In the previous post I wrote about the essence of the Abrahamic covenant. I argued that the covenant, though national in a sense, was in its essence spiritual. I also briefly argued from Scripture to show the continuity of the Abrahamic covenant. To read another article in support of the continuity argument I refer the … Continue reading Why Do We Baptize Babies? (2)
“Why do we baptize infants?” is a question in ministry we hear often. I would conservatively guess that I receive this question about five times a year on average. This number is based on conversations ranging from those that have nothing to do with infant baptism, and then the person may introduce the question, or … Continue reading Why Do We Baptize Babies?
Turretin’s fourth argument for infant baptism is from Matthew 19:13 where the attempt is made to hand a child to Jesus ignorer for him to lay his hands on them and pray for them. Matt. 19:13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked … Continue reading Turretin: Infant Baptism Proved Because Infants Belong to the Kingdom of Heaven
Turretin’s third argument for infant baptism is by circumcision. He considers the similarities of circumcision and baptism and uses them as a support to the argument that baptism should be administered to children as circumcision was. The two sacraments are the same in their essence and purpose therefore the administration of both should also be … Continue reading Turretin: Infant Baptism Proved by Circumcision
Turretin’s 1st proof for infant baptism was an appeal to the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20. Matt. 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. … Continue reading Infant Baptism Argued From The Covenant
Francis Turretin (1623-1687) wrote one of the most influential works in Reformed theology. His works were influential and used as text books till the time of Hodge. Turretin is a special jewel that was largely forgotten in Reformed circles. In volume 3 of his three volume work he discusses infant baptism. The question he starts … Continue reading Turretin: Infants of Believers Should be Baptized
Liam Goligher writing for Tenth Presbyterian in Philadelphia, PA gives an account here describing the journey that led him to changing his mind from being a baptist to paedobaptist. Raised in a Baptist church he was baptized at 15 then became a pastor of his own church at the age of 22. His journey took time because of … Continue reading Liam Goligher – How I Changed My Mind About Infant Baptism