Hello again! Why am I back so soon? Well, we got a lot of interesting comments yesterday that caused me to feel that our beliefs were greatly misunderstood, and so to quell any unnecessary confusion, I am following up with answers to your queries.
- “It was because of our parents’ faith that allowed us, as small babies, to be accepted into the Covenant, thus being recognized as Christians from the very beginning of our lives. Precluding the baptisms, our parents took vows to raise us girls in the Faith, promising to teach us everything we might need to know in order that we might be saved. So in essence it was through our Dad’s faith (as he is the head of our family) that we received the blessings of the Covenant.”
This statement was the one I believe that was the most misunderstood. Several of the people who commented yesterday evidently thought that when I said, “It was because of our parents’ faith that allowed us, as small babies, to be accepted into the Covenant, thus being recognized as Christians from the very beginning of our lives.” that it meant that we girls received salvation through our parent’s own faith. This is not what I was trying to say at all. We girls know full well that the only way to receive our salvation is through a confession from our own lips that we believe that we are sinners and in need of Christ’s forgiveness and atonement to save us from Hell. Each of us girls have done this, and each one of us has been saved through such a confession of Faith.
So to clarify then, because of our parent’s faith and through baptism we three were welcomed into the Church at a very early age, in the hopes that by receiving the blessings of the Lord’s covenant, we would receive Christ as our Lord and Savior when we fully understood. Essentially, it is an act of faith that we baptize our babies, just as it was an act of faith for the children of Israel to circumcise their baby boys. Jesus said that baptism replaced the old sign of the covenant, bloody circumcision, because Jesus’ own blood was shed for us, and thus we need no longer shed blood to be sealed into the covenant, but rather, be baptized through water.
Now you might say, “What if children, who were baptized in their infancy, had godly parents, and received the blessings of the covenant people of God, were to stray after all was said and done? Doesn’t that cancel out what you just said?” By no means. Remember that there were laws in the Old Testament that said that if anyone, having been circumcised and welcomed into the covenant, defiled the Lord’s commandments and did not confess his sins, but turned his face from the Lord, then that man would be cut off from the Children of Israel. And this is what we believe too, only now we use baptism instead of circumcision as the sign and seal of the covenant. There may be those who have been baptized as young babies, but later refuted all that they were taught. Ultimately, the Lord desires godly seed, and that is why a believing man and a woman are joined together in holy matrimony, that they might bear godly seed, and, in faith, baptize their children into the covenant. Those children are then the Lord’s, and through faithful teaching of His ways, the parents direct their children in the Way. But in the end it is for the Children to confess with their lips their belief that they are sinners, and need Christ to save them.
- We do not believe that our rings or baptism are of such a significance that they take the place of Christ as the means of salvation for our lives.
This was brought up by a commenter who it seems was rather confused about whether or not we fully believe in the saving work of Jesus Christ. With all our hearts we believe that we have been saved by the grace and mercy of God, and that He chose us to be His before the foundations of the world were made. Rings and baptism are not given to us to “distract” our attention away from the Lord, nor even to be a comfort to us that we are saved and we need not doubt that. By no means! We know in our heart of hearts that it is to Christ that we look for this comfort and reassurance, if we ever have needed it.
Going any further into this subject of Baptism, Covenant Rings, and Salvation is too great and vast a topic to discuss further on our blog. When I wrote up the post on our rings, it was to give you all a bit of background about our faith, and how the rings were just a small part in what we believe. Even the great theologians of centuries past could not agree on this subject, and so I think it would be folly to further discuss this topic.
I sincerely hope that this has banished any further confusion amongst our dear followers! 🙂
I also want to thank you for your comments yesterday; our family had some good conversations because of them, and ultimately, we three were sharpened by your queries.
Love and grace be yours this day, from our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer