, and to keep us down in darkness, with violence of sword, and with all falsehood and guile; insomuch that, if any do but lift up his nose to smell after the truth, they swap him in the face with a fire-brand, to singe his smelling; or if he open one of his eyes once to look toward the light of God's word, they blear and daze his sight with their false juggling: so that if it were possible, though he were God's elect, he could not but be kept down, and perish for lack of knowledge of the truth.” William Tyndale, "An Answer to Sir Thomas More's Dialogue," 1531.

On Baptism

Willaim Tyndale

Protestant Reformer and Martyr
(1494-1536)

an excerpt from:

"Obedience of a Christian Man"

"Baptism is called volowing in many parts of England, because the priest saith ‘volo’ (‘I wish it’) … The child was well volowed (say they)"

"Ask the people what they understand by their baptism or washing. And thou shalt see that they believe, how that the very plunging into the water saveth them: of the promises they know not, nor what is signified thereby. Baptism is called volowing in many parts of England, because the priest saith ‘volo’ (‘I wish it’) … The child was well volowed (say they) … Behold how narrowly the people look on the ceremony. If ought be left out, or if the child be not altogether dipped in the water, or if, because the child is sick, the priest dare not plunge him into the water, but pour water on his head, how tremble they! How quake they! How say … they, is this child christened enough? Has it full christendom? They believe verily that the child is not christened …

That they call confirmation, the people call bishoping. They think if the bishop butter the child in the forehead that it is safe. They think that the work maketh safe … Now is this false doctrine verily. For James saith in the first chapter of his Epistle; ‘Of his good will begat he us with the word of life,’ that is, with the word of promise. In which we are made God’s sons and heirs of the goodness of God before any good works. For we cannot work God’s will till we be his sons and know his will and have his Spirit to teach us. And Paul saith in the 5th chapter of his Epistle to the Ephesians: ‘Christ cleansed the congregation in the fountain of water through the word.’ And Peter saith in the first of his Epistle: ‘Ye are born anew, not of mortal seed, but of immortal seed, by the word of God which liveth and lasteth for ever. Paul in every epistle warneth us that we put no trust in works, and to beware of persuasions or arguments of man’s wisdom, of superstitiousness, of ceremonies of popeholiness and of all manner distinguishing. … Now where no promise is there can no faith be and therefore no justifying though there be never so glorious works. … We have a promise that Christ and his body and blood and all that he did and suffered, is a sacrifice, a ransom and a full satisfaction for our sins: that God for his sake will think no more on them, if we have the power to repent and believe.”



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