"Anabaptist views in general altogether foreign to Holy Scripture
Many, then, were the errors of Anabaptism. There were also different varieties of Anabaptists. Yet all agreed in rejecting infant baptism -- and, more importantly, also the historical continuity and therefore the social stability which it promotes.
In Holy Scripture itself, there is neither antipaidobaptism nor submersionism. The Bible insists that both believers and their infants were to be circumcised, before Calvary. There, however, circumcision was replaced by baptism -- and hence infant circumcision by infant baptism. Genesis 17:7-14; Acts 2:38f; Romans 4:11f; Colossians 2:11-13.
The modern Baptists (just like the mediaeval baptismal regenerationists) further insist that baptism should be administered only by way of submersion. That method, however, is totally foreign to the Word of God -- which knows only of sprinkling and pouring. Isaiah 32:15 & 44:1-5 & 52:15f; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Daniel 3:33 & 5:21; Joel 2:16,23,28f; Acts 1:5f & 2:1-4a,16f,33,38f and Hebrews 9:10-21. For abundant proof of this, see Francis Nigel Lee's monograph titled Sprinkling is Scriptural. The antipaidobaptism of the Anabaptists strongly characterizes their Baptist stepchildren today" (F.N.Lee)
Â·John the Baptist's ministry was prophetic of the outpouring of the Spirit. It is inconceivable he would typify this by any other mode than pouring. Â·Heb.9:10, identifies all Old Testament water-purification rituals as "baptisms.â€ť Without exception, these were done by sprinkling or pouring, never by immersion. Compare these "sprinklings,â€ť which are called baptisms in the following texts: Heb.9:13 = Nu.19:17-18 ?Heb.9:19 = Ex. 24:6,8 ?Heb.9:21 = Lev.8:19; 16:14
Baptism Is the External Sign and Seal of the Covenant of Grace Made with Abraham. The Covenant made with Abraham is the same believers enjoy today. No fundamental changes, except in the sign and seal of entry into it. Let's look at the elements in common: 1.The promises made to Abraham were intended for New Testament believers also. Ro.4:16,23,24. ? 2.The Abrahamic Covenant is called "the gospel.â€ť Ga.3:8 ? 3.The blessing is the same: The Holy Spirit. Ga.3:14 ? 4.The condition is the same:Faith alone. Ge.15:6 Ro.4:3 etc