Open Letter to Karl Barth (Part 4)
To the Theologian,
I have continued to strive in understanding your teaching. How can one look at the paradigm of the Christian church and not be moved? The church is dead. God is not far behind. Yet resurrection is the revealing of God-self and I pray it will happen again. But I believe you and I would not agree on how this resurrection of the church would come about in time and space.
I have learned definitively from you that the Holy Spirit moves through human language in a way that we cannot fully understand. I am awestruck at your conviction that the Holy Spirit brings revelation through human language, all human language, with no effort from man. The church's language is stolen from the world. The language of the world is held captive in the Lord's hands. On all this you and I agree.
But to what extent does this extend? Does this not naturally extend to children? Does this not naturally extend to infants whom have not yet learned the language of men? Your rejection of infant baptism is complete except for the failure to accept that God speaks to them too. And if He can speak to them too than what holds back the Christological reality of their election? Cannot the Holy Spirit make their relationship to God known by commandeering their lack of language? And if these are true what prohibits them from baptism?
Sir, I think ultimately the principals of experience won your heart in relation to the experience of Christological realities as the basis for baptism. I pray that you re-address Calvin. Address the need for regeneration, by the Spirit, for salvation (even of infants!). Address the promises of the Holy Spirit and His commandeering of human language.
Yours in unity with the Spirit.