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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Apologize: Baptizing Babies

"We believe in one baptism for the forgiveness of sins."

"Either baptism is for the remission of sins or it is just a gesture. If it is for the remission of sins, babies need it as much as anyone.

If infants don’t need baptism, then they don’t need redemption from sin. And if they don’t need remission of sin, they don’t need Christ. To say that infants do not need to be baptized for the remission of their own stain of sin is to say that all Christ can do for infants, or for anyone, is to serve as an example, when and if one finds a need for it.

With a low view of baptism goes a low view of sin, and a low view of Christ."

- Bruce Marshall, Perkins School of Theology

(more from this blog on baptism here)