C. Infant Baptism.

This we reject and reprehend, for the following reasons:

(a) Infant baptism is without warrant, either expressed or implied, in the Scripture.

First, there is no express command that infants should be baptized. Secondly, there is no clear example of the baptism of infants. Thirdly, the passages held to imply infant baptism contain, when fairly interpreted, no reference to such a practice. In <401914>Matthew 19:14, none would have ?forbidden,? if Jesus and his disciples had been in the habit of baptizing infants. From <441615>Acts 16:15, cf. 40, and <441633>Acts 16:33, cf. 34. Neander says that we cannot infer infant baptism. <461615>1 Corinthians 16:15 shows that the whole family of Stephanas, baptized by Paul, was adults. It is impossible to suppose a whole heathen household baptized upon the faith of its head. As to <460714>1 Corinthians 7:14, Jacobi calls this text ?a sure testimony against infant baptism, since Paul would certainly have referred to the baptism of children as a proof of their holiness, if infant baptism had been practiced.? Moreover, this passage would in that case equally teach the baptism of the unconverted husband of a believing wife. It plainly proves that the children of Christian parents were no more baptized and had no closer connection with the Christian church than the unbelieving partners of Christians did.

<401914> Matthew 19:14 ? ?Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for to such belongeth the kingdom of heaven?; <441615>Acts 16:15 ? ?And when she [Lydia] was baptized, and her household?; cf . 40 ? ?And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.? <441633> Acts 16:33 ? The jailer ?was baptized, he and all his, immediately?; cf. 34 ? ?And he brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his house, having believed in God?; <461615> 1 Corinthians 16:15 ? ?ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have set themselves to minister unto the saints?; 1:16 ? ?And I baptized also the household of Stephanas?; 7:14 ? ?For the unbelieving husband is sanctified in the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in the brother: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.? Here the sanctity or holiness attributed to unbelieving members of the household is evidently that of external connection and privilege, like that of the O. T. Israel.

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