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Augustine: Infant Baptism Is The Apostolic And Universal Practice Of The Church

by St. Augustine of Hippo What the universal Church holds, not as instituted by councils but as something always held, is most correctly believed to have been handed down by apostolic authority. Since others respond for children, so that the celebration of the sacrament may be complete for them, it is certainly availing to them […]

Calvin Knew Infant Baptism Was Apostolic in Origin

The Orthodox knew it first, but that’s beside the point. It’s an Apostolic practice. Only the most historically naive or uninformed would doubt it. …But I reply, first of all, that infant baptism is not a recent introduction, nor are its origins traceable to the papal church. For I say that it has always been […]

On Infant Baptism – Is it Biblical?

by Robert Arakaki Another exceptionally well written and reasoned piece, from the Reformed-Orthodox bridge. Martin wrote: I have a question. Baptists and Pentecostals say infant baptism is not biblical.  Do we find infant baptisms in the Bible? I heard someone say that this practice started around year 200. Where can I find the earliest teachings […]

Is Infant Baptism Biblical?

by Fr. John Hainsworth In this installment, Fr. John shows clearly answers the question: Is infant baptism Biblical? Yes, infant baptism is Biblical. While there is no description of an individual infant being baptized, the Bible describes five separate household baptisms: The Household of Cornelius, Acts 11:13–14: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname […]

Infant Baptism in the Orthodox Church

by Fr. John Hainsworth On Infant Baptism in the Orthodox Church. This excellent extended article will be presented in six installments.  Every night my family gathers around the dinner table. We pray, dish out the food, laugh, argue, and ask and answer questions. The scene is sometimes chaotic, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, but this scene […]

Elder Cleopas On Why Baptise Infants?

There are some who say Baptism should only be given to adults because we must first have repentance and faith. Earlier I was asked to comment on this subject and recently found the teaching of Elder Cleopa on this topic. The Elder begins his explanation by pointing out the precursors to Baptism found in the […]

Baptismal Sponsorship, Past and Present

by Fr. Lawrence Farley The parents may say, “Church is very, very important,” but if they do not go to church every week and devoutly receive Holy Communion, and say their private prayers, and pray at meal-times, such exhortations will be recognized by children for the hypocritical clap-trap it is. When infants are brought to […]

What Happens to a Child in Baptism?

by Fr. John Hainsworth About What Happens to the Child in Baptism IS BAPTISM JUST A SIGN? Everything I have said assumes that baptism is more than just an outward expression of an inward acceptance of Christ. Of course, baptism is an outward expression in that physical hands are laid on a physical person and […]