Roman Catholics (questions asked by them)



3. Why do you Protestants, except some of you, refuse to baptize infants?




The reason why we don’t baptize infants, as you do in obedience to the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, is simply because the Bible authorizes us to baptize only those who have believed in the Gospel, which excludes implicitly infants since they are not able to believe. Jesus Christ, when He appeared to the eleven and told them to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, said to them: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16), which means that water baptism must be preceded by faith in the Gospel, that is, by the acceptance of the Gospel with one’s heart. How can an infant accept the Gospel?

The apostles, according to what is written in the book of Acts, never baptized infants but only adult persons who accepted the Gospel. They always baptized people who had clearly accepted the Gospel for they were able to accept it, therefore there could be also some young people among those whom they baptized. On the day of Pentecost, for instance, about three thousand people accepted the Gospel and were baptized (Acts 2:41). Philip, the evangelist, while he was in the city of Samaria baptized men and women (Acts 8:12). And I could give you some other biblical examples, but I think these are sufficient.

According to the Scripture, therefore, the so called pedobaptism you have received (as well as the pedobaptism received by some Protestants) is not the baptism ordained by Christ. However, as for the baptism you received, I must say also that it is not the water baptism ordained by Christ not only because you minister it to infants, but also because you minister it by sprinkling (both to children and grown-up people) while the water baptism ordained by Christ is by immersion; and because you think that water baptism has the power to regenerate a man and make him become a son of God, that is to say, you think that it is able to blot out sins, which is not true because water baptism is only a symbol of the new birth, which has occurred through faith in those who are baptized: a symbol of the purification of their conscience from all sins, which took place through the blood of Jesus Christ, yes, because it is the blood of Jesus, and not the water of baptism, which takes away sins.

Therefore, what you Roman Catholics must do is to stop baptizing your children; but above all you must repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to obtain remission of sins, and then you must be baptized by immersion by a minister of the Gospel. Of course, that means you must leave the Roman Catholic Church and join an Evangelical Church which preaches all the counsel of God.