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The proponents of baptismal
regeneration, therefore, offer undecided persons no clear and compelling
scriptural warrant for their doctrine. 
This is not to say, however, that Scripture speaks with an unclear voice
on the subject.  On numerous occasions,
Scripture represents faith as the condition of salvation, without mentioning
baptism.  One could multiply such
arguments indefinitely.  It seems,
however, that a deft apologist for baptismal regeneration could show arguments
such as these to be, at least when considered in isolation, less than
absolutely decisive. 

Only one argument, drawn not
from scattered texts, but from a central theme of New Testament soteriology,
seems adequate to the task of establishing irrefragably the falsehood of the
doctrine of baptismal regeneration: viz., that this doctrine cannot be true,
because it conflicts with the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. If
the doctrine of baptismal regeneration were correct, then countless persons who
have died apostates were once authentically regenerated. The reason is not
farfetched. By undermining the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, the
doctrine of baptismal regeneration poisons the wellsprings of Christian life
and doctrine.  Reformed Christians of
today, accordingly, would do well to take up the cudgels against this doctrine
as Charles Haddon Spurgeon famously did in 1864.  In particular, Reformed Christians ought to
root out of their churches the so-called Auburn Avenue theology, one of whose
tenets is a mitigated form of the doctrine of baptismal regeneration.  Whether they are willing to do so is a test
of whether Reformed Christians deserve the names Reformed and Christian.

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Puritan developments,
which are echoed in European Pietism, do have a pastoral context. As one reads
the later Puritans closely, one finds them emphasizing the distinctiveness of
regeneration as an operation of the Spirit active in the sinner’s lifetime, and
using the language of “new birth” to describe the distinguishing feature of the
truly Christian man or woman. They do this in the face 

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