My husband found a video after research done on infant baptism. The video by John MacArthur is: “Is Infant Baptism Biblical”? Please follow link for video.
The issue, as taught about by John MacArthur is one that has had tumultuous controversy throughout church history. Currently, many professing Christians in all kinds of fellowship groups, Catholic and Orthodox groups, and Protestant and Reformed churches like Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Methodists, United Protestants, etc, practice this infant baptism as a means of a symbol of their baptism guaranteeing salvation. I don’t think that implies that those groups do not have any genuinely born-again believers, but that if they are relying on baptism as a baby as their symbol, then they are mistaken as to the idea of salvation, altogether. Furthermore, not addressing the topic itself can be very dangerous, in my opinion, as much of this practice is based on man’s traditions and not God’s pattern in the New Testament.
” ‘They worship me in vain, their teachings are rules taught by men.’ (Jesus was quoting Isaiah who prophesied the same.) You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men” (Mark 7:7-8).
So what does legitimize salvation: The Blood of Jesus. There’s much more to say among those lines, of belief, repentance, baptism by water immersion, baptism by those who make a public declaration for Christ, assumed to be in a state of ability to choose to do so by their free will. Nothing about sprinkling on infants, from what I’ve gathered and remembered – that is not seen in Scripture at all!
Along this line of thinking, is a great movie called the Radicals. When John and I got married, we had a copy and watched it several times. It is about the Anabaptists who spoke against the wrong practice of infant baptism and paid for it with their lives, feeling so strongly against it. Very inspiring and challenging to watch at the end, but if you think you could watch it, you should! Michael and Margaretha Sattler’s story, the pioneers of the Anabaptists’ movement. You can find it on Amazon to rent to watch.