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Let me continue, please. Circumcision, sign of God’s covenant between people of Abraham and Himself, was performed on every male child who was eight days old (Genesis 17:12). Many see a direct parallel between circumcision and Christian baptism in scriptural passages such as Colossians 2:11-12. If baptism is “New Testament circumcision” there can definitely be no objection to “sealing” infant of a consecrated Christian family in Christ’s New Covenant.
Continuing. Moses led his people through Red Sea. This is seen as an Old Testament foreshadowing of Christian baptism. (See I Corinthians 10:1-4.) It is worthwhile to note that “all were baptized” through Moses’ leadership in crossing over Red Sea. He did not leave infants or children on shores of Egypt to become prey to angry armies of Pharaoh because they were not old enough to believe in promise of Old Covenant. But, rather, entrusted to arms of their parents’ faith, they were carried through “baptism of Moses.”
Continuing, please. The saving of Noah’s entire family by ark can also be seen as a prefigurement of a baptism which includes infants. All that needs to be said, as in case of Moses’ passing through Red Sea, is that entire family was on board ark. In this regard, why should infants be left out of ark of baptism?
Continuing. Larry Christenson, in his pamphlet “What About Baptism” quotes Edmund Schlink (author of The Doctrine of Baptism) as stating that rejection of infant baptism was based on secular philosophy of sixteenth century which assured man’s individuality, and was not result of a new scriptural inquiry: “Belief was seen in rationalistic and volitional terms, as an act of mind and will. ‘Because an infant cannot think or decide, it cannot have faith, and therefore should not be baptized.’ To this day, that is only argument raised against validity of infant baptism. One tosses off sentence as though it were self-evident truth: ‘A child can’t believe.’ But that ‘truth,’ upon examination, is neither self-evident, nor is it Biblical.”
Christenson goes on to say that faith is not merely a product or reason but revelation. It is a relationship of love and trust, a relationship which is not limited to mind. (Consider these scriptures: Psalm 22:9, Mark 9:42 and Luke 1:44.) Again, time does not afford me opportunity to quote early church fathers and their teachings regarding infant baptism. Suffice to say that almost all were in agreement that infant baptism was scriptural and should be carried out in church.
I believe that baptism of infant is significant to our covenant relationship with God through Jesus Christ Son. I believe that infant baptism should be practiced in local church; however, I defer my personal belief to parents. If parents want their baby baptized, I will perform baptism with infant’s dedication. Again, issue is not to divide body who dissents but to cover babies with covenant before God. This can’t hurt but only help.
Keep faith. Stay course. Jesus is coming again soon.
Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. US Navy veteran, retired police officer with the city of Tulsa, and father of three grown children.