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Indifferent After Baptism

My husband and I were re-baptized 4 years ago as an act of re-dedication to the Lord. During the baptism, my husband says something changed in his spirit and he went from passionate to indifferent. He doesn't know why and everything stopped. Does anyone have any wisdom as to what happened?

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 ---Mrs._S on 1/20/07
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Before anyone is baptised, you are suppose to have experience>>>>THE NEW BIRTH.
---catherine on 10/28/10


//Did you actually think you were supposed to "feel" anything?//
No I really didn't, if I had it to do over, I would have taken some soap. After a lot of study, I see it was not for the BoC, but for the nation of Israel

//Getting to the original post, the Bible says there is ONE Baptism, and there's no such thing as "baptism of rededication."//
Being as how the one Baptism is spiritual and has nothing to do with water, how would you propose to get a spiritual "re baptism"?
Every time Baptism is mentioned, it's not necessarily "water"
---michael_e on 10/27/10


Cluny,
"there is ONE Baptism"

Please reconcile that with:

Hebrews 6:1-2, "Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."
---Bruce5656 on 10/27/10


\\The only I "feeling" I felt from water baptism was wet.
Years later after a lot of study, I realized that is all I should have "felt", as the one true baptism has nothing to do with water.\\

Wrong.

Did you actually think you were supposed to "feel" anything?

God works in the Mystery of Baptism because of His promise, our feelings have nothing to do with it.

Getting to the original post, the Bible says there is ONE Baptism, and there's no such thing as "baptism of rededication."

Rebaptism once it has been properly administered is a sin.
---Cluny on 10/27/10


The only I "feeling" I felt from water baptism was wet.
Years later after a lot of study, I realized that is all I should have "felt", as the one true baptism has nothing to do with water.
---michael_e on 10/27/10




It is common to become indifferent when one has an unfulfilled expectation. Some people expect a preconceived result, and then when they do not see that result happen then they will conclude failure for not having that expectation met. We are not to tempt God by saying, "If you or this, is real, then you will do this or this will happen, when I do or say what I will." God is the Commander and not mankind, and God will do and say whatsoever he pleases, and not as mankind thinks. It could also mean that your husband does not think that it is that important of a thing that he got baptized, and therefore it does not hold that much relevance for him.
---Eloy on 10/22/10


Maybe! Perhaps he was never saved. Going to heaven escaping hell, is serious business, my friend.
---catherine on 10/22/10


Acts 19:1-5
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.

4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
---Scar on 10/22/10


Baptism is not some magical ritual, either you're born again from above or your not.

The only time I've ever experienced something like that is when I walked away from who I was with the Lord. God is faithful in his promise.

A Christian can't keep his ways closed off from his Brothers, fellowship in the Lord has to exist at a transparent level for us to thrive. As we love one another and carry each others burdens to the Lord in prayer we grow in faith, gratitude and the meekness of Jesus.
---Pharisee on 2/21/08


Ben: I think you meant unforgiveness in his life. We all should have forgiveness in our lives.....tatatatatatatata..... be blessed
---Robyn on 7/10/07




One of the earliest traditional teachings of Christianity is that baptism when properly administered with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is NEVER to be repeated.

"One Lord, one faith, ONE BAPTISM," as the Scripture says.

It says NOTHING about a "baptism of rededication."

You and your husband should repent of this sin, repent of it, and repudiate your unlawful rebaptism.
---Jack on 7/10/07


There may be unresolved sin, like forgiveness, in his life.
---Ben on 2/21/07


I agree with others who say this may be a result of an emotional build up. I think it must be understood that although salvation is free, receiving it is a choice and the bible says that we must out our own salvation with fear and trembling. It requires 'doing' God's word pre & post baptism once you've accepted Christ.
---Careen on 2/2/07


Mrs._S, Free-choice still exists [after] salvation, after the baptism in the Holy Ghost, after water baptism, etc. The Word says walk in the Spirit, and that is what we must do. God Bless!
---Mrs._Morgan on 1/25/07


He who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. John 10:1

Jesus restores the backslider when sin is confessed. No second chances when we die.

For whoever is ashamed of Me and My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the Glory of His Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:38
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


Whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. He who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. Luke 12:8,9

Baptism is our open confession before the world. Baptism is obedience, confessing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


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Salvation is a life and death choice.

You cannot break away from your sin, in your own strength. It is Jesus Christ that makes us free. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens men. Phil 4:13

It is Jesus Christ that reaches us where we are. Heb. 7:25
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. 1 Cor. 3:17

Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. 2 Cor 6:17
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


If you have fallen away from Christ into false doctrines and false religions. You must repent. Jesus restores.

Rejoicing publicly with water baptism, that you have repented and want to follow Jesus Christ, is not a sin.
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


Thank you, Frank.

Repent means to turn around. Change your mind. I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3

Water baptism is an outward testimony of an inward decision. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

The new birth is a miracle.
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


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Service is not salvation.
Turning over a new leaf is not salvation.
Denying the existence of sin is not salvation.
Denying self is not salvation.
Sacrifice is not salvation.
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


The first step to salvation is to recognize our sin - not deny it.

Disciplines do not cleanse us from sin.

There is no side door into heaven. Jesus said, I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved. John 10:9
---Gabrielle on 1/23/07


For me it is a personal way to show subjection to the Lord and gratitude for his suffering for my sins. I don't care who sees it and it is not spoken against in scripture. And anyone that tries to speak against it might want to try pleasing the Lord rather than trying to find facts to impress others. At least that would be abasing oneself and showing humility at the throne of God instead of a know-it-all attitude.
Frank
---Frank on 1/22/07


There is nil biblical reference to re-dedicating, nor being baptised again..was it full immersion baptism, the first time? Baptism doesnt change us;God's spirit does.Has your husband received His Holy Spirit?.It is God's spirit that can turn everything around..maybe you are in the wrong church if they practice re-baptising people? God's truth sets us free, and whom the Son sets free is free indeed...God bless.
---karin on 1/22/07


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** I view baptism as a very precious way to show submission to the will of God in Christ as do our congregation. F**

To whom would you be showing submission?

Actually, in early days, baptisms were relatively private affairs because following the precedent of the Jewish Mikveh, they were done in the nude.

Bet you didn't know that.
---Jack on 1/22/07


I view baptism as a very precious way to show submission to the will of God in Christ as do our congregation. For that reason many of us have been baptized numerous times. We take communion in rememberance of Jesus and get rebaptized in rememberance and each time feel more and more blessed. The difference is in knowing him and why we get baptized as we feel the Holy Ghost lead rather than just church membership. A reason I disagree with.
Frank
---Frank on 1/22/07


I was baptized three times. Age 12(Baptist), 18 (LDS Church), age 28(Baptist). Age 12, I wanted to be a Baptist, not a mormon. Age 18, more or less forced, to please mormon family. Age 28, renounced LDS church, and baptized again as a Baptist. The third time was the best. As an adult, I knew what I was really doing. My life changed immediately after that baptism. From night to day. I had to do it, remove residue of the LDS baptism and all the other LDS baggage.
---Rachel on 1/20/07


It's possible that he was building himself up for an emotional transformation. He was passionate and now indifferent. Similar to some marriages. From the honeymoon phase to real life. Was it his idea or a joint decision? Regardless, loving our mates is a choice not an emotion. Loving God is a choice, too.
---Rachel on 1/21/07


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In general if frown on the practice of Re-Baptism. I consider Baptism as a once in a lifetime event weather occurring as an infant, child, youth or as an adult.

Maybe your husband came to the realization that by participating in a re-baptism he cheapened the original event.
---notlaw99 on 1/20/07


Scriptures do not say we are to be baptized multiple times, does it? I thought we were to be immersed once, and that was it.

Maybe he needs to rekindle his first love, Jesus, and not act on his emotions.
---Madison1101 on 1/20/07


Perhaps he was looking for baptism to do something for him spiritualy and when it did not he was disillusioned. Of course there is no reason to expect it to do anything for one spritiualy since it is simply a symbolic act.
---BRUCE5656 on 1/20/07


I've had the same thing happen to people who renewed their wedding vows. As you say, something changed in his spirit. You are now in a spiritual battle. Could you get him to a spiritual prayer meeting or have one at your house for this very purpose? The second baptism possibly had curses or defilement of words. I would renounce it and have him do the same and pray the fire back into him.
---john on 1/20/07


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Baptism is not a feeling. Choosing to love your spouse is not a feeling. Feelings are fleeting, inaccurate, human, and fleshy.

If your feelings seem more real to you than God's power, the enemy can manifest himself more easily in your life. God's power is always greater than a feeling.

Emotions are running the show. Pray with your pastor, minister. The enemy fights against our minds, how like him to deceive.
Pray and take back the territory (emotions) you've given to the enemy.
---Merne on 1/20/07


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