Children of God

“As many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” – John 1:12-13 (NKJV)[1]

Infant baptismThe next time you hear someone support infant baptism or baby dedication on a Sunday morning, refer them to this passage. Why? “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). If we want to “see the kingdom of God,” then we must be “born again” (3:3).

Only those who’ve “received the spirit of adoption” can cry, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15). Only those “led by the Spirit of God” are children of God (8:14). They’re born “of God,” not “of blood” (John 1:13). The church is a spiritual body, not a natural one. Spiritual bodies don’t exist or grow by natural means. To preach otherwise is an anathema. When told that “his mother and brothers stood outside” so they could “speak with him,” Jesus pointed to his disciples and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matthew 12:46, 49-50).

Can a baby repent and believe? Can he or she do the will of God? No. So why do Protestant churches practice infant baptism and baby dedication? This is Catholicism, which is heresy. Judaizers preaching circumcision likely produced it. So what if Isaac was circumcised when he was eight days old (Genesis 21:4, Acts 7:8)? Abraham “received the sign of circumcision” as “a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised” (Romans 4:11). Abraham is “the father of circumcision” only to those “who also walk in the steps of the faith which” he “had while still uncircumcised” (4:12).

Still, true circumcision is “of the heart” (Romans 2:29). It’s “circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh” (Colossians 2:11). Paul said, “We are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3). In other words, believing Gentiles are circumcised. Unbelieving Jews are not. Being born a Jew and having some skin cut off is meaningless. If you don’t have Abraham’s faith, then you can’t call him your father. God can “raise up children to Abraham from … stones” (Matthew 3:9)!

“Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 15:50

Did you experience infant baptism or baby dedication as a child? Don’t trust in it! Both methods are useless. If you want to “see the kingdom of God,” then you must be “born again” (John 3:3). Going to church seven days a week won’t save you. Being the preacher’s kid won’t save you. God has no grandchildren. So repent.

[1] All Scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV), unless otherwise noted.

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