Some professing believers simply don’t see any harm with infant baptism regardless if it’s biblical or unbiblical. However, there is indeed a great danger to the practice of infant baptism vs. believer’s baptism. Danger? Yes, danger! Mankind is born into sin and to declare an infant to be spiritually cleansed is heresy!
Paedobaptists believe that the infant offspring of believers enjoy hereditary right to the covenant of grace, and due to their “baptism” they have full membership privileges in that local church. These churches that ascribe to this practice of “infant baptism” would never consider baptizing an infant whose parents are unbelievers. Whether the newborn infant is the offspring of believers or unbelievers doesn’t change the spiritual status of the newborn infant as a sinner in need of Christ as their Savior!
Note: “not everyone who says Lord, Lord”…there are parents who profess themselves as believers who in fact are not. This begs the question as to the supposed spiritual benefit inherited by the infant who is “baptized” with the assumption that their parents are believers when they in fact are not. Now what happens regarding the infant based upon the presupposition that they are (true) believers?
The belief that infants of believing parents will guarantee the covenant benefits that God in Christ will be their God too, and thus, making them as God’s chosen elect is contrary to God already choosing His elect before the foundation of the world. Some hold to the view that the mere physical birth of an infant to believing parents makes them members of the church and were never ungodly sinners to begin with, and their (physical) birth alone makes them members in the household of faith.
Let’s consider the subject of universal depravity regarding the harmony of these two principles. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy soul, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, and thy neighbor as thyself” (Matt. 12:30-32). By nature, men prefer the world and its sinful gratifications, versus preferring the love of God and of their neighbor. Mankind’s affections take the place of God’s affections and therefore mankind is totally depraved.
How does this depravity apply to infant’s born to believing parents? Simply put, the children of believing parents are just as depraved as infants born to unbelieving parents (as previously stated). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom. 5:12).
Ok, let’s do some comparison between infant baptism and universal depravity. They teach that the children of believing parents are sanctified by being born of believing parents, and that they are federally holy, and therefore, they should be “baptized.” Though these churches teach universal depravity they negate universal depravity based upon their belief of infants being born to believing parents. You cannot be totally depraved and somehow holy at the same time of your physical birth. The truth of the matter is the fact that all are born into sin, and are by nature, depraved. Those who ascribe to the hereditary claims of infant baptism falsify the doctrine of universal depravity.
Here’s what Paul said, “But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring” (Rom. 9:6-8). Which shall we believe and stand firm upon? Dear (Christian) reader we shall always stand firm upon the Word of God above any creed or confession of faith.
Another consideration to ponder is, if the infant children of believing parents are “holy,” in the “covenant of grace,” and “born into the church,” this would mean that they have pure nature’s, and the work of the Spirit of God is quite unnecessary indeed. Being taught this from their early and formative years produces men and women who have never felt a deep sense of the miserable condition as (lost) sinners on their way to a devil’s hell nor can they have any deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for the (saving) grace of God Almighty!
Some of them may very well come to a saving knowledge of Christ by the hearing of His Word and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, yet apart from this they will never know the King of kings and Lord of lords. Infant baptism nullifies universal depravity and teaches an unbiblical message that the children of believing parents have no need of the renewing power of the Holy Spirit of God. Therefore, infant baptism is not only unbiblical at its core, it is a doctrine of devils because it is completely contrary to God’s Holy Word.
More to come…………………………………………………..