Is Rebaptism Biblical?
Posted on 10 May 2012 04:06 PM
Are there times when being baptized again makes sense and is proven by the Bible?

There are circumstances where rebaptism seems called for. The Scriptures tell of believers that had been baptized by John the Baptist being rebaptized on receiving greater light regarding salvation in Christ:

Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 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. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 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. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (Acts 19:1-5).

Rebaptism is usually suitable for people who have strayed from the faith and are now returning. Another possible reason for rebaptism may be that the person's original belief system was radically different. For example, if a person had been baptized as a baby and never experienced baptism by immersion, they would want to be rebaptized in the correct Biblical form. Or, person might feel that they wished to be rebaptized after choosing to accept new truth that is radically different from the doctrine under which they were baptized.

If you are considering rebaptism and would like to discuss this with someone, speak to your pastor, or contact us at with the subject line "I am considering rebaptism."

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Comments (3)
19 June 2012 02:30 AM
Actually there is some point as a church member that you have been baptized, Then maybe you have done something wrong or you have a child outside of marridge then the elders of the church approch you and tell you that you need to be rebaptized for me in that there is no biblical support. Because sins are equal that means even when someone lies he/she need to be rebaptized.AND i have seen this kind of rebaptized being practiced in Adventist church and i hope they get this from church manual.even the spirit of prophesy i never seen a single quote supporting rebaptized.
Francois Ramsamy
05 October 2012 08:51 AM
I do agree with the explanation given at the top refering to the bible text and to the right good sense explanation which is added.
Mrs Arscott
13 September 2013 01:56 PM
I got baptised into a pentcostal church in 2006. They believed in speaking in tounges. however for the past four years or so i have been trying to keeping the sabbath along with the rest of the commandments. Im due to be baptised into the adventist church tomorrow afternoon (4 oclock uk time). I have suffered with an eating disorder for many years and it still continues to be a struggle/stronghold in my life. Should it get baptised knowing that it is still active in my life?
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