I grew up with the traditional Baptist view, typically referred to as "believers baptism". It is theologically known as credobaptism, or baptism with a profession of faith.paedobaptism for children of believers (as well as credo-baptism for new professing believers), I sought to really understand where I stood and began studying the Scriptures and some teachers on both positions.
The doctrine of baptism is not the only thing that differentiates the 2 denominations, but it is a significant doctrinal element that deserves due consideration and I confess that I have gone back and forth over the years. That being said, I have landed on the side of infant baptism for the following reasons:
- The Old Covenant (OC) was replaced by the New Covenant (NC) under Christ
- Under the OC, the requirement for a visible sign and seal of membership in the physical and spiritual Kingdom was circumcision that was administered to infants and adults
- This visible sign and seal in the NC is baptism
- The OC requirement that a Kingdom membership sign and seal be given to infants was never rescinded
- Jesus' kind disposition towards children is clearly demonstrated in Scripture
- Therefore, the NC visible sign and seal should be given to infants