Michael Brown: Why Not Infant Baptism? All NT examples call for a response then baptism, including the jailer and his household

I took the time to transcribe and post this because I particularly like how Michael explains the jailer and his household in Acts 16, which I’ve heard from little on used as the main argument for infant baptism.

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Minute-38:45: Question: why not infant baptism?

Mt. 28:19 Teach and baptize. We teach people to observe the words of Jesus, and we baptize them.

The longer ending of Mark: whoever believes and is baptized is saved. “Most will accept the longer ending.”

Acts 2:38f “Repent and be baptized.”

“Every single example I would find would call for a response, and then baptism.”

“Acts 16 where the jailer and his household are baptized: people say that included his children. But it says right before that that Paul preached to the jailer and his household. So they were old enough to hear the message.

27 The jailer….
29 He called for lights, sprang in, fell down trembling before Paul and Silas, 30 brought them out, and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 They spoke the word of the Lord to him, and to all who were in his house.
33 He took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes, and was immediately baptized, he and all his household. 34 He brought them up into his house, and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, with all his household, having believed in God.

“Then in Romans 6, Paul says we died to sin through baptism, and now lead a new life. A baby doesn’t die to sin. A baby can’t consider themselves dead to sin. This is something that happens in the life of a believer. And you are baptized symbolically, as Ananias tells Paul, recorded in Acts 22 that baptism is washing away our sins. So these are sins we have committed, whereas the biblical viewpoint on a baby is that baby is not volitionally responsible for sin.”

“Everything in the New Testament has to do with a response to the message, and has to do with us dying to sin and rising to new life in Jesus, all of which applies to someone who could understand the message.”

Colossians 2 … is not saying that circumcision is replaced with baptism.”

Start at 38:45:

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