Menno Simons:  “Before God neither baptism nor the Supper nor any other outward ordinances avail if partaken without the spirit of God and a new creature.  We are not regenerated because we have been baptized.  We are baptized because we have been regenerated by faith and the Word of God.  Faith is to precede baptism.”

Roland Bainton, The Age of the Reformation,  p. 130.

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The Age of the Reformation

Bainton is the well-known author of Here I Stand,” the biography of Martin Luther.  This is a 1956 “Anvil Original” by Nostrand Company.  This series is in paperback and very readable in each volume (the is the second I’ve read by Bainton).  Though abo …