CONTENDING FOR TEE FAITH.
even in the face of adversity. But the shout of victory
brings rejoicing and a strengthening of faith. In the past
we have contended, aud we have won. This should be
the inspiration for future conquests. As a matter of his¬
tory, infant sprinkling is less practiced than formerly.
Baptist influence has caused this. Immersion is becoming
more generally accepted as the true form of baptism. No
respectable Pedobaptist scholar will now assert that infant
sprinkling is found in the Bible, or that anything but im¬
mersion is baptism. By contending for the faith we have
forced Pedobaptists to admit that the only claim they have
for infant sprinkling, so far as the Bible is concerned, is a
purely inferential one; and to defend their sprinkling of
adults solely on the ground of expediency. The progress
that Baptist principles have made in the past one hundred
years is great; aud if we are only faithful, we shall prob¬
ably bring our Pedobaptist brethren still nearer to the
truth. We owe it to Christ and to them that this be done;
and our victories in the past and in the present are an in¬
spiration for us to be thus faithful.
II. But we must not only contend ; we should contend
Christ wants no half-hearted service. Whatever we do
for him must be done with all our might. We must be
in earnest. Earnestness in a right cause will carry con¬
viction. But we should be careful as to the manner in
which we contend. We should never employ denuncia¬
tion, or direct the force of our argument against any man;
for it is not the man, but his doctrines which we oppose.
We should carefully disconnect the man from the errors
which he holds ; and, while for his errors we have nothing
but utter destruction, for him personally we have only