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Former Worldwide Church of God
now baptizing infants

 
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Former Worldwide Church of God
now baptizing infants

 

GLENDORA, Calif.--Grace Communion International, formerly the Worldwide Church of God, now practices infant baptism, according to a posting on the church's The Surprising God blog.

Information posted by blogmaster Ted Johnston explains that the GCI "finds support" for baptizing babies in a "Trinitarian, incarnational understanding of Holy Scripture."

For one thing, he said, the New Testament speaks of "whole households" -- which would include infants -- "being baptized upon the conversion of the head of the household" (Acts 16:15, 31-33; 1 Corinthians 1:16).

"GCI believes that infant baptism is a scripturally permissible and spiritually blessed expression of God's unconditional grace and love," Mr. Johnston concluded. Babies' "conscious acceptance" of God's grace comes a little later in life at a "confirmation ceremony," he said.

For more information go to thesurprisinggodblog.wcg.org.

 
 
 

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