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My husband doesn't want me to be rebaptized?

Submitted: 6/7/2007
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Question: I was raised Southern Baptist. About 5 years ago, as I was reading the gospel of John, God miraculously showed me that God is one, and that Jesus and the Father and the spirit are one. So I believe in Oneness. For a while, I thought I was the only person who thought this, as I had never heard of Oneness doctrine. Then I began to find sites on the Internet about Oneness. I would like to be rebaptized, but my husband would not be open to the idea of me being rebaptized. We are not on the same page with regard to the Trinity. I have only recently begun to study baptism, because I never before questioned the immersion baptism that I received in the Baptist church. I desire to follow the Lord, but I am not sure what to do about this situation. I do not believe it would be Biblical for me to defy my husband in this matter. What is your opinion?

Answer: We disagree. While we do believe that a Christian wife should be submissive toward her husband, there are limits. For example, what if a man told his wife that she was not allowed to pray or read the Bible? God would not expect her to submit to such outrageous prohibitions. A man is supposed to love his wife as Christ loved the church. To destroy her spiritual life is hardly an act of love. We consider baptism in the name of Jesus Christ to a requirement of God (see the articles on this subject in the Apostolic Free Library). We recommend that you get baptized at the earliest possible opportunity. Why wait!