The Works of and about Daniel Baker

Daniel Baker (1791-1857) was one of the great Presbyterian evangelists of the first half of the 19th century. Originally from Liberty County, Georgia, and the famous Midway Church, Baker studied for the ministry under the Rev. William Hill in Winchester, Virginia. After pastoring churches in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Kentucky, and Alabama, the Lord called him to leave the United States and move to the Republic of Texas in 1839 (Texas became a state in the Union in 1845). After preaching throughout east and south Texas, he pastored for a time in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He eventually returned to Texas, and became the pastor of First Presbyterian Galveston in 1848. He was instrumental in starting Austin College in Huntsville, TX (the college moved to Sherman, TX, in 1876). You can read more of Baker's life and work in the memoir written by his son William Munford Baker (a book published by the Banner of Truth under the title, Making Many Glad: The Life and Labours of Daniel Baker). You will also find Daniel Baker's works on the Log College Press website, including two volume of revival sermons and a book on the sacraments, here. Read of this man of God who loved to preach Christ in settled situations and on the frontiers! 

Daniel Baker reminds us what baptism is and why Presbyterians baptize infants.

"Water baptism is a sacrament or holy ordinance instituted by Christ. It is a lively emblem of spiritual baptism. It is a sign and seal of the covenant of grace; and implies that the subject is a sinful creature, needing to be cleansed, and that this cleansing is to be accomplished only by the application of the atoning blood of Christ, and the purifying influences of the divine Spirit...

Our argument is this: Infant membership formed a part of the original constitution of the visible Church of God. Infant membership has never been abolished, and therefore infants have a right to member ship still. Baptism has taken the place of the ancient initiatory or recognizing ordinance, and therefore infants are to be baptized. This is the ground which we take."

-- Daniel Baker, A Plain and Scriptural View of Baptism , pages 7-8