This section of Baxter (I.I.I.II) is of particular use to Lutherans, Episcopalians, Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians (which includes me)–in short, anyone who believes that not only should believers be baptized, but also their households. Having come to paedo convictions some time ago, I can bear witness to the blessings of raising kids as members of the covenant community. But it has some hazards as well, and we’d be wise to keep watch. Are you a baptist? There is still some love here for you too, in that I hope to provide a bit of a “decoder ring” so you will not be dismayed when talking to your paedo friends, and they start saying things that make you twitch.
Remember that Baxter intends to write a book covering everything. Everything, that is, that has to do with living out the Christian faith. And he means it. As we saw previously, it is quite the project–and to reach the goal he wrote the equivalent of one 50,000 word book per month for a period of two years (except it was not twenty-five small books, but one, huge, 1.25 million word beast of a practical theology text). One can imagine when Baxter finished, his fingers being frozen permanently around his pen. His evenings moonlighting at the piano lounge were gone forever. His fingers were on strike. Continue reading ““Unsaved” Christians?”