It is an invention of man, against which Christians ought to protest every day, because infant sprinkling is a practical denial of the need of personal godliness.
It puts into the Church those who are not in the Church.
It gives religious rites to the unconverted.
It teaches men that because their mothers and fathers were good people, therefore these baptized infants are Christians; whereas they are not, they are heathens, and as much heathens as if they were born amidst the Hottentot’s kraals. They are in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity, notwithstanding all their parents’ excellence.
To give Christian ordinances to unconverted persons is to pervert the testimony of God’s Church.