“To be sure, children are brought to Baptism by the faith and work of others; but when they get there and the pastor or baptizer deals with them in Christ’s stead, it is He who blesses them and grants them faith and the kingdom of heaven. For the word and act of the pastor are the Word and the work of Christ himself.”
(What Luther Says, Vol. 1, p. 51, 141)
When LATTE professors first came to Bolivia, the doctrine of infant baptism was not being clearly taught or practiced. When the LATTE professors began to teach this doctrine and show the great importance of putting it into practice, they met with some resistance. A family with five children who regularly attend worship services at Redeemer Lutheran congregation had never had any of their children baptized because they thought that it was not necessary to do so. After much instruction from Scripture with an emphasis on the spiritual benefits that come with baptism, the parents of these five children finally agreed to have their children baptized.
What a joyful moment it was when five precious children received this precious gift which has granted them the benefits of the forgiveness of their sins, becoming members of the family of God and having the assurance of a home in Heaven once this life is over.
Go to www.welsinbolivia.blogspot.com for more details.