In connection with our discussion of the subject of Baptism on the Mission Field we wish to present also the views of various Reformed theologians. We do this not because the views of Reformed dogmaticians may be determinative of our stand: our standard must be Scripture and the Confessions.
The following quotations are taken from Robert L. Dabney, Lectures In Systematic Theology.
A very interesting and informative little Dutch book by H.J. Olthuis is entitled (I translate): The Baptismal Practice of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, 1568-1816. As the title indicates, this book studies the actual practice of the Reformed Churches with respect to baptism; and as you might expect, there is much data taken from synodical records and decisions. There is strong emphasis on the idea that baptism belongs in the instituted church, in the gathering of the congregation for public worship, and may not be administered elsewhere.
In his Systematic Theology, III, Charles Hodge writes at length on the subject of baptism, giving a separate treatment to adult baptism. and infant baptism. In both instances he connects baptism with church membership. Taking his starting point in the Westminster Shorter Catechism he writes the following concerning the subjects of baptism, pp.