As the popularity of Jehovah’s Witness increases, many members in our online Christian forum ask questions about them. One of them asked if they get baptized because their doctrines are confusing to many.
From the different responses, I realized that some had hints but not facts; so I gave them information that I had gathered during my 2019 research on how different denominations baptize.
I decided to do an article for everyone else wondering if Jehovah’s Witness baptize. So, do Jehovah’s Witnesses get baptized?
According to beliefs, the Jehovah’s Witnesses get baptized. They baptize people who consent, and they do so by immersion.
Join me in this article as I write about the requirements of Baptism for Jehovah’s Witness. I will also discuss how they baptize. Read on to find out more.
Do Jehovah’s Witnesses require Baptism to be saved?
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they require Baptism to be saved. They believe that Jesus commanded that all believers get baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
They back this up using the book of Matthew 28:19: “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
They explain that the verse means that anyone who willingly accepts Christ should also accept water Baptism that is accepted by God.
They also believe that the first-century disciples valued Baptism and, therefore, never delayed baptizing believers because they understood its role in salvation.
Therefore, for these reasons, they also believe in Baptism and do not delay it.
What are the requirements for Baptism for Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Jehovah’s Witness believe that the person who wants to get baptized should have a personal relationship with Jehovah.
The person should also be able to comprehend the scripture and its fundamentals as well as share with others the knowledge from the scripture.
They are also required to have a clear understanding of what their dedication entails. Also, the individual is required to repent from their sins and publicly declare their salvation.
Can you be a Jehovah’s Witness without being baptized?
According to what the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe, you cannot become a member without being baptized. They explain that you can only claim to be serving Jehovah after first being baptized.
They explain that Jesus Himself is a good example by getting baptized. Furthermore, they draw back from the instructions from Jesus to the disciples about baptizing every believer.
They also explain that Baptism is very important because it shows other people your willingness to know God and to serve Him.
How do Jehovah’s Witnesses get baptized?
Jehovah’s Witnesses are baptized by full immersion in water. The Baptism is conducted by an experienced Minister. Before getting immersed in water, they are asked important questions.
One of the questions is about them repenting their sins, and the other is about the will to serve Jehovah, and their acknowledgement of the fact that salvation comes from God.
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses baptized in the name of Jesus?
According to what they say, the Jehovah’s Witnesses baptize their members in the name of Jesus. They believe that baptizing in the name of Jesus is a way of acknowledging the role that Jesus plays in the relationship between each of them and God.
They also believe that being baptized in the name of Jesus is a way of acknowledging Christ’s sacrifice for all humanity and appreciating it.
They also encourage those who are getting baptized to be willing to imitate the life of Christ.
Why is the Jehovah’s Witness baptism viewed as invalid by other Christian denominations?
Other denominations view the Jehovah’s Witness baptism as invalid because they believe that this Baptism lacks proper form and intention.
The Catholic Church, in particular, explains that it does not acknowledge the Jehovah’s Witness baptism because they believe the Jehovah’s Witnesses deny Christ’s divinity and the Holy Spirit.
They also explain that the Baptism is more of dedication. Catholics believe that the Jehovah’s Witnesses baptize members into their sect and not into Christ.
Other Christians explain that their Baptism is not valid because they are a cultic religion. They also suggest that the doctrine preached is false.
Therefore, they hold that any Jehovah’s Witness who wants to change to Christianity should get baptized again.
What age do Jehovah’s Witnesses get baptized?
Jehovah’s Witnesses allow the Baptism of people from the age of six and above. They believe that Baptism has to be consensual, and the individual needs to be aware of the choice and the expectations.
This is one of the reasons they cannot baptize infants; instead, they allow older children.
They believe that some children mature faster spiritually and can comprehend the meaning of Baptism; therefore, they allow you to get ages like six years.
However, most of them are baptized between the ages of 8 and 18 years.
As a Christian, I have always been passionate about sharing God’s word with young people. This inspired me to pursue a Certificate in Christian Education, an Undergraduate degree in Religious Studies, and a Graduate degree in Theology. My knowledge in school and experience from dealing with the youth made me an expert at discussing Christian-related topics. I feel privileged working as the Coordinator of the Christian Youth Ministry at Christian Faith Guide. You can read more about me on the about us page.