Posthumous Baptisms for the Dead

This Time Around – Baptizing Mahatma Gandhi and Daniel Pearl

In 2002 Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl was killed by terrorists in Pakistan. Fast forward about a decade and Helen Radkey finds the Mormon Church posthumously baptized Mr. Pearl in the summer of 2011 in a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.,0,2105684.story

Why the Mormon Church continues to do this is beyond me. As I was reading my Google Alerts on everything to do with Mormonism I also received a notice that in addition to Mr. Pearl, they’ve baptized Mahatma Gandhi back in March of 1996.

Along with my confusion of why they’d keep doing things like this I find a sadness in my heart for those who truly believe they’re doing God and these people a favor.  Why they think this is helping anyone tells me they don’t know the God of the Bible. God’s a big God and can handle things on His own. If the god you’re worshiping needed man’s help in saving these people then why would you worship such a god as this?

I don’t want to waste my time worshiping a god that needs my help. I need a God that’s in complete control and can handle things on his own. If he needs my help I’m in trouble! I turn to Him daily for help and now he needs me? This will set me into a panic because all the things I have in this world combined is nothing compared to who he is and what he has!

And then the Mormons tell us that when we do this it’s not a guarantee the deceased will accept our gift of baptism for them. So what does that mean if they don’t? I’ve wasted my time and energy! Besides, wouldn’t God know if they’re going to accept it? If they don’t want it then why am I in there doing this to begin with?

The whole thing doesn’t make sense! In addition to all that, when the Bible tells us that having anything to do with the dead (necromancy) is a form of prostitution and it defiles the land, then it should be enough of a warning to us to stay away from those types of practices.

Leviticus 20:6, 22, 27; “6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. 22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. 27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.”

But back to the idea for the baptisms of the dead. The Mormons say they do this for those who weren’t presented with the gospel while they lived. This is contrary to what the Bible tells us!

Psalm 19:1; “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

Romans 1:19-20 says; “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”. 

Ezekiel 36:26; “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”

Jeremiah 24:7; “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”

Jeremiah 31:33-34; “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

We see in Psalms and Romans where God tells us that people will know Him simply from the things around them in nature. All of creation screams of its Creator.

Then we have God’s promises to us from Ezekiel and Jeremiah. He tells us in Jeremiah we will know Him, He will put His law in our hearts and He will give us a heart to know Him.

These aren’t just empty words to fill up space on a page! These are huge promises from God that things are going to change and He’s the one who performs these changes. He’s not just taking up air space and moments of our day. If these passages of scripture aren’t some of the most wonderful promises of the Bible then I don’t know what is!

All these things tell us there’s no need for baptisms of the dead! Share these verses with your Mormon friend today!

With Love in Christ;

1 Cor. 1:18