Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Infant Baptism

On another blog, I've been following (and involved in) a discussion on infant baptism. Someone named Jim made the following perceptive comment:
I often find myself highly suspicious of “doctrines” that require lengthy and convoluted explanations. What should be a simple “look at this verse” becomes a diatribe that emphasizes minutia. 

1. Question: What does the Bible say about Jesus? Answer: Look at this verse…

2. Question: How does the Bible define the Gospel? Answer: Look at this verse…

3. Question: What does the Bible say about being a godly husband? Answer: Look at this verse… 

4. Question: What does the Bible say about infant baptism? Answer: “Let me give you a long lecture about why all Christians must follow a practice that is never mentioned a single time in Scripture, and I’ll do it by appealing to an Old Testament custom that we were clearly and directly commanded to NOT practice as Gentile Christians.”
With that said, we do love our (erroneous) padeobaptist brothers and sisters. I can see the splinter in their eye, though I do hope this side heaven the Lord helps me see whatever beams may be blocking my vision.

3 comments:

  1. I think we can chalk this up as a definitive argument against infant baptism. What more can one say? :)

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  2. Yes - although strong hermenutics does say that we shouldn't cherry-pick verses.

    What we should do, what we OUGHT to do is allow scripture to interpret scripture and develop our theology based on an over-arching concept that all of scripture conveys.

    This is a lot more difficult, because first we lay down our pre-suppositions and interpretive technique. Then we can start agruing - because if we disagree on the manner in which we read the book there is not way we can look at verses in the same light.

    I am a "believers" baptist btw - I agree with you, but I think the arguments we have inside Christianity basically all boild down to hermenutics.

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  3. I have TRIED to believe as the Reformed believe about baptism, but I cannot. Infant baptism is a fascinating theological construct - astoundingly lacking in exegetical support or example.

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