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?’
“How can water do such great things?”
“It is not the water indeed that does them, but the Word of God, which is in and with the water, and faith, which trusts this Word of God in the water.”
The Biblical text is clear that Baptism is neither a work of man nor merely an outward sign; rather, “Baptism … now saves you[.]”
Baptism is a means of grace.
Human reason looks at the water and scoffs; faith looks at the water and believes the Word.
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.
Proposition: Infant Baptism is ineffective.
Corollary: Baptism is a work of man.
Fact: All works of man are ineffective.
Conclusion: Baptism is ineffective.