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FAQ ID # 5420
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My friend has been asked to be a godparent in an infant baptism; in which we know isn't biblical, but she doesn't know what to do because it is her brother requesting. Her boyfriend will not even attend the ceremony because he knows its not biblcal. Any ideas on how to handle this situation or resources?

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A portion of the following response is taken from a previous answer at "Ask Calvary" on the subject of "infant baptism".  You can read similar questions and answers regarding this topic on "Ask Calvary" by typing these key words in the search engine.

A godparent or sponsor is an adult who "stands in" for an infant during their baptism. They are in a sense making a profession of faith for the baby who is being baptized.  Responsibilities of a godparent after the baptism ceremony varies depending on the religion and culture. 

There is not a single Biblical record of a baby being baptized.  In fact, the New Testament demonstrates baptism is for those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Infants cannot believe, they do not have the mental development for belief in Christ.

There are times when it may be wise to participate in certain 'religious' ceremonies or traditions for the sake of loving and supporting the family.  This is fine as long as you are not compromising any essential Biblical doctrines.  If the opportunity arises, this is a good way to help loved ones understand what the Bible teaches about baptism.  By the Holy Spirit's leading, you could explain to them that, regarding the spiritual guidance of the child, you will adhere to what the Bible teaches.

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