Why should we baptize babies when the Bible says nothing about it?
For years, Douglas Wilson was a credobaptist, even after accepting Calvinism and Postmillennialism. However, when he sat down to write a book on baptism, he came to question his own views and to realize that the biblical teachings point in exactly the opposite direction. The result of that study is this book. Here, Douglas Wilson shows that we do not get the Bible's position on baptism by cataloging all the verses on baptism, but by looking at circumcision, the shift from the old to the new covenant, Jesus' words on olive branches, and the assumptions that New Testament Christians would have had.
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Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.
PAGE COUNT: 124 pages
PUB. DATE: December 19, 2000
This was a very interesting read and I had a hard time putting it down, but unfortunately this book falls into the same rut of all Paedobaptist works; the absolute failure to honestly address Jeremiah 31:31-34. Longshore copped out in The Case for the Christian Family and said that the plain reading of the text puts too much on the back of Jeremiah and that it's all hyperbole. Doug in Standing on the Promises does a hit and run on the passage, but only a small portion of it. And in this book he only mentions it in passing and then calls that thinking "wrong-headed." I absolutely love Doug and Canon Press and have been greatly blessed by the works put out! I've read a plethora of the books and continue to do so, because it's changed the way that I and my family think and live for Christ. But I have to say, them not dealing with the text with integrity is the proverbial fly in the ointment for the Paedobaptist community. Either you guys need to publish something that truly and thoroughly exegetes the passage, showing how it in fact is harmonious with your theology, or otherwise you gotta stop dunking babies. Love you guys and God bless!
Thanks to this book I’m a Paedobaptist now. Canon should sell this book with a surgeon general’s warning.
helpful and witty.
I read the book studied the verses and am convinced that paedo bap. is biblical. I am in a reformed baptist chrch, thoroughly amil and I am postmil so most cannot understand this change in this old timer( 76 yrs old) but I am working and praying on this matter, so in time the new baptism stance will hopefully come forth, we have very good leaders and faithful to the word but like most reformed saints, amillers to the core as I was. Love your teachings and ministry and praying you will come out with a post mil bible, very much needed, that would be great. For now I must remain a closet paedobaptist till the Lord opens drs. Thanks for your labors of love to advance the kingdom, we work hand in hand to see glorious things develope in the midst of much confusion, light always overcomes the darkness. One bro is very open to postmil and have given him info on it. One Pastor is also open to postmil and have long and painful discourses on the matter but making progress here in New England, a bastion of liberalism but will one day bow the knee to Christ.
This is an excellent book which deals with many arguments regarding covenant baptism. It is relatively short and very accessible, but was extremely compelling. I would urge anyone who is working through this issue to read this book.
It was a blessing to read this book and understand infant baptism more so the covenantal view of salvation. I’m recommending it to anyone who wants to raise godly children whether Baptist or Presbyterian
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