File this one in the “that’s weird” category for me… I had no idea that there was an ongoing argument between many Jews and the Mormons over the Mormonish “baptisms for the dead” and Jewish Holocaust victims. (CNN (AP) article here: “Holocaust survivors to Mormons: Stop baptisms of dead Jews” — Forgive me: I know that the last part of that title shouldn’t sound funny to me…) Nor did I know that the Vatican forbids the giving of records to Mormons in order to prevent dead Catholics from being “baptized” as Mormons.
Misinterpretation of Paul’s comment in 1 Corinthians 15:29 notwithstanding, there is no Biblical support for vicarious baptism on behalf of the dead. Ecclesiastes 9:5 tells us that the dead know nothing. Knowing nothing, they are unable to repent (Acts 2:38) or believe (Mark 16:16, et al.), and they will remain so until their resurrection.
Not that the ignorant dead are beyond hope. Those who have never known the truth of God in this life will have a first opportunity in the prophesied second, general resurrection (Ezek. 37, Rev. 20, et al.). Anyone interested in reading about this is welcome to check out our free booklet, “Is This the ONLY Day of Salvation?” Just click on the picture below for access to the online version or to order your own free printed copy (or both!).