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Do You Rebaptise

If you were truly baptized as a teen, left Christ as a young adult, and then reaccept him as an older adult, what do you do? Rebaptise? Recommit your life to God in private or recommit your life to God in public?

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No need to rebaptize. As scripture says, "One Faith, One Baptism." If you leave the church for whatever reason and you return, no "recommitment or rebaptism" is going to stop you from leaving again. Like you said, if you were truly baptized as a teen that very statement can be followed up with the One Faith, One Baptism verse. His first baptism was and still is valid. Since he left and came back, his place in the church is restored and his sins forgiven. For that is what the life of a Christian after baptism is all about.
---Brian on 10/26/09

In this case, I would expect you to re-commit your life to God in private. But you might ALSO choose to make a public statement of your decision. If you don't make a public statement, at least your life should surely show your change of heart.

If you feel it would solidify your decision, I see no reason not to be re-baptized if you church allows it. Since baptizm doesn't "save"...neither the first time nor now... but merely represents the new life you have in Christ, It's a matter of your choice. At least that's how I see it.
---Donna66 on 8/21/09

Here is the way I believe in rededication to Christ. I don't! If you had been truly chosen you never would have walked away from your Saviour....Perhaps, you were called and not chosen. "Many are called few are chosen".>>>Now, I can speak because God actually spoked to me about this one day.
---Catherine on 8/21/09

John 15:3-4: "Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me."

If the 'water' in baptism clean the heart of sin, Simon the Magician (Acts 8) would had been cleansed, but he wasn't. Neither the Holy Ghost comes to clean house, else and again it would had been given to the same Simon!

Just keep some water always around, for our feet get dirty..., and wash your brother's feet with the water of forgiveness that mercy may work in them a true and effectual change of heart.
---Nana on 8/21/09

Dave, then Mark 16 v 16 is a lie.
Mark 16 v 16 Is a Must, & it has to be done In The Name, Jesus Christ, Acts 2 v's 37-41 which Fulfills Matt 28 v's 19-20.
NO one found in scriptures that was batized in the titles, Father-Son & Holy spirit. The Father-Son & Holy spirit baptism is Man-made teachings from r-catholocism the first trin-church. 2nd Cori.11 v's 14-15, this Is the light that came to r-catholocism to do such.
---Lawrence on 8/20/09

baptism is only a public display of your faith. It does not save you! It is a testimony before witness of the earth (you friends, whomever you invite, and the congregation, especially unbelievers, and the witnesses in heaven (angels and spiritual beings) that you proclaim Jesus as your Lord and Savior! Hallelujah! A child below maturity who is baptized other than their own desire to do so is not right! It should be a desirable witness! F you confessed the your sins and believed that Jesus IS the son of God, and that HE died for your sins, then you are saved. Transformation follows as you live your life accordingly. Baptism also must be full immersion. These are the truths.
---David on 4/20/09

BAPTISM is a ONE TIME PROCEDURE like death.It is an iniation into the family of God by Removal of original sin.whether you practice or not has no bearing on the relationship you bear to God, (eg You will always be the child of a couple) b/c Baptism carries no religious the First time when you are conferred with the 3 Theological virtues of the Holy being Baptised 3-4 times does not gain you any more graces or Blessings.That is why Being Baptised aCatholic/christian you are always a christian/catholic.
---MIC on 4/20/09

it depends on How old you were, However, if God called you to be baptized again by all means do it. I would recomend it but I woul strongly advise that Some churches won't do rebaptism in cases like what you are describing, I would keep in mind a rededication where you can actually repent and continue to be a Christ follower. it is entirely up to you either way Rebaptism and Rededication (Recommitment). I would do it publicly if your church will allow you because what it is that you are stating that you have sinned and seen the errors in your ways
---Evan on 4/18/09

**Nowhere in the Bible do we read of children raised in believing households reaching the age of reason and then being baptized. **

I'll go one step further.

Nowhere in the Bible do we read of an "age of reason."
---Jack on 5/29/07

**Tabitha, if the Lord leads you to get rebaptized, do it. **

The point is, the Lord does NOT lead people to get rebaptized.

The very fact you have doubts about it should suggest something to you, Tabitha.
---Jack on 5/29/07

Nowhere in the Bible do we read of children raised in believing households reaching the age of reason and then being baptized. Baptism in the Bible involve converts from Judaism or paganism. For children of believers there is no explicit mention of baptism either in infancy or later. Given the silence of the New Testament, why not assume Christian baptism is only for adult converts?
---Terry on 5/29/07

Tabitha, if the Lord leads you to get rebaptized, do it. Only follow the New Testament instructions and the Holy Spirit's leading, and never let any person tell you otherwise. I myself was baptized three times: Sprinkled as an infant in the trinity formula; immersed as an adult in the trinity formula; and immersed as an adult in the formal name of Jesus. And if the Lord tells me to get rebaptized, I will; for I always obey what my Lord God tells me more than what any creature tells me, and so should you.
---Eloy on 5/28/07

**Get baptized---again.**


There have been message posted here about the spiritual damage caused by those who have tried the utterly unbiblical and spurious "baptism of rededication."
---Jack on 5/28/07

You recommit your life to God. Get baptized---again. Find a good bible church. You do not have to be in a church to recommit. God is omnipresent(everywhere) You can recommit in the shower. God hears you and knows your heart but if you recomitt privately, sometimes afterwards, openly, make a public confession to someone. That seals what you did and makes an open confession to God before others. This is a very important step.
---Robyn on 5/27/07

**Matt 28-19 he was saying name not names he hadn't die
at that time **

* W * R * O * N * G * !!!

Betty, reread it context. Matthew 28 gives the account of the Resurrection; in other words, Jesus had already died.

In fact, He said these words just before His Ascension.

Try again. (Oneness is not Christianity.)
---Jack on 5/27/07

** If you were truly baptized as a teen, left Christ as a young adult, and then reaccept him as an older adult, what do you do? Rebaptise?**

Tabitha, if you were alienated from your parents as a teen, and didn't have anything to do with them for decades, and then were reconciled with them, what do you do? Get a new birth certificate?

The Bible says, "One Lord, one faith, ONE BAPTISM."

And most of us recommit our lives to God at least once a day--if not more frequently.
---Jack on 5/27/07

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We can not except jesus as our savior.He has to except us When his spirt is drawing us to him then we are to repent and be baptise
in his name which is Jesus not Father son and holy ghost those are titles and Matt 28-19 he was saying name not names he hadn't die
at that time he was telling the deciples to tell people after he died they were to baptise in his name
---Betty on 5/27/07

Lorra: there is no scriptural text for baptism of babies at all..The Bible clearly says unless one understands why one is being baptised and they agree with what is being taught as Biblical, then they make their own decision..parents do not make that decision for their offsprings..a)
---jana on 5/27/07

Lorra: these r texts which say what we must do b4 baptism:
Mat 28:18-20 must b taught n must accept all Jesus' teachings
Mark 16:16must believe these teachings from his heart
Acts 2:38must repent(7x Rev commands repentance)Rev2:5,16,21,22..3:3,19
Rom 6:5,6,Mat3:7,8 must turn away from sin
2Cor5:17, John 3:3,5accepts Christ as personal Savior..
Infants dont even understand these things. ..b)
---jana on 5/27/07

Lorra: Since infants cannot comply with the above requirements of God no minister has a right 2 baptise them. Sin is not counted against a child until he is old enough to understand and b accountable, John 9:41 James 4:17 at which time the y oungster should preprare 4 baptism
---jana on 5/27/07

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In prayer you sincerely ask him for his forgiveness for you leaving him and living without him all those years. And also ask him to save you and make you a real born-again Christian, a real Christian whom lives for Christ every day. As for rebaptism, pray and ask Jesus if you should do that. As for recommitting your life, you should be open about your relationship with Jesus, both in public and in private. He is worthy of all acceptation, always and at all times.
---Eloy on 5/27/07

Jana, priest or pastor, the basic premise is the same. It is unfortunate for your parents. Had you been taught better, you would have understood the great gift that they had bestowed upon you. Children of believers are holy and therefore deserving of baptism. Children of unbelievers are not holy and therefore require maturity and instruction before they may be permitted to be baptised. You seem to believe that you were unworthy of being baptised as an infant.
---lorra8574 on 5/26/07

lorra I was Presbytarian not catholic..we had pastors not priests parents were not as you described..they are God loving faithful people who were only doing what they thought were even some resort to baptising babies against their will and understanding of what is being done to them..In the early 50s-80s young ones didnt have any say where I come from..u r just there 2b looked at and say is not like that anymore praise God
---jana on 5/26/07

Jana, it was a tragedy that your priest failed to recognise the wickedness of your parents. If he had known that they were unfit to raise a christian child, he would have refused to perform the sacrament. The parish priest in my old parish not only refused to baptise some, he explained why in church (not with names).
---lorra8574 on 5/25/07

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I got baptized 3 x's & 2 were for membership & the last one was truly for Jesus. Making a public annoucement is good ,but privatly accepting him between you two is priceless.
---candice on 5/25/07

**90% of the people who accept Christ make a false profession.**

That means there is only one chance in ten that YOUR profession of Christ was a true one, Rev Herb.
---Jack on 5/25/07

I think that is all up to the individual. If you conscience convicts you to go public with recommitment, then by all means follow it. The Bible teaches that it is for conscience sake that we are unable to come boldly before the throne of God. We need to always keep our conscience swept clean so that we do not feel seperated from God. We can accept Jesus publically and be baptized as many times as we desire to repent and God allows grace to do so. I am not sure if or when grace cuts off.
---jody on 5/25/07

90% of the people who accept Christ make a false profession. Did you truely accept Him the first time? My son accepted Christ 3 times, but shortly after the first 2, he was back in the world. After the third time he truely accepted Christ his life was changed. He wanted to get baptized again, nothing really wrong with it. Sometimes true Christians get away from Christ, but God deals with you then.
---Rev_Herb on 5/25/07

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a baby and against my will, I was baptised/sprinkling, at 43 I truly came 2the knowlege of God and baptised/emersion as Christ did. While still a young christian, I fell by/the wayside and realising my/errors, I returned and rebaptised 4repentance. My soul demanded it and now I am so happy 2be back in/the fold and cleared of/all my wrongs and have a very close and personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I walk with Him everyday with a smile on my face knowing that He is with me always.
---jana on 9/29/06

No where does it say except the Lord as your savior it says Repent If she goes and gets rebaptise she going down a sinner and coming up a sinner Until she repents and is baptize in jesus name and receives the Holy Ghost she has no power the Holy Ghost is what gives us the power to live for him i went up two are 3 time and excepeted Jesus. when i really got the goods which is the Holy Ghost i was able to live for him and had the power to do so i reformed but when i got the Holy Ghost i was transformed
---Betty on 9/5/06

i was baptised in 6th grade, i walked away from the LOrd very soon after into drugs and alocohal, and then 1 year and 8 months ago i got arrested and truly accepted christ again..i got baptised again in thats 2x for me..its okay..its showing a recommitment to the Lord.(im 17)
---angie on 3/20/06

I don't see any Scriptural proof that it would be a sin to be rebaptized.
---john on 2/25/06

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I would but that is me. Because being a teenager at that time you didn't fully understand what it was to be baptised. This is totally up to you. If you feel the need to do this, and if this is a desire from the heart, then yes get baptised again. But do not let anyone tell you that you have to do this, because you don't. This is between you and God alone.
---Rebecca_D on 2/24/06

When you were a teen did you pray and except Jesus as your Savior? If you did then all you need to do is return to God and He will heal your backsliding (Jeremiah 3:22) You don't need to get rebaptized though. (James 4:8) When you do He blots out your sins.(Isaiah 43:25)
---Rickey on 2/21/06

Many get baptized without really knowing what they are doing. Truly repent and rededicate your life unto the Lord and get rebaptized. If your first baptism was done without true knowledge or if you hadn't trulyrepented there is nothing wrong with doing all things right for a clean conscience.
---Shari on 2/21/06

I would say recommit your life to God privately initially and then, when the opportunity is right, tell everyone else that you have done so. Make it part of your testimony.
---M.P. on 2/21/06

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