Infant Baptism Discussed
To be baptized it requires three things, believe, repent, confess.
Believe: Acts 16:31 (KJV)
- 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Repent: Acts 17:30 (KJV)
- 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent
Confess: Acts 8:37 (KJV)
- 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
Infants can’t talk or understand. Children need to reach the age of accountability. Early in the third century Some were arguing in favor of infant baptism. Departures concerning Baptism from complete immersion in water was substituted for sprinkling, of which there is no reference to in the gospel.
Infant baptism had its start in the Roman Catholic Church. North Africa region is first to practice infant baptism 250 AD. All infants commanded to be baptized by immersion: 416 AD. The baptism of the New Testament is a burial, complete immersion in water.
Mark 1:9-10 (KJV)
- 9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.
- 10 And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him when Philip baptized the Ethiopian, Acts 8:38-39 (KJV), they went down into the water and came out of the water.
- 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
- 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.