Enfants Terribles In Our Churches

I wish to suggest a new rite (sacrament, ordinance) of the church: the infant baptism of adults.

This is no sudden flash of cognition, no whim. As is fitting for such a fresh and radical concept, I have pondered the idea for several years. Nor is it a latter-day attempt to bring baptists and paedobaptists together. Nothing short of the Rapture, including Eutychean intervention, could accomplish this.

Here’s how it would work.

Herbert Elder is fifty-three years old, has been married for thirty years to Charlotte Elder. They have three children, one of whom is still at home.

Herb has decided that he wants to divorce Charlotte and marry Linda Younger (age thirty-seven, married ten years, two young children).

At this point he applies to his pastor for infant baptism. If his request is granted, the Sunday morning service is scheduled, and at the same time Herb is welcomed into the cradle roll department.

If Linda is also a member of the church, she follows a similar procedure, perhaps being baptized as an infant the same Sunday as Herb. In the case of paedobaptistic churches, infant infants may also be scheduled for baptism.

While I have chosen a lay example, the same pattern would be followed for baptizing ordained infants.

-You don’t like my light approach to a terrible contemporary problem? Then tell me about a church that takes a serious, biblical approach.


Against Killing Culture

I appreciated reading the interview with C. Peter Wagner and Ray Stedman, “Should the Church Be a Melting Pot?” (Aug. 18). Having served as a missionary among American Indians and from personal experience, I find myself agreeing almost completely with C. Peter Wagner. I have never felt that God expected anyone ...

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