It’s midway through an afternoon baptism class, and a hand slips up near the back. The woman in her early 40’s has been listening intently to the pastor explain the meaning and significance of baptism. But she feels her situation is unique, and wants to ask some advice. “I was baptized when I was 14 years old in another church. I didn’t really know what I was doing, and mainly did it because a bunch of my friends were going through it. It didn’t mean much to me, and I’ve spent the last 20 years running away from God actually. But now I’m back, and really want to get re-baptized to indicate my love for Jesus. Is that okay?”
That’s the issue I want to address in this paper. What does the Bible say about being baptized a second time, even if the first baptism was as a believing youth or young adult?