An Argument For Believer’s Baptism Rather Than Infant Baptism – Part 1

I will be returning to my “Bad News” series in the near future. For now though, this is on my heart, and I think it needs to be said. Please note, I am NOT educated in theology, church history, or doctrine. I am a Christian though, and believe that God’s word is clear and understandable. I am willing to be taught, and to have my opinions refuted, but for now I strongly hold to what I write here below.

Glenn Chatfield is a Christian Blogger who pretty regularly gives away books from his library. He recently sent me a copy of “The Book of Concord”. I had requested it because I am interested in church history and the various denominations, and thought that this would be a great opportunity to look into the Lutheran Church. Inside the book were two newspaper clippings and a short tract. One of the clippings was about “proper” forms of contraception. It is an argument that while we are commanded to be fruitful and multiply, certain forms of contraception, those that prevent conception in the first place rather than preventing the implantation of a fertilized ovum into the uterus, are acceptable and not inherently sinful to use. The other clipping and the tract were on the subject of baptizing children. When I asked Glenn about it his response was that he hadn’t even realized that the clippings and tract were in the book, or he would have removed them, but that he thought that they were refutations of the Lutheran church’s stance on contraception and infant baptism.

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Schism and Anti-Schism

Over the past couple of millennia, one thing that has hurt the church has been schism. When a body of believers splits over doctrine, it appears to the world as though the church doesn’t know what it believes. There have been disagreements among men in the church almost since Jesus founded it.

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There’s Corruption Everywhere

Imagine, if you will a man who has been arrested for a crime. He spends a night in jail awaiting arraignment, and the following day in court, the prosecutor declines to press charges. Following this, the judge says, “No, wait a minute, I’m going to ask people that don’t like this man to brief me on ways I can throw him in prison to rot without the prosecutor.” That’s what we’re seeing here. And there are at least a few judges on the court of appeals that think this is justice!

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Have a Little Faith

“Have a little faith.” How many times have you heard that? Perhaps the idea is losing traction in our society today and you haven’t heard it so much. In any case, when you hear it, if you do, or when you read it, as you surely just did, the question should arise, “In what?”

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