Warfield on Baptism

“It is true that there is no express command to baptize infants in the New Testament, no express record of the baptism of infants and no passage so stringently implying it that we must infer from them that infants were baptized. If such warrant as this were necessary to justify the usage, we would have to leave it completely unjustified. But the lack of this express warrant is something far short of forbidding the rite; and if the continuity of the church through all ages can be made good, the warrant for infant baptism is not to be sought in the New Testament, but in the Old Testament where the church was instituted and nothing short of an actual forbidding of it in the New Testament would warrant our omitting it now.” – Warfield

Warfield admits there is no scriptural example.

Warfield admits there is no scriptural command.

Warfield admits the argument is made from silence.

Warfield admits infant baptism is an appeal to historic practice.

Warfield admits infant baptismis an inference and not made from exegetical evidence.

Yours in the Lord,

jm

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