The Doctrine of Re-baptism Part I

Jesus Christ Baptized in the River Jordan

With Adam (Moses 6:51-58), Enoch (Moses 7:10-11), and Noah (Moses 8:23,-24) all having been baptized and preaching the ordinance of baptism, the earth being baptized with water in the days of Noah through the flood (a shadow of baptism), Jesus Christ even having been baptized and proclaiming to all they must be born again of water and of the spirit, and Joseph Smith continuing the ordinance, we know that baptism is a true and correct gospel doctrine.

We know this because of the examples laid before us, right?  So what about the doctrine of re-baptism?  Why do we not practice this as it was also exemplified in the Scriptures?

In Acts 19:1-6 the disciples were re-baptized under the direction of Paul.  Now some would argue that this was only because it was discovered that the disciples had only had “John’s baptism” and they needed to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Ghost.  That is a fair argument.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most people associate re-baptism with coming back into the fold after excommunication.  However, what about in Revelation 2:2-5 when the Lord spoke to the Church in Ephesus and called them to repent and “do the first works”?  The first works are repentance and baptism.  These people were already members of the Church, so they had already been baptized at least once, and, they were not excommunicated members.  They were members who had fallen short, as we all do.

Even Nephi, whom was already a disciple and such a believer who had raised his own brother from the dead was re-baptized (3 Nephi 19:11) before he began baptizing the multitudes whom Jesus had chosen.

When Alma baptized Helam (Mosiah 18:13-14), he went down into the water with him, being baptized with him, coming out the water “rejoicing, being filled with the Spirit”.  When he baptized the next person (verse 15), “he did not bury himself again in the water”.  So he must have been re-baptized with Helam.

In Moroni 6:1 “elders, priests, and teachers were baptized”.  If they were already elders, priests, and teachers, they were already members of the Church, and if already members of the Church, they had already been baptized as least once.

We will find that there were several occasions that called for re-baptism.

{end of Part I}

* This research comes from Ogden Kraut, for more information, I suggest reading his book, Re-Baptism.

*Go to The Doctrine of Re-baptism Part II

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