I’m not attempting to argue credo v. paedo baptism. My explanation always includes some–but rarely is there time for all–of the following: It our great privilege this morning to administer that sacrament of baptism to one of our little infants. Many argue that we have no warrant for withholding baptism from our believing children, even when they are young. That point is undeniably true. Since they hold a Reformed theological, or Calvinistic, view of the atonement, Particular Baptists are also sometimes called "Reformed Baptists." Baptists have historically seen baptism as the culmination of the conversion experience. I’ve repeatedly heard Baptists refer to baptism as a “public profession of faith.” On the other hand, Presbyterians believe that baptism points more to the grace of God in cleansing us from sin and pouring out His Spirit than to our faith. Why do Baptists not baptize infants? The question of infant baptism has embroiled the church for centuries. Therefore, they encourage the baptism of young children based on their sincere, childlike professions of faith. Now I understand that those who believe in paedobaptism will have qualms with my analogy. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is an example of a Methodist who was credo-baptist, yet he wrote in favor of sprinkling as the mode. Yet I tend to believe that historically speaking baptists are not reformed yet I do not have a problem calling my baptists friends/brethren “reformed” out of politeness and in order to avoid “confrontation”. Baptism is a promise we make to accept and follow Jesus Christ. Well, the unborn, infants, and very young children are sinless. (“repent and be baptized”–Acts 2:38) Baptism does not forgive original sin. ... (Being Baptists!) It was with Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531), of the Swiss Reformed Church, that the first serious objections arose. In the RCA, baptism is always performed in the context of a congregation of God’s people. Catholics believe in purgatory, whereas Baptists do not believe in purgatory. At the onset of the Reformation, none of the magisterial reformers abandoned the practice of infant baptism, but began to vigorously defend it with fresh biblical rationale based on … They are innocent and incapable of sinning. Before each baptism, I take a few minutes to explain why we practice infant baptism in our church. Some of my fellow Baptists may think this inconsistent. Baptism is not a requirement for salvation and many churches do not subscribe to infant baptism Instead, Baptism in the Baptist church is a public expression of faith. Baptism is the visible word of God that we are cleansed in Christ’s blood, buried with him in death, and raised with him in new life. They think the water itself washes away the original sin a baby is born with and causes a baby to be born again into new life. Reformed Baptists believe that the case laws of Israel with their penalties (for example: Ex 22) are fulfilled with the coming of Christ because they have already served their purpose to protect the physical line of promise (Eph 2:14-15). Period. The congregation commits itself to the spiritual nurture of the infant… Only those children who receive this saving grace of God may be conceived of as being heirs of the spiritual promises. The Reverend Bryn MacPhail / November 16, 2003 We take up this subject of the baptizing of infants and young children mindful of a number of things. Note that one reason a Christian might reject baptism in a Reformed Baptist church is because that person believes himself to have already been baptized. The crux of the argument is about what constitutes baptism. do not recognize infant baptism as a valid administration. To insist on baptism as necessary for salvation would be to impinge on the limitless sovereignty of God, one of the essentials of the Reformed theological tradition. The Reformed, the Lutherans, the Baptists agree that baptism is the visible sign of a invisible grace, and the symbol of communion in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but also the instrument God’s Spirit uses to bring new life and to turn sinners into God’s children.