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Why Isn't Infant Baptism Valid?

"The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

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.

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."

Now John wore a garment of camel's hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit that befits repentance, and do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor and gather His wheat into the granary, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:1-12 RSV)

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.

For 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 which will consume the adversaries." (Hebrews 10:19-27 RSV)

Fact Finder: (a) How and when did baptism originate? (b) What is meant by a "baptism of fire"?
(a) See The Origin of Baptism
(b) See Baptism Of Fire


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