What if someone is baptized for the wrong reason? What does the Bible say about the validity of a baptism that was for the wrong reason? Christians have debated these types of questions for centuries. People worry whether they knew enough, believed the right things, or did everything in the right way for their baptism to be valid.
One of the often debated issues revolves around the phrase, “for the forgiveness of sins” in Acts 2:38. If someone was baptized because they wanted to obey God, but did not understand that baptism is “for the forgiveness of sins,” is their baptism invalid? Do they need to be baptized again? Wes and Travis discuss what it really means to be baptized for the wrong reason in today’s Bible study.
Bible Passages Discussed:
- Acts 2:38
- Colossians 2:10-12
- Galatians 3:27-29
- Acts 19:1-7
Links and Resources:
- Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube
- Article: David Lipscomb versus George W. Savage on Baptism
- Book: Who is My Brother by F. Lagard Smith