A Summary Case for Infant Baptism

If you haven’t read Pastor Randy Booth’s wonderful book on infant baptism, Children of the Promise, you should. It is full of pastoral warmth without being sentimental. He is clear without being cliched. He covers all the bases in less than 200 pages. He is not mean to credo-baptists. Here is his summary of the case for infant baptism, which he gives at the beginning of the book.

  1. Covenant Theology. Throughout the Bible, God relates to his people by way of a covenant of grace. Covenant theology provides the basic framework for rightly interpreting Scripture.
  2. Continuity of the Covenant of Grace. The Bible teaches one and the same way of salvation in both the Old and  New Testaments, despite some different outward requirements.
  3. Continuity of the People of God. Since there is one covenant of grace between God and man, there is one continuous people of God (the church) in the Old and New Testaments.
  4. Continuity of the Covenant Signs. Baptism is the sign of the covenant in the New Testament, just as circumcision was the sign of the covenant in the Old Testament.
  5. Continuity of Households. Whole households are included in God’s redemptive covenant.

17 Ways to Glorify God

Body of Divinity

These are all taken from Thomas Watson’s Body of Divinity, which is an exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Under #1 he has 3 sub-points, which I have listed as A, B, and C.

[1] It is glorifying God when we aim purely at his glory. It is one thing to advance God’s glory, another thing to aim at it. God must be the ultimate end of all actions…We do this,

A:When we prefer God’s glory above all things.
B: We aim at God’s glory, when we are content that God’s will should take place, though it may cross ours.
C:  We aim at God’s glory when we are content to be outshined by others in gifts and esteem—so that his glory may be increased.

[2] We glorify God by a sincere confession of sin…A humble confession exalts God. How is God’s free grace magnified, in crowning those who deserve to be condemned! The excusing and mincing of sin casts a reproach upon God.

[3] We glorify God by believing…Unbelief affronts God, it gives him the lie; “he who believes not, makes God a liar.” But faith brings glory to God; it sets its seal, that God is true. He who believes flies to God’s mercy and truth, as to an altar of refuge; he engarrisons himself in the promises, and trusts all he has with God. Continue reading