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Why Isn't Infant Baptism Valid?
by Wayne Blank
But if a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all My statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?" (Ezekiel 18:20-23 RSV)
"Bear fruit that befits repentance"
No where in the Holy Scriptures will you find infant baptism. Why? Because baptism is merely an outward statement of repentance (it's the repentance that matters before and above all else e.g. there is no record of Abraham being baptized, but the Scriptures plainly say that Abraham will be in the Kingdom of God because he repented of The "Tradition Trap"). Infants have nothing to repent of, nor the presence of mind to do so if they did. Infants are not yet accountable for their own inevitable sinfulness, nor, as we read above, are they accountable for the sins of their parents. It's only when they become adults that they are accountable to God e.g. John the baptist warned only adults to repent. Notice that John rebuked the unrepentant Pharisees when they came to be baptized because it's not the water that saves; it's the repentance.
"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."
Christ died for repentant sinners i.e. "with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience." Otherwise, "if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire."
"Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way which He opened for us through the curtain [see Why Was It Torn?], that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.