Quotes (761)

In order to justify their failure to bring their little children to the covenant meal, paedobaptists appeal to the strictures of 1 Corinthians 11:28-29, 31, wherein “a man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself . . . if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment.” But baptists reply that the paedobaptist interpretation of this stricture is wholly inconsistent with their interpretation of various passages concerning baptism. When confronted with texts concerning the necessity of faith and repentance prior to baptism (Acts 2:38; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16), paedobaptists reply that such texts “obviously” are intended for adults only and not for all. But when they come to 1 Corinthians 11:28-29, paedobaptists arbitrarily reverse their hermeneutic and reply that such a text “obviously” is intended for all and not for adults only! Could it be that paedobaptists are accommodating their interpretation of Scripture to their previously-accepted practice, rather than judging their practice by means of Scripture?

- Greg Welty

2 thoughts on “Quotes (761)

  1. Paedobaptists MUST interpret Scripture according to their presuppositions for two reasons:

    1.) They are human and we all do this – to one degree or another

    2.) They refuse to believe they could be wrong. This is arrogance and not the right attitude.

    Infant baptism is the hall mark of the earthly rulers’ desire to know how many taxable people he has under his thumb. A child who has been taught nothing of the church would read the Bible and determine that paedobaptists are off their rockers. In fact, people have done this time and again and come to the same conclusion.

  2. So very true, Manfred.

    I remember when I first found out that many Reformed folks adhere to paedobaptism.
    I was reading a Catechism book and it declared that we are to baptize babies. I had to read it again as I was completely shocked. I was ignorant of the fact that many Reformed folks still clung to this Romish tradition of man.

    What’s amazing is that in all my reading of the Bible I never came to that conclusion. Thus, attempting to find why some still practice this, I found that Scriptural gymnastics are required to make the Bible “teach” and “condone” paedobaptism, because a plain reading of the text does no such thing.

    It’s just another tradition of man.

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