Why Christians Don't Baptize Children?
Word of the Day: Baptism
The immersion in water to let the congregation know that such an individual has accepted Jesus Christ as his/her personal saviour.
I'll be honest with you, and I had to make my own definition of the word baptism due to the wrong definition being found at the Webster Dictionary. There is no need for me to apologize for that.
When it comes to this topic, I personally experienced the pressure myself as a young mother. My family comes from a very strong background of Catholicism where you have to profess the three sacraments which are: baptism, confirmation, and the first communion. All that needs to be done in order for a person to be able to have a wedding in the Catholic church. I gave birth to my first son when I was 18 years of age, and at that age, I decided that my children were not going to be baptized as there was no specific reason as to why. I guess I broke the tradition!! :-)
My child was already three years old and in those days my husband and I were still not saved. My grandmother who is still at this time a hardcore catholic persisted on my son to get baptized so that he could be forgiven of his sins. Finally, I agreed and communicated to my husband that I wanted my son to get baptized, but I made a deal with my grandmother that I wasn't going to go to church to get the lessons (orientation) from the bishop and she agreed. Back in those days, my uncle was the bishop at Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Los Angeles, while the current bishop was on vacation. So, my grandmother made the church arrangements with my uncle and my son was going to be baptized at my apartment in Los Angeles. Right after that, we were going to have a little reception. Just days before the baptism I receive a call from my grandmother saying that my uncle was not going to baptize my son because the Roman Catholic Church did not give him permission to perform the baptism at an apartment. I got so happy the moment she broke the news even though we had everything ready I even had aligned the godparents for my son. Praise the Lord none of my children were baptized in the Catholic church!!:-)
Now going back to the topic of why Christians don't baptize their children, the reason is because it is a heresy from the Catholic church. God never commanded for children to be baptized. Children were presented to the Lord back in the Old Testament, and that is something we still do nowadays. Jesus was never baptized as a baby He was presented according to Moses's law. According to the book The Trail of Blood, the baptism of children was something that was established in the early years of the church. They thought that because it was related to the salvation of the human soul that it would be best to do it as early as possible (baby). False!
And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;
And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
The baptism is an act of obedience that comes right after a person has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and this act also becomes public. Meaning that it is a personal decision that each individual has to make in life and sadly some don't get to make this decision.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
The baptism is not an act of salvation and this is where it gets confusing, some churches baptize adults without even knowing if they are saved. This is something we frequently experience during our soul-winning door knocking. Many people were baptized during their adult life, but are not sure of their salvation. So, if you were baptized as an adult and are not 100% sure that when you die you are going to be with the Lord than you are not saved. Sorry to say that, but if you are reading this post right now you still have the chance to become saved and know for sure that one day you are going to be in heaven with our Lord.
And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
The baptism also represents the pattern for believers in Christ to publicly profess the joining in fellowship, identification, and service within with God's people. We are no longer part of this world. We live in this world until the coming of the Christ or until we die to be with Him. Jesus was our model as He was also baptized as an adult by John the Baptist and God was well pleased with His Son's obedience. One last thing before I forget! The baptism is supposed to be by immersion not aspersion.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Conclusion: I really hope this post has opened your eyes and your heart, and if you are someone who has never heard the truth about the real baptism let me tell you that you are not alone. I was once blind did not know which way to go, but if you are reading this post, you are on the right path to know the truth which is Jesus Christ our Lord who paid a high price to clean us from our sins. Amen!
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have added some verses down below for those who are not sure if heaven is your future home. Please share with me if you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior through this post. I will be happy to rejoice with you!
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.