This matter has been bothering me since ** a Greek Orthodox priest told me my Protestant baptism is invalid according to Greek Orthodox rites**
I was baptised in the name of the Triune God (Trinitarian Formula) by immersion in the ocean (non-denominational church;Vineyard church)
However, since then, in my studies of the Sacraments I have come to doubt the validity of my original Baptism. Regardless, I want to resolve this because I feel that it is something very important.
They Baptized me, "Upon your profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the Name of the Father, in the Name of the Son, and in the Name of the Holy Spirit.’’
**As far as i know,for a baptism to be valid,there are 3 necessary elements:
1)The proper form (Trinitarian formula)
2)The proper element
I was immersed in the water only ONCE (not thrice), and not when “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” was said. The matter and form were seperated.
The Church I went to does not believe in the necessity of Baptism, nor do they believe that Baptism cleanses original sin or gives the life of the Holy Spirit. They do not believe it was mandated by Christ for salvation. It is just a public profession of personal faith in their view. Therefore, I doubt the minister intended to do what the Church does by Baptism.They dont see it as a sacrament but rather an ‘‘ordinance’’.
Should i get re-baptized by a priest in the Apostolic Succession?
Does the baptismal theology differ between Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox church?
I heard the reception of converts is not uniform in Orthodoxy (Church of Greece) and it depends on the local bishop to decide whether by Baptism or Chrismation.Is that true?
And regarding the Roman Catholic Church teachings,what is the official standing of Vatican on this issue?
So many questions i know but it would make me happy to hear your comments to enlighten me