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home : opinions : your opinions September 14, 2014


3/19/2014 12:26:00 PM
Don't label others as false preachers
The Rev. Burton Harger, Rice Lake

In regard to the Rev. Stephen Brown's letter regarding the "Narrow Gate," I would urge him to think again before he labels others as false preachers. He condemns baby (infant) baptism as a false practice, but what was Jesus' command but to "make disciples of all nations." Is anyone in a nation excluded? No! That is, if you think infants are still part of our nation.
And then Jesus continues in that same passage from Matthew 28 with the method that we are to use, namely, "baptizing and teaching them all things." Notice that baptism is included with teaching as a way of "making disciples." Furthermore, there is the question of how infants or small children make it through that narrow gate of which he makes mention. Are infants without sin? No! For the Scripture says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." All means all. Can infants come to faith through the word of God which they are not yet able to understand? No! How then can they be saved? The only means we know of is baptism of which Acts 2:3 8-39 says, "Repent and be baptized every one of you for the forgiveness of sins." The end of verse 39 says, especially, "The promise is for you and for your children." Again Peter says in 1 Peter 3:21, "Baptism doth also now save us."
In regard to confirmation, it is not the rite of confirmation that saves, but the teaching of the word of God. In most of our Lutheran churches, young people study for 2 years with their pastor before proclaiming before the congregations in the rite of confirmation that they now believe in Jesus Christ as they have learned to know him and his teachings from the Bible. After all, how else should it be, for Paul writes in Romans 10:14, "And how can they believe in one of whom they have not heard?"
Please reread the Scriptures again, for Jesus says, "They are they that testify of me."

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