Does somebody who had been baptized in water in his former religion need to undergo water baptism again if he wants to be a member of the Church of God International?
First of all, let us consider the declaration of the Lord Jesus Christ in MARK 7:7 (KJV) which says,
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
It is very evident, especially in this dispensation, that there are religions that do not teach the commandments of God purely. Instead, they teach the commandments of men. This is despite the stern warning given by the Scriptures that we should not add nor deduct anything from what God has said and what He wants to fulfill.
PROVERBS 30:5-6 (KJV) says,
5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Anybody who adds anything to the word of God is considered a liar.
The practice of many deceitful pastors today is that, they take something from the Bible, a verse perhaps which is often taken out of context, and then incorporate in it the commandments of men. And these are now what they teach and what they want their followers to believe in.
More than anybody and anything else, it is the Bible that tells us the true teachings of the gospel. And according to the Bible, the teachings of the Lord should be administered free of charge.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:7 (KJV) says,
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
The gospel should be preached for free. And since baptism is a part of the gospel, it should be rendered for free also.
If a person had been baptized after paying a certain amount, then, what he received is not a true baptism. It is not valid because it is against the biblical admonition.
That being the case, are we still to ask if there is a need for a person to be baptized again with the true baptism officiated in the true church of the Bible? Of course, there is! Actually, you do not count anything that is null and without credit.
There are so many baptisms in our time. Practically, each religion has its own manner of baptism. There is a religious group that calls themselves Oneness because they believe that the Father is also the Son and the Son is also the Father and the Father is also the Holy Spirit and vice versa. They do not believe that the Father has a person that is different from that of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Because of that belief, this religion baptizes only in the name of Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, there is another group, the Trinitarians, which baptizes in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, although they baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, they have their own man-made doctrines, just like the Baptists and the other evangelical groups. Hence, their baptism, likewise, is null and void.
Remember if you incorporate the teachings and commandments of men with the gospel, your worship to God becomes vain; it is nullified.
Actually, the highest act of sanctity that you can do in religion is worshipping God. But if your worship is in vain, then all the other things you do in religion, like your baptism, your songs, your contributions, etc., would altogether be in vain. And sadly, you end up a victim of false religion that teaches doctrines and commandments of men.
Let me reiterate, not all baptisms are valid. Your adherence to man-made commandments makes your worship in vain, and your baptism invalid.
I hope I was able to enlighten some confused minds. May God bless you all!