Are those who baptize infants, wolves in sheep’s clothing????
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Are those who baptize infants, wolves in sheep’s clothing???? -
August 22nd, 2010, 02:55 PM
(Now, be sure you read this entire post, because it is written by a paedo-baptist.)
Do those who baptize infants rob future Christians of the fulfillment of the symbolism of being buried with Christ in immersion?
When infants are baptized, is the necessity of faith clouded and confused?
What do you think?
As a paedo-baptist I believe that the best answer to all of the above is, “They are not necessarily true.” Sure, over the centuries, some who baptized infants were wolves in sheep’s clothing. But, as far as that goes, to the same extent it is more than likely true that some who baptized believer’s only were also wolves in sheep’s clothing. I believe that we should approach the discussions concerning baptism as discussions that can help edify, build up fellow believers. I believe it is possible to hold to the main confessions of the Christian church (i.e., be a believer) and hold to the practice of infant baptism. I also believe that a number of good things can result from good, intense discussions of baptism. If we are carrying on a discussion with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, the discussions will have a certain tone and will be intended to achieve certain goals. On the other hand, if in carrying on these discussions our purpose is to guard the flock from wolves, the discussions will take a very different tone.
I think that baptizing infants shows evidence of true belief in a number of ways. For one, it shows a right belief in the doctrine of Original Sin, and also belief in our total helplessness without Jesus Christ Cf. Rom 5:6,18; Lk 18:15,17
I was baptized as an infant. But I never really thought, "hey, I'm baptized: hence I can't be lost".
As a Catholic, I was very aware of need to live out my faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus took pains to show me that through the Catholic Church's teaching.