Should I be baptized again if I was baptized as a baby?

Baptized as baby There are many verses in the Bible that teach about various kinds of baptism.  For a full explanation of the topic see the following 13 chapters of the online book Baptism by Harry Ironside .

 

Let’s examine the possible reasons why you may ask “should I be baptized again?”

1)    If your reason to be baptized again as an adult is to complete a spiritual requirement to be saved, then the answer is NO. You should not be baptized yet.  You need to be saved first before being baptized.  Baptism is for people who already are Christians.  You should not use baptism as a way to be saved or any other Christian activity such as participating in communion, joining a church, confirming your faith, getting married in the church or making a vow.  Your real need is to trust Christ to be your savior.  Baptism as a baby didn’t save you and neither will being baptized as an unbeliever make you saved.

2)    If your reason to be baptized again is because you have recently accepted Christ as Savior and are now a true Christian, then the answer is YES. You should be baptized even if you were baptized before - as a baby or an adult.

Baptism for believers

Baptism is for a person who has been saved, trusting in Christ alone for salvation.  If someone who was baptized before he/she became a Christian and then was saved, then being baptized again is the right thing to do.  

Babies are not believers in Christ.  The Bible does not teach that babies should be baptized.  The tradition of baptizing a baby is purely from a tradition of the church.  Baptism for babies gives a false security that “something” was done to help the child become a Christian.

Baptism by immersion

The symbolism of baptism is explained in Romans 6:1-5.  The believer is saying that he has died with Christ.  He has died to sin.  Therefore he should be symbolically buried.  The word “baptize” means immersed or buried in water.  Immersion is the only way to illustrate the truth of being dead and buried.
 

Romans 6:1-5  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?  (2)  By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?  (3)  Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  (4)  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.  (5)  For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his.


There are many verses in the Bible that teach about various kinds of baptism.  For a full explanation of the topic see the following 13 chapters of the online book Baptism by Harry Ironside .