Praise God. I appreciate your attitude.
No there is no need for re-baptism. That would not even be Biblical. There is no example for being re-baptized unless the baptism was not performed in the correct manner the first time. And I have to assume that if an SDA pastor baptized you that it was in the correct manner.
So move forward as you have. Just try to smile at those judgment hungry condemning members who would think to disfellowship you. And hold your head high. JESUS LOVES YOU.
What I would recommend is that you do what Christ has commanded for us to do and that is to experience the 'mini-baptism' of footwashing. This way you will experience what is suppose to be done when you have sinned and especially when your sin is in the open as is your case. You will demonstrate the forgiveness of God and man and see your sins being washed away.
Baptism is a one time experience. In my personal belief ... it shows a lack of faith in Jesus ... to be 're-baptized'. So God bless your decision and commitment to Him Mercedez.
My public testimony as a Christian or as a SDA member? I don't recall rebaptism n the bible, in the church manual, most likely.
It's standard practice that when one becomes pregnant out of wedlock that they are disfellowshipped (first strike, out). I don't believe the local conference would do anything about it. Like I said before one doesn't neccesarily needs to be a member of the SDA church to enter into God's Kingdom, but baptism is. I still attend and partake in the communion and footwashing ceremony. I'm just not allowed to hold offices etc. in church and all that comes along with membership (so fellowship, I still do).
Besides all of the above, in my opinion when rebaptism is strongly enforced for those who have sought repentence for their sin, it takes away from the meaning of communion.
Good Post Mercedez
My belief also.
In addition it takes away from the meaning of the cross.
Jesus has forgiven you sins. He has buried them in the depths of the sea.
He has covered them with His Robe and yet the church dares to bring them up.
@ Don - Why should someone's membership be dropped due to not attending church for some period of time. Perhaps they are disabled and homebound. Perhaps they are discouraged. Whatever the reason ... God does not drop them ... why should the church. There are probably people in the pews who are less close to God than the person not attending. And why should what God's church does vary from one church to another and from one country to another.
And let me point out that the ONLY way a member can be dropped is when the church is together and votes on it. This is just as when on Sabbath morning the member was baptized and the congregation voted and approved him or her to join the church. The same vote has to be done to vote disfellowship. So, if enough people put their foot down and say no ... the disfellowshipping would stop. Let's STOP it.
Mercedez. Your sin and sins have been buried in the depths of the sea. Who are U or Anyone to bring them up for Any one to examine .
There is no procedure in the church or in the Church Manual that says you should be re-baptized because of what you did. Be loved.
Hold strong. But forgive them who condemn.
Mic 7:19 "He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."
"When the enemy comes in like a flood, and seeks to overwhelm you with the thought of your sin, tell him: "I know I am a sinner. If I were not, I could not go to the Saviour; for He says, 'I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance' (Mark 2:17). And because I am a sinner I am entitled to come to Christ. I am sinful and polluted, but He suffered humiliation and death, and exhausted the curse that belongs to me. I come. I believe. I claim His sure promise, "Whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life' (John 3:16)." Ellen White in 1 SM 325
"When we suppose one to be in error and sin, we are not to divorce ourselves from him. By no careless separation are we to leave him a prey to temptation, or drive him upon Satan's battleground. This is not Christ's method. It was because the disciples were erring and faulty that He washed their feet" Ellen White in DA 655