Is the baptism of babies biblical?
The Lord Jesus was not baptized as a baby. As a baby, he was dedicated to the Lord. The Bible says, “And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). The Lord Himself followed this pattern in His ministry. When babies were brought to Him, He blessed them. He did not baptize them. The Bible says, “And they were bringing children to Him, that He might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it He was indignant, and said to them, ‘let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belong the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it’. And He took them in His arms and blessed them, laying His hands upon them” (Mark 10:13-16).
The Lord Jesus asked to be baptized. He insisted on being baptized and refused to be dissuaded from it. The Bible says, “Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him ‘let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’
Then He consented” (Matthew 3:13-15)
Nowhere in the Bible do we read that babies were baptized. As we have seen clearly, faith in the Lord is a prerequisite for baptism. Sinners must repent, receive the Lord Jesus and then they can be baptized.
- Babies cannot understand the word of God.
- Babies do not understand their lost state before God.
- Babies cannot receive the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Savior
Therefore, babies must not be baptized. What if the parents are believers? Well, God has no grandchildren. He has children. People must become individually and personally vitally related to the Lord Jesus. There are no “Genes” of faith in the Lord Jesus which a believing parent can pass on to the baby, therefore, the babies of believers are born into the devil’s kingdom and must personally, through repentance towards God, and faith in the Lord Jesus, come out of the devil’s kingdom and be transferred into the kingdom of Christ and then they can be baptized. Before then, baptizing them is a lie, the devil’s lie aimed at deceiving multitudes, and oh! “The multitudes that are now in hell and many more that will follow” because by being baptized as children, they are deceived into thinking that they are children of God.
What of the practice of saying, “Baptize babies and later on teach them about the Lord Jesus and bring them into salvation in Him”? This the doctrine that says, “He who is baptized and later on believes shall be saved”. This too is a doctrine of the devil for the Lord Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved”. God said so and still says so. Anyone who twists God’s order of things will not go unpunished. (Revelation 22: 18-19).
We therefore sum up by saying that the baptism of babies is not of God, but of the devil, first of all because we find no such example in the Bible, and then because according to the Bible only someone who asks to be baptized should be baptized.