Baptism for the dead.
In 1st Corinthians, 15 we find a deception many have fallen into. We’re not baptized for dead ancestors, every man answers individually for their own life. We are baptized into Christs death that we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.” Galatians, 3:27 There is no surrogate system in Christianity other than Christ dying and rising. There is one mediator, one who conquered death for all. The Pharisees believed in resurrection. Sadducee’s did not.
Read carefully who it is referring to the entire time… Christ. Not ancestors.
1st Cor 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
Then comes the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
If the dead who? The dead Christ. If Christ never rose, then why are we baptized for Him? We are liars and without hope. Our faith is useless and we remain in sin.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Romans 14:12. So then everyone of us shall give an account unto God.
There is no surrogate avenue for saving dead people by doing anything for them. They will answer for themselves.