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Is Baptism Necessary? What about Infant Baptism? (baptism)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 10.22.2006

Is Baptism Necessary?

Yes! Because Jesus said it is...

John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

In Mark 16:16 Jesus says, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."

Acts 2:38
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Peter said; "every one of you"! That means infants too!


What about Infant Baptism?

If you love your child, you will Baptize your child now, as an infant!

If you belong to a denomination who falsely teaches that a child should only be baptized after they have reached an age of reasoning, you are not following the Apostolic tradition, and you are actually being cruel to your child, should anything happen to them before they are baptized. What I am saying here is that the apostles sprinkled or poured water over everyone, including infants. That is an apostolic tradition.

Mothers, baptize your babies now before it is too late. They can always decide themselves to do a 2nd baptism when they reach their age of reasoning. You can baptize your child yourself, together with another Christian witness. Do it solemnly, while sprinkling or pouring water over your baby, and saying; "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy spirit". If you prefer, you can dunk an older child. Then serve cake and ice cream if you like. Because this is a joyful event.

From the beginning of New Testament Christianity at the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2: 38-39) to our time, unbroken and uninterrupted; the church has baptized babies. Entire households (Jewish, proselytes and Gentiles) were baptized by Christs original 12 Apostles (I Corinthians 1: 16; Acts 11: 14, 16: 15, 33, 18: 8) and that practice has continued with each generation.

Augustine (354 - 430 AD), writing about this time in De Genesi Ad Literam, X: 39, declares, "The custom of our mother church in baptizing infants must not be . . . accounted needless, nor believed to be other than a tradition of the apostles."

Read this excellent article by Lutheran Pastor Dennis Kastens on "infant baptism" all the way back to the Apostles: here

 


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