Baby Baptism

Baby Baptism

Jesus told His apostles to teach people to observe all that He commanded them.  “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” (Matt. 28:19-20).

How can you teach a baby?   How can you make a disciple out of a newborn baby?  Can you instruct a newborn how to walk in Christ (Col. 2:6)?  Can you instruct a newborn in the doctrine that conforms one to godliness? Jesus was about 30 years old when He was baptized.  

Children are blameless in God’s eyes (Matt. 18:10).  It is not the will of the Father that one little child should perish (Matt. 18:14).  When Jesus was a child, He didn’t know enough to refuse evil and choose good (Is. 7:14-16).  Did that make Jesus evil and sinful in His youth?  Of course not.  How can you be a sinner when you don’t even know any better?  It is only when you’ve heard and fully understood the true message of overcoming and how easy it is to do that you are no longer in ignorance.  From that point on you have no excuse for your sin (John 15:22). You have counted the cost, which a baby or a child cannot do.

There is no example of baby, or child, baptism in the Bible.  There is no command to baptize babies.  This tradition started with men and it means less than nothing to God (Mark 7:8; Col. 2:8). It began during the Black plague in the Sixteenth Century when mothers were concerned about the fate of their dying babies.  The church doctrine at the time was that babies would go to hell if they were not baptized. Thus, they invented the doctrine to pacify the mothers of the dying babies.

Please, don’t remain foolish, but understand what the perfect will of God really is (Eph. 5:17).  Study your Bible—don’t just read it.  People will give you pamphlets, articles and books written by men telling you what they want you to believe the Bible says.  Don’t believe them.  Let only God’s word teach you as you live to please Him daily (2 Tim. 2:7; 1 John 2:27).