Baptism is for the Obedient

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“Or do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? So we were buried with him through our baptism into his death, in order that just as Christ was raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in a newness of life. If we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will certainly also be united with him in the likeness of his resurrection” (Romans 6: 3-5).

Baptism symbolizes the death of our old selves and being made alive to our new selves. It represents a decision to serve Yahweh which can only be made by a mature and obedient person.

Baptism requires a decision by someone mature who accepts the word of God, lives in accordance with biblical principles, and who wants to dedicate his life to honoring Yahweh.

First, you accept the truth and then you are baptized.

Baby baptism means nothing. You baby didn’t even understand what was going on, let alone make a lifelong decision to serve Yahweh. Teach your child to be a disciple of Jesus and when he / she is old enough to fully comprehend what this requires and means, they can get baptized to symbolize their commitment.

Baby baptism isn’t biblical. There isn’t one example of a baby being baptized in the bible. It is impossible for a baby to understand the word of Yahweh, accept the word of Yahweh, decide to live according to biblical principles, and then to dedicate himself and undergo baptism.

All baptisms in the bible involve mature people aware of the decision they are making. Baptisms are only for those wise enough to fully understand that they are making a lifelong commitment to live for Yahweh. This can only be done by truly zealous and wise adolescent children or adults.

Jesus was God’s perfect son, and yet he was baptized when he was 30. You are not better than Jesus. Your children are not better than Jesus. Your infant’s baptism means nothing in the eyes of Yahweh. Only when baptism comes from your child’s heart, when he or she is truly committed to loving and serving Yahweh, does Yahweh accept the baptism.