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Is Baptismal Regeneration Being Taught in the Reformed Community?

At the Auburn Avenue Pastor's Conference in January of this year, PCA Pastor Steve Wilkins announced in his lecture The Legacy of the Halfway Covenant, "...reading the Bible this way, and in this sense, we can speak of baptismal regeneration."

What exactly did he mean when he used the term "baptismal regeneration?" What did he mean when he said "reading the Bible this way, and in this sense?" He went on to clarify the "sense" in which he was referring to "baptismal regeneration" when he said, "What I mean is that baptism unites us to Christ, and thus gives us new life."

Meaning it this way and in this sense, his statement approaches the Roman Catholic doctrine of baptismal regeneration, which has always been viewed as an aberrant teaching by the Reformed churches because of its effect of diminishing a cornerstone of Reformed doctrine, justification by faith alone.