Baptists: Does it not worry you that you cannot confess the Nicene Creed without adding footnotes?
As a general rule: I give Baptists the benefit of the doubt, which is to say that I assume they don’t actually believe what they supposedly believe.
God (through Peter): ‘Baptism now saves you.’
Baptists: ‘Does it really, though?’
As it always the case, going to the text is superior to resorting to human reason. What does the Bible say of Baptism?
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins[.]”
In the Great Commission, Christ commands that we “make disciples … baptizing … teaching” (yes, in that order). The Baptist position assumes that only half of this command (second half) does anything.
Does Christ command empty ritual?
The ‘hard’ Baptist position with regard to infant Baptism (i.e., that it is ineffective) entails that Baptism is a work of man.
As all works of man are ineffective, it necessarily follows from the Baptist position that Baptism is ineffective.