Baptism In the Name of Ellen G. White
One of the many erroneous doctrines of the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) is rebaptism. It implies that rebaptism is “baptizing again” someone who was baptized already in their church.
I am not against baptizing someone in the true church—if such person was baptized in another church, and the one who officiated his baptism was not qualified to baptize in accordance with Biblical standards.
WHO CAN LEGITIMATELY OFFICIATE BAPTISM?
Guided by the Biblical standards that the law is good if used legitimately or lawfully, not everyone can officiate baptism to anyone!
The laws of Christ or the laws for Christians took effect when the apostles received them after the ascension of the Lord.
The laws of Moses ended in Christ on the cross!
Christians will not be justified by the law of Moses!
The laws of Moses were carnal ordinances destined to be done away!
The time of reformation is the effectiveness of the laws of Christ.
The result is: we have now the Old and the New testaments!
Baptism was not commanded in the Old Testament times!
WHO IS QUALIFIED TO BAPTIZE?
The Lord Jesus commanded the apostles to baptize.
The instruction is very clear, “teach all nations, baptizing them...” The persons commanded to baptize were also commanded to teach. And what are they going to teach?
“…all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” Therefore, he who has the capacity to teach all the commandments of Christ is the one who is authorized by Christ to officiate the true baptism.
Ministers of the SDA are not qualified to officiate true baptism because they do not teach people all the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ! One example is that they have replaced the law of Christ in “giving” by the law of tithing.
Maybe you know the reason why they prefer tithing than voluntary giving!
The New Testament or New Covenant is very distinct from all laws in the past. Its focal point is the soul and the spirit – not the flesh only!
While John the Baptist had baptized the Jews who believed, when the law of Christ took effect, all Christians were baptized under the law of Christ!
The one “body” wherein both the Jews and Gentiles were “all” baptized is the church!
Even the Jews were baptized in Christ in the church! The allegation of Ellen G. White that some of those who were baptized by John the Baptist were not baptized in Christ is false!
Paul had recorded it but unfortunately was not understood by Ellen G. White:
In the body or the true church, under the Christian law, there is only one baptism taught by the apostles to the believers!
Never did the apostles accord another baptism in the same church or jurisdiction. Erring members committing sins that are not worthy of death are being admonished and prayed for, to merit the forgiveness of God, not rebaptized.
These teachings of Christ and the apostles were ignored by Ellen G. White and commanded her own idea to the members of the SDA to rebaptize an erring member!
These teachings of Ellen G. White are against the Gospel of Christ! There is no pronouncement, even once, by Christ and the apostles to “baptize again” or rebaptize erring members! Poor SDA members! They were given by their prophetess a chance to fall away in apostasy or to err grievously, have a vacation for an indefinite time and then enter again in their church at will, “enter the church as in the beginning, by baptism” according to Ellen G. White.
May God open your minds, poor members of this erroneous church that awaits for the seventh day!