Should I Get Baptized For A Paper
Hi,I was baptized in a church where they didn't give paper of it. In my present church those baptized get papers. I wanna study theology and a paper's required at the college. Should I be baptized again for that in my present church?( I don't keep in touch with the former one). Thanks for answers.
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---el on 7/26/05
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Greetings. You can go to the church you were baptised at and request a written document from the pastor/priest who officiated at your baptism. If you cannot go physically you can call/fax your request.
All churches keep a record of the candidates
and the date of their baptism.
---debra6585 on 12/21/07|
Aren't you blessed studying theology, wow. I would think the church you now attend would be so kind and give you the papers. I am not sure if you should use that reason for another baptism. Doesn't seem right to me.
---catherine on 5/23/07|
Getting baptized by any other reason besides doing it so God will get the glory shouldn't be done. But if you want to get baptized just to recieve a paper for school, then that is you. I wouldn't.
---Rebecca_D on 5/22/07|
If it's required do it.
Why let something so small hold you back?
Are you less devoted to Jesus because you had a second baptism? No.
Will God frown upon you for confessing your faith with this act a second time with a new Church? No.
I'd do it again.
---Pharisee on 5/22/07|
Can't you just get a letter stating that you had been baptized?
---Bruce5656 on 7/27/05|
Pls, dont judge by saying "only goal" to get paper.If it were so I'd not have been baptized before!It is not me who needs the paper but the school system requires it.Yes, it is a christian college and no matter which one you go you are asked for paper of being baptized.Such is life.I dont like it either but such is human thinking,system,...not perfect.I think of being baptized again.God knows everyone's heart and motives.Thx for the answers to all.God bless you.
---el on 7/27/05|
I grant you that most if not all ref to baptism are in the NT but that should not matter, if you believe in the whole Bible. Besides, we are part of the NEW Israel and so these ref. about baptism do apply to us and Jesus' example is worthy of being followed as well as His order Go preach and baptize...
Why no OT ref. Christ had to die for B to become a reminder of His death.
---Pierr7958 on 7/27/05|
Were do we see that Israel was given the command to be baptized?
---Bruce5656 on 7/27/05|
If you trusted Christ as your savior, you are baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit does not give out papers. Besides, Israel was given the command to be baptized, Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:17 states that Christ sent him not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. The focus has changed from Israel to the cross of Christ.
---geraa7578 on 7/27/05|
Explain to the pastor your former baptism and the college's required proof, he should be able to provide you with the paper requirement, or else re-baptise you in order to acquire the paper certificate.
---Eloy on 7/27/05|
I cannot understand why anyone at all needs proof that you have been baptized. Let your yeh be yeh and your nay be nay. It does not say much about these people if they cannot accept your word that you have been baptized. I just felt really sad when I read your question. Are you sure that this is a Christian establishment where you wish to study?
---Xanthi on 7/27/05|
I agree with Katie. I have been baptised twice and both times I didn't recieve a paper. If your only goal is to get a "paper" for college from a bapisim,and the baptisim didn't mean a thing to you, your are playing with fire.
---Rebecca_D on 7/26/05|
Most Pastors and Churches keep records of Baptisms and Marriages. Send a letter to the church where the baptism took place with an approximate date, tell them you need written conformation to attend a seminary and ask them to send you a letter confirming your baptism. The seminary should accept that as confirmation of baptism.
---phia4633 on 7/26/05|
Wow. I see red flag issues all over that question. 1) Baptism is a symbol of your dedication to Christ, not a prereq for college. 2) If God has called a man to a task, who are we to stand in the way (over a piece of paper). 3) Wouldn't your reason for baptism be of a wrong motivation if simply for written proof of the act? 4) Lord, give me the strength to not sin in my anger, and tell that school what's on my mind!
---Katie on 7/26/05|
Just write the former church and request a letter stating you had been baptized.
---Bruce5656 on 7/26/05|