From the Preface: To those who consider the relation in which the Old and New Testaments stand to each other, who reflect on the comparative darkness of the one, and the plainness of speech used in the other, it may well appear surprising, that any disciple of Jesus should think of going back to the Old Testament to know his will on the subject of so important an ordinance as baptism. It deserves the serious consideration of all who do so, that most of the errors into which the first Christians fell, sprang from the same source, and that a considerable part of the apostolic epistles is intended to show the error of confounding the old and new dispensations. Acts 15; Galatians throughout; Phil. 1:15-18 and 3; Col. 2:10,20-23; 1 Tim. 1:4-9. Hebrews throughout.
They would also do well to consider, that almost all the corruptions of Christianity, and the reign of antichrist, have proceeded from the same cause. “While the Roman emperors continued heathens, the man of sin made slow progress; but no sooner was he who letted taken out of the way, 2 Thess. 2:7 and Christianity taken under the protection of the sovereign, than an unnatural connection was formed between church and state, which subsists to the present day in every country of Europe. Now, what is this but a recurrence to the weak and beggarly elements under which the church was placed in its minority? And by what arguments drawn from Scripture can it be vindicated, but the example of Israel of old? What is all the pomp and ceremony which have been introduced into religion, but an imitation of the sanctuary worship?What are the splendid edifices, but imitations of the Jewish temple?What are all the ecclesiastical dignities which are so highly prized, but an imitation of the institution of the Jewish priesthood?
To this we must also trace the robes whereby the clergy are distinguished, together with the titles they have assumed. What is the distinction between clergy and laity, but a copy of the separation of the Levites from their brethren? On what does their claim of receives tithes rest, but the example of Israel? Whence do they arrogate to themselves the exclusive right of dispensing ordinances, and endeavor to trace their genealogy as the successors of the apostles, but because it was unlawful for any but the priests, the successors of Aaron, to offer sacrifice or burn incense? Whence do they assume the name of priests, seeing the office is exclusively held by the Son of God, as is shown at large in the epistle to the Hebrews? What are the festivals of Lent and Easter, &c. but an imitation of those appointed by Moses?
In short, it will be found that the whole system of antichristian worship is founded on the Jewish law, which was fulfilled and abrogated by Christ. Let the instructions delivered by the apostles in the epistle to the Galatians, &c. be understood and acted upon, and it will destroy the very foundation of antichristian worship.”―We ought then to be very cautious how we endeavor to prove any of the ordinances of the kingdom of Christ from the Old Testament, and still more so how we add to the words of Jesus by baptizing children, while he has only commanded the disciples, or those who believe, to be baptized, Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:15,16.
J.A. Haldane - Covenant Made With Abraham
Author: J.A. Haldane (1768- 1851)
A Full Consideration of the Covenant Made with Abraham
80 lb. cover
Paperback / Perfect binding
Size: aprox. 5w x 7h
Publisher: Crown & Cross Books
Fresh typeset not a facsimile
Originally published in 1809, this work by Particular Baptist James Haldane considers the various aspects of the Covenant made with Abraham and its supposed connection with baptism.