How shall we approach the doctrine of baptism? Can we simply search through the concordance for every occurrence of the word, carefully exegete each passage in context and then come to conclusions about the meaning of baptism? Superficial consideration may suggest that this basic approach is not only legitimate, but the only possible method. How else can we discover the meaning of a Biblical word? This is the approach generally taken by Baptists, most of whom insist that any other approach distorts the meaning of baptism in order to force it to fit alien theological contexts. William Shirreff, whose lectures on baptism come recommended by Charles H. Spurgeon, insists at great length that "the Scriptures of the New Testament are the only rule to direct us in regard to the positive institutions of the Gospel."
A convincing argument with rancour or bitterness