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(without typos) from the publisher. 1846. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... REASONS. Sometimes it-is said, that those denominations that
practice different modes of baptism, discard immersion because it
is less convenient, and more self-denying and crossing to human
nature; while sprinkling, pouring, washing, &c, accord better
with comfort, ease, and popularity. It is quite possible that there
are some who thus regard immersion, and reject it for no better
reasons. The piety of such, we should regard in much the same
light, as the piety of those who set up an exclusive claim to self
denial, based upon the mere mode of administering divine
ordinances. So far as I am personally concerned, did our Saviour
require it, I could be immersed every day in the year, and much of
the time should count it a luxury, instead of a self-denial. But to
be rigid and self-denying in regard to a single duty, or supposed
duty, while we are no more self denying and consecrated to God, in
other respects, than our neighbors, is not the most conclusive
evidence of a better faith He that " tithes the mint, the anise,
and cummin" to preserve his consistency, should be careful and not
" omit the weightier matters," such as " judgment, mercy, and
faith." But the real question now persented for our consideration,
is not, whether immersion requires more self denial, or is even the
better mode of baptism. No: you inquire, " why not adopt it as the
exclusive mode, and become a Close Communion Baptist, and thus end
all controversy upon this subject ?" As this is quite a common
question, I will now proceed to offer, briefly as possible, some of
my " reasons ' for a different course. 1. I dare not become a Close
Communion Baptist by adopting such a course, because I must then
virtually admit, and to be consistent prove, that immersion, total
immersion, and nothing but ...
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