Engaging With 1689 (7): John Spilsbury Contra Infant Baptism (part 2)

For Spilsbury, there was really only ever what the Reformed writers called "the substance" of the covenant of grace. There has always and only been one way of being in the covenant of grace, by grace alone, through faith alone. The only way infants could ever be in the covenant of grace would be if they were born regenerate (p. 14), born in a "saving estate of grace." He knew, however, from Scripture that any such doctrine of infant regeneration "makes void many heavenly and divine truths that speak to the contrary" (ibid). He was quite aware of examples to the contrary, e.g., John the Baptist, but these, he argued were special cases about which we have divine revelation. We have no such revelation about our children and thus that example is not probative. Continue reading →

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