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God is indeed good, and the “good” virtues that humans have is to be commended. Yet, the best that we could offer and bring to the table still falls short if it is not done for the glory and honor of God. Man’s goodness and God’s goodness ride on seperate planes, therefore it is imparative that we recognize that the true essence of goodness rests only in God, for scripture declares that there is none good but God.

Also, it is important to note that many of us do not believe in infant baptism because we recognize that we are saved by grace and not by works, as taught by Paul in the book of Ephesians. We recognize the purpose of baptism as being an outward sign to an inward reality. Hence, only those who have intelligently accepted Christ as Lord are to be baptized. Multiple scriptures can support this, while citing no NT examples of baptizing infants. So, to simplify this–we do not believe that water baptism makes a baby born again in the Spirit.

Please note how Paul metaphorically speaks in regards to being “born again” through a spriitual washing.

(Titus 3:5-6) He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of “regeneration” and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

The word “regeneration” comes from the Greek “palingenesia,” which is made up of two words meaning “again” and “birth.” Paul gave us a remarkable illustration of the work of the Spirit in a Christian’s life that has come to acknowledge Him as their Savior.

Shalom

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