Facebook Random Thoughts Re: Infant Baptism

I intend to update this later -when I have other thought regarding this matter:

>My opinion is that we are all born sinners..but God in Jesus ..decided before all time ..that the atonement He will do at Calvary will cover all the sins of infants who died who died young -not only those of believing parents (which is clearly assured because of the covenant they have) but also of those who are not…precisely because in Christ – All things consists and sustained by Him -He is the Triune God. This is different from those who have not heard the Gospel but had lived and commuted actual sins in their lives. They have the natural revelation and the witness of God in their own heart..in their own humanity…What do you think?

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>They should first examine if water baptism is really the NT parallel of Abrahamic circumcision..then next is whether the New Covenant requires that seal of New Covenant(?) (since the real seal of the New Covenant is really the Holy Spirit) be applied to children of believing parents . Only then we address the issue whether there is theological need for infant baptism…I see it as a pastoral need to understand why others do it -since I- a father of 4 children understood it when my children were small- and I feel the need to be their protectors… and I know Jesus is really their Protector…

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>What is very wrong is -for believing parents to neglect to provide a family environment that will encourage their children to trust and obey Jesus -and not to educate them by the whole counsel of God -and ‘trust’ only that -at one point time -they let their children be baptized…this is willful negligence.

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>What believing parents should do is to teach their children to come to Jesus, like in Matthew 19:13 to 15-“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away. and that the Scriptures be taught to them early on- from 2 Timothy 3:15 “… and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

>This is about my pastoral concern and understanding on why I try to understand parents who baptizes children- “Daniel Migliori says: “While the practice of infant baptism is not absolutely necessary in the life of the church, it may be permissible. And whether it is permissible depends on whether it is being practiced as a routine social rite, or as a form of cheap, magical grace, or instead with the clear understanding that it proclaims the unconditional grace of God in Jesus Christ and calls both parents and community to responsibility for the care, nurture, and guidance of the baptized child in the life of faith, hope, and love” (Faith Seeking Understanding, 2nd ed., p. 286). Migliori’s book has an excellent discussion of the permissibility of infant baptism from a Trinitarian theological perspective (including a critique of Karl Barth’s negative position).

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One response to “Facebook Random Thoughts Re: Infant Baptism

  1. WATER BAPTISM, DO INFANTS QUALIFY?

    Are infants proper candidates for baptism? Do babies meet the requirements to be baptized? The short answer is no.

    Acts 8:26-40 ….36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized? 37 [And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”]

    Unlike the Ethiopian eunuch; babies cannot believe with all their heart. Infants cannot make the confession, that Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God. Babies do meet the requirements for water baptism.

    DAY OF PENTECOST

    Acts 2:22-37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?”

    There were no infants baptized on the Day of Pentecost. Why not?

    1. They could not believe in Jesus the Nazarene.
    2. Infants could not believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
    3. Babies could not realize that God made Jesus both Lord and Christ.
    4. Infants could not be pierced to the heart, nor could they ask, ” Brethren, what shall we do?”

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them,”Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Infants do not need to repent; because they have no sin to repent from. Repentance means to turn from sin and turn toward God. Infants are not candidates for water baptism.

    Acts 2:41 So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls.

    There were no infants added to the church that day. Why not? Because babies could not receive Peter’s word. Infants are not capable of understanding the gospel. Infants are not qualified to be baptized in water.

    THE JAILER AND HIS HOUSEHOLD SAVED

    Acts 16:31-34 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household…..33…..and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 ….having believed in God with his whole household.

    The jailer and his whole household believed before they were baptized. There were no babies baptized. Infants are not capable of believing. Infants are not qualified to be baptized.

    THERE IS NO BIBLICAL RECORD OF ANY CHRISTIAN THAT WAS BAPTIZED BEFORE THEY BELIEVED.

    INFANTS CANNOT BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST. THEY ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BE IMMERSED IN WATER.

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