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Infant Baptism – A Damnable Doctrine

Posted by Pastor Szekely on December 20, 2006

[I know I just posted another one of my “ramblings” on this date, but this was fresh on my mind and I needed to get it out…]

Where is infant baptism in the Bible? Where do we ever find anyone in the Bible getting scripturally baptized BEFORE they’ve come to the saving knowledge of Christ?

I asked these questions one time to an Evangelical Covenant Church pastor in this area, and he first told me that he “stood on the silence of the New Testament“, but then he also pointed me to Acts 16:30-34…Well, first things first:

#1 – This pastor (and apparently his denomination) stands on the silence of the New Testament when it comes to whether or not an infant should be baptized. What he was saying is that since the Bible doesn’t really give any clear guidance (i.e. – is silent on infant baptism!) on baptizing babies, then baptism may be performed on them.

HEY! Maybe the reason the Bible doesn’t give any clear guidance – is silent on – infant baptism is because it is absurd! It doesn’t make any sense! Why, when the Bible is very clear on who COULD BE and WAS being baptized (believers only!), would God have to even speak on infants and baptism? By the way: But if we think about it, God did speak on it because He tells us in His Word who can be baptized, and it certainly isn’t infants or babies or anyone who hasn’t trusted Christ to be saved! So God really was not silent on it!

#2 – In Acts 16:30-31, it’s midnight, and Paul and Silas are praying and singing praises unto God […this is after they were beaten with many stripes and were thrust into the inner prison with their feet held fast in the stocks…]. Suddenly there’s a great earthquake sent from God, the prison shakes, and the prison doors all open up. The keeper of the prison awakes to find all this, and he was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners would have escaped. But Paul cries out with a loud voice and tells him, “Do thyself no harm: for we are all here” (Acts 16:28). Then, the keeper brings out Paul and Silas, and trembling before them he asks in verse 30, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (vs31) “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

Paul and Silas were saying to the keeper that the salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ was equally offered to him AND to the whole family. (vs32) “And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house“. So, not only did the keeper hear the Gospel, but his whole house heard! What happened next?

(vs33) And he [the keeper] took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.” Not only was the keeper of the prison – a new believer in Christ {he was saved FIRST, then} – baptized “straightway’, but his whole household was baptized as well! This Evangelical Covenant pastor told me, “Well…we don’t know…there just might have been some infants or babies in the keeper’s house…because of this, that is why we baptize infants.”

WHAT??? He was telling me that they were holding to a [man-made] doctrine just on supposition! Wow! If they only would read vs34: “And when he [the keeper] had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” It looks like to me that not only did the keeper of the prison believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, but so did HIS WHOLE HOUSE!!! His whole household were baptized because his whole family were BELIEVERS FIRST! There couldn’t have been babies or infants in that home, for an infant cannot make a conscience choice to come to Christ…they cannot fit into “believing in God with all his house”. And the keeper’s home believed FIRST, then they were baptized.

The reason why people and denominations want to, and think they have to, baptize babies is not because of Scripture, but it is because they believe in Baptismal Regeneration. It is believed that Baptism saves a soul, and in the case of infants, it washes away original sin.

Water saves no one. It is only the Blood of Christ that can save a soul. If baptism could save a soul or cleanse a person from sin, then why did Jesus come and die on a cross to be the Substitute Sacrifice and Payment for man’s sin debt and penalty?

Infant Baptism is a damnable doctrine. Many people are trusting in their baptism for to be saved. That is a work, it holds no saving grace, and it is unscriptural. Baptism is a church ordinance to be administered on believers; it is not a sacrament to be forced upon someone who cannot understand or has no choice in the matter.

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2 Responses to “Infant Baptism – A Damnable Doctrine”

  1. Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

    This is the clearest verse in the Bible on what the requirement is for baptism: believing in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.

    It is sad that most modern Bible versions remove that verse. No wonder there is confusion today!

  2. Bro. Szekely said

    Amen, brother! Some of our church and I were just talking about that…I mean…why don’t people see this: verse 35, 36, 38…where’s verse 37??? And for whatever reason may be given [for which there is no reason], just look how important verse 37 is!!! Taking out vs37 takes away the eunich’s salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    What a mess! For the life of me, I can’t understand why people can’t see it…maybe they just WON’T see it!

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