A critic cited A.A. Hodge for insight into Semi-Pelagianism. I did a little research on Hodge and found this piece on baptism quite interesting. Hodge offers great words of wisdom for those who want to judge another’s faith:
A â€œcredible professionâ€ does not mean a profession of faith which compels credence, or which convinces the observer that it is genuine; but it is simply the opposite of the incredibleâ€”it is a confession that can be believed. Neither ministers of the gospel nor elders are able to read the secrets of the human heart, or to judge of character. Therefore, the great Head of the Church has not laid upon us the responsibility. The responsibility of professing Christ rests upon the individual professor. Every man who has the competent knowledge, and who makes a profession not incredible, and whose life is in conformity therewith, has a presumptive right to come to the sacraments. He does not need to prove his way in. If the session or pastor exclude him, they or he must show sufficient positive evidence of his not being a Christian to keep him out. This plain principle is one of great importance, the violation of which has brought great evil upon the Church. As the minister and church-session have no power of reading the heart of the applicant, so it must be a great evil if they officially form and express any judgment in the case. If they do pretend to listen to and judge of the value of the experience recited, they profanely assume to possess the prerogatives which belong to God alone, and they lead deluded souls to put an unwarrantable confidence in the worthless indorsement of the church authorities.
Why is it that many on our site have to spend time proving that [Insert Name Here] is a Christian? Isn’t it God’s responsibility to sort out everything in the end? If someone isn’t a Christian and they’ve claimed to be, that is between them and God, isn’t it? It’s not like we are arguing whether Joe Mormon is a believer or not. We are talking about people who confess to some of our most trusted creeds.