I am sure many of you were wondering why the focus of this blog for the month of November was on the subject of Infant Baptism. These posts were in response to a sermon Dr. John MacArthur recently preached on 09-18-2011 entitled, “ Is Infant Baptism Biblical ?“.
It is really a no brainer that someone with a Calvinistic Baptistic theological belief system like Dr. MacArthur has would hold to the Credo-baptism only view. My problem is that Dr. MacArthur’s sermon prep was not very good nor accurate, and with the sloppy exegesis and misrepresentations of the Paedo-Baptism view in the message. It seems like a Seminary President and New Testament Scholar would have a better understanding of Church History and would have researched the opposing view more than he did here.
- Dr. MacArthur lumps all who hold to the Paedo-Baptism view together. Roman Catholic, Lutheran, and the Reformed views on the Sacrament of Baptism and the meaning of this sacrament are very different. In fact, one of the biggest reasons for the split in the Reformation Church between the Lutherans and the Reformed was their differing views on the Sacraments. Just as those who hold to the Credo-Baptism only view, such as Baptists and the Church of Christ denomination, they understand the meaning and role of Baptism very differently.
- Dr. MacArthur delivers a low blow to Confessional Lutherans by using the very Liberal and heterodoxal German Theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher as a source to speak for them. Never-mind that Schleiermacher denied most of the Orthodox tenants of the Faith. Many would call Schleiermacher, the father of modern liberalism. I think it would be more correct to call Schleiermacher, a spokesman for the Emergent Church than Confessional Lutherans. Many key figures of the Emergent Church follows and look at Schleiermacher’s writings for inspiration. Dr. MacArthur using Schleiermacher here, would be like someone using Joel Osteen as the spokesman for all Independent Mega-Churches. I know Dr. MacArthur wouldn’t appreciate someone using Joel Osteen as a spokesman for his Independent Mega-church.
Pastors John Sawtelle, Adam Kaloostian and Movses Janbazian from The Sinners & Saints podcast dissect this message in a multi-episode critique of John MacArthur’s recent message opposing infant baptism. They look at the mistakes and misrepresentations that Dr. MacArthur made from Historical, Theological, and Exegetical perspectives.