I got baptized then made a mistake. Should I get rebaptized?

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Question: I was baptized in Dec of 2001. Everyone warned me that the devil was really gonna come after me. I felt very strong willed any kinda powerful in the word. I thought I was ready for him. little did I know he came after my wife. I caught her talking on the phone with a guy and when that happened I began cursing, having angry fits feeling violent. Its like I lost all the peace I had. all this happened in April. four months after my baptism .seems I gotta start over .should I get rebaptized. I know its gonna seem like I was playing with god the first time to the church but I wasn't. pray for me and my wife and son . Thank you.

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It seems to be that you have had a misunderstanding of what happens after baptism. As is made clear by an answer already posted on our website, baptism is a public statement and declaration of our intent to commit our lives fully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. (See Romans chapter 6). It does not prevent us from slipping or falling but points us in the right direction when mistakes do occur . People were correct when they said the Devil would not be happy to see you baptized -- and it is often the case that he will make extra efforts to put temptation in your way. However, as Romans 8:31 tells us, "If God is for us, who can be against us." That is the message of victory that we must believe in.

Now lets get to the real crux of the problem. It is the one sentence you have written there: "I felt very strong willed and kinda powerful in the word " The emphasis is on the wrong person there. When "I" feel strong willed, "I" am going to fail. No doubt about it. The apostle Paul was a VERY strong willed person and he spends most of Romans 7 (esp. verses 14-25) stating how his will power is totally failing him as far as trying to live a right Christian life is concerned. So if there is no hope for Paul -- what hope is there for me to live a right life?

Thankfully the answer is there from Romans 7:24 - 8:39. In myself and my own power I fail, but in Jesus Christ I am a great success -- not because of what I do, but because of what he does in me. Romans 8:1 tells me that in Jesus Christ there is "no condemnation" -- and this is a post baptism condition. The rest of the chapter tells how this happens. I would suggest you spend a prayer time looking at these verses and seeing how God can touch your life. His Son Jesus has paid the price for you to be in his family. The Holy Spirit is promised to help you lead a "spirit filled" life. God in his love wants you and his love is more powerful than anything Satan can throw at you.

The remember the positive promise of 1 John 1:9. -- again a post-conversion call. "If we confess our sins to God , he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing." (TEV)

I cannot speak specifically to your circumstances, but re-baptism is not some magical rite that will set us up again with God. The process of confession, repentance and letting God fill our lives is what wi ll change us. This is something that is symbolized more by the repentance and cleansing that we think of in the communion service -- again as we re-invite Christ into our lives.

All of us move on in our Christian experience. We should all be able to look back and see how we have progressed since baptism. I certainly can in my life -- and I am now hearing my 19 year old son express similar sentiments. It almost makes me cry as I hear him. That you have recognized your mistakes and that you are committing your life to Christ is the greatest thing that you can do. That is a process of healing for you, and as you work with your family, for them as well.

We will certainly have you in our prayers.

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