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A ritual or symbol of admission to the body of Christians, generally performed by immersion or sprinkling with water.

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According to churches which teach Believer's Baptism, what are the consequences of not being baptized with water?

Are there any direct consequences to not getting baptized? Whether this person doesn't think it's important, or just doesn't want to, or wants to but just doesn't get around to it, did Jesus or his ...
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Are mainline Protestants our Brothers in Christ by virtue of the Trinitarian Baptism? [Catholic] [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken, water baptism is one of the 7 sacraments and it can be performed by laymen and must not necessarily involve clergy. In such a case, since Protestants have no apostolic succession ...
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What kind of baptism is essential to salvation, and what does 'essential' mean in this context? (Catholic perspective)

I'm a protestant and I've often heard statements to the effect that "Catholics believe that salvation is impossible without baptism", but I've also encountered the terms "Baptism of blood" and "...
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Can Catholics serve as godparents at an Anglican infant's baptism?

My wife and I (both Catholic) have been asked to serve as godparents at our niece's baptism. The child's parents are fully aware of our strong commitment to the Catholic faith. I've received ...
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What constitutes a “serious” crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

According to Preach My Gospel, the official LDS (Mormon) missionary guide, missionaries are supposed to ask potential converts Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation ...
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Are there involuntary Catholics?

I was just reading this answer which stated that a person could be Catholic without having gone through confirmation: Catholics recommend that this is done to infants. 1 If that is the case, that a ...
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Are foster children considered covenant children in Presbyterianism?

Foster children are on the one hand a part of the household but on the other hand not legally adopted and may be ultimately reunited with their birth parents. So do Presbyterians of a confessional ...
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According to Catholicism what happens to young children who die before being baptized?

John 3:5 is as follows: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. In the light of that, what happens to those who ...
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Why did Jesus get baptized? [duplicate]

I have always been taught that Jesus got baptized as an example for us. If people were getting baptized before Jesus did, then why did he need to make that an example if people were already being ...
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What is the baptism requirement for becoming a Mennonite?

Historically, Mennonites and other Anabaptists practiced adult re-baptism when a Catholic or Lutheran converted. This got them in a lot of hot water at the time. As a long-time member of a General ...
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Why do so many baptisms occur with regular clothes on and not swimwear?

Why do so many baptisms occur with regular clothes on, and not in a swimsuit? On my visit to a Southern Baptist church, I saw a little girl get baptized by immersion. That was the only time when I ...
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What is achieved by baptism in Eastern Orthodoxy (compared with Catholicism)

In Catholicism, a big part of baptism is the idea that it washes away original sin. As I understand things Eastern Orthodoxy denies original sin, so I'm wondering what the significance of baptism is ...
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Why were Anabaptists called Anabaptists?

Anabaptism, according to the OED, means "a second baptism, re-baptism", but the answer to this question says that Anabaptists only baptize once. Why were Anabaptists called Anabaptists, then?
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Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms?

Are Anabaptists' re-baptisms really conditional baptisms? By "conditional baptism" I mean one whose formula is something like: "If you are not baptized, I baptize thee… etc." In other words: Do ...
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Why do Catholics usually baptize by pouring?

CCC 1214 This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the ...
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What was the basis for saying that 11th-century Greek churches were “rebaptizing” Latins?

In the run-up to the fateful excommunications of 1054, accusatory letters were exchanged between the Patriarch of Constantinople, Michael Cerularius, and Pope Leo IX. Each had issues with the other's ...
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What do Seventh Day Adventists believe about baptism?

What are the Adventist's beliefs about the role of the Holy Spirit in baptism?
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What is the biblical argument against baptism by sprinkling/pouring?

What is the biblical basis for the idea that it is wrong or incorrect to baptize by sprinkling or pouring the water? Growing up as a baptist I heard this all the time. Related, but opposite: What is ...
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If baptism cleanses original sin then why do the children of baptised parents still need to be baptised?

Why do the children of the parents who were baptized need to be baptized? The parent's original sin was removed by their baptism so they shouldn't be passing it down anymore. Or how does it work? Is ...
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How does Original Sin come back in man even after being washed at the time of baptism?

According to Catholic thought, if we are washed of Original Sin at the time of baptism, why do we transmit Original Sin to our children? In other words, how is it that my child is born with Original ...
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What do immersionists believe it means to be buried with Christ through Baptism?

Romans 6:1-4 (NIV) What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you ...
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Is a baptized but not confirmed Catholic really a Catholic?

I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say (at church also) that a baptized but unconfirmed Catholic is not really a real Catholic. I can understand that being educated about the faith and ...
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Catholic baptized in another church [closed]

A catholic wanted to have her baptism blessed under full water method. The Church is not familiar with this , so she had a evangelical church do it. So, her local Catholic priest forbid her from ...
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Converting from Russian Orthodox to Roman Catholic in 1820

José Bolcof, a Russian man baptized in the Orthodox church, arrived in Spanish California and wished to adopt the Catholic faith. Mariano Payeras O.F.M., father-president of the Franciscan ...
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How can an atheist or Jew Baptize? [closed]

It's my understanding that a Jew or even an atheist can perform a baptism if they use the proper form and matter, with the correct disposition, which is, to do what the Church intends. How can an ...
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Can one be baptized and become a Catholic if they don't believe in every particular Catholic dogma?

Can one be baptized and become a Catholic if they don't believe in every particular Catholic dogma? I personally am interested in being a Catholic, i.e., being baptized by a Catholic priest, being ...
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In Catholicism, in case of emergency Is it valid to baptise a large assembly of people with a fire hose?

In an emergency is it possible to baptise a large group of catechumens (around 100 or more) with a firehose or some other "group baptism" method, such as walking outside during rain? The catechumens ...
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Baptism in the Spirit

I'm trying to find a certain sermon of Martyn Lloyd Jones. It contains a passage which is often quoted, but I'd like to find out in which sermon (or volume of sermons published by Banner of Truth) ...
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What is the difference between Baptism of Jesus and Baptism of others? [closed]

What is the difference between Baptism of Jesus and Baptism of others? For others it was for repentance of sins. Matthew 3:5-6 NIV 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the ...
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The New Testament teaches that Christ was baptized to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:14–15)--what does this mean?

In Matthew 3:14-15 it says, And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. Can someone please expound ...
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Early church writers opposed to the baptism of infants?

In his book On Baptism, Chapter 18, "Of the Persons to Whom, and the Time When, Baptism is to Be Administered," Tertullian says According to the circumstances and disposition, and even age, of each ...
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Can I be baptized as a non-Catholic Christian if I was baptized as a Catholic when I was little?

I was baptized as a Catholic at a young age, however have never attended a Catholic church or mass, or otherwise practiced Catholicism. Instead, I now am a non-Catholic Christian. Would other ...
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What, exactly, happened to the good thief on the cross, and why? (Catholic perspective)

Jesus says to the thief on the cross "today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). What does this mean? Did the thief go straight to heaven when he died? Did he get to skip purgatory? If so, ...
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Which denominations teach that Christ received the Holy Spirit at His Baptism by John?

A Christian from an unspecified confession made the statement to me recently that "The holy spirit was fully given to Christ at his baptism in order to give it to others through his resurrection". ...
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Why do Orthodox Christians baptize infants?

I know that Roman Catholics baptize infants, because they believe that infants need to be cleansed of original sin, and that the denial of baptism at infancy by Christian parents is tantamount to the ...
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Do any conservative Baptist churches recognize infant baptisms despite not performing them?

This may seem like an odd question on its face since Baptists are defined by their insistence upon only baptizing people upon profession of faith, but there is a meaningful distinction to be made. ...
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Questions about Eastern Orthodox infant baptism practices

Recently I saw this video in which infants have their head immersed in water, are flipped over and have their feet then immersed. This cycle is repeated 3 times for a total of 6 immersions. Is this ...
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How do paedo-baptists interpret the Great Commission?

In the Great Commission of Matt.28:19 (NIV) we read: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Some people ...
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How did early childhood baptisms started in Catholicism?

Jesus got baptized at an age old enough to decide for himself. Today, I always see infants getting baptized. According to Catholicism, when, where and how did early childhood (infant) baptisms got ...
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The dove at the Baptism of Jesus [closed]

Did a real, physical dove appear at the Baptism of Jesus, or is this just metaphorical language (maybe a symbol found at various places in the Scriptures?)? Maybe someone could shed light on this.
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Are there any denominations that baptize ONLY in the Name of Jesus?

From this question, are there any Christian denominations that baptise ONLY in the Name of Jesus and not by the Trinitarian baptismal formula? Would such a baptism be considered valid by those who ...
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What traditions espouse infant baptism and why? [closed]

What traditions espouse infant baptism and why? In those traditions, why do parents often baptize their children at very young age, and why is this better than giving their children the opportunity ...
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How do paedobaptists address the argument that infants are incapable of doing what those of Cornelius' household did?

Acts 10, the conversion of Cornelius' household, is often used as one of the prooftexts for infant baptism. However, when reviewing Acts 10:44-46, I have two objections to its use as support for the ...
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Were there any converted children or teenagers among Jesus disciples or in the first century church? [closed]

Since children and teenagers (minors) conversions are not recorded in the entire New Testament, I always wondered if they were qualified candidates for Christianity.
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Is it true that early Christians were baptised naked?

I was told that people were baptised naked in the early Christian church. Is this true? If so, could you provide references please?
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What is the meaning of “baptism by fire”? [closed]

We all know what water baptism and baptism by the Holy Spirit are. But what does John the Baptist mean by, "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and FIRE" in Luke 3:16: John answered and said ...
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What is the Biblical basis for baby dedications?

Many churches do not practice infant baptisms, because they believe that in the Bible baptism is taught to be something done after a person chooses to follow Christ. As an alternative, many of those ...
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Baptism of the Holy Spirit according to Martin Lloyd Jones' “Joy Unspeakable”

Context To the best of my understanding of Martin Lloyd Jones' "Joy Unspeakable", the baptism of the Holy Spirit is described as not automatically granted to all Christians upon conversion not ...
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What is the biblical basis for restricting administration of the sacraments to ordained church leaders?

What is the biblical support for the practice that only ordained church leaders should administer the only sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?
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In Eastern Orthodoxy, what is most important for the efficacy of the sacraments: the right Church or the right God?

In Eastern Orthodoxy, is it most important for the efficacy of the sacraments that they be administered canonically by an ordained priest (who is in apostolic succession), or the fact that God is the ...