Did Household Baptisms in the early church justify infant baptism today?

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Advocates of infant baptism claim that Acts 10, Acts 16, and 1 Corinthians 1 are proof that infant baptism is scriptural. These are the so-called household baptisms. Proponents of infant baptism assume that there were children in Cornelius’ house, Lydia’s family, the jailer’s house, and Stephanas’ house, and that the infants were baptized.

The truth is that in each example of household baptisms, the people who were baptized were the ones who had been taught what they needed to do in order to receive salvation (Acts 10:34-43; 16:14, 32; 1 Corinthians 1:16-18; 16:15-16). They were the people who could hear and understand the Word of God (Acts 10:44), believe (10:31-33), and give themselves to the ministry of the saints (1 Corinthians 16:15). The context of the household conversions does not demand that any infants were baptized.

When the Bible writers mentioned the household baptisms, they spoke of all believers in the households that were able to repent of their sin and believe. And we know that infants are not able to repent and believe . To claim otherwise is to teach that which contradicts Bible teaching (Mark 16:16; Acts 8:37-38; Romans 10:10-11).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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