Acts 16:14-16 (New International Version)
14One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.
No mention of “believing” there!
29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family.
Lots of believing in this passage. However, notice that Paul tells the jailer that through his faith, his entire household will be saved. “Believe…and you will be saved…and your household.”
1 Corinthians 1:15-17 (New International Version)
15so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. 16(Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)
No mention of believing or of infants…just the curious word “household” again.
Household after household after household. Are we to actually believe, Yankee_drifter that not one of these households (and I think there are five mentioned specifically in scripture as being baptized) contained a single child under the age of reason? Remember, this wasn’t a culture in which families only had one or two kids…large families were considered to be a blessing from God.
So, it’s more than a stretch to believe that NONE of these families contained kids whom the parents would not want to have baptized.
Moreover, Paul clearly understands that through the faith of the Jewish parents, a child was brought into the covenant relationship through circumcision…how much more so for the child of parents who have accepted the gospel? After all, Paul himself calls baptism the “circumcision of Christ”. Who is circumcised? Adult converts and infants of believing parents.
In the book of Acts, the texts show the whole house is said to do that which Infants could not do. And what is it infants cannot do?
I have shown the opposite; there is mention of households where belief by every single individual member is not mentioned. Moreover, I have shown that Jewish infants could not accept the Law of Moses before being circumcised, yet God commanded their circumcision based upon the faith of the parents.
For all we know, he went immediately to a nearby stream and was baptized by immersion. However, this was an urgent situation because Paul and Silas were escaping from jail and they had to hurry and baptize the jailer and his family. One can draw any number of conclusions so you can’t isolate such passages and use them as “proof texts”. However infant baptism is very different and not considered an extreme circumstance.
Paul and Silas were not escaping…they remained in the jail until morning.
35When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.” 37But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”
38The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and encouraged them. Then they left.
And you want to tell us that WE don’t know the Word of God? How did you put it…ah, yes…are you for real?