Did you happen to catch the question recently asked in The Banner about infant baptism?
In case you missed it, the author of the question writes, “A few years ago the CRC synod warned against replacing infant baptism with dedication. Since then, has the denomination lightened up at all and at least considered giving parents of newborns the option?”
To find Rev. Henry De Moor’s response to the question, click here. In summary, Henry clearly states that “no” the CRC has not changed its position on baptism. Henry affirms the call of Synod 2012 “refrain from leading rituals of infant or child dedication.”
Rev. De Moor goes on to say, “I do understand that many evangelical churches offer folks the option of infant dedication and that they and our culture generally want us to move away from “rigidity” in this matter. But I experience our adherence to baptism as liberating. Dedication speaks of our believing approach to God. That’s all. Infant baptism goes far beyond that to speak also of God’s faithfulness and promises to us.”
I’m curious, do you view the CRC’s adherence to baptism as liberating? Has your church wrestled with this topic? Are there other factors to consider? If so, what are they?