Thomas Aquinas refers to immersion asthe general practice of his day, and prefers it as the safer way, as didalso Bonaventura and Duns Scotus. Since the predominant mode of baptism in the Roman Catholic Church wasimmersion, at least until the 14th Century, the burden of proof would definitelyrest on those who would propose that the Waldenses innovated with differentmodes of baptism, such as sprinkling, before sprinkling came into generalpractice in the Church of Rome.
Our view of church history. It may come as a surprise to contemporary Protestants and Roman Catholics to learn that Baptists did not originate at the Reformation.
14.02.18 - Developing Unity Between Catholics and Baptists
2. Protestants, however, were rarely tolerant of even other Protestants; Calvinists, for example, often hated Baptists as much as they did Catholics. Far from the “land of the free” that our textbooks usually portray, colonies sought not religious freedom and liberty, but rather religious autonomy. That is, they wanted freedom to worship as they saw fit, but they certainly did not believe that other sects should have the same rights. In this, the first century and a half of American colonization (with only a very few exceptions) were defined by a whole variety of intolerances. Because the frontier was huge, however, such tolerances could be alleviated—at least as long as you were willing to move west, away from the respectable folks. From the 1600s through 1774, America was really a sea of intolerance with islands of tolerance. Your freedom was essentially the freedom to choose which intolerance you liked best.
Many ”fundamentalist” Baptists believe they can
Theyknew nothing of either Lutherans or Calvinists. There is abundant evidence that the Waldenses, like the later Lutherans,recognized only two of the seven Roman Catholic sacraments, baptism andthe Lord's Supper, while disagreeing with the Catholics as to the significanceof those two.
Is Catholicism a false religion? Are Catholics saved?
However, if one counts as the "Top Church" the church with the most congregations, Southern Baptists are the "Top Church" in the most states: 13 compared to 12 for either the Catholics or United Methodists.
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affirmthat the traditions of the Church are no better than the traditions ofthe Pharisees, insisting, moreover, that greater stress is laid on theobservance of human tradition than on the keeping of the law of God." Seisselius,Archbishop of Turin, also states: "They receive only what is written inthe Old and New Testaments." Last of all, Reinerius reports that "whateveris preached that is not substantiated by the text of the Bible they esteemfables;" for which reason Pope Pius II complains of their holding that"baptism ought to be administered without the addition of holy oil," afact which explains the further remark of Reinerius: "They hold that noneof the ordinances of the Church which have been introduced since Christ'sascension ought to be observed, as being of no value." It is admitted, of course, that over the centuries there were numerousWaldenses who sometimes submitted to the various false ordinances of theCatholic Church, including the mass, in order to avoid persecution.
Why so many Protestants do not consider Catholics Christian
Before we can claim the Waldenses as Baptists,we must be assured that they rejected baptismal regeneration, and thatthey did not allow for any form of salvation by works, which was emphasizedso heavily by the dominant Roman Catholic Church.
What would seem like a very complicated topic is in fact very simple
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