My best friend and I baptized our boys together at a Lutheran Church. At the time I was a lapsed Catholic and he was a lapsed Greek Orthodox. One day I told him I decided to return to the Catholic Church and I made the comment “At least I don’t need to re-baptize him.” He looked at me in disbelief and told me that if he ever decided to return to the Greek Orthodox Church he would be required to re-baptize his son.
Is he correct? If yes, does anyone know the reasoning behind this policy.
I know of some Orthodox converts who had to be rebaptized, and generally those cases because the priest didn’t accept the Evangelical view of baptism as merely a symbol, or a profession of faith. I think generally, if baptism is considered a sacrament like in Lutheranism or like in Catholicism, the baptism is generally considered valid. But from what I recall, it is up to the priest, ultimately.
I’ve heard of rebaptism occurring within the Roman Catholic Church as well.
This seems to be handled slightly differently in different parts of the Orthodox Church, but I am pretty sure that in general someone baptized in a Lutheran Church would not be rebaptized. I am not sure what the policy of the Greek Church in particular is. Most of the converts to the OC I know were not rebaptized, even if they were from evangelical groups, but I have heard of it happening.
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