John Calvin Exposed as an Advocate of Baptismal Regeneration

John Calvin taught baptismal regeneration as the following quote shows:

“So then we must ever come to this point, that the Sacraments are effectual and that they are not trifling signs that vanish away in the air, but that the truth is always matched with them, because God who is faithful shows that he has not ordained anything in vain. And that is the reason why in Baptism we truly receive the forgiveness of sins, we are washed and cleansed with the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, we are renewed by the operation of his Holy Spirit.

And how so? Does a little water have such power when it is cast upon the head of a child? No. But because it is the will of our Lord Jesus Christ that the water should be a visible sign of his blood and of the Holy Spirit. Therefore baptism has that power and whatsoever is there set forth to the eye is forthwith accomplished in very deed.”

[John Calvin, Sermons on Deuteronomy, p. 1244.]


One response to “John Calvin Exposed as an Advocate of Baptismal Regeneration

  1. David Cronkhite

    Mr. Tatum,
    Is it a pure search for truth that compels you to dig out a quote on baptism from sermons on Deuteronomy? Why not cite Calvin where he comments directly on NT Baptism texts?
    (Calvin on 1 Pet 3:21) “For Paul did not mean to signify that our cleansing and salvation are accomplished by water or that water contains in itself the power to cleanse, regenerate, and renew; nor that here is the cause of salvation, but only that in this sacrament are received the knowledge and certainty of such gifts. This, the words themselves explain clearly enough. For Paul joins together the Word of life and the baptism of water, as if he had said: ‘Through the gospel a message of our cleansing and sanctification is brought to us; through such baptism the message is sealed.’ ”
    Institutes, book 4, ch. 15, section 2.