I would like to do a poll about this subject, but in order to focus it, some pre-poll input is needed. I don't know if anyone else has thought to call this subject the "Baptist paradox," but it's the observation of Baptist churches, organizations, and especially "evangelists," put so much emphasis on making a public decision for Christ, having an "invitation," which at 'revivials,' 'crusades,' or camp meetings can get very emotional with a lot of response. And then all the 'rejoicing,' shouts of "Amen!" to these decisions or applauding (same thing with a little different method), and the "right hand of Christian fellowship." THEN, so many sermons, so many articles, so much "advice" of questionable quality, and it seems we do everything to convince people who have 'known Christ' for a long time or short time, to re-examine that, or make a "redidication," or a request for prayers to "seek direction"; and these also are normally met with unquestioned commendation from the present assembly. So it seems we try to convinced the unsaved they must get saved, the saved they must question that, or at least 'rededicate' or seek further guidance. And this does result in many people being baptized for a 2nd time saying "I didn't really know what I was doing the first time." If being a Christian is a growth process, then we are going to have periods when things seem to be settled or 'in holding,' and then there are times when further growth comes in splurges. I don't think having a new learning or perspective means we must be condemned by our dumbness and we need another-- a "real"-- dose of spirituality. But Baptists do love to see "decisions" and we always want to commend whatever the decision is... probably knowing later it will be questioned both by those who make it and those in position to see the 'results.' Were you baptized a 2nd time (or even more)? Is an annual or biannual rededication a common thing for you or those you know? Have you seen young people come back from 'camp' or some meeting with many of them making new decisions, including a 2nd or 3rd salvation decision, or "surrendering [my] life to Christian service", knowing this was just some emotional chain reaction? These are some of the questions that may be on the poll, along with others brought up.