That is why the little children of the unbelievers perished during the great flood when they were totally submersed together with their parents — even while Noah and his children were being saved inside the ark and being ‘baptized by the downpour from above.26 That is why the firstborn of the Egyptians perished during the tenth plague and why many of them were submersed in the Red Sea -while the firstborn of the Israelites, provided their parents personally saw to it that the blood of the passover lamb was sprinkled on the entrances of the houses, were saved; and shortly thereafter, while still infants, baptized together with their parents in the rain clouds at the Red Sea.67
That is why God visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate Him; but also shows mercy unto thousands [of generations] of them that love Him, and keep His commandments.68 And that is why we Presbyterians baptize the little children of professing Christians as a ‘holy seed69 — while we do not baptize the little children of professing unbelievers, and Jews and Heathen.43 What God has put asunder — namely Heathen children and Christian children – let no man join together!
What God hath pronounced unclean, don’t you pronounce to be holy!45 Thus taught Calvin70 and thus too teaches our Westminster Directory71 — because thus says the Scripture!72
B.: But Im a Christian believer, and not a Heathen! So I sup-pose that means my children too should be baptized, doesnt it?
P.: Yes, of course! And inasmuch as your own Baptist Church does not believe in household baptism, our own Presbyterian Church is ready and eager to assist you — should you and your wife together with your children desire to become members of our denomination. Dont by any further unnecessary delay in having your children baptized, continue to break the Covenant of grace and run the danger of you and your children being cut off from the people of God! Scripture. Calvin, and our Reformed Confessions all solemnly warn us not to do this.73
Have your children baptized as soon as possible, and then bring them up in the nur-ture and admonition of the Lord from tenderest infancy.74 Repent of your ignorance, and negligence, and embrace all the counsel of God75 — which includes infant baptism. For listen to the Spirit-inspired words of the apostle Peter: “Repent, and be baptized! … For the promise is unto you, and to your children!”76
B.: But if my family does join the Presbyterian Church, wont my wife and I, who have both already been submerged, have to be baptized again – this time by sprinkling?
P.: No, we Presbyterians are not Re-baptists! As Baptists – like Calvins wife before she embraced the Reformed Faith77 — you and your wife have already validly been baptized in the Name of the Triune God, even though it was only by way of submersion. Even if you had been baptized in the Romish Church by a heretical though trinitarian priest — as was John Calvin — we would still recognize your baptism as valid.
After all, there is only one water-baptism in the last analysis — namely, that administered in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The chief point is surely not how much water you were baptized with, but whether you believe in the Saviour and, less importantly -whether you have also been baptized with water (either before or after your conversion) in the saving Name of the Triune God, with the baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ.78