Peter Leithart’s views on baptismal efficacy do not accord with the Westminster Standards. There. I said it. I do pray that we in the PCA find our confessional back bone to say so, as well. We will have the opportunity to say so this summer in Greenville – or to be guilty of confessional double-speak.
Having said so, though, I also say that there are others in the PCA whose views on baptism’s inefficacy do not accord with Westminster, either. Baptism is not a wet baby dedication. According to Scripture and our standards derived therefrom, baptism is a means of grace, efficacious for the elect, as applied in the sovereign Spirit’s appointed time, the benefits of which must be received by faith. I have blogged about the pastoral implications of this here.
And William Evans has said it better than I have here.