Dear Friends,

How is it that some “Bible-believing” Christians believe that the Bible allows the baptism of infants? This is my seventh blog on this question. Today I will begin to talk about the strengths of the Anglican position.

First, the baptism of the children of Christian parents is in keeping with how every Christian parent tries to raise their children. No Christian parent wants to see their child live far from God for a long season of their life. While every Christian will be grateful for the conversion of someone who has lived far from God, we long for something different for our children. We pray for our child. We love our child. We read them Bible stories. We explain right and wrong. We bring them to church. We hope they will come to know and trust Jesus from a very young age. In fact, we hope there will never be a time when they do not know and trust Jesus. The baptism of the child of Christian parents “fits” with how Christians try to parent their children.

Second, the baptism of the children of Christian parents is very wise about how many people raised in Christian homes become Christian.

The Baptist account of baptism tends to assume that a person has had a clear and recognizable conversion at a certain point in time. But many who grow up in Christian homes do not have a “conversion moment.” They have always trusted Jesus, probably with ups and downs, hopefully with growing maturity. In baptistic churches a common problem is that those who have followed Jesus from childhood have to seek some “moment” or discover some “moment” so they can say they have “become” a Christian so they can be baptized. Ironically, the more successful the parents are in praying for and loving their children to be followers of Jesus from day-one, the more these children and their parents must act as if they were “unsuccessful”, having only become Christians at a certain time in their teens. In the case of a child of Christian parents who has always trusted Jesus, the child who is now an “adult” can honestly say, without embarrassment or defensiveness, “You know, I believe I have always trusted Jesus as my Saviour and my Lord.” The baptism of the child of Christian parents wisely “fits” with how many people from Christian homes become a Christian.

Finally, the baptism of the children of Christian parents fits with how Christian parents should want to parent their children. It is “meet, right and our bounden duty” to desire and strive and pray that our child will have a saving faith in Jesus Christ. We should not want our child to “pick their own religion”. If we are in Christ, we “naturally” desire every one of our children to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord. So, the baptism of the child of Christian parents wisely fits with how we, as parents, should want to parent.

George +