Heidelminicast Q&A: Images, Ordination, and Inerrancy

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  1. Since baptism is only to be administered by officers of the Church, does that make a lay baptism done in the Triune name under the oversight of the pastors and elders invalid?

    I ask because it’s a growing problem nowadays, as you mentioned. In my own case, I was baptized by my grandpa in a non-denominational Church rather than the pastor (at the time I was ignorant of Reformed theology). My consistory accepted it as valid nonetheless and so I trust their decision, but I’m still curious about your views and the views of the Reformed. Thanks!

    • Colin,

      Your consistory accepted your baptism as valid because it was done in the triune name of God. It is irregular but valid. It’s not to be encouraged but it is valid. There have been lots of irregular baptisms in the history of the church. Remember that all the Protestants accepted the validity of Roman Catholic baptisms despite their criticisms, sometimes quite harsh, of the Roman church. Those baptisms could be said to be irregular too. It’s a messy, complicated world.


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