Recently, I heard a story (true story) about a young lady who wanted to work for her church (an “on staff” position). When she met with the pastor he asked her if she had been Baptized. She said yes, when she was a baby. He asked her if she would be Baptized again in accordance with their congregations beliefs. She refused. He told her that she could not work on the staff at the church. (I agree with the pastor in this situation)
The Bible is clear…
He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Baptism is a demonstration or our faith. John said, “faith without works is dead”, baptism is the “work” or the “doing” that is coupled with our faith. It is important.
My personal belief is that baptism is not necessarily a “one time” deal. I’ve been baptised with water three times in my life. When I was a baby I was baptized in the Catholic faith (my dad was Catholic). When I was 7, I was Baptized in the name of Jesus at a Pentecostal Church. And when I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ, I was baptized again in a private baptism with some close friends and family at the PromiseLand. My brother-in-law, John who was one of the men who baptized at the church, performed the baptism.
The last baptism in that list was the most meaningful for me. When I was a young girl and was baptized, I understood what it meant. As an adult, that washing away of sin, that demonstration of God’s grace toward me, meant so much more because I was more aware of my specific sins. As a child, my sin consisted of “being mean to my sisters” as an adult, my sins were vast and more serious.
I didn’t really decide I believe in multiple baptisms. I just knew that I needed to be baptized again. It was one of the most meaningful things I’ve done as a Christian.
So as I thought about this subject, we visited with my friend Charlie Lujan who is a pastor at PromiseLand in Austin. He told us they were having a “Baptism Service” on Saturday (before Easter). In passing he said, that many people were choosing to be “re-baptized”. Ah, confirmation.
It’s something to consider….