Last Sunday night I introduced to you the subject of infant Baptism and really the broader subject of Baptism itself. And I made a comment that it is a paradox that the world is full of baptized non-Christians and unbaptized Christians. There is a world of people who have been baptized by the mode if infant Baptism by sprinkling, that has been a dominating form of Baptism in the Christian church historically. And as I said, there are a world of people who have been baptized that way which is not a true baptism, but nonetheless it is identified as a Baptism who have nothing to do with the church and don't know the Lord genuinely.
At the same time, there is a large group of people who do know the Lord and they're in the church and have not been baptized. This is a strange thing. Non-believers should not be baptized, and believers must be baptized. This has been an issue for me for a long, long time, this issue of unbaptized believers. And it doesn't seem to be getting any better. I'm afraid that pragmatism has been the death of the ordinances. Pragmatism, wanting to entertain people, make them feel good, pragmatism wanting a minimalist approach to everything sets aside the seriousness and the demands of Baptism, as well as that other ordinance which has been given to us by our Lord, the table of Communion and the remembrance of His cross.
Frankly, it has been many, many years since anyone has written a book emphasizing Baptism. To the writing of books, there is absolutely no end...no end. To the writing of Christian books, there is no end. To the writing of Christian books on the Christian life there seems to be no end. And look, as I may, I can't even find a chapter on Baptism and rarely a chapter on the Lord 's Table....