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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Monday, April 18, 2005
Paedobaptism - buffoonery, or dogma?
If you're a follower of theology, you will likely have an opinion regarding whether it is appropriate to baptize unregenerate, unbelieving, and otherwise unwilling candidates. I speak, of course, about the practice of infant baptism.

In a nutshell, paedobaptists believe that baptism is to the new covenant what circumcision was to the old - that is that God enters into a covenant with any unwilling, and unknowing infant who has the misfortune of being immersed by their well meaning, but theologically driven parents or guardians. I doubt many paedobaptists would present infant baptism in this way - but while I play with their position for humour's sake, I do not stray from the conclusions their theological construct is built upon.

Circumcision, as we know, was a covenant sign between God and Abraham. In Abraham's case, circumcision was physical - the separation of himself from his flesh. In the New Covenant, the separation between the man and the flesh is spiritual. Paedobaptists err in this one simple way - they fail to comprehend that the covenant sign in the New Testament isn't water baptism - it is spiritual baptism - identification with Christ.

I know I am a partaker in the New Covenant - not because someone dunked me, or because I even dunked myself - I am a partaker because I have been baptized (spiritually) into the body of Christ by Christ Himself. My water baptism, although a public demonstration of the internal spiritual identification - nevertheless primarily remains an act of obedience to the will of Christ.
posted by Daniel @ 3:49 PM  
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