I am now back from the funeral and have lots to do, including dealing with a foot of snow. But I have this quick comment on the previous post. A comment in the meta prompted this.
I was asked in essence why all the hullabaloo over baptism. After all, we are commanded to do it, aren't we?
The reason the debate over baptismal regeneration is important is because the Gospel itself is at stake. If you believe works of any kind have a role in your salvation, you are not saved at all. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, by Christ alone, and to God alone be the glory.
Yes, we are commanded to be baptized. Jesus commands us to do all sorts of things. But we obey his commands BECAUSE we are saved and love Him, not to result in our salvation. Understanding this is vital.
I will be back to regular posts as soon as I dig in. Literally.