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  • Should I get baptized (again)?

    I was baptized as a baby (grew up in Methodist church).

    I didn't become a REAL believer until about November of 2006. I have thought a few times about whether I should get baptized or not, but I really don't think it's a big deal.

    Just like circumcision, I know it isn't required of us to be believers or to get into heaven. However, at the same time, what could it really hurt to do it again?

    Thanks for any input.

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    There's nothing wrong with your pronouncement of surrendering your life to the Holy One through water immersion. It's a symbolic gesture of your obedience, the fruit of your salvation! Obedience is a sweet aroma to God. We love God! Nothing wrong with expressing it!

    All God wants is that we don't replace our worship of Him with the worship of rituals or the worship of actions in obedience. I think His heart was broken (Oh Jeruslam, Oh Jerusalem....) the first time He came as one of us and He saw His chosen people doing that.

    Let's not do that.
    Those who seek God with all their heart will find Him and be given sight. Those who seek their own agenda will remain blind.

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    • #3
      Your question leads me to believe that perhaps the Spirit of God is nudging you in that direction. If you feel He is then do it. If not, nothing is lost.
      In Him,
      Bob Allen

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      • #4
        Basically, your baptism as a baby meant nothing at all. If you have decided to follow Christ-it is time to be baptised by immersion.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jdu00743 View Post
          I was baptized as a baby (grew up in Methodist church).

          I didn't become a REAL believer until about November of 2006. I have thought a few times about whether I should get baptized or not, but I really don't think it's a big deal.

          Just like circumcision, I know it isn't required of us to be believers or to get into heaven. However, at the same time, what could it really hurt to do it again?

          Thanks for any input.
          Rebaptism is a sacrilege and should be avoided at all costs. Rebaptism is slap in the face of God as it tells him that the One Baptism is not a sufficient statement of faith and your membership in the Body of Christ. Baptism is not just a thing a church does. Baptism is something that Christ himself established as a sign of being incorporated into the Body of Christ. A person can only be incorporated once in their life.

          If you wish to affirm the faith from your baptism, the appropriate thing to do is to seek Confirmation by the laying on of hands.
          “What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever” ( Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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          • #6
            Absolutely, yes. You need to be baptized.

            I was water baptism as infant baby at Lutheran Church. But, that infant baptism doesn't count as salvation. Because, infant babies' knowledge are not yet developing, and know nothing of Jesus, and sin.

            Godparents do confession for infant baby's sins. That is unbiblcal.

            Bible teaches us, a person must hear the gospel, and make DECISION, then have to repent of sins, then to be baptize that is of obedience because of God's commandment.

            Yes, you do need to be baptize as obedience, because you accepted Christ last year. So, therefore, you have to be baptize follow God's commandment.

            I suggest you go to Christian church like, Church of Christ, Baptist, Assembly of God, which follow the Bible on baptism as God's commandment.

            I urge you, better to obeyt God's Word according Matt. 28:19-20; and Mark 16:15 too. God will blessing you, if you do baptizing by obey Him.

            In Christ
            Rev. 22:20 -Amen!

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            • #7
              I know that when I rededicated myself to Jesus Christ I was led to be baptized again. This time my entire family (wife and daughter) did it as well. We were all baptized as infants but we all felt led to do it again as Christian's who now consciously proclaimed our faith in Jesus Christ.
              Slug1--out

              ~"In the turmoil of any chaos, all it takes is that whisper that is heard like thunder over all the noise and the chaos seems to go away, focus returns and we are comforted in knowing that God has listened to our cry for help."~

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              • #8
                Matthew 3:11 (Whole Chapter)
                I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

                Water baptism is as well and good if it leads you to Christ.

                But baptism of the Holy Ghost is where it's at.

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                • #9
                  An adult born again believer can, if led to, choose to be baptised as an outward sign of obedience. This is NOT sacrilege, and you'll find no protestant would suggest that it was.

                  You don't have to get baptised - it's not a requirement. I got baptised because I was so happy to have found Christ (been found by Him) that I wanted to make a public declaration of my love for Him. But it is between you and God what you do. Just remain happy with Him, and trust Him.
                  Please could everyone pray for Mieke and Charles.

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                  • #10
                    Understand,

                    Being to be baptized is part of action of obedience. Yes, it is required for converts have to be baptize.

                    Myself was as Lutheran, was baptized as infnat baby.

                    Then, later I accepted Christ in August 17, 1988. But, not till over a year later, I finally got baptized in November 1989 by obedience.

                    I urger you better to obey Christ's commandment, Christ would be please if you do it by obey Him.

                    In Christ
                    Rev. 22:20 -Amen!

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                    • #11
                      Baptism is the sign of one's incorporation into the Body of Christ. A person can only be incorporated once. A rebaptism cannot reincorporate. Therefore, it serves no purpose and belittle's God's great work when you were actually incorporated into the Body of Christ.

                      (Although Daughter said that this is not a Protestant belief, I do not think that is accurate. I will admit, and I think it would be more accurate to say, that my position is held by those who also hold to pedobaptism.)
                      “What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever” ( Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by seamus414 View Post
                        Baptism is the sign of one's incorporation into the Body of Christ. A person can only be incorporated once. A rebaptism cannot reincorporate. Therefore, it serves no purpose and belittle's God's great work when you were actually incorporated into the Body of Christ.

                        (Although Daughter said that this is not a Protestant belief, I do not think that is accurate. I will admit, and I think it would be more accurate to say, that my position is held by those who also hold to pedobaptism.)
                        There would be no RE-baptism. Baptism occurs when a person CHOOSES to follow Messiah. The OP has just recently made this choice so it would follow that they are baptized as an outward symbol of the inward change that has occur to this believer. Any ritual done while an infant had nothing to do with any CHOICE to follow Messiah.

                        I was baptized as an infant but had absolutely no personal relationship with my Savior. It was not until 31 years later that I was saved by grace through faith. I read in scripture that we are to 'believe' and be baptized. Because I now believe, I was baptized. I don't consider it being rebaptized because how could I have ever really been baptized if I did not first believe?

                        God Bless!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jdu00743 View Post
                          I was baptized as a baby (grew up in Methodist church).

                          I didn't become a REAL believer until about November of 2006. I have thought a few times about whether I should get baptized or not, but I really don't think it's a big deal.

                          Just like circumcision, I know it isn't required of us to be believers or to get into heaven. However, at the same time, what could it really hurt to do it again?

                          Thanks for any input.
                          Howdy,

                          When you were baptized as a baby it did you no harm but also no good. Your parents were being obedient to what they were taught. You did not have any saving faith in the Lord at that time.

                          Now you have chosen to accept the gift that God gave to pay for your sins and are trying to follow Christ's example. Jesus was baptized as an adult by John. You need to decide if you want to do as Jesus or if you believe your traditional infant baptism is enough for you.

                          I was baptized many years ago but one of my dreams is to be baptized in the Jordan.

                          We will be baptizing a lady next week that was baptized with several other teenage girls about 40 years ago to fit in, without truly being saved. She has come forward and says that God has pressed upon her to be baptized again since she was not saved when she was baptized before. She had me close to tears as she re-shared her testimony.
                          Last edited by Buck shot; Jul 11th 2008, 02:09 PM. Reason: correction

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Studyin'2Show View Post
                            There would be no RE-baptism. Baptism occurs when a person CHOOSES to follow Messiah. The OP has just recently made this choice so it would follow that they are baptized as an outward symbol of the inward change that has occur to this believer. Any ritual done while an infant had nothing to do with any CHOICE to follow Messiah.

                            I was baptized as an infant but had absolutely no personal relationship with my Savior. It was not until 31 years later that I was saved by grace through faith. I read in scripture that we are to 'believe' and be baptized. Because I now believe, I was baptized. I don't consider it being rebaptized because how could I have ever really been baptized if I did not first believe?

                            God Bless!
                            This is part of a much larger discussion that has been had hundreds of times on this board as to when baptism ought to occur. I do not want to derail this thread on this issue, but allow me to say the following:

                            (1) considering that Christians of all stripes are divided over the issue of the age of baptism, it is safe to say that the Bible is not clear on the issue;

                            (2) after the first generation of Christians, the historically normative form of baptism was with infants until the Reformation;

                            (3) after the Reformation, some Protestants (certainly not the majority), rejected pedobaptism in favour of so-called "believer's baptism";

                            (4) a person can be a faithful Bible-based Christian and hold to either pedobaptism or believer's baptism.

                            Of those who Christians who hold to pedobaptism, an adult baptism after being pedobaptized is rebaptism.
                            “What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever” ( Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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                            • #15
                              Let's say someone becomes saved as an adult and is baptized at age 35.

                              Let's say that 20 years later, through all the trials and tribulations of life, the person wants to be baptized again, as an adult, at age 55.

                              Should the second baptism occur?
                              “What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth. That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever” ( Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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