Christianity.com: Should infants be baptized?-Mark Dever

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  • 2011-10-17T06:58:24

If Christians ignore the Old Testament side of the Christian life, we will miss really A LOT of God's will and its most excellent designs for His people and become impractical and even wayward. Opposing infant Baptism probably is not such a grave error since it's true Baptism must be received by placing personal faith in Jesus, but those denominations may miss to see some significance in God's working in history.

  • 2011-10-17T06:47:09

I believe in the practice of infant baptism as I can see from the entire Bible the Christian faith as the renewed but continuous, not cut and restarted, covenant with God from the Old Testament.

  • 2011-10-06T18:21:22

I'm an elder of a Presbyterian Church where infants are indeed "Baptized" and are encouraged to look back on that day that they became a part of our church family. When our children reach a certain age they do decided whether they wish to become members of our church and whether they do trust in God and what Jesus did for us on the cross. I've also, for 10 years, been a secretary at a small Baptist Church and have been accused by a pastor of believing in infant damnation if I believe in infant baptism. The accusation was quickly taken back, and apology was given, but... damage done. I've come to appreciate the beauty of the ceremony, and I do understand what you're saying... but being baptized is a gift from God. It's a welcome to our church family. It's not something that I have to "do" in order to be saved. Jesus saved us by dying on the cross. Belief in what He did for us on the cross is my saving grace. It's what I believe. My grandfather, who was a Methodist Minister, baptized me as a baby. If I were to be "rebaptized" to make sure of my salvation that would be like saying that what my grandfather did was meaningless. It most certainly was not. Not dedicated - baptized. A gift that we can't "earn" by becoming believers. We become believers by trusting in what Jesus did for us on the cross. Not by getting dipped every time we fall away and then decide we believe once more.

  • 2011-10-06T17:52:26

I think the concept of "solo (not sola) scriptura" may be being applied to the process of the belief in infant baptism, wrongly. They do not view scripture only, but look to the apostolic communities as well, those who not only possessed a handful of writings, which can be interpreted in enough ways to produce over 38,000 denominations, for guidance. They were taught for decades by the apostles, and were fierce keepers of tradition. One can make arguments for the early church (a hundred years or so) only doing adult baptism, and infant baptism being a later, but early development, sure. But at least view the arguments of the other side in the context of their methodologies and paradigms.

  • 2011-10-05T21:37:15

I believe in dedication of a child to God as an Infant, but the child when it reaches the age of accountability has to choose Christ and Salvation by Grace, then they must decide about the baptism by water.....

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