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    MR. REEVES

    This is a witness of great importance to trine immersionists. It is his opinion which makes the “fair argument” that Justin Martyr believed in trine immersion! We think, however, that injustice is done to Mr. Reeves by Mr. Moore. He might speak in truth of “the confession of those early times,” which is quite indefinite, and of trine immersion in early times, without ascribing that idea to Justin. Mr. Reeves has stated the strong argument, in his own mind, for that practice, in the following words:—TOB 151.3

    “The ancients carefully observed trine immersion, insomuch that, by the ‘Canons Apostolical,’ either Bishop or Presbyter who baptized without it was deposed from the ministry.”TOB 152.1

    That somebody believed in and practiced trine immersion at an early age in the Christian church, we do not deny. But we wish the reader to bear in mind that we are now searching for the authority for the practice. Mr. Reeves has been quoted with great confidence, and he refers to his authority. This same authority is elsewhere given by Eld. Moore, so we will now noticeTOB 152.2

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