CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH.
row, and does not resolve to quit sin, there is no repent¬
ance. The law and grace,—the thing that Christ saves
us from and that by which we are saved,—should be pre¬
sented together; and when men thus realize their own
desperately helpless condition, and have truly repented,
then may they be taught that—
" Nothing either great or small,
Remains for me to do ;
Jesus died and paid it all,—
Yes, all the debt I owe.''
It is by such an experience, and such alone, that per¬
sons should be received as candidates for baptism, and
thus for membership in the church. Only iu our de¬
nomination is this method of entering the church rigidly
adhered to, and so it is our mission to proclaim to all men
everywhere the doctrine of a pure gospel church, composed
only of baptized believers.
3. Still another element of truth for which to contend
is, that immersion alone is baptism. A few centuries ago,
those proclaiming this truth were called Ana-baptists—a
name meaning those who baptized again. But they did
not regard sprinkling as baptism any more than we do.
It was no baptism at all. So what they demanded was
not a second baptism, but "one baptism," and only one.
By contending for scriptural baptism, Baptists have at
last brought the scholarship of the world to acknowledge
the correctness of their position. If any Pedobaptist is
rash enough now to deny that immersion is the baptism
of the New Testament, the most effective thing to show
him is the almost unanimous confession of Pedobaptist
scholars. With a unanimity that is gratifying they admit