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ELDER BEEBE: – I often heard the Old School Baptist censured for their close communion, when at the same time those that bring the charge are themselves close communianists, upon the same principle that they accuse others. The Baptists refuse to commune with none that have professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and been Baptized, and are in good standing in a sister church. The substitutists or paido-Baptists profess to preach what the Lord Commanded “He that believeth and is Baptized shall be saved,” Mark xvi, 16, – and will fellowship at the table none but such as profess to believe the same doctrine – but the difference is, an Old School Baptist believes none have been Baptized, but such as have been buried with Christ by emersion. Whereas a Paido-Baptist thinks sprinkling is a lawful Baptism (and proclaims to the world “He that is Baptized or sprinkled, may possibly at some future time believe and be saved.”) – Therefore exclude all, who according to their understanding of the subject, have not been baptized, and what do “Close communianists” more than this? The one says, if ye believe and have been Baptized (as we understand Baptism) take a seat with us; and so says the other. However my present purpose is not discuss the subject of Baptism, so much as to point out the inconsistency of some professed Baptists, who can unite in the ordinance of the Supper with those the newer have submitted to that of Baptism. They earnestly contend for immersion as the only Baptism, and yet appear satisfied to celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the same table, with such as they believe never have been Baptized. Where can such draw the line? All that have been sprinkled only, have been as much Baptized, one as another, and a Baptist can with the same propriety unite with one sect as another, no matter by what name called. But, they should bear in mind the commands of Christ – also that it is said that “The sheep follow him for they know his voice, and a stranger they will not follow,” John Chap. x. Now if they are sheep, they have no excuse for uniting with Goats, or any such as do not follow the commands of Christ, and Paul says “Withdraw yourselves from every Brother that walketh disorderly and not after the tradition which he received of us,” 2d Thes. iii, 6. “And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him,” vs. 14. “I would not that you should have fellowship with Devils,” 1 Cor. x. 20.

The type of the church manifested the same disposition to unite with the Moabites in their sacrifices and worship, that many of the Baptists do for strange Gods at the present day; but God in a peculiar manner made known his displeasure. See Num. Chap. xxv.

March 15, 1834

Signs of the Times
Volume 2, No. 9
April 1834