Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism

Like most false doctrines, infant baptism has no Scriptural support. The error stems from a lack of understanding of baptism in general. In the Book of Acts, we learn of three people that were saved and then baptized – the Ethiopian Eunuch (8:27), Lydia (16:14), and the Philippian Jailer (16:27).

In each case, nothing happened after they were baptized. It was simply a public expression of what happened to them spiritually. The symbolic act of baptism represents the believer’s death in Christ (under water) and his or her resurrection in Him (coming up out of the water). This is explained very simply in Colossians, “Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (2:12)

The prerequisite to baptism is being born-again in Christ.  An infant cannot take this step of faith; so therefore, infant baptism does nothing for the child. Being baptized doesn’t save us; we become saved by trust (belief) in Christ“They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.'” (Acts 16:31)

Catholic.com in it’s typical misuse of Scripture quotes Luke in support of infant baptism: “And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.” (Chapter 18:15)

First of all Jesus never baptized anyone, infant or adult (John 4:1). Reading the verse above, it clearly states that people were bringing their babies to Jesus for Him to “touch” them. There’s no mention of baptism, nor is one implied.

Catholic.com also offers up Acts 2:38 as support that baptism saves: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” The key word here is repent. After repentance and belief, it was usual for someone to be baptized (the outward expression).

Jesus said in Mark 1:15, “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Notice that nothing is said about baptism here.

Also, the thief on the cross was never baptized even though Jesus told him, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)  Catholic.com has taken Acts 2:38 out of context by claiming that baptism results in the forgiveness of sins.

 

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