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.