Is Baptism for the Dead a biblical doctrine?

By Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson The following is taken from chapter 22 of the 2013 book Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints, pages 173-181. To purchase this valuable resource, click here. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are in agreement when they proclaim that there are no second chances for salvation. For example, 2 … Read more

What Historical Support Does the Mormon Church Have to Justify Baptism for the Dead?

By Eric Johnson A great majority of the work that is performed in LDS temples throughout the world by faithful Mormons is done on behalf of the dead. Besides endowments for the dead, baptisms for the dead are also performed. Ordinances on behalf of such notables as William Shakespeare, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Patrick Henry, Paul … Read more

Does 1 Corinthians 15:29 teach baptism for the dead?

In 1 Corinthians 15:29, the apostle Paul wrote, “Else what shall they dowhich are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?” President David O. McKay wrote,“Not a few commentators have tried to explain away [this passage’s] true significance; but its context proves plainly that in the days of the apostles there existed the practice of baptism for the dead; that is, living persons were immersed in water for and in behalf of those who were dead—not who were ‘dead to sin’ but who had ‘passed to the other side’”(Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay, p. 129).