The Orthodox Presbyterian Church claims that
The Son of God took upon himself a human nature in the womb of the virgin Mary, so that in her son Jesus the divine and human natures were united in one person. Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and died on a cross, bearing the sins of, and receiving God’s wrath for, all those who trust in him for salvation (his chosen ones). He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where he sits as Lord and rules over his kingdom (the church). He will return to judge the living and the dead, bringing his people (with glorious, resurrected bodies) into eternal life, and consigning the wicked to eternal punishment.
However the scripture states,
1 John 2:1-2
 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
In an article titled Refusing to Present Children for Baptism, the Orthodox Presbyterian states:
- God has revealed his great displeasure with those who refuse or neglect the administration of the sign of the covenant (Gen. 17:14; Exod. 4:24-26).
- To refuse the covenant sign to the children of believers is to deny God’s covenant claim upon them, and thus to withhold from him those who are rightfully his. Such denial provokes him to anger (Exod. 4:22-26; Mark 10:13, 14).
- The riches of God’s grace are most clearly seen in his covenant mercies, and to deny baptism to the children of the church prevents the grace of God from being seen in all its richness and manifestly detracts from its fullness. This cannot help but weaken the sense of gratitude in both parents and children and consequently rob God of the praise and thanksgiving that are due to him.
- Those professing parents who refuse to present their children for baptism thereby deny their solemn obligation to keep God’s covenant by raising their children in the knowledge and fear of the Lord, and deprive their children as well as themselves of the comfort of God’s covenant promise.
- Professing parents who refuse to present their children for baptism withhold from the church of Christ the holy seed which God in his goodness has provided for it, and consequently deprive their children of the nurture and discipline which the body of Christ imparts to its members.
They say that if parents refuse to baptize their children “God’s covenant claim” upon the children is denied. This is clearly a false gospel. The scriptures do not teach Christian initiation. You cannot be baptized into the kingdom of God. You must believe in Christ.
The proof is found in his own writings:
On page 15 of The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A.M. by John Wesley
4 By baptism we who were by nature children of wrath are made the children of God And this regeneration which our Church in so many places ascribes to baptism is more than barely being admitted into the Church though commonly connected therewith being grafted into the body of Christ’s Church we are made the children of God by adoption and grace This is grounded on the plain words of our Lord Except a man be born again of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God John iii 5 By water then as a means the water of baptism we are regenerated or born again whence it is also called by the Apostle the washing of regeneration Our Church therefore ascribes no greater virtue to baptism than Christ himself has done Nor does she ascribe it to the outward washing but to the inward grace which added thereto makes it a sacrament Herein a principle of grace is infused which will not be wholly taken away unless we quench the of God continued wickedness The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A.M. By John Wesley
Some have written that Wesley didn’t actually promote baptismal regeneration. However Wesley made the following statement in his book The Works of the Reverend John Wesley:
…And the virtue of this free gift the merits of Christ’s life and death are applied to us in baptism. “He gave himself for the Church that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word;” Eph. v, 25, 26; namely in baptism the ordinary instrument of our justification. Agreeably to this our Church prays in the baptismal office that the person to be baptized may be washed and sanctified by the Holy Ghost and being delivered from God’s wrath receive remission of sins and enjoy the everlasting benediction of his heavenly washing…
Visit the following webpage for an excellent article debunking baptismal regeneration. CONTENDING WITH THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF
Here’s a brief excerpt from the aforementioned article:
D. PEOPLE in the N.T. saved without water baptism.
Both the thief on the cross and Cornelius’ household are examples of New Testament believers who were saved without the benefit of water baptism.
Luke 23:43 (Jesus speaking to the thief on the cross)
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Acts 10:47 (Spoken by Peter in reference to Cornelius’ household)
47 Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized who HAVE RECEIVED the HOLY GHOST the same as we? (They already had the Holy Ghost, they were already saved, and then they were water baptized.)
There are many who teach that their church began at Pentecost, and that one must be baptized into their church in order to avoid going to hell. The following question needs to be asked of those false teachers, “Are Peter, James and John in hell today because they were not baptized into your church after the day of Pentecost?”