Reflecting upon the Great Commission from our Lord in Mark 16:15-16 and Matthew 28:19-20, Baptist pastor and historian George W. Purefoy wrote:
Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,” &c. Here the baptism of none is recognized but of those that are taught and believe. Infants are incapable of being taught, of believing, or of observing the things that Christ had commanded; consequently, by the Savior’s commission, they are excluded from baptism. This must be obvious to every unprejudiced and reflecting mind.
–Elder Geo. W. Purefoy, The History of the Sandy Creek Baptist Association, From its Organization in A.D. 1758, to A.D. 1858, Being an Enlargement of the Centenary Sermon Delivered by him at its One Hundredth Annual Session, at Love’s Creek Meetinghouse, Chatham County, N.C., on the 3rd Day of October, 1858 p.10