Baptism in water (or water baptism)



7. Should infants be baptized?




No, they shouldn’t, for water baptism – according to the Scripture – must be ministered to those who have believed in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16), which means it must be ministered to people who have accepted as true the following historical events: the atoning death of Christ and His resurrection, which occurred on the third day for our justification. This is what happened in the early Church, as it is written: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized” (Acts 2:41), and also: “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women” (Acts 8:12). And infants are not able to believe in their heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and He rose again the third day for our justification.

In the whole New Testament there is not even one passage that can be quoted to support the baptism of the infants, I say it again, not even one passage. In the Book of the Acts of the apostles, which tells the story of the early Church until about the year 60 after Christ, and in the epistles of the apostles as well, there are no references to such a practice. It was completely unknown to the early Christians.

Infant baptism (or rather the sprinkling of infants) began to be practiced among Christians when some began to teach that water baptism had the power to purify man from his sins, which is untrue for water baptism does not possess this power at all; only the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to purify a man from his sins, it is only by faith in His blood that one’s sins can be blotted out.