Jim Somerville makes an interesting point about the baptisms most Baptist pastors perform most of the time:
In the Bible the candidate for baptism is, typically:
Who has grown up Jewish or Gentile
Hearing the good news about Jesus for the first time
Responding in faith
Repenting of his or her sins
Entering the new life in Christ
Through the waters of baptism
How different is that from the candidate I often immerse:
Dedicated to God as an infant
Having heard about Jesus all her life
Now professing her faith publicly
And joining the other members of the church by
Taking the next step in her Christian journey
Through the waters of baptism.
That’s beautiful, but it is not—in the strictest sense of the word—biblical.
As Jim says, there is a difference between “making” disciples and “raising” them, and that needs to be figured into how we talk about baptism—and what we expect of those who were baptized as infants and later seek membership in a credobaptist church.