They also pray for them and in the case of children, help with their Christian upbringing, especially if they should lose their parents." The Catechism adds: “Only those of the same confession of faith should be sponsors.” One of the reasons for this practice is to avoid putting family members or friends who belong to churches of a different confession in a difficult or compromising situation, in which they would be asked to take vows that they may not be able to carry out in good conscience (given their own religious views and convictions).The LCMS entrusts to individual pastors and congregations the responsibility of making decisions about finding ways to involve such people in the baptismal service (e.g., sometimes they are asked to serve as “witnesses” to the baptism).Return to Baptism FAQs | Return to main menu QUESTION: How does faith play a role in infant Baptism? Parents and sponsors of a baptized child bear the responsibility of teaching this child God's Word so that the child's faith may remain alive and grow (Matt. Confirmation is a time-honored church tradition (not required by God's Word, but we believe useful nonetheless) in which the child baptized as an infant is given the opportunity to confess for himself or herself the faith that he or she was unable to confess as an infant.Is faith later taken care of when the child is confirmed? Faith is not “created” at confirmation, but it is rather confessed for all to hear so that the church can join and rejoice in this public confession, which has its roots in the faith which God Himself created in Baptism.The LCMS does not believe that Baptism is ABSOLUTELY necessary for salvation.All true believers in the Old Testament era were saved without baptism.Mark implies that it is not the absence of Baptism that condemns a person but the absence of faith, and there are clearly other ways of coming to faith by the power of the Holy Spirit (reading or hearing the Word of God).Still, Baptism dare not be despised or willfully neglected, since it is explicitly commanded by God and has His precious promises attached to it.
If Baptism also saves, it must not save adults since an adult would not say I do not believe but I want to be baptized to get the faith to believe.Return to main menu QUESTION: Can you please clarify the Lutheran view of Baptism and its purpose? ANSWER: Lutherans believe that the Bible teaches that a person is saved by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. 18:6) and that new birth (regeneration) happens in Baptism (John 3:5-7; Titus 3:5-6).The Bible tells us that such “faith comes by hearing” (Rom. Jesus Himself commands Baptism and tells us that Baptism is water used together with the Word of God (Matt. Because of this, we believe that Baptism is one of the miraculous means of grace (another is God’s Word as it is written or spoken), through which God creates and/or strengthens the gift of faith in a person’s heart (see Acts ; Acts ; 1 Peter ; Gal. The infant’s faith cannot yet, of course, be verbally expressed or articulated by the child, yet it is real and present all the same (see e.g., Acts -39; Luke ; 2 Tim. The faith of the infant, like the faith of adults, also needs to be fed and nurtured by God’s Word (Matt. Lutherans do not believe that only those baptized as infants receive faith.If indeed the prooftexts of baptismal regeneration do actually refer to salvation, it must only be for babies since adults would of necessity believe before being baptized.And if they do only speak of babies who do not have the capacity to believe, why don't these verses say so.