I don't know from where it came. I'm sure the person who posted it thinks it is good theology.
It's not. It's fatally flawed. There is no forgiveness in Baptism. None for infants. In fact an adult that is Baptised comes forgiven. I have no idea where that theology come from except from some weird teaching. I know that it is a widely held Lutheran and Catholic belief. The problem is, it's just wrong and unbiblical.
Let me pose a question the exposes the fallacy of the idea that Baptism is inherent in forgiveness.
If a baby is still born, aborted, an embryo destroyed for stem cell research or dies moments after a mother gives birth, does that child go to heaven or hell. For what sin? How are they condemned?
Jesus was born in the same way as a man. In every way. What if Herod had succeeded in killing him, heaven or hell?
Is a baby born and dying shortly thereafter sinless or not? Is there grounds for the devils accusations against him or her?
AND, the lambs book of life. Show me a scripture anywhere in the word of God that refutes this statement of fact:
Every human from the time of conception, every one's name is written in the Lambs book of Life.
The only way our name can be expunged from the lambs book of life is for the devil (the accuser of the brethren) to succeed in accusing us and that the advocate with the Father has no answer since we didn't look to him for salvation.
The evangelical idea that upon coming to Jesus our names are written in the lambs book of life has no basis in scriptural evidence whatsoever.
The Catholic/Lutheran practice of a priest or pastor racing across town to baptise some newborn facing imminent death to save him or her from the fires of Hell is without any basis in Scripture.
I read carefully, and I hope you do too, the whole treatise pasted and posted by the ANON in the prior post on baptism.
You really have to stretch scripture to the point of exasperation to make much of that post fit any form of Biblical Exegetics.
Now, once more, IF a good solid Lutheran or Catholic couple with full somber realization of their responsibilities as parents and with sponsors to hold them accountable want to baptize their baby as a means of grace (like Dedication) then they are welcome to do so. Then perhaps at some later time that child will be wooed by the Holy Spirit to come into relationship with the Living Christ and be saved. And perhaps by means of that dedication confirm the validity of the baptism they once relied upon. MAYBE then it will work.
That hasn't been my experience. I'm not against the practice of infant Baptism, I'm against empty tradition. I very much have imprinted upon my soul the image in the first GodFather where a mobster is having his baby baptised while at the same time a murder is being committed in his name.
No one is committing murder for the most part in baptism, but it is treated far more lightly than I wish it were.
SO, to whomever posted some official position of traditional churches on baptisms. I reject the practice of much of that because it relies mostly on human assumptions (which you admit to) or trying to prove a thing by it's negatives. For example, we are told to go and Baptise all nations.
Extrapolation of that into infant baptism is a far reach.
I admit, much of the denominational church still does this. Catholics still do it. Even Pentecostals in many places still do it.
I just wish they would throw away the doctrinal statements and ask what my friend Barry's friend Harry always asks, "what does the text say". An honest examination with a clear mind will show this practice to be wanting of scriptural depth.
Maybe the baptism of babies if that is the cultural and traditional desire of parents (mostly of Grandparents with the assumption that it somehow is a fire insurance policy) were instituted with the same gravity as dedication with the same spiritual expectations and go ahead and sprinkle them too.
Hopefully it will mean that at some point in the future, revelation will come. Till then my purpose here is not to destroy anyone's faith in Jesus, I just want you to come to him for his own truth and not the teachings however true or false of any denomination, including the IPHC, Assembly of God or even Faith Center.
You are accountable for the truth you know. Now you know more truth. You are more accountable. That's a good thing. God wants you to come to him in Spirit and in Truth. Finding the Truth is not your Church's, Pastor or Priests responsibility. It's yours. I don't want to hurt you, I just want you to think right and stand on firm ground, not sinking sand.