Monday, February 4, 2008

Baptism

A selection from a letter by C. H. Spurgeon to his mother, Eliza Spurgeon, February 19, 1850:

I have come to a resolution that, by God’s help, I will profess the name of Jesus as soon as possible if I may be admitted into His Church on earth. It is an honour—no difficulty—grandfather encourages me to do so, and I hope to do so both as a duty and privilege. I trust that I shall then feel that the bonds of the Lord are upon me, and have a more powerful sense of my duty to walk circumspectly. Conscience has convinced me that it is a duty to be buried with Christ in baptism, although I am sure it constitutes no part of salvation. I am very glad that you have no objection to my doing so…

Letters of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Selected with Notes, by Iain H. Murray, Banner of Truth, p. 22.

2 comments:

Steven said...

Why would Spurgeon's mother have had an objection to his baptism? Was she Presbyterian or Anglican? Was Spurgeon baptised as an infant?

Dean Olive said...

Spurgeon's family was Congregational; they would have had an aversion to baptism by immersion. I assume that CHS was "baptized" as an infant, but do not know that for certain. However, he came to the opinion that the Bible taught that the immersion of a believer was proper baptism. Some of George Whitefield's converts in America became Baptist, prompting him to say that his chicks had become ducks!