Paedobaptists Beware of “The Jesus Storybook Bible”
I have been looking through our new little Bible storybook by Sally Lloyd-Jones The Jesus Storybook Bible that we recently got for our daughter’s second birthday. What a great treasure! The running theme of this book is Revelation 22:13, “Jesus said, “I am the beginning and the end.” The subtitle of the book is “Every Story Whispers His Name”. The whole book, in every story Christ is center point and object. The Jesus Storybook Bible is a great tool for putting a redemptive center in your child’s knowledge of the Bible.
However, if you are a paedobaptist, beware of small undercurrents of Believer’s baptism dogma. For example, on page 203, in the story of John the Baptist, Lloyd-Jones writes, “Great crowds listened to John. They were sorry they had sinned, and they wanted to stop running away from God. They wanted to be rescued. So John baptized them – which means he plunged them in and out of the water. It showed that they wanted to follow God and begin and new life” (italics mine). Now, I know my paedobaptists brothers will read this and respond that they also believe that when there are new believers and they have not been baptized as infants, they will do the same thing. Yet, the emphasis Lloyd-Jones puts on baptism is that it is clearly immersion and clearly a sign of faith.
Hopefully, all will sense the light-hearted, ribbing that this post was meant to be. All evangelical believers (infant or believer baptists) will benefit their family with this book. I highly recommend it!