There’s a weird trend in the UK these days. Lots of secularists are demanding to be taken off the rolls of the Church of England. And some con artists are selling them “de-Baptism certificates” to formalize their rejection of baptism.
Diogenes claims this is a resurrection of Anabaptist theology of baptism. Not in any way. The Anabaptists (the word means “re-Baptizer,” and was given to them by opponents) read the Bible, took it for their only rule of faith and practice, and saw that Jesus was clear about baptism:
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Teaching must precede baptism.
In Mark 16:16, Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” Faith must precede baptism.
The Anabaptists saw that Jesus stipulated that teaching and faith must come first–then someone can be baptized. They concluded that someone who was baptized without being taught and without having responded in faith was merely taking a bath. They weren’t baptized. So they couldn’t have “re-baptized” anyone. Nor did they “un-baptize” anyone. They baptized those who confessed Jesus Christ.