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Will God accept my infant baptism? Does it even count?
I was baptized as an infant in the Lutheran Church, should I be baptized again as an adult or will God accept my infant baptism?
We do not find the Bible ever teaching baptism before belief. Those who received the word were baptized in Acts 2:41. Those who believed were baptized in Acts 8:12-13. Those who received the Holy Spirit were baptized in Acts 9:48. Many of the Corinthians believed and were baptized (Acts 18:8). We know that there are churches, including the Lutheran churches, who believe and practice infant baptism. We find no Scriptural support for this practice. Statements such as those with Cornelius, with Lydia, and with the Philippian jailor concerning the household being baptized do not, for us, support infant baptism without some evidence that there were infants in those households.
In some groups, infant baptism is deemed to be efficacious for salvation. In other groups it is not. In any event, infant baptism was not practiced by our Lord and is not the example set for us in Scripture. Thus, we teach that one should be baptized after salvation. We would see the infant baptism more like a dedication of the parents to raise their child in the faith, and like the believers at Ephesus (Acts 19:1-7), a subsequent baptism would be needed by those who come to faith in Christ.
Nevertheless, we know many whom we would would count to be brothers and sisters in Christ who disagree with this Anabaptist position. We do not seek to condemn their beliefs, only to assert how we read Scripture.
I trust this is helpful.