Baptists and baptism of infants
I refer to the Standard Bearer of February 1, 2022. Steven Key, in his mediation, is in error in stating that Baptists only baptize adult believers. We (I attend a Gospel Standard Strict and Particular Baptist chapel here in the UK) baptize believers of any age (though not infants, as they are unable to believe)—some aged 9 and early teenagers who have experienced salvation through the atoning work of Christ at Calvary. So not only adults, as Steven states. Perhaps he should check before rushing into print!
We have GSS&P churches in the USA, Canada, and Australia.
Best regards and may you continue to experience the Lord’s blessing in your editorial work and beyond.
Lance Y. Morley Great Britain
Rev. Key’s response:
Dear Mr. Morley,
I stand corrected. However, there is something far more serious than my inaccuracy. By your own admission, your view of baptism depends on having “experienced salvation through the atoning work of Christ.” So you might baptize some as young as 9 years of age, but you deny infants the sacrament of baptism “as they are unable to believe.” That is a direct contradiction of the teaching of the text, and indeed of the place the Bible gives infants in the covenant of grace. Little children, even infants in Christ’s church, have a wonderful place, being loved by God Himself and being forgiven because of their union with Christ. “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14).
In Christ’s love, Pastor Steven Key