While at a local LifeWay Christian bookstore today, I met an 82 year-old Christ follower. We had a delightful conversation. We talked life, church, denominations, and some infant baptism.
We talked infant baptism because he told me he grew up Baptist and his father was a Baptist minister. But he left his Baptist roots for the AME and then Presbyterianism, where he’s now.
I had to ask him, “How was it going from believer’s baptism to infant baptism?” My new friend, who has invited me to a Saturday morning Bible men study that he still teaches, says it was not much of a problem, even though it’s not explicitly taught in the Bible.
Before he left he said to me, “I still hold to my Baptist roots though I’m now Presbyterian. You can call me a Bapterian.”
But not to detained him any longer I let that one slide, concluding that there’s no such thing as a Bapterian, one who can be both Baptist and Presbyterian–for there are distinctives that identify them separately and the twain shall not meet.