I hold that NT baptism is not a continuation of or replacement of circumcision, but is a continuation of, indeed a fulfillment of, the OT rites of baptism (ceremonial washings, 'mikveh'). I believe that John the Baptist was the forerunner of Christ in this as well as in so many other things. That it is a baptism of repentance, for those who have repented.
I do not hold, unlike so many of my credo bretheren, that paedo-baptists, at least those who have afterward confessed with their own mouths and lives the saving work of Christ, and who 'confirm' their earlier baptism, are unbaptized and thus in continual disobedience to the Word of God.
I hold that baptism is best performed by complete immersion but, again, I do not hold that those baptized by other means, provided they confess their faith and trust in their baptism, are unbaptized.
While I do believe that it is allowed for a former paedo-baptist, who having come to believe their baptism was wrongly administered, to ask to be immersed, as a believer, as a witness to the church and their faith; I generally hold that all of other forms of rebaptism are wrong: such as those asked for on joining a church or denomination. And I believe it is fully acceptable for a former paedo-baptist who comes to credo views to still hold that their former baptism is valid, and to 'confirm' it.
I hold largely to the LBC (1689) with certain exceptions.
I do not hold to 'adult' baptism but to 'credo' baptism. I do not object to baptizing 'children' but to baptizing 'non-confessors'. I hold that the grammar of the commands such as 'repent and be baptized' indicate that baptism is both an event that requires an active subject, but also a passive recipient. The individual submits to baptism as the wife submits to her husband: an active role in submission.
This contrasts both with what I see as the totally passive nature of circumcision, where fathers are required to circumcise their sons, male slaves, their sons, etc; and the active/active nature of other forms of sacrifice, where the same believer both believes and performs the sacrifice.
I consider the doctrine of an 'age of accountability' to be entirely unScriptural, and not only unnecessary to a right doctrine of baptism, but contradictory to it.
Besides having no Biblical warrant, the age of accountability strikes me as a lack of trust in God's sovereignty, and a naive belief in baptismal regeneration. As if something had to be done to 'save' those too young to repent and be baptized.
In contrast to many of my credo-baptist brethren I do believe that there are great benefits promised to the children of believers. I hold that all men are under God's overarching covenant but that the children of believers (in parallel to the physical children of Abraham) are under special blessings and potential curses.
I believer that the Jewish religious leaders did not react as if John the Baptist was inventing an unknown rite, or ending circumcision, but as if he was fulfilling an expected prophecy in an unexpected way.I believe that the baptism of John, and then of Christ, can be best understood in light of the OT washings that implied full body immersion in running water.
I believe that both paedo (having to do with one's physical lineage) and credo (having to do with one's stated belief or other action) signs of the covenant have been present from the beginning.
I do not believe that the commands given specifically to the physical household of Abraham have ceased.
I am a theonomist. I believe that God's law is holy and perfect and that, while parts of it may have fulfilled their purpose, the various civil laws are still binding on all of mankind.
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