The Bible teaches that no one should be baptized unless he:
- Learns the truth of God “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them … Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
- Believes it “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).
- Has repented “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).
- Has experienced conversion “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:4-6).
Therefore, infants don’t qualify here. In fact, to do so, completely disregards God’s direct commands regarding baptism.
Some have wrongly taught that the un-baptized infant is lost if he dies. This unscriptural concept that an infant is lost eternally because his parents failed to baptize him is a slander upon the loving character of our Heavenly Father.
The Bible teaches that infants should be consecrated to the Lord, just as Jesus was. “Luke-2-22″>Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord Luke-2-23″>(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), Luke-2-24″>and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:22-24). Consecration or dedication is the service that infants should receive. Christian parents who dedicate a child are making a promise to the Lord to do everything within their power to raise the child in a godly way until he or she can make a decision to follow God.
In His service,