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Old 07-11-2009, 07:33 PM
Steve Schwenke
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Chette, I agree in principle with your last post. I think the word we are having trouble with is "ordinance."
By ordinance, I simply mean that this is something that we observe out of obedience to Scripture. Websters 1828:

1. a rule established by authority; a permanent rule of action.
2. Observance commanded
3. Appointment
4. Established rite or ceremony

Thus Baptism is a permanent rule of action, in that the "rule" from Scripture is that believers WERE baptized after salvation. The examples are clear for us that we baptize believers. It is an established "rite"; it is a permanent rule of action. Maybe that clarifies things for you? Other than that, I am not sure what the disagreement is about, if there is any!

In Christ