John UK wrote: Ahem, the question was: "So how do Presby churches decide whether or not to baptise a professing new convert?" What have babies to do with such a question? We were talking about the Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ethiopia, an adult. So do you have an answer? If not, just say so, and we can move on.
There are no professions of faith in the Bible which provide authenticity to the ceremony of baptism.
John. "Indwelling," as introduced by the glorification of Christ, did not begin until Pentecost, that is a little while after Gideon!
"In 1 Thessalonians 1:5 , Paul makes a most important statement in this connection: â€˜For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.â€™ Now if you read that epistle, especially the first two chapters, you will find that the Apostle goes on repeating that statement in different ways. He says that they received the word that came to them â€˜not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of Godâ€™ ( 1 Thess. 2:13 ). But what did he mean when he said â€˜For our gospel came not unto you in word onlyâ€™? It did come in words, of course, the Apostle was speaking, but that was not the thing that had turned those idolatrous Thessalonians into saints. What was it, then? It was that it had come â€˜in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assuranceâ€™. It is this internal work that turns people from sinners into saints; this is preaching in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." (Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones)