Rebaptism: Turning a Pastoral Dilemma into a Teaching Opportunity


[Editor’s note: This article was first published in a short-lived journal in the mid-1990s.  The content dovetails nicely with Ken Stewart’s guest article from last week here on TheEcclesialCalvinist, and is reprinted here for the benefit of those who understandably missed it the first time.  Although it is a bit dated at this point, and there are a few things I might say differently today, I have resisted the urge to update it.]

“The sacrament of baptism is but once to be administered to any person.” (WCF 28.7)

Bob was baptized as an infant. After a period of teenage rebellion, Bob comes to a vibrant faith in Christ and joins an ARP church. During his interview with the session Bob asks to be rebaptized as a sign of his faith in Jesus.

Peggy, a victim of childhood physical abuse, comes to faith as an adult and is baptized by a…

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