INFANT BAPTISMS RECORDED ON PENTECOST

Objections:   Protestant ERROR choosing sin over Holy Innocents

Reform Christians say, “We rely on the firm foundation of Biblical Scripture”, Our only source and rule for faith. On the question, as fundamental to Christ’s teaching, ” Do Bible Christians really hold to scripture in child Baptism, is this at all true”?
Is Christian Infant baptism biblical and is there a certainty of God’s will or not, Yes or No? (Rom12:2)
Can Reformers defend their radically new teaching from scriptures recorded of the faithful in Christ? (1Cor10:31; Col3:17) If not? Why protest the Catholic Church for obeying the Word of God on infant and child baptism? Can scripture alone, “sola scriptura” confirm or disprove child baptism? Or “ the Katholike” teaching & practices fully evident in scripture and in TRUTH?
If infant, & child Baptism has solid biblical foundation, why did Reformers reject the Paradosis after 1500AD + 1700 BCE of Hebrew Tradition? (2Tim1:13)
Under what authority, can 16 century Reformers claim, thus changing this 3,200 hundred years of tradition instituted by God? (Is66:2b)
Foremost, we ask, “Who benefits from this heresy, delaying Baptism for their children under the age of reason? who cannot sin “Grace or evil”? (1Jn3:18-22)

I answer that: PROOF Infant Baptism Biblical on Day 1

**** Infant & child baptism or “ADULT SOLA ” on Church’s first day – Peter 1st Holy Father @ Pentecost – Our Day 1 ?****

Let’s examine holy scripture, on the very first day of the Church, (“before any (so-called) corruption entered the Church as claimed by all Apostates”)? Officially, the Apostles in one accord, remained in Jerusalem obediently, hidden in the Upper Room, devoted in prayer and waiting, as Jesus requested, until that day of Pentecost. (Acts1:4-8,14)

Acts – The people are Baptized. Scripture records child baptism occurred on the first day of the Church. (Acts2:14; 36-47). Peter’s address to the crowd @ feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem results in the first baptisms, initiation of the first Church members recorded by Luke (Acts2:5-6,14, 36-47).

(V.5-6) Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
(V.9) …amazed and wondered, saying,”Are not all these who are speaking, Galileans? V. 14) Men of Judea, and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you…..(it is only 9 AM, these men are not drunk)”
V. 36) Let ALL in the house of Israel know that you crucified…
V. 37) ..they heard pricked in their heart …and asked..what can we do?
V. 38) Peter response: “ repent and be baptized everyone of you.
V. 39) the promise is for you and your children & for all far off …who the Lord shall call..
V. 40) with many words..did he testify & exhort…. “save yourselves”
V. 41) gladly received his word and were baptized…..”3000 souls” were added unto them (to the Church)
V. 42) and they held steadfastly to the Apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers. V.44) And all who believed were together and had all things in common; V. 45) and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.

The above scripture verses reported by Luke, witness to the first 3,000 Christian Baptisms.. “be baptized everyone of you”; “this promise for you and your children”; “received his word and were baptized; 3000 souls were added (adopted as son’s of God through Christ’s Church, into the community of God – of the house of Israel)”; “breaking of the bread in their homes”; Pentecost the Christian feast day was the crown celebration for the “feast of weeks” for 13-17 centuries by the Jews prayed for this day. ” Keeping the feast of weeks” – You shall count seven weeks;….and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your manservant and your maidservant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are among you, at the place which the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there….you were a slave in Egypt and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. (Dt16:9-12) In short EVERYONE was invited! Pentecost =Shavu’otThe last of the pilgrimage festivals, when enumerated from the beginning of the Jewish year, falls seven weeks after Passover, (Lev23:15-16, 21){Jewish virtual Library}.

Beginning in (verse 5-6,9,14), Men of Judea, from every nation under heaven(9), dwelling in Jerusalem for the feast of weeks – Pentecost. The Mosaic Law: Israel made three annual pilgrimages (until 70CE) for the festivals of Tabernacles {Booths}, Passover, and Pentecost {“Weeks”}

Verse 9, shows that many in the multitude recognized the Apostles, just like them devout Jews faithfully appearing before the Lord for the “festival of weeks” and learning to fear God, every year as long as they can remember. Why would any question Peter’s call for everyone to come the living waters of Baptism promised by Zechariah (Zech14:8-9)? The children participated in this annual event all their lives, as Moses instructed.

All males are required to appear before the Lord your God, at the place which He will choose. (Dt16:16); (Ex23:17)(EX12:15-20). For men this surely means, “all males from the 8th day, when these are initiated into their parents community of God & Israel,” This covenant from the time of Abraham & Isaac, male decedents received the “covenant of circumcision.” (Gn17:12-14, 18-19); (Duet10:16;30:2,6,19); (Lev12:3). {In 3 books of the Pentateuch dating from 18-1300 BCE are cited here!,as scriptural certainty Israel’s children were baptized} The Lord, God Commanded it!

In (verse #36), Peter addresses the whole nation of Israel (Is5:7),All in the house of Israel”. This includes men, women and children. (Dt16:11; Dt31:12-13) We know, that the “Holy Family”, Joseph, Mary & Jesus made these pilgrimages with their kindred, Luke records a Passover trip to Jerusalem, when Jesus is “found in the temple” after 3 days missing.(Lk2:46); (EX12:15-20). Then possibly with a nudge from the Holy Spirit, (in verse #37) the Jerusalem crowd asks “ what can we do?”, and Peter answers, exactly as John the Baptist had witnessed.

Ancient Pool of Bethesda ruins. Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.

In next verse #38; “repent and be baptized everyone.” Peter announces here to the entire “House of Israel,” in the multitude is being called to salvation. {Mt3:1-17); (Mk1:1-11); (Lk3:3-16) In verse #39, Peter correctly calls the children, and people of distant lands, the gift is for all that God has called. (does God’s gift come with restrictions)? Peter continues (in verse #40) urging them to save themselves, just as the prophet Joel prophesy was written. Then (in verse #41), Luke reports, 3,000 souls gladly come forth to be saved. So bible records “souls,” not men, or women, not Adult Sola!

After that day (verse #42), states from that day Church steadfastly (unshakably, immovable, without change) held to the teaching of the Apostles.  (Oh let this VERSE 42, sink in for a moment.)

Importantly (in verse #43), Luke witnesses to their “fear came upon every soul” calling to mind “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Prv9:10). Luke’s verse confirming, God’s universality of instructions to Moses, “The Lord told Moses , Gather the people together, men and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it. (Dt.31:12-13) What is God’s Will for children? Learn to fear the Lord, even IF they know nothing else!

The following Luke’s verses #44-46 of one accord, their unity, daily prayer & temple, & sharing even praying in the temple as they saw themselves people of Israel. The Romans thought of the Christians as a”sect” of Judaism.

In the final verse #49 under review, Luke tells us that the Lord added “day by day’ those who were being saved.”, current tense daily of the Apostles ongoing mission, not found to be saved from the cross months ago, but saved by Grace acting in baptism, that Jesus commanded, “go therefore make disciples of all Nations, baptizing… (Mt28:19-20). Jesus reasserts his universal covenant, baptism for all.

The evidence at Pentecost: Acts 2 is: That ALL should be SAVED as God calls them. “Startlingly clear with an understanding, Hebrew Feast and God’s LAW of Moses”

On that day those “dwelling” in Jerusalem, Jews, devout men from all nations (17 are listed) witnesses to the universality of the Holy Spirit (see Acts2:5-13); Just as Prophesied by Zechariah, “On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half from of them to the western seas; it shall continue in summer as in winter. And the Lord will become king over all the earth, on that day the Lord will be one and his name one.” (Zech14:8-9) As we see from Jewish law, “ if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the king, the Lord of Hosts states, there will be no rain upon them’(Zech14:17). Is not the reference to “rain upon them” a description of the Baptism witnessed in Jerusalem, as spoken by the prophet, Zechariah? (Jn4:13-14) Just as ALL were born into sin, infants subjected to sin from birth, are likewise to be saved. As Peter proclaiming the ‘fulfillment’ of the prophet Joel in….”And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”(Acts2:23);(Joel.2:28-29,32). It would be natural and Moses Law that the children are there among their parents for Pentecost. Specifically, Peter pledges the promise is for you and your children” (Acts 2:16-21), in this way,Peter includes those who do not understand. We see in verse 46, Messianic Jews “Christians” worshiped in the Temple, then came home to break bread and prayed, themselves now fulfilled Jews. Many considered the early first Christians a Jewish-sect. {see Paul’s trial & arrest} (Acts24:14-17) Because just as Moses Law prescribes and Apostolic tradition demands. “Tradition” from the beginning, “none are to be excluded.” In fact, the early Church Fathers in Carthage counsel #250 AD argued unanimously against waiting until the 8th day to Baptize infant children of their believers, as opposed to following the Jewish law with prescription of “covenant of circumcision” (Is65:20);(Gn17:12-14,18-19)(Col2:11-12)). We see in several OT verses that families made the pilgrimage, “all males commanded to appear 3 times a year therefore on the day of Pentecost the Hebrew children, their families are ALL there to hear Peter. They heard his words, as Moses appointed the children were to learn “fear of the Lord”. (Lev23:15-16, 21) It is clear beyond a reasonable doubt of these 3000 souls the “little ones” were saved and baptized! “as the kingdom of Heaven belong to such as these!”((Mt19:13-17); (Lk18:15-17))

Scripture and Tradition expressly include the children since circumcision of Issac, Abraham’s Son. Why deny this TRUTH?

When Evangelical apologists say, “prove that there were children baptized”. Quite the opposite, demonstrate in this very first record that Adult Sola is applied! When Luke witnesses in Acts 3000 souls, (not counting “men” as heads of the family as in the multiplication of the loaves) here Luke records the ‘souls are saved’! Rather demonstrate, the place in scripture where souls are defined as Adult Sola? Or explain on this day the children of these devout men in Jerusalem that day left their children wives home in perversion of the Mosaic law. It would not be natural the children were NOT there among their parents at Pentecost, when Peter says,” the promise is for you and your children”– For it is/ was Jewish Mosaic law and custom that families traveled to Jerusalem for the 3 feasts each year. When fear of the Lord is understanding (Job28:28);(Prv9”10;Ps111:10);(Is11:3)?

In this very first day in Acts of the Christians “where do we find evidence for Luther’s radical theology”? Why are our children NOT being baptized? Under what authority refuses the children?

On the contrary “prove REFORMERS radical theology” that children were NOT being baptized because they can’t reason? The scriptures records quite an opposite truth, beginning in Jewish custom and Mosaic law, in Jerusalem that great day, long prophesied and the words of Peter and words as written by Luke. Where in the above “word of God” records day 1 of his new Church, The day of Pentecost springs forth flowing life giving waters (Zech14:17) of Baptism of the Holy Spirit, on the very anniversary of the giving of the Torah!

Question1? Please, “Point to One Reference” in (Acts 2: 1-47), that baptism was “Adult Sola” & excludes children?”
Question2:? When the crowd asks Peter ‘what can we do?‘ Is there one witness testimony being shared in faith to the congregation recorded? if so point to it! Acts Chapter & verse please! Question3:? When Peter answers the question, “What can we do”? Does he say to the crowd, “be born again” or even “receive the Holy Spirit”?… NO, Peter responds, simply “repent and be baptized” (in v38)., 100% consistent with John the Baptizer’s message.

Question4:? Does Peter say, “stop the children, this glorious day,” as Apostles attempted previously (Mt19:13-17), (Lk18:15-17)| or does Peter & the Apostles, do as Jesus did and Luke is canonical? (Acts2:5,14, 35-47) Question5:? Where does Jesus instruct them in Mt19, or Lk18 or anywhere, to contradict his teaching? Or Only Luther “forbids the little children for they have yet the ability of reasoning”?
Question6:? Where is the authority “rule of faith” to reverse Catholic tradition after 1500 years and God’s command given unto “Moses sends the children away but insists they be taught in teaching of Moses Law “be careful to do all the words of the law, that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as you live..(Dt31:12-13)?” (older yet!) Centuries, long before the so-called Catholic Corruption?

Question7:? When God sends forth his judgment are the children spared for not having reason or knowledge of sin? (1Sam15:3) I Answer that: NO!
Question8:? Again in Verse 47- “praising God…..and the Lord ADDED to their number day by day”of those being SAVED! ….How do you interpret being saved day by day as “already saved”? This does NOT say they were predisposed in salvation from the blood of the cross and no need of symbolic Baptism?, but rather are actively “being saved ”day by day”.

Question9? The question is rather? Why, is Reformer radical teaching contrary to the purpose of Evangelizing – desired Salvation for ALL witnessed by the day of Pentecost!. (day 1 of Christianity)?

Question10:? Does Peter (Acts2) make any restrictions on the little children baptism or ANY apostle claim, one must first be born again, or that baptism is symbolic?, only as merely an outward sign of church membership, not truly a cleansing of sin? Any statement to that Doctrine of the reformer anywhere in Acts or the New Testament?

Question11? How do you answer (Is65:19-20) I will rejoice in Jerusalem……no more shall there be heard a sound of weeping and the city of distress No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man that does not fill out his days…..and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed.

Question12? By what authority do reformers demand children be excluded from God’s Covenant NON- adoption into his family? For 3200+ years babies were admitted into these the Community of God, first by circumcision, then by baptism. Then some 1600 yrs after the Christ?

A true witness delivers souls: but a deceitful witness speak lies. (Prv14:25)

To this identity of revealed truth corresponds the identity of faith. What the first Christians believed Catholics still believe; what we believe today, they believed more or less explicitly, in a more or less conscious way. Since the deposit of Revelation has remained the same, the same also, in substance, has remained the taking possession of the deposit by the living faith. End City – last update 12/28/18

footnotes:

Baptism – the sign of the new covenant (Col2:11-12). “In him also were you circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ. And you were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead”. (Dt10:16)

(9) Acts 2:9 – Seventeen nations listed,17 prime #, used in scripture to indicate universality & perfection.

House of Israel – biblical term referring to the whole nation of Israel, p46,The Jewish Information Source Book. – isbn0=87668-354-5

The three pilgrimage festivals of the Mosaic Law (Duet16:16) Three times a year shall all your males appear before the Lord your God in the place which He shall choose; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks, and the feast of Tabernacles.
(Ex23:17) Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord God.
(EX12:15-20)….You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for in this very same day I have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt….. [(Dt16:1-7); Ex23:14-17; Lv23, Nm28:29]


Resource – JEWISH VIRTUAL LIBRARY: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org

Shavu’ot    {from the Israel Virtual Library}
The last of the pilgrimage festivals, when enumerated from the beginning of the Jewish year, falls seven weeks after Passover (6 Sivan), at the end of the barley harvest and the beginning of the wheat harvest. The Torah (Lev. 23:21) describes this occasion as the festival of weeks (Heb. shavuot), for so is it counted from Passover, and as the occasion on which new grain and new fruits are offered to the priests in the Temple.

  Its additional definition ­ the anniversary of the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai ­ is of rabbinical origin. Shavuot is observed among the Orthodox with marathon religious study and, in Jerusalem, with a mass convocation of festive worship at the Western Wall. In the kibbutzim, it marks the peak of the new grain harvest and the ripening of the first fruits, including the seven species mentioned in the Bible (wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates).

Passover
In the spring, beginning on 15 Nisan, is the festival of the Exodus and liberation from bondage. Freedom is, indeed, the dominant note of Passover. The rites of Passover begin long before the festival, as families and businesses cleanse their premises of hametz-leaven and anything containing it-as prescribed in the Torah (Ex. 12:15-­20). The day before the festival is devoted to preparatory rituals including ceremonial burning of the forbidden foodstuff. On the holiday evening, the seder is recited: an elaborate retelling of the enslavement, redemption, and Exodus, modeled after the ritual of the paschal sacrifice at the Temple. At this festive meal, the extended family gathers to recite the Seder and enjoy traditional foods, particularly the matza-unleavened bread. The following day’s observances resemble those of the other pilgrimage festivals.

Passover is probably second only to Yom Kippur in traditional observance by the generally non­observant. In addition, a secular Passover rite based on the festival’s agricultural connotations is practiced in some kibbutzim. It serves as a spring festival, a festival of freedom, and the date of the harvesting of the first ripe grain. Passover also includes the second “intermediate” week ­ five half ­sacred, half­ ordinary days devoted to extended prayer and leisure, and it concludes with another festival day.

Sukkot
Described in the Bible (Lev. 23:34) as the “Feast of Tabernacles,” Sukkot is one of the three festivals that were celebrated until 70 CE with mass pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem and are therefore known as the “pilgrimage festivals.” On Sukkot, Jews commemorate the Exodus from Egypt (c.13th century BCE) and give thanks for a bountiful harvest. At some kibbutzim, Sukkot is celebrated as Chag Ha’asif (the harvest festival), with the themes of the gathering of the second grain crop and the autumn fruit, the start of the agricultural year, and the first rains. In the days between Yom Kippur and Sukkot, tens of thousands of householders and businesses erect sukkot – booths for temporary dwelling, resembling the booths in which the Israelites lived in the desert, after their exodus from Egypt – and acquire the palm frond, citron, myrtle sprigs, and willow branches with which the festive prayer rite is augmented. All around the country, Sukkot line parking lots, rooftops, lawns, and public spaces. No army base lacks one. Some Israelis spend the festival and the next six days literally living in their Sukkot. (end notes)

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