A question that I’m frequently asked is whether someone’s baptism can be invalidated. This is a great question and one that requires a bit of thought. The short answer is no, your baptism cannot be invalidated. Let me explain why.
The Great Commission
The basis for this claim is found in scripture. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says “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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This commandment is known as the Great Commission.
In these verses, Jesus gives us two important pieces of information. First, he tells us to go out and make disciples. Second, he tells us to baptize them. He does not say “if” they repent or “if” they believe, he simply says “baptize them.” This indicates that baptism is not contingent on anything other than the act itself.
Once Baptized, Always Baptized
So, what does this mean for you? It means that if you were baptized, then you are baptized. Period. Your baptism cannot be invalidated because it is not contingent on your actions. It is an act that was done to you, not something that you did.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that your actions and beliefs don’t matter. They absolutely do! But your salvation is not dependent on your actions. It is dependent on what Christ has done for you. So, if you are wondering whether your baptism is valid, the answer is yes!
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