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Catholic Baptism in Scripture

Posted by Tony Listi on August 13, 2010

“Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Jn 3:5

“Baptism which saves you now” 1 Peter 3:21

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” Mark 16:16

“Then Peter declared, ‘Can any one forbid water for baptizing these peoplewho have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”Acts 10:47-48

“And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness….” Ezk 36:25

“Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins….” Acts 2:38

“Rise up and be baptized and wash away your sins….” Acts 22:16

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life….” Eph 5:25-26

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them” Lk 18:15

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me…. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Mt 18:5, 14

“And they were bringing children to him, that he might touch them; and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.'” Mk 10:13-14

Whole households and families are baptized: Acts 16:15, Acts 16:30-33, Acts 18:8, 1 Corinthians 1:16

Scripture is quite clear that baptism replaced circumcision (Colossians 2:11-12). And circumcision was given to male children eight days after birth, i.e. before the age of speech and reason.

The faith of some can effect grace for others: Matthew 8:5-13, Matthew 15:21-28, Luke 5:18-20, Luke 7:7, 1 Cor. 7:14

“Going therefore, teach all nations: baptizing them….” Mt 28:19

Do Protestants base ALL their doctrines on that stupid thief on the cross? Even supposing “paradise” really means heaven, is the extraordinary to be the standard for the ordinary? But there is very good reason to believe that “paradise” doesn’t necessarily mean heaven at all.

For more comprehensive citations and explanations of Scripture about baptism, see here and here.

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5 Responses to “Catholic Baptism in Scripture”

  1. von said

    What doctrine, exactly, do Protestants base on the thief on the cross? (for that matter, why was he ‘stupid’? He seemed, at least on the cross (which might stupify the best of us) to have behaved rather well.)

    Anyway I am, as you know, a strong Protestant and I don’t think I’ve ever read, nor written, a doctrine based on the thief on the cross.

    (and I remembered to check the box this time 🙂 )

    • foospro86 said

      In my experience, Protestants frequently point to this thief as “proof” of sola fide, as if it proved that baptism and the fruit of faith were unnecessary to enter the kingdom and could be ignored. It’s a stupid argument.

  2. Von said

    Oh. I thought you were saying they made some argument about baptism using the thief on the cross.

  3. von said

    Some questions posted here:

    http://vonstakes.blogspot.com/2010/11/on-clear-teaching-that-baptism-replaces.html

  4. and more posted here: http://vonstakes.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-view-on-baptism.html

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