I would contend there is a minimal difference in correlation between evangelical children and teenagers who make a decision for Christ and who later become genuine disciples, and Roman Catholics who are baptized as infants and who as adults become faithful and devout Catholic disciples. I am fully aware of the pointedness of this accusation, directed as it is at us who have for years contended that we are saved while Roman Catholics are (or may) not (be), but I am trying to make just that point. I’m not convinced our system works much more effectively than theirs. I am happy to be proven wrong, but being wrong here won’t change the central challenges of this book. One more point: focusing youth events, retreats, and programs on persuading people to make a decision disarms the gospel, distorts numbers, and diminishes the significance of discipleship.
Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011), p 20
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I am afraid most evangelicals will find this hard to swollow, because, if it is true, it undermines in a decisive manner the claimed superiority for salvation and Christian discipleship of personal decision for baptism over infant baptism.
And, by the way, as an Anglican I agree fully with Scot, which should be expected by those who know me already.
So, what do you think?