My Updated Article on Infant Baptism

by Steve Ray on March 31, 2012

100_1650Even among Evangelical Protestants there is much debate about Infant Baptism. My old Baptist tradition rejected it as a Catholic tradition of men.

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, my favorite Evangelical Presbyterian theologian wrote a booklet entitled Infant Baptism in favor of the practice – my wife Janet was raised Presbyterian and baptized as an infant.

It continues to be a problem between Catholics and many Protestants. If you want to know more about it and why we as Catholics practice it with joy based on Scripture and early tradition, read my article here.

The picture is our granddaughter Elizabeth Arabella Rose Ray getting baptized two years ago — a little pagan becomes a Christian.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna Ann Bernadette October 28, 2008 at 4:12 PM

thanks!– as usual, great quotes, well-written, straight & to the point! where is the “common ground” page mentioned at the end? the link didn’t work for us (could be our computer)..?

Steve Ray October 28, 2008 at 8:53 PM

I fixed the link to the Common Ground site. Use this link(http://www.shasta.com/sphaws/commonground.html) and scroll down to Infant Baptism.

De Maria April 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Its difficult for me to express, because I don’t quite understand, the opposition which many have to infant baptism. It seems to me, those who profess belief in “grace alone”, should readily embrace this doctrine. And yet, they do not.

Normally, those who believe in “grace alone” also believe in “faith alone” claiming that one does not earn their way into heaven with works. Yet, they adhere to this idea that one must earn their way into heaven by “faith alone”. Otherwise, why can’t they overcome the obstacle that God is giving to our children the pure gift of deliverance, without any conditions.

Certainly, adults must profess faith and prove their faith in works of love before God will justify their souls. But the promises of God are to us and to our children. That is why the Canaanite woman could pray to Jesus with great faith and her daughter was healed at that hour.

And we do the same when we bring our children to the Living Water and call out His Name.

Sincerely,

De Maria

Wilma May 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Have just read your article. I was baptised aged 9 weeks: when I was 15 I attended a Baptist Church and felt the pressure to be baptised by immersion.

I am now 70 and have come in the last thirty years to affirm God’s gracious hand on my little 9 week old self and thank him for my true baptism into Christ.

Jo February 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Catholics believe baptism is necessary for salvation.
VATICAN II declared this in #7 of it’s decree Ad Gentes:
“Therefore, all must be converted to Him, made known by the Church’s preaching, and all must be incorporated into Him by baptism and into the Church which is His body. For Christ Himself “by stressing in express language the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mark 16:16; John 3:5), at the same time confirmed the necessity of the Church, into which men enter by baptism, as by a door. Therefore those men cannot be saved, who though aware that God, through Jesus Christ founded the Church as something necessary, still do not wish to enter into it, or to persevere in it.” (Dogmatic constitution by Vatican II: Lumen Gentium 14) Therefore though God in ways known to Himself can lead those inculpably ignorant of the Gospel to find that faith without which it is impossible to please Him (Heb. 11:6), yet a necessity lies upon the Church (1 Cor. 9:16), and at the same time a sacred duty, to preach the Gospel. And hence missionary activity today as always retains its power and necessity.”

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