We all know how divisive the "baptism issue" is between credo-baptist and paedo-baptist. So in the spirit of Christian unity I want to propose the following thoughts and see if we can find common ground.
Both paedo's and credo's agree that some New Covenant practices are commanded and some are inferred. We disagree on what is commanded and what is inferred. But my desire is focus on what do we both agree is commanded and what do we both agree is inferred. Lets find that common ground.
First lets find common negative ground:
- Both paedo's and credo's agree that there is no command in the Scriptures to baptize infants.
- Both paedo's and credo's agree that there is no command in the Scriptures that female should partake of the Lord's Supper.
Second lets find common positive ground:
- Both paedo's and credo's agree that there are commands in the Scriptures for professing believers to be baptized.
- Both peado's and credo's agree that there is a clear inference in Scripture that female disciples should partake of the Lord's Supper.
So here we have clear Biblical common ground on which both paedo's and credo's agree:
- Professing believers are to be baptized.
- All disciples should partake of the Lord's Supper, both male and female.
If my proposal is true... then so far we are all credo-baptist.
So, why don' you paedo's just quit being so divisive and join us Baptist? :)
[Remember this is not a debate about commands vs inferences. This is an attempt to find what is the common ground inspite of the unending debates.]