QAIsn't there biblical basis for baptism for the dead (1 Cor 15:29)?This passage does not
command baptism for the dead nor make any judgment about such
practice. Paul asked the question, "Otherwise, what will they
do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all?
Why then are they baptized for the dead?" (1 Cor 15:29). His
point was not that such practice was necessarily correct, but that
such practice demonstrated people’s belief in the resurrection.
Paul could not have
endorsed vicarious baptism (the living being baptized on behalf of
the dead) because it is against Biblical teaching for several
- Baptism is for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 22:16). Since all have sinned (Rom
3:23), everyone must be baptized for the forgiveness of his own
sins (Acts 2:38). No one may be baptized for the forgiveness of
- Baptism is not merely a
formality or an immersion of the body; it is a spiritual
cleansing and salvation of the soul (1Pet 3:21; Heb 9:14). Once
a person dies, the soul leaves his body. Baptizing a living
person on behalf of the dead cannot in any way save the soul of
- After a person dies, he
is to face judgment (Heb 9:27). Those who had failed to believe
in the Lord will be condemned (Mk 16:16; Rev 21:8), and every
person will be judged according to what he had done (Rev 20:12).
So once a person dies, he has to give an account of his
disbelief and no one else may receive salvation on behalf of
This verse may
refer to baptism of family members for the sake of a Christian
member who has passed away and had expressed the wish before death
that his/her family believe in the Lord Jesus and be baptized.