Teachings of Jesus Christ, His Apostles, the Holy Bible,Church Fathers, Early Christian Theologians, and Later Theologians in regard to SALVATION AND BAPTISM FOR THE DEAD
Few doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints create more agitation among non-Latter-day Saint Christians than our belief that the dead ‘who died not in Christ’ have the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to them after death, in the Spirit World, and that those that accept Jesus Christ are then candidates for salvation, and able to take advantage of vicarious baptism for the unbaptised dead, in which a live person stands as proxy in their place and is baptised on their behalf, that baptism becoming effective when the deceased accepts it, having come unto Christ in faith.
It is a tragedy of immense proportions that some Christians deny the possibility that salvation is available to the dead and dismiss the doctrine as a non-biblical and as a non-Christian belief. This is often done without serious reflection, and without reference to the Bible, except to find a passages that seem to confirm their opposition to the doctrine. Their reluctance to accept this extensive view of God’s promise of salvation to all mankind is such that they do not believe that salvation of and baptism for departed unbelievers were ever part of the teaching and doctrine of Jesus Christ. However, before we rush to accept or reject these golden tokens of God’s universal love for his children, ought we not first ask, “What does the Bible’s say about this?”
There are principles and characteristics of Deity that must be considered before we are capable of determining what we think Almighty God will, or will not, do, and we should exercise caution not to be presumptuous in our determination of what is and what is not God’s will for us. With such prudence foremost in our minds, we will consider scriptural statements and the conclusions of early Christian theologians on the topic of Salvation and Baptism for the Dead.
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