Practiced by Mormons for salvation of others as ordinance inst. by God from eternity. But the Biblical way of salvation rules out vicarious Baptism, salvation being by personal faith and Baptism (Mk 16:15, 16; Acts 2:38; Mt 28:19, 20). Moreover, Heb 9:27 denies the possibility of salvation after death. Therefore 1 Co 15:29 cannot be quoted in favor of vicarious Baptism. The Greek preposition hyper here may mean over or with reference to, the Baptism of the early adult Christians thus being a confession of their hope of the resurrection of the body to eternal life. The Cath. Apostolic Ch. also practices baptism for the dead.
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