That’s just my lame sense of humor in the title to this post. The real title might be something like;
How Calvinism Makes Me A Baptist
We’ll simply follow the TULIP acrostic and briefly look at how each of the points affect my view of Baptism.
Total Depravity- All men inherit a sin nature from their parents, which has been inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve, and water baptism cannot take it away. Instead, it is removed by Christ’s atoning death and resurrection as we are united with Christ by faith, which is symbolically shown through water baptism.
Unconditional Election- God has chosen certain people to salvation, not based on any foreseen merit. Baptism does not profit an unbeliever as regards his election by God, making him more likely to ‘be saved’. Instead, baptism is given to the Church as a confirmation of God’s election of those who believe.
Limited Atonement- The effectualness of Christ’s atonement is limited to only those who believe. Baptism is a sign of that atonement. Baptism should be just as limited as the atonement is.
Irresistible Grace- The Holy Spirit effectually calls out all that the Father has chosen. As we have noted in Acts 2:39, baptism is commanded of all those whom are called out by God.
Perseverance of the Saints- All whom God has chosen are kept by God and persevere in faith towards Him. Baptism is the sign of the promise that his elect will be saved by Christ’s death and resurrection. Baptism should be reserved for those who have been placed into God’s preserving and protective grace.
In summary, all those who have been baptized by the Church into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit should be as close as possible to the same people that have been baptized into Christ by the Spirit.