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Just Mike

Should Reformed Baptist accept a persons Baptism?

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I'm sorry, I don't see the relevance to the point at hand - and I am not sure why you decontextualized my words to make a different point. I was merely using this as an illustration of how when some come to Christ they realize certain deficiencies in what has gone before and they want to set that right as a matter of conscience (call them weaker brethren if you will)

 

You said, "however when my father-in-law severed in Africa he did marry many couples who had been 'married' for years, some times it was at their request because they hadn't had a marriage before God"

 

Now, if these people were not actually married, they were fornicating; however, if they were married then your father-in-law, in good service to them, should have advised them of such rather than further confuse them.

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I'm sorry, I don't see the relevance to the point at hand - and I am not sure why you decontextualized my words to make a different point. I was merely using this as an illustration of how when some come to Christ they realize certain deficiencies in what has gone before and they want to set that right as a matter of conscience (call them weaker brethren if you will)

 

You said, "however when my father-in-law severed in Africa he did marry many couples who had been 'married' for years, some times it was at their request because they hadn't had a marriage before God"

 

Now, if these people were not actually married, they were fornicating; however, if they were married then your father-in-law, in good service to them, should have advised them of such rather than further confuse them.

?I don't understand Reformed baptist point and I am not too sure about your either. Help me please.

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I'm sorry, I don't see the relevance to the point at hand - and I am not sure why you decontextualized my words to make a different point. I was merely using this as an illustration of how when some come to Christ they realize certain deficiencies in what has gone before and they want to set that right as a matter of conscience (call them weaker brethren if you will)

 

You said, "however when my father-in-law severed in Africa he did marry many couples who had been 'married' for years, some times it was at their request because they hadn't had a marriage before God"

 

Now, if these people were not actually married, they were fornicating; however, if they were married then your father-in-law, in good service to them, should have advised them of such rather than further confuse them.

@thatbrian - I'm sorry but 1 Cor 8-10 would suggest to me that if this is a matter of conscience for the people involved that your approach is the one Paul is denouncing.

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I'm sorry, I don't see the relevance to the point at hand - and I am not sure why you decontextualized my words to make a different point. I was merely using this as an illustration of how when some come to Christ they realize certain deficiencies in what has gone before and they want to set that right as a matter of conscience (call them weaker brethren if you will)

 

You said, "however when my father-in-law severed in Africa he did marry many couples who had been 'married' for years, some times it was at their request because they hadn't had a marriage before God"

 

Now, if these people were not actually married, they were fornicating; however, if they were married then your father-in-law, in good service to them, should have advised them of such rather than further confuse them.

@Just Mike - my point was lost a long time ago - and is probably best left buried!

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