THE GREAT COMMISSION AND INFANT BAPTISM

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ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD ...Dr. John Gerstner addresses the thorny topic of infant baptism (paedobaptism). According to the Baptists, baptism is reserved only for believers who have professed faith in Jesus Christ. Other church bodies such as Lutherans and Presbyterians baptize the infants of believers as well as older new believers. Why do churches baptize infants when the Bible doesn’t explicitly command us to? In this message, Dr. Gerstner, who believes and teaches that the church should baptize infants, gives the case for infant baptism.

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The original audio was poorly recorded on substandard equipment. There were numerous irreparable problems with the original recording. I have done my best to improve and restore it using Sony Sound Forge software, but was unable to achieve the desired result.

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For Further Study:

Baptism Debate With R.C. Sproul and John MacArthur

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2 Comments on “THE GREAT COMMISSION AND INFANT BAPTISM”

  1. Steve Finnell November 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM #

    SPRINKLING AND POURING IS NOT BAPTISM AND THERE WERE NO ACCOUNTS OF INFANTS BEING BAPTIZED ACCORDING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES BY STEVE FINNELL

    The word baptized is transliterated in most New Testament Bibles. A few Bibles actually translate the word from Greek to English.

    Transliterate Defined: to change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language.

    Translate Defined: to turn from one language into another or from a foreign language into one’s own.

    Transliterate does not mean to translate.

    Question: Does the account of the Philippian jailer prove that non-believing infants are subjects for baptism?

    Acts 16:31-34 so they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household,”……..33 And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. (NKJV)

    Acts 16:31-34 ……33 …..and was immersed, he, and all his house, immediately. 34 Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and with all his house, having believed in God. (The Better Version of The New Testament By Chester Estes)

    Acts 16:33 Then, even at that late hour of the night, the jailer took them and washed off their wounds; and without delay, he and all his people were immersed. (Complete Jewish Bible)

    What occurred with the jailer and his household?

    1. They all believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Infants cannot believe.

    2. The whole household was immersed in water (baptized). Not one person was poured or sprinkled.

    3. They all rejoiced, having believed in God. Infants cannot rejoice nor can they believe in God.

    There were no adults nor unbelieving infants sprinkled or poured that night. The adults who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ were immersed for the forgiveness of their sins and were immersed into Christ. (Acts 2:38 and Galatians 3:27)

    If unbelievers need to be baptized for the false doctrine of original sin, then why do Christians not forcibly baptize unbelieving adults. Infants do give permission to be baptized, of coursed most infants are not immersed, they are sprinkled or poured.

    Immersion (baptism) in water is for adults who need to repent of their unbelief. They need to believe (John 3:16, repent Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38 confess Romans 10:9, and be immersed Mark 16:16.

    There is no Biblical account of unbelieving infants nor unbelieving adults be immersed for the forgiveness of the sins that they have committed. Certainly no Scriptures that states men need to baptized because of Adam’s sin.

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  2. Paul McDowall December 10, 2016 at 9:13 AM #

    The first record of infant baptism in the church is from the 3rd century. So the Roman Catholic church instituted it in the 3rd century long after the Bible was inspired by God. Other things were also added afterwards, like praying to saints and Mary, and the Pope as God’s unique representative on earth, and priests can forgive sins. Was the Bible complete when written in the first century or does it need to be enhanced by certain church policies and practices that were instituted long after the fact? The New Testament is clear on baptism, and there are many clear admonitions in scripture not to did or detract from it. We have to be very careful about confusing church traditions with scriptural principles.

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