Stirring the Waters of Infant Baptism Debate
Book seeks to clarify gray area with the black & white of Scripture
LONGWOOD, FLâ" Christian parents face a dilemma with every child born to them. Do they baptize their babies, dedicate them to God, or what? Many are taught that "No, the child does not have faith yet. You must have faith to receive baptism." Others claim baptism is the replacement for the covenant sign of circumcision. In A Stir in the Waters: A Layman's Dip into the Infant Baptism Debate
($16.99, paperback, 978-1-61215-901-0; $26.99, hardcover, 978-1-61215-902-7; also in e-book formats
), author Mark A. Kramer follows the Berean Christians who gladly received the message from those claiming to speak for God, but they daily searched the Scriptures to â?"see if these things were so.â
â?"Having long been a member of a church who baptizes their infants, and quiet on this issue for so long, I have determined to present what I believe Scripture actually teaches on this topic,â says Kramer, who as a layman in the Presbyterian Church in America has researched this topic for over three decades. â?"While infant baptists must rely so much on âimplicitâ teaching, this book stresses the explicit teaching of Scripture. It is my prayer that God will use this to promote greater unity where this issue has caused great division.â
Utilizing quotes from top Reformed theologians, Kramer raises and answers many challenging questions, including: How many Abrahamic covenants are there? How was circumcision a pre-Moses Mosaic law? Do circumcision and baptism signify the same things? Did Jesus teach a principle of family solidarity? Why were entire households baptized in the first century? What does the Jerusalem Council have to say on this issue in Acts 15? Many have heard the implied reasoning for baptizing children. Now itâs time to read what the Bible teaches for yourself.
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