A Covenantal Argument for Credobaptism Versus Paedobaptism
Revised and Expanded Edition
This book sets out to prove that the Bible authorizes only credobaptism, the baptism of disciples alone.
“As a former Presbyterian minister, I baptized two of my infants. I was sincere. It was meaningful. I believed that infant baptism (paedobaptism) was biblical. However, I was sincerely and biblically wrong.”
“Now, I am convinced that the baptism authorized by the Bible is the baptism of disciples. In fact, I believe the Bible authorizes the baptism of disciples alone. This position may also be called credobaptism, from the Latin verb credo, meaning believe or trust. Other designations are believer’s baptism, confessor’s baptism, or professor’s baptism, all synonyms describing the baptism of disciples alone. Hoping to be gracious toward my paedobaptist friends and mentors, the purpose of this book is to prove that the Bible authorizes only disciple’s baptism. This book is also written, however, to help parents, pastors and laymen better understand the Baptist position for credobaptism versus paedobaptism so they can decide which local church to join and serve in.”
From the Author’s Preface
Fred Malone has written one of the most important books on baptism to appear in at least the last two hundred years–and every thoughtful Christian will findThe Baptism of Disciples Aloneto be an essential guide to thinking through the debate between what Dr. Malone rightly identifies as the “paedobaptists” and the “credobaptists.” The Lord Jesus Christ set baptism at the center of Christian worship and as the defining mark of Christian identity. Dr. Malone is a scholar and pastor who argues with biblical passion and instructs by personal testimony. He presents his case with the skill of an attorney, the conviction of a theologian, and the care of a faithful pastor–and he is right! We are all in his debt.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, Kentucky
“Fred Malone presents the best case I have seen for believers’ baptism from a covenantal perspective. This outstanding book deserves to be widely read and studied by everyone involved in the baptism discussion.”
Dr. Timothy George Dean of Beeson Divinity School Birmingham, Alabama Executive editor, Christianity Today
“Every Baptist will welcome Dr. Malone’s volume as being a new champion of the cause of truth. It should have immense usefulness for pastors and churches as a tool for teaching covenant theology and as an aid in controversy about the subjects of baptism.”
Walter J. Chantry Editor,The Banner of Truthmagazine