Baptism: Infant Baptism and Baptismal Regeneration
Today, Baptism of unconscientious infants is acceptable: whether by sprinkling or pouring of water on the baby’s head (by far more common than the following), or by immersing the baby in water. Roman Catholics consider this to be an instrument of salvation; this is one of the Seven Sacraments that should only be administered by a priest. Furthermore, the Catholics claim that, whenever a priest “baptizes” someone with water, by means of sprinkling, pouring or immersion, the believer is immediately forgiven of their sins. See “Priests and the Seven Sacraments.”
Baptism by Immersion, not sprinkling or pouring of water (See Matthew 3:16, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water…”), is one of two ordinances established by the Lord Jesus Christ. It is symbolic of the Death of Christ, of his burial and resurrection, through the immersion into water and then coming out of the water. It is not a sacrament: no where in scripture will you find this. Priests (And dare we mention the RAPING PRIESTS?) aren’t required, but a faithful pastor (a man, not a woman, by the way) of God should baptize others into the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only those old enough to make a Profession of Faith are permitted to be baptized: everyone knows that babies can’t talk or think with understanding, let alone profess that they know God and have repented of their sins. A believer in Christ’s Salvation and the surety of His Blood washing away of his/her sins is absolutely necessary, and a manifestation that they have been called by God, is mandatory before the ordinanceof Baptism is administered. If the babe can’t discern his left hand from his right hand, what business do you priests have baptizing babies? Furthermore, Baptism does NOT bring Salvation: Faith and Grace are imbued upon the Beloved of God, and the Blood of Christ, and ONLY THAT, can save you from the Fires of Hell. Baptism is an ordinance which is symbolic of the Death of Christ, of his burial and resurrection, through the immersion into water and then coming out of the water. It does NOT replace Christ, I now repeat!
God’s Word For It:
Matthew 3:8, 16
Romans 4:8, 6:4
1 Timothy 2:12-15, 6:12