It does not in any way convey the grace it symbolizes; rather, it is merely a public manifestation of the person’s conversion. In the new era, the promise has been fulfilled.

(Older translations have, “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” which seems to suggest they could do so under their own power.) In reality, the Bible indicates that infants are to be baptized, that they too are meant to inherit the kingdom of heaven. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.

Fundamentalists often criticize the Catholic Church’s practice of baptizing infants.

28:19–20), but his general law on the necessity of baptism (John 3:5) puts no restriction on the subjects of baptism.

Do they belong to that covenant community?

Reasoning from silence doesn't prove much either way. Did any of these family baptisms include babies? © Suomen Tunnustuksellinen Luterilainen Baptism follows, though it has no actual salvific value. That everlasting covenant remains in effect to this day. Why pay attention to Christianity if Christians can't agree among themselves what to believe? In the Old Testament, those born into Jewish households could be circumcised in anticipation of the Jewish faith in which they would be raised. All true Christians believe in God the Father as Creator of the universe and Father of his people. Those words of Peter echoed God's promise to Abraham, to be a faithful God to him and his children.

Thus, in the New Testament, those born in Christian households can be baptized in anticipation of the Christian faith in which they will be raised. After all, millions of Christians believe in infant baptism without believing in baptismal regeneration at all. Only once a person reaches the age of reason does he need to “accept Jesus” in order to reach heaven. * That explains why Jesus was baptized in a sizable river. Not all Christians agree on whether babies born to believing parents should be baptized, but Christians do agree that it's a huge privilege and responsibility when a child is born into a Christian family. The Greek word brepha means “infants”—children who are quite unable to approach Christ on their own and who could not possibly make a conscious decision to “accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.” And that is precisely the problem.

Are they citizens of God's kingdom? Jesus says: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me..." (Matt. Even opponents of infant baptism know it can't mean that. Unbelievers will be damned and believers will live eternally with God. Since only an adult or older child can be converted, baptism is inappropriate for infants or for children who have not yet reached the age of reason (generally considered to be age seven). When lost sheep went into God's fold, their lambs went with them. In this way they place their own works on a par with God's grace and make Baptism a work that a person does for God. If a baptized person rejects Christ and lives in sin, that person must be warned of God's judgment and no longer be regarded as part of the church. Christians don't all agree about infant baptism, so if they focus more on this area of disagreement than on their unity in Jesus Christ, it can cause division. he was baptized, with all his family” (Acts 16:33). Recognizing these dangers, I don't want to say anything that sets Christians against each other or that repels people who don't yet know Jesus as their Savior.

In the old era, God promised a Savior.

They baptize committed Christian youth many years before they reach the age at which Jesus was baptized. God's covenant with Abraham was "an everlasting covenant," not a temporary one. permission to publish this work is hereby granted.