We believe that the clear command of Scripture is to baptize those who confess Christ as Savior and Lord (Rom 10:9-10; Matt 28:19-20) and that this ‘believer’s baptism’ is also the most apparent pattern in the New Testament (Acts 2:42). We recognize that many of our brethren who share a similar commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ disagree with us in that they baptize the children of believing parents. They do so, based on a commitment to the covenantal unity of the Bible and what they see as a parallel to circumcision of infants in the Old Testament and what they believe is ‘household baptism’ in certain New Testament passages (Acts 16:31-32). Though we agree on many aspects of the covenantal unity of the Bible, we recognize that the New Covenant introduces some discontinuity and with it a new sign of the New Covenant.
The Old Covenant sign was largely ethnic, placed upon children unwittingly, was associated with a revocable covenant, and was gender specific, i.e. males only.
The New Covenant sign crosses all ethnic barriers, is willingly received by believers, is associated with an irrevocable covenant, and recognizes the spiritual equality of men and women.
We practice’ household baptism’ in those cases where all in the household believe together and rejoice together, as is the indication of the New Testament passages where it occurs.
Clearly, if your parents had you baptized because they believed that water could wash away your sins, your parents, though sincere, did not understand the gospel. Also, if your parents had you baptized believing it to be a sign of a covenantal promise of eventual salvation, though they were sincere and well-meaning in their commitment to Scripture, we believe they misunderstood aspects of the Old Covenant and New Covenant. We believe it should be your personal joy to publicly declare your commitment to be a disciple of Jesus Christ by receiving believer’s baptism, the sign of the New Covenant. If at some point you become persuaded by Scripture regarding believer’s baptism, we would share in your joy by administering this ordinance to you.