Thursday, April 12, 2012
Infant Faith is the Logical Conclusion of Baptist Theology
The Scriptures teach that good works are the result of faith.
Therefore, baptized infants have faith.
Of course, the Scriptures teach that baptism is God's work that He does to us. The Scriptures never use the vocabulary of the Baptist when speaking of baptism. The Baptist is always saying it is a testimony of our faith or an outward sign of an inner reality. The Scriptures say that Baptism is "for the remission of sins" and "now saves us." The Baptists would never use this kind of language because their tradition forbids it. They teach that it is heretical to use that Scriptural language. The Scriptural teaching is that baptism works faith in a person. The Baptist teaching is that baptism is a what a person is commanded to do when they have faith. They say baptism does nothing. The Scriptures speak of baptism in terms of Gospel, but the Baptists speak of it as a work of the Law. But if baptism is truly our work, then infants must have faith in order to be able to do that work.
Posted by Chuck Wiese at 1:01 PM