Lately I have been listening to the lectures of Dr. Kim Riddlebarger on Amillennialism, and I can say without qualification that I have thoroughly enjoyed his teachings on eschatology, the Kingdom of God, redemptive history, etc. However, Riddlebarger, being the good Reformed theologian that he is, is convinced from Reformed teaching and tradition that the ordinance of baptism (or sacrament in his understanding) is rightly administered to the infants of parents in the Reformed church. And while I take little issue with his stance on infant baptism (paedobaptism henceforth), other than the fact that I disagree with him, he has at points in his lectures made blanket statements concerning Baptists, expressly that all Baptists by necessity (because they do not practice paedobaptism) do not and cannot see continuity in the Covenants of God and therefore are all to some degree Dispensationalists.
While I must sympathize with Riddlebarger to an extent, because a great majority of Baptists are to some degree Dispensationalists (whether they are so by choice or by ignorance), his blanket statement that Baptists cannot hold to a Covenant view of Redemption is simply false. We who are Reformed Baptists do in fact hold fast to Covenant Theology, for we do believe, as do our Reformed paedobaptist brethren, that the covenantal understanding of Redemptive History is the proper way to understand the Scriptures and God’s plan to the bring the Nations to himself. And I will argue, contrary to Riddlebarger’s assertion, that Reformed Baptists are credobaptists and not paedobaptists precisely because of Covenant Theology.