April 2, 2013 by mattfradd
Yesterday I was a guest on Catholic Answers Liv discussing the question, “Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation.
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What about those who were baptized Catholic as a baby and had themselves re-baptized in a non-demoninational church with the proper form and matter? How would God see this? How is this viewed?
Ephesians 4:5 ” There is one Lord,one faith and one baptism”.
A baby needs nourishment in all forms like food, medicine, etc for its physical health and growth. Baby does not demand all these but Mother knows what to give and what not to give and cares for her baby. So also baby needs spiritual nourishment. When the baby receives baptism it receives holy spirit and is blessed and nurtured with all graces to grow in love of God and spiritual health. God parents are appointed to guide the baby spiritually as it grows in fulfillment of baptism vows.I feel that only the Baptism received from a catholic church is proper and can be called a sacrament. No good comes from re-baptism and I feel to do it is against the bible and is a slight to God.
I actually answered this question in my interview. 😉
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I find it dishonest to tell people they receive the Holy Spirit upon baptism, as mentioned in a comment above. The Bible teaches no such thing, and in fact, clearly states the opposite.
At the end of Acts 10, we find where many people were filled with the Holy Ghost (an evidence of true salvation), and THEN Peter asked, “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?”
This is an interesting conundrum IF in fact salvation is not possible without water baptism.
Likewise, the Eunuch asked Philip in Acts 8, “Here is water; what hinders me from being baptized?” Philip’s answer? “If you believe with all your heart, then you may be baptized.”
Also the verse in Titus 3:5 (mentioned in a ping-back comment) speaks of the washing of regeneration, not a washing of water.
Why are these things ignored in a discussion of baptism?
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