Re-Baptizing

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Re-Baptizing

  1. require re-baptism, regardless of the circumstances

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  2. accept baptism upon testimony of correct doctrine

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  3. accept all baptisms by immersion

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  4. other

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  1. USN2Pulpit

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    An individual (or family) begin attending your church faithfully. They testify of a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, having believed in their hearts and having confessed Him as their Lord, then baptized by immersion.

    They want to commit themselves to your church body as members, but their baptism by immersion was not done in a Baptist church. Instead, the church was "non-denominational."

    What do you do?
     
  2. Bro Tony

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    Since we are dealing with another ordinance of the Church, I would expect it to follow the same line as the Lord's Supper question. If one considers that the ordinance belong to a specific local church or denomination, they will require a re-baptism. If one considers that a person is baptized into Christ and not a denomination there would be no need to re-baptize someone who has been biblically baptized.

    Personally, I believe that water baptism has been raised to a place it never was intended in the Scripture. For many churches it has become the door into the Church. It is not, Jesus is the door into His Church.

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  3. PastorGreg

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    As long as the baptism was performed under the authority of a local NT church, whether I agree with everything they do or not (or what the name is), it is a valid baptism and we would accept it for transfer.
     
  4. Dr. Bob

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    Amen, PastorGreg. We had an Christian church (arminian) in our town that had a similar doctrinal statement (including baptism by immersion). We accepted them as a local NT church (which some doctrinal quirks) and valid baptism.
     
  5. Squire Robertsson

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    One problem for me is accepting a believer's immersion done in a Primitive Methodist or even a Presbyterian Church. This as both would accept anointing or pouring as equally valid. And I would also take a dim view of accepting a Mennonite & Co. triple dunk.
     
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    In some of the IFB churches we would have them re-baptized" if they came from E-Free, Methodists, Christian or some other churches. In the BMA, our pastor re-baptized ANYONE who was not baptized in a BMA church. In the SBC it is basically the same as the IFB churches.

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  7. Pastor Larry

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    I would add only that it should be performed with proper teaching (alluding to what Keith said). It must have the right method and right symbolism.
     

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