INFANT BAPTISM AND BABY DEDICATIONS

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INFANT BAPTISM AND BABY DEDICATIONS
After being raised in a denomination that practiced infant baptism, I married a (female) member of a church that practiced immersion baptism. We decided that we needed to resolve our church differences, so, I went by to see the pastor of my denomination. When I asked him about baptism, he said "we don't put much emphasis on baptism" (which meant the church was primarily faith only). It was a shocking statement to me, since the catechism states: It is "The sacrament of Holy Baptism"; "God himself instituted it; by baptism you have been received into communion with the Triune God." It says "those who can receive instruction are to be baptized after they have been instructed in the principal doctrines of the Christian religion" and rightly references Acts 2:41; Acts 8:26-39; and Acts 16:25-33. Then, strangely, contradicts that by saying little children should be baptized: when they are brought to baptism by those who have authority over them; it is the only means whereby infants, too, must be born again...; infants too, can believe". The catechism states "What great things, then, does Baptism give or work? It works forgiveness of sins; it delivers from death and the devil; and it gives eternal salvation". So, by this denominational preacher's OWN WORDS, they do not put much "emphasis" on the fact it was instituted by God, nor "communing with the Triune God; getting forgiveness of sins; being delivered from death and the devil nor even receiving eternal salvation." What, then, is the point of this group coming together?
His shocking statement, put my frame of mind where it needed to be. I decided I would look at the catechism with "open eyes", so that I could find out what was truth and what was false teaching, that was dividing us (if you continue in my word... ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free John 8:31-32). After much more studying, I was set free, baptized biblically, entered the Kingdom (John 3:3-5), added to the church by God (Acts 2:47).
Not too long after Biblical baptism, I was talking to a close relative, who was a member of the infant baptizing denomination. In an effort to make infant baptism not appear to be a bad thing, she said "the parents are just
dedicating this baby to know about God and teach it to be a Christian". First off, no such teaching, practice, or ceremony is authorized in the Bible. Secondly, if it truly was a sweet little ceremony of dedication, it totally discounted everything mentioned in the catechism about baptism and the need for it! (Because, during the life time following such a dedication, real baptism is seldom practiced). Thirdly, she did not realize that she was making an oxymoron statement. The definition of oxymoron is two opposite or opposing terms (or statements) are used in conjunction together. How was it an oxymoron statement? While the dedication is "to teach and know God", infant baptism itself is not a teaching of God's word but, in fact, opposes it. (see three previous articles). If, it is only, and simply a "parents dedication to God" it robs an individual of all that the catechism says it is supposed to work: "instituted by God, forgiveness of sins; and eternal salvation."
It was not a practice of the early church, as it began shortly before the dark ages and has been carried on as a tradition of men (is it vain worship because it teaches a doctrine that is a commandment of men? Matt. 15:9). Paul warns in verse 8 "BEWARE, lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men......not after Christ." Paul states in Col 2:12 "We are buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised him from the dead." A baby dedication should not be substituted for this work of God. Paul BESEECHES us by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in 1st Cor. 1:10 "...that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together (set free) in the same mind and in the same judgment." Does infant baptism perfectly join those who practice it with those who practice immersion baptism? Their claim that infants are included in "all nations, baptizing them " of Matt. 28:19 does not perfectly join with the words "teaching them" in the verse they quote. God is not the author of this confusion, but of peace, (1 Cor. 14:33) so, who is the author of infant baptism? See John 8:43-45 to find out who is the father of this lie, a murderer and causes good people not to believe the truth (John 17). Clark Lehtinen
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