ARE BAPTIZED CHILDREN CONSIDERED ‘NOMINAL CHRISTIANS?’

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Dr. John Gerstner answers a question regarding infant baptism (paedobaptism) at Dr. Carl Bogue’s pastorate in Akron, Ohio.

The original recording (1987) was mastered on cassette tape. I have attempted to restore the quality to the best of my ability.

In an attempt to preserve these works for the benefit of future generations, I am making this classic available on the internet.

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Highlights:

  • Nominal Christian’ is not the proper title for a baptized child
  • Infants do not profess anything, so they are not capable of professing Christ as their Lord and Savior
  • It is better to call baptized infants “Non-communicant Members” of the visible church
  • Children should not be permitted to take part in the Lord’s Supper
  • A baptized non-communicant member is in need of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ by way of personal profession – just like anyone else
  • Parents of baptized children promise to teach their child about his/her lost condition and need for salvation through Christ
  • Baptist denominations were the greatest benefactors of The Great Awakening
  • Baptized children are not saved.  They are in fact “little vipers in diapers” and in need of the Savior as everyone else

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