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1 John 2:24–27
From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Ecclesiastical Power
However, since the Gospel clearly testifies that traditions should not be imposed upon the Church to merit the forgiveness of sins or to be services that God shall approve as righteousness, or to burden consciences by calling it sin if these traditions are excluded, the adversaries will never be able to show that the bishops have the power to institute such services.
Pulling It Together
What is it that you heard from the beginning other than that you are saved by believing on Jesus Christ? That you must or must not do certain things in order to be forgiven and saved came later when people tried to foist their religious brand upon you. Do not be led astray; remain in the Word, and the Holy Spirit will teach you all things necessary for both salvation and the working out of his salvation through keeping the faith and doing those good works for which you were created (Phil 2:12; Eph 2:10). Yet, do not trust in these works, nor in performing human traditions. Trust instead, in the promise given you at your baptism.
Prayer: Keep me in your Word, Lord, and protect me from those who would have me trust in anything other. Amen.
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Views of Baptism is written for a range of readers including the parent or sponsor about to baptize a child, the adult who wants to understand baptism more fully, and the professional teacher or preacher who needs the truth about baptism stated simply but backed by careful research. This books explores three views of baptism: the individual-centered view, the means-of-grace view, and the Roman Catholic view. It includes a description of how Christian baptism came to us in stages from its Jewish roots. A question and answer section addresses specific matters often raised when people contemplate baptism.