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FOR THE

APOLOGY 1 3. For the 230.6 BE Home BAPTISTS;

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THEY ARE VINDICATED, FROM THE IMPUTATION

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The Ordinance of Baptifm.

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AGAINST THE CHARGE OF BIGOTRY:

IN REFUSING
Communion at the Lord's Table to Pædobaptifts.

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BY ABRAHAM BOOTH.

There is one Baptism. .

EPHES. iv. They who are not rightly baptized, are, doubtless, not baptized at all.

TERTULLIAN. No unbaptized person communication at the Lord's Table.

EOPHYLACT.

Boston:
PRINTED BY MANNING AND LORING,

NO. 2, CORNHILL. 1808,

24-1932

PREFACE.

BND

7T was not a fondness for controversy, but a defire

to vindicate the honour of Christ, as lawgiver in his own kingdom ; to assert the scriptural importance of a positive institution in the house of God; and to exs culpate himself, together with a great majority of his brethren of the Baptist persuasion, from charges of an odious kind, that excited the author to compose and pub. life the following pages. If these designs be answered, the writer obtains his end; and if not, he has the teftimony of his own conscience to the uprightness of his intentions. · As we are expressly commanded to contend earnestly for the Faith once delivered to the faints ,;" it can hardZy be questioned, whether a sincere concern for the purity and permanence of our Lord's appointments in the gospel church, be not an indispensable duty. For they are no less the expresions of his dominion over us, than of his love to us; no less intended as means of his own glory, than of our happinefs. The subject, therefure, that is here presented to the reader's notice, though not of the greatest, yet is far from being of little importance in the Christian religion.

It is entirely on the defensive that the author takes up his pen ; for had not the principles and practice of those professors who are invidiously called, Strict Baptists, been feverely censured, by many that maintain, and by some who deny, the divine authority of Infant Baptism, these pages would never have seen the light.

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