Baptism plays a vital role in marking the response of Christians to Jesus for 200 decades. According to the new testament, every time a person starts walking down the paths of Jesus, they must be baptized. For anyone who has decided to follow Christ, baptism is the next thing. Baptism has two foundational functions. In Christianity, baptism is not meant to be a private affair. Once you claimed Jesus Christ as your personal savior, it becomes a passionately private experience. However, when you join the family of God, it ceases to be an individual experience. You immediately become part of the church, the body of Christ, as you enter the God’s family.
Can a person be re-baptized?
This is a very legitimate question. The majority of people, even the spiritual leaders, tend to oppose this kind of re-baptism. For example, in 1996, the United Methodist Church discussed the issue of re-baptism during the general conference held in Denver. They issued a position paper declaring that those people who were baptized as infants should not be re-baptized. They argued that whether a baptized child grows up to be a professing Christian or not, that baptism is still valid. However, the declaration is flawed in numerous ways and does not have any scriptural support.
During his third missionary campaign, Paul the apostle visited the city of Ephesus. There, he comes across 12 men who previously had undergone baptismal. One might be inclined to say that the apostle who have welcomed these people as they were to the church. However, that was never the case. After asking them about the nature of their previous baptism, and defining that their pre-baptism instructions on the earlier event had been missing some essential particulars.
Paul had to immerse these people in Jesus Christ. (Acts 19:1-5).
This scenario shows that for someone’s baptism to be declared valid, accurate teachings should precede the rite.
There has been plenty of sects in the current world’s Christendom that practice a form of baptism. However, this has been tainted by the addition of many doctrinal inaccuracies that invalidate the rite.
In this case, the many who have undergone this kind of baptism are called upon to submit to the decree once more, this time with a clear understanding that heralds the rite.
Here are some of the instances where re-baptism is required
Baptism with no faith or understanding
If a person was baptized as a baby, hence didn’t have personal faith, he is required to repudiate the previous rite. This is because he did not have the powers to make decisions on his own. He should have genuine faith and soberly submit to the command. Babies lack the need and the capability to respond to the gospel of Christ.
Baptism without immersion
If a person was baptized in a different way and not by immersion, then he should seek to the proper method. True baptism should symbolize the burial and resurrection of Christ. The sinner is buried in water and raised from it, the same way Jesus was buried and the resurrected. Proper baptism should validate the believer’s faith in the death and resurrection events.
Baptism without repenting
If a person was baptized without repenting genuinely, the act is considered ineffectual. This means that true baptism should have proper motives and other requirements so that it will have cogency in the divine system of events.
Baptism without faith
A baptism with no sound faith basis is not valid. This means that one can feel that Jesus was a perfect man but deny that he was the Son of God, and yet desire to be baptized for various reasons.
The believers of the roman catholic church understand they have been commended for taking part in baptism as a symbol and commitment to the Christian faith. Additionally, they believe that baptism is essential to be saved from sin. The majority of Roman Catholics will baptize their infants in the first couple of birth, but grown people might be baptized as well. This is the time parents start looking for a baptism outfit for boys. Baptism in the roman catholic church has numerous requirements.
Parents who want their kids to be baptized must be registered members of the parish where the baptism is supposed to be conducted. Typically, this implies that the parents must have attended the church and attended mass for the last 60 days.
If the person to be baptized is under seven, they don’t have enrolled in the catechism classes. These classes that are aimed to teach what the roman catholic church believes. Nevertheless, parents and Godparents need to take instructions as are ones being baptized are over seven years. In case the godparents and parents are Catholic believers who have been baptized and who had communion, then the instructions will be limited to baptismal respond beliefs and are very short.
On the other hand, if the parents and Godparents are non-believers, they are required to enroll in the regular catechism courses over some months so that they can recognize as the members of the Catholic church. This is because the parents and Godparents will serve as sponsors of the individual to be baptized and are required to guide the baptized individual in the Catholic doctrines and faith. It is not a must that you attend the course if you have already done it in the recent past. If you want a non-Catholic who has not received the instructions to stand by you at baptism, you are allowed, but as just a witness. You must have at least one Godparent who is a Catholic.
Anyone who wants to sponsor a baptism should get baptismal forms from the parish office. The docs are meant to verify that the sponsor has met the requirements for stepping in as a sponsor. These requirements include:
- Should be more than 16 years
- Must be a Catholic with a strong standing in the church
- Should be a different gender as the second godparent
- Have taken sacraments of baptism, and confirmation
- Once the requirements for certificates are met, the documents are taken to the baptism coordinator for the parish.