Mormons Twisted Theology
Baptism for the Dead
"Otherwise, what will those ( the living ) do who are baptized ( to be identified with ) for ( uJper w/gen. - in the place of,on behalf of ) the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?" (NASB).
1 Cor 15:30-32
Why are we also in danger every hour? I protest, brethren, by the boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If from human motives I fought with wild beasts ( Acts 19 ) at Ephesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
Mormons spend great amounts of time looking up their genealogies. Some have been baptized by proxy more than fifty times for the benefit of "Gentile" ancestors. The baptisms are always done within the secrecy of Mormon temples. Support for this practice is taken from this passage.
Mormons think baptism is necessary to go to what is their idea of heaven. Many Mormons died without baptism. What, then, is the way of their deliverance? The living may be baptized for the dead!!
The True Biblical meaning
The context of chapter 15 is that the bodily resurrection of Christ guarantees the bodily resurrection of Christians. Rom. 1:4 and 4:25 indicate that the resurrection of Christ is proof that God the Father was totally satisfied that His Son's death was sufficient payment for the sin debt of mankind. If there was no resurrection of Christ, then Christianity is a hoax! Baptizing for the dead was a pagan practice in Paul's day also. Note that Paul said "they" and not "we" : "why then are they baptized for them?". Paul's point was simple. The resurrection is a reality. It is going to happen to believers & non-believers.....but going to different destinations. Even the pagans believe in some sort of a non-biblical view of a resurrection, otherwise, why would they baptize for the dead? Also, as Paul says, why would one be willing to suffer or even die if there is no resurrection. This is Paul's point.
by Dave Smith, D.Min.