Where Scripture Has No Tongue


If infant baptism had been any appointment or ordinance of Jesus Christ, there would have been some precept, command, or example in the Scripture to warrant the same; but inasmuch as the Scripture is so wholly silent therein, there being not one syllable to be found in all the New Testament about any such practice, it may well be concluded to be no ordinance of Jesus Christ; for where the Scripture has no tongue, we ought to have no ear; according to that known maxim:

To practice anything in the worship of God, as an ordinance of His, without an institution, ought to be esteemed will-worship and idolatry.

– Henry Danvers, A Treatise of Baptism, first published 1674