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At what age were all of you baptised?
I decided to be baptized when I was eleven. All those being baptized gave a small testimony before the congregation and I was terrified to speak in front of everyone. I made it though, got dunked by the pastor, and got big hugs from my Mom and Dad.
How about all you guys and gals?
I was baptized at age 10, in a Southern Baptist church. It was a conscience decision that I made on my own, and as a young boy I gave my heart to the Lord having confessed my sins and recognized the need for a Savior. Praise G-d for the foundation that my parents laid for me.
I recall the blessing of my son being baptized. He recited the Sh’ma before he was immersed into the watery grave.
Dramatically saved one month before my 17th birthday. Miraculously immediately delivered from drug addiction. Baptized in the Spirit 2 weeks later with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Immersed in water a few months later.
Now of course I was sprinkled in the Lutheran church as a child (about age 8) when my mother thought that there was something missing in our family. We were heathens. Of course there was something missing. Y’Shua. My mom (38) got saved a couple of months after me and was baptized on the same day as me. My dad (56) rededicated himself and was baptized the same day too. He was originally from a Southern Baptist family and was baptized at the request of his mother before he went into the army during World War II.
Also my mom’s best friend next door (30ish) and her pre adolescent children (11 and 12) and my brothers (15 and 10) were also baptized that day. There is just something about a total radical conversion that makes the whole family question their lives and beliefs. Enter the Philippian Jailer and his family. I know TMI 🙂
That smiley was supposed to be after the TMI…not in the middle of my serious statement.
Baptized in the Seventh Day Adventist church age 10. Saved Billie Graham crusade age 18. Question I have wondered this for years, Should I be rebabtized ? Given this history, and my complete renouncement of the Adventist beliefs – what would one suggest? Thank you, jon
I do not want to be trivial about baptism. I was not circumcised on the 8th day either, but I sure do not want to do that again either. What is the most reasoned thought on this subject?
It would seem that the apostles and early disciples would say and do things like the following even our day and age:
Ac 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost…
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
Ac 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
Ac 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Ac 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 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.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
1Pe 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
So the apostles baptized those that were circumcised and those that were not when they came to faith. They baptized those that had been baptized before but were not regenerate believers at their first immersion. They commanded baptism. They only baptized believers. They connected baptism to remission of sins and being saved and a good conscience. Why do you tarry?
Ac 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
Is not being baptized before being saved like washing the outside of the cup while leaving the inside unclean? Just a thought.
Looking at Acts 19:1-5 there is a baptism of repentance and a separate baptism into the faith. (Of course, it seems in most cases through Acts, those are combined into one baptism.) My wife was baptized as an infant, but when we were studying the topic we came across this passage. Although we concluded that her infant baptism probably would suffice for being baptized into the faith, she decided to be re-baptized for repentance since a months old baby isn’t really committing to any repentance.
Hello jon, (my response somewhat differs from Bo’s in regard to baptism. Only slightly though, just raising the question that you may have been saved when you were 10, it’s pissible)
Regarding circumcision, this was never given to the Gentiles, nor is it a requirement that is placed upon them according to the New Testament (and the Old). For Jewish believers I would say its a slightly different story since the Abrahamic covenant is still in effect today. This is why we see Timothy, a Jew, circumcised, but not Titus, a gentile.
I happen to be a gentile who’s parents had him circumcised the 8th day, but it is not a requirement for gentiles.
Regarding baptism and being baptized again, that is really something you have to decide for yourself. If you think you were not saved when you were 10, then I would advise you to be baptized since baptism follows salvation. If you feel you did believe in Jesus, that he is God and died, was buried and resurrected on the third day to pay for your sins (When you were 10), then I would say that you do not need to be baptized again. If I were you, I would set aside the fact that you were involved with the SDA, and just think about what you believed when you were 10. What you believed about Jesus, who he was and what he did for you. If your beliefs were “biblical” then it doesnt matter that it was the SDA that baptized you. But if your beliefs were not in the finished work of Jesus, and you view yourself as unsaved when you were 10, then I would seek baptism.
Also know that baptism is not salvational. Think of the thief on the cross who was not baptized but was bound for paradise. If baptism was required, then salvation would be by works. It is a command by Jesus, to be baptized and all believers should be baptized, but baptism is a matter of obedience, not salvation.
With some of the passages posted, they don’t quite pertain to your situation. The apostles “re-baptized” those who had been previously baptized, but this was because they were baptized by John the Baptist into Jewish repentance and preparation for the coming Messiah. Then they had left the country before John revealed who the Messiah was so they had not yet put their faith in Jesus. Thus they were in need of believer’s baptism, identifying with Jesus, like everyone else. You were baptized into Jesus, you just have to decide if it was the real Jesus.
It comes down to what you believed when you were baptized. If you can say “I was not saved then”, get baptized. If you can say “I think I was saved according to what I believed” then you have already identified with Jesus in your baptism. Think about it and pray about it and see where you are.
I am not assuming you were unsaved when you were 10 based on this brief summary of SDA beliefs at carm.org:
^ That’s your call.
Thnaks a lot of info to digest.
Just for clarification sake, your experience at the Billy Graham event implies that you weren’t saved before age 18, to include when you were baptized at age 10.
Why were you baptized at age 10, was it by request of someone else, or did you make that decision by your own convictions and desire because of your faith in Christ?
If it was the former, then maybe with your conscience bearing witness, you should consider doing so as an act of obedience unto a settled peace. Notwithstanding, if your baptism was compelled by the latter, and you have a settled peace within your soul and your conscience bears witness, then there is no reason to repeat the same act of obedience.
I was definately at the age of ten doing this with my own convictions of a 10 year old. However at a latter age and being once again convicted in the spirit to accept the gospel, and not the SDA fear tactics of that faith.
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