Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Danger of Formalism

This lesson was titled "The Origin and Significance of Infant Baptism." I should have titled it "The Danger of Formalism."

Perhaps the biggest problem facing the professing saints throughout history is the tendency to drift into a religious formalism, replacing the Spirit-filled Christian life to a spiritually weakened or dead life filled with rote traditions, denying the inspired instructions for how we are to walk as children of the light. With the doctrine of baptism, it is easy and disastrous to emphasize water baptism to the degree it displaces spiritual baptism. And replacing biblical water baptism with sprinkling water on the face of infants removes the mystery of the gospel scene and substitutes a religious rite that warms the hearts of parents.

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