Would you attend a sprinkling

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Would you attend the sprinkling of a friends baby?

  1. No, and I wouldn't say anything

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  2. No, but I would explain why

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  3. No, but I would weasel my way out of it

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  4. Yes, but I would not say anything

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  5. Yes, but I would explain my objections

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  6. Yes, but I would try to convince them they are wrong

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  1. Salty

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    If a friend of yours asked you to attend the sprinkling (aka baptistm) of thier infant, would you attend?
     
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    Yes, and I have and I did not say anything about my beliefs which were already well known. I participated as a witness to the ceremony.

    Salvation is not an issue with baptism. As long as the church preaches the gospel, salvation is possible.

    peace to you:praying:
     
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    I have, and will continue to do so. I grew up in an area that was heavily influenced by the more liturgical expressions of Christianity. Many of my long friends have been (and are) having children in these churches.

    I am of the belief that sometimes we need to unite around what unifies and stay silent on that which divides. Honestly, what good does it do to stand up on my (ideological) soap box and yell at my friends as they celebrate Christ in their midst?
     
  4. matt wade

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    Stay silent on that which divides? You mean the Gospel of Jesus Christ? I'm ashamed to hear a christian saw they would stay silent and allow someone to propogate a false belief that one can be saved through infant baptism.

    I grew up in Episcopalian churches and people go to church each Sunday with a false sense of security, because they were sprinkled as a baby. It's stunning to me how many are literally going to hell because of this heretical practice.
     
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    And Baptists manipulate their children into "saying a prayer" and baptized them when their 5 or 6 and then tell them they are saved and cannot lose their salvation.

    Not much of a difference, IMHO.

    peace to you:praying:
     
  6. matt wade

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    If Baptists manipulate children into saying a prayer, and the child doesn't understand the need to ask for forgiveness, then yes it is just as bad.

    Personally, I don't know any Baptists like that, but maybe you do. The Baptists I know are very concerned with making sure that if a child accepts salvation that they are doing so because they fully understand that they are a sinner and have need to accept the gift of salvation from Jesus.
     
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    I have Presbyterian and RCA family members. This is not a salvific or moral issue. Yes, I'd attend, out of support for the family. Unless asked, I'd keep my religious opinions to myself.
     
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    I would go because of friendship, like I have been to Catholic wedding services for friends.
     
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    No, but I wouldn't say anything unless specifically asked. It's not something I believe in or something I would want to do. For example, it would be like getting invited to a birthday party of a spoiled, bratty child. I wouldn't explain, I'd just not show up.
     
  10. ReformedBaptist

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    I answered other.

    Yes I would, if the congregation was evangelical/protestant. In other words, I have no problem attending a sprinkling of an infant in a Presbyterian chruch, but would not in a Roman Catholic.
     
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    Nope................
     
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    Yes, but I wouldn't say anything. Reason being they can sprinkle that baby all they want, or an adult can be dunk into every lake, pool, or sea yearly, if neither is of the Lord's people, it doesn't change that fact...he/she is none of His. hic. (scuse me, just got in from the alcohol thread...lol).
     
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    You've just explained the exact reason that you shouldn't go to a sprinkling and why you should explain to them why you won't be attending.

    I can't understand you people that will stand by and allow people to gain a false sense of eternal security and do nothing about it. Would you stand by and watch the same people be hit by a truck, if you knew in advance that they were going to be hit?

    One day you will stand before the Lord and he will show you the missed opportunities you've had to tell family and friends that their practices of sprinkling will not get them into heaven.
     
  14. Johnv

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    The question wasn't about salvation. The question was about attending an infant baptism.
     
  15. matt wade

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    I understand that it is about an infant baptism. The problem is that in many of these churches that practice infant baptism, the members of the congregation believe that the infant baptism equates to salvation. As I stated previously, I grew up in Episcopalian churches. If you asked the pastor directly he would tell you that the infant baptism is just a demonstration by the parents to raise the child correctly. However, most of the families that are having their infant baptised believe that the baptism grants their little one salvation. The lie is then passed on to the little one as they get older and their parents instruct them that they were sprinkled and that because of that they'll be in heaven.

    I know you guys don't want to believe that people getting their babies sprinkled believe that it gives salvation to the child, but they do believe it. I've been there and heard it and witnessed it.
     
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    :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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    Talk about painting with a broad brush!

    In my church, I have yet to see anyone baptized this young and no one is "manipulated" into being baptized! In fact, they have to meet with the pastor and he questions them to make sure they are saved (as far as he can tell) and that they understand what baptism is.

    Your response is an ad hominem.
     
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    You're referring to baptismal regeneration. That's a different topic from infant baptism. (noted by the fact that those same churches an adult being baptised is also saved through the same mechanism).

    Presbyterian, Reformed, Clavinist, and many other Reformation-era churches practice infant baptism, but not as a means of salvation. Hence, it's incorrect to presume a belief in baptismal rergeneration simply because the practice of paedobaptism exists.

    Again, infant baptism and salvation are two different topics.
     
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    That you believe the common parishner in these churches knows the difference, shows your ignorance.
     
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