“By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. … The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are ‘reborn of water and the Spirit.’ God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism … Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte ‘a new creature,’an adopted son of God, who has become a ‘partaker of the divine nature,’ member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. … From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant” (The New Catholic Catechism, 1994, #1263,1257,1265,1267).
David Cloud writes in his Way Of Life Encyclopedia of Christianity and The Bible,
Infant baptism is contrary to the New Testament teaching about baptism. Infant baptism uses the wrong mode—sprinkling rather than immersion. Infant baptism uses the wrong subject—infants unable to believe and be born again. Infant baptism has the wrong purpose—to impart salvation or spiritual blessings. (WOL Encyclopedia, Pg. 48, Way of Life Publications)
- There can be found in the Bible zero verses in support of infant “baptism”.
- There can be found in the Bible zero verses supporting “baptism” by sprinkling.
Here are all the verses in the New Testament which talk about sprinkling.
13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: Hebrews 9:13 (KJV)
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Hebrews 9:19 (KJV)
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. Hebrews 9:21 (KJV)
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 (KJV)
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. Hebrews 11:28 (KJV)
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:24 (KJV)
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 1 Peter 1:2 (KJV)
I’m sure you’re wondering, “How is he ever going to get out of this one? That seems pretty conclusive to me!” Okay, let’s try an exercise. Don’t skim the verses. Read them.
Did you spot it yet?
What word is missing? Baptize. Baptized. Baptism.
Baptism in the Old Testament is only by full immersion. All the uses of “Sprinkle” or “sprinkled” are for three things…
- Oil – kind of rough on a person to immerse them in the anointing oil. It would take DAYS to get that off you! So they were anointed or sprinkled depending on the uses of it.
- Blood – The Lord was merciful in that Old Testament saints were just anointed or sprinkled with the blood, not fully immersed. Again, kind of oogy and creepy if we had to be fully submersed in pools of blood. Ugh. Many people would vomit at the sight or smell of it – let alone get into it.
- Water of cleansing – this is the water that had the ashes of the Red Heifer (Parah Adumah in Hebrew, for you language fanatics) mixed in it.
The water of cleansing was sprinkled on the tent of meeting, to avoid ruining it (both the water of cleansing, and the sanctuary!) and on those who were Za’arah. The za’arot is a skin disease no longer on the earth right now. The translators of the King James Bible preferred to render this as “Leprosy”. Why? It was a form of leprosy, but not the kind we currently are familiar with (Hanson’s Disease). Hanson’s disease cannot spread to clothing or earthen homes. The Za’arah Leprosy could.
The water of purification was sprinkled on the Za’arot. why? Because if you dunked the leper into it… it contaminated the water of purification, and it could no longer be used for anything else. And red heifer’s are in very short supply. The Parah Adumah had to be without blemish, all red with no white hairs. It’s probable that the same water of purification was used for centuries until another red heifer could be found… and more prepared.
And after the leper was cured, he was to… what?
9 But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean. Leviticus 14:9 (KJV)
Full immersion. The Jewish people have always understood Baptism to mean full immersion. The Mikvah (baptismal) was always one that one stepped into, and immersed your entire body three times, to ensure every part of your body went under the water.
So the New Testament operates under the understanding of what was taught in the Old Testament.
“This false sacramental gospel kept my parents from ever telling me that I was a sinner and needed a Savior. They thought that I had received eternal life in baptism. I am positive that there are millions of Lutherans believing the same thing my parents did and which I was taught and believed for many years. I was saved at age 45 when I finally heard the true gospel and believed it. We believe that millions of souls are at stake because of this false teaching” (The Berean Call, August 2001).
The baptism of John teaches full immersion…
22 After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. 23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. John 3:22-23 (KJV)
If baptism were by sprinkling… all John needed was a flagon of water. Good to go! No need to go to the deep part of the Jordan. Notice Hebrews 10:22 uses “sprinkled” referring to blood, and “Washed” to refer to baptism. they are two different things, two different mediums, and tlaking about two different subjects – salvation and sanctification.
Baptism is not a “sacrament” or “Means of added grace”. It is a symbol, an outward sign. It should be the first act of a believer, showing his voluntary obedience to the word of God. If you depend on it to save, believe it or not, you have put the cart before the horse. You have the tail wagging the dog.
You need to be born again first. admit you are a sinner, and that there is no way you can save yourself. You are doomed to Hell, now and forever, unless the Lord saves you.
Repent of your sins, confess to the Lord Jesus Christ you are a sinner. Tell Him you’re sorry for your sins and rebellion, and ask Him to save you from Hell.
If you do this with an honest and repentant heart, then the Lord will save you. There’l be evidence in your life, a changed nature. You’ll want to read the Bible, and attend a Godly church, one that teaches proper doctrine and Biblical truth. No changed nature? You weren’t born again.
Once you find that you are showing the evidences of a changed life, join a Godly church. Your baptism should be done from the motive of, “The Bible says i should do this. So I’m going to do it. I don’t want anything to stand in the way of it.” If you have any other motives for wanting to be baptized, go back to step one.
You’ll find that your attitude about your baptism by immersion was, “There. I did it. I obeyed the Lord.” You should feel… wet until you dry off. That’s about it. There’s no mystic sensation, no lightening of the spirit, no pins and needles (unless they left the baptismal warmer plugged in, and it has a short in it…). Baptism was just your identification with the death of the Lord and His bodily ressurection. “Buried with Him in death…raised to walk in the newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
Getting back to infant baptism, the doctrine as taught by many churches is that the Church replaces Israel. This is incorrect. For starters, we need to understand that the Bible almost always refers to Churches, not to a universal church. Israel is Israel. Christianity is Christianity. Yes, all of Israel will eventually be born again believers, those that accept Christ while still alive. But the “Church” does not replace Israel.
Next, the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran Churches teach that since Israel had circumcision, this is replaced by Baptism.
That has no scriptural support whatsoever. Jewish males are circumcised on the eighth day. Jewish women are not. Is infant baptism for males only? No. So by practice they admit this is not true. It’s just an attempt to find a Scripture, ANYWHERE, that can justify an unBiblical practice.