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Does Your Church Practice Baptism for the Dead?

Does your church practice baptism for the dead? If not, then is your church truly biblical? Are you missing part of God's will for your life? Are you living in disobedience to God.

This obscure verse has troubled and perplexed commentators forages. As the reader may be aware, this one text provides the basis for the extensive genealogical research of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons). According to Mormon teaching, the vicarious baptism of the living provides salvific benefits for the dead. This explains their zeal and willingness to expend vast amounts of money and effort to collect and secure precise genealogical data. To my knowledge, only the Mormons among all professing Christian groups have made baptism for the dead an important part of their religious ritual.