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  • Let us reason ministries is a trinitarian one that tries to put a new spin on old topics. They had a article written on Matthew 28:19. 'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' Basically using this one verse and the Didache (an admittedly false or spurious document written by Catholics and for Catholics, that's supposedly based upon the teachings of the apostles; for that we already have the sacred scriptures themselves, no other commentary or extra biblical writings are necessary, even as the word is self explanatory in nature) they claim that everyone should base their baptism on a man made formula. Beside scripturally misrepresentation, they slander those who use the name of Jesus (Yeshua) in their baptism. Claiming that those who do so maintain a belief that water alone saves a person. All of these accusations will now refuted by history and the word of God.
    Here are the facts. We read in Matthew 28:18-19 the following things. 'And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.' Jesus said that He had all power or authority. Therefore any other being or titles holds no power or authority. Plain and simple. Next, Eusebius (from 263-339 AD was the greatest Greek scholar of his day) wrote from the original Hebrew text of Matthew these words about twenty-one times. 'Go ye therefore, teach all nations, baptizing them in my name.' This same type of phraseology was also used in Mark 16:15-17 and in Luke 24:45-47. There are no complete copies available in Hebrew today, as each of the two remaining ones have the last chapter of Matthew conveniently absent. In the King James Version of Matthew 28:19 we read in the name of and not in the names of. Why? Because Jesus came in His father's name. He said, 'I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive' (John 5:43). The father's name is the name of the whole family of God ('For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one' 1 John 5:7 ). 'For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named' (Ephesians 3:14-15). One can safely conclude that the name of the father is Jesus and it is the name of the whole family of God.

    The name of the Son of God is Jesus as well. 'But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins'(Matthew 1:20-21). Peter said in Acts 4:10-12, 'Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.' Paul wrote that, 'And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.' And again, Jesus alone saves, has all power and it is commanded for use in all things.

    The Holy Ghost (Spirit) was sent in the name of Jesus Christ. 'But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you' (John 14:26). No where in the scriptures was anyone anywhere baptized in the the titles father, son and Holy Ghost. I am a father and have a son, while the spirit of life (and the Holy Spirit of God) resides within me. Yet I am one. But family name is not father, son and Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit). Imagine if I went into a bank and endorsed a check in these titles instead of my real family name. Would I receive any payment? No.

    The word of God always gives two or three witnesses to establish it (Deuteronomy 17:6; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1). No word of it may be falsely altered, ignored or manipulated without Divine punishment being administered (Proverbs 30:5-6; Matthew 4:4; Revelations 22:18-19). If eveything were written about every word or deed done by Jesus alone, the whole world could not contain said books (John 21:25). Therefore one can see that sometimes baptisms were in the name of the Lord Jesus, Christ Jesus or the Lord Jesus Christ. But the name of Jesus had to be applied by the apostles in some form because His name alone is the way or door to God (John 10:9, 14:6).

    The apostles who always carried out baptism in the name of Jesus did so under the authority, anointing or the power of God. They were given the mysteries, revelations and the single gospel of God (Matthew 13:10-11; John 4:1-2; Galatians 1:6-10). Anyone who rejected them and did not hear them or their words, was in turn rejected by Christ Himself (Matthew 10:14-15; John 20:23; Ephesians 2:20). They were told by Jesus that belief and baptism was necessary to enter into the New Covenant or Testament (John 3:5; Mark 16:16).

    The name (singular and not the triple titles) of the Lord (Jesus) is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe (Proverbs 18: 10; Zechariah 14:9; Acts 10:36). The only way that we can enter that name is to be baptized (or baptizo means in Greek to dip, immerse or washing in a liquid, specifically water here) into it. There are multiple examples of immersions completed only in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2 :38, 8: 16-18, 10:36-48, 18:8, 19:5, and 22:16). The Church is the bride of Christ. Every bride must take on her husband's, family or surname (Acts 2:38; Revelation 21: 9).

    There are many who pray, heal and do miracles in the name of the Lord (Jesus) but fail to apply it where it counts the most, in their baptism. 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity' (Matthew 7:21-23). These all did not have the solid rock foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives. God saw them as being foolish and disobedient, having a foundation of sand (or of wordly traditions instead of truth). 'For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ' (1 Corinthians 3:11). 'Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it' (Matthew 7:24-27). One cannot say that they love and believe in God and yet fail to obey His word or commands(John 14:15, 15:14; James 2:19-26; 1 John 3:16-18).

    The Lord Jesus declared, 'And many false prophets shall rise and deceive many' (Matthew 24: 11: Mark 13:21-22). Notice that it is not the few that will be deceived but the many. Many
    famous preachers hold giant evangelistic crusades each year and declare that thousands of people were 'saved.' During the alter call, the people are told to raise their hand and repeat
    the sinners prayer. They are then told 'you are now saved.' These preachers are false prophets who preach without any scriptural backing whatsoever, and are leading millions of people to hell.

    These are those professing Christians who build their doctrine of Salvation on one verse of scripture while rejecting all the other scriptures which relate to Salvation. A common Salvation
    belief that's held by them is Acts 16: 31. And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.' Notice that 'shalt be' is future tense. Belief is the beginning of the process of the new birth (along with His grace, our hearing Him, repentance and baptism). The Philippian jailor and his family heard the word of the Lord and then went on to be baptized ( Acts 16:30-34). Just like Lydia, who (earlier in this chapter) upon hearing and believing the word of God was baptized (Acts 16:14-15).

    According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, vol 2, page 377, Catholics acknowledge that baptism in Jesus' name was changed by the Catholic church.

    In addition, Hastings Encyclopedia of Religions, vol 2, page 377 states 'Christian baptism was administered using the words 'In the name of Jesus.' From the same source, page 378, 'The
    use of the trinitarian formula of any sort was not suggested in the early Church's history.' From the same volume, page 389; note that, baptism was always in the name of the Lord Jesus until
    the time of Justin Martyr, when the triune formula was used. 'For, in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the universe, and of the Savior Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, they then receive the washing with water' (140 AD). Hastings Encyclopedia vol 2, page 377 declares the baptism in Jesus' name according to Acts 2:38.

    Here's what the trintarians said themselves about the validity of baptism in the name of Jesus. Martin Luther in his Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church describes disagreements over the wording of the baptism as 'pedantry' and argues for acceptance of baptisms in the name of Jesus. In circa 254, Pope Stephen I in the midst of the baptismal controversies with Cyprian declared that all baptisms in the name of Jesus are valid. St. Gennadius in his work Lives of Illustrious Men states that in the 3rd century, one Ursinus the monk, during the Cyprian controversies, argued that 'those who were baptized in the name of Christ (alone), did not need to be re-baptized.' St. John Chrysostom argues for a literal interpretation of the Luke's records of baptisms in the name of Jesus, as accounted in Acts. St. Basil states that, 'the naming of Christ is the confession of the whole.' St. Ambrose, mentor to Augustine, argued for the validity of baptisms 'in the name of Jesus.' St. Augustine states that 'those baptized into other names need to be rebaptized into Christ.' Elsewhere, he states knowledge of those who had been baptized into the name of Christ alone (outside the apostolic era) and likewise argues for a literal interpretation of Acts 2:38 'in the name of Jesus.' St. Thomas Aquinas while arguing for Trinitarian baptism), states that the apostles (Peter, James, John, etc.) baptized in the name of Christ alone by 'special dispensation.' The Baptist Standard Confession of 1660 declares baptisms in the name of Jesus to be valid.
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    • Does It Matter How We Baptize?
      • Many groups could drink all of the water they use to baptize.
        • The Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The essential rite of the sacrament follows: Baptism properly speaking. It signifies and actually brings about death to sin and entry into the life of the Most Holy Trinity through configuration to the Paschal mystery of Christ. Baptism is performed in the most expressive way by triple immersion in the baptismal water. However, from ancient times it has also been able to be conferred by pouring the water three times over the candidate’s head.” (p. 317, paragraph 1239).
      • Many groups could drink all of the water they use to baptize.
        • “ In administering the sacrament the pouring or sprinkling of water on the person by the minister fittingly symbolizes the baptism of the Holy Spirit; however the validity of the sacrament is not dependent upon its mode administration” (5.21).
    • IS BAPTISM BY IMMERSION REALLY IMPORTANT?
    • EARLY CHURCH HISTORY & BAPTISM
      • The writings of the early Christians are historical.
        • They are not, however, authoritative for what we do.
        • Yet, how those closest to the apostles understood Scripture often sheds light on our understanding.
      • What did these early Christians say about the mode of baptism?
        • Tertullian (ca AD 200): “Baptism itself is a bodily act, because we are immersed in water but it has a spiritual effect, because we are set free from sins.”
        • Cyril of Jerusalem (ca AD 350): “For as he who plunges into the waters and is baptized is surrounded on all sides by the waters so were they also baptized completely by the Spirit. The waters however flows around the outside, but the Spirit baptizes also the soul within completely.”
      • What did these early Christians say about the mode of baptism?
        • Basil of Caesarea (ca AD 350): “How then do we become in the likeness of his death? We were buried with him through baptism.... How then do we accomplish the descent into Hades? We imitate the burial of Christ through baptism. For the bodies of those being baptized are as it were buried in water.”
        • John Chrysostom (ca AD 375): “Exactly as in some tomb, when we sink our heads in water, the old man is buried, and as he is submerged below, he is absolutely and entirely hidden. Then when we lift our heads up, the new man again comes up.”
    • THE GREEK TERM “ BAPTIDZO ” MEANS “TO IMMERSE.”
      • In the ancient world, “ baptidzo ” had many meanings.
        • The term meant to drown.
        • The word referred to the sinking of a ship.
        • “ Baptidzo ” meant to flood a city.
        • “ Baptidzo ” metaphorically meant to be over head and ears in debt.
      • The term’s usage in antiquity doesn’t lend itself to any interpretation save immersion.
      • An ancient Christian document does refer to pouring over the head for baptism.
        • The Didache, written about AD 90 and supposedly containing the teaching of the apostles, refers pouring water over the head if one is too sick to be baptized or if enough water is not available for immersion.
        • A different word altogether is used for the pouring of water on the head.
    • BIBLICAL EVIDENCE OF IMMERSION
      • John the Baptizer baptized by immersion.
        • “ John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized” (Jn 3:23, ESV).
        • John baptized Jesus by immersion (Mk 1:9-10).
          • Why would John have baptized Jesus “in the Jordan” if that baptism weren’t by immersion?
          • Why would we read that Jesus “came up out of the water” if that baptism weren’t by immersion?
      • The symbolic significance of baptism cannot be appreciated without immersion.
        • “ Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:3-4, ESV).
        • “ In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead” (Col 2:11-12, ESV).
    • DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
      • The answer to that question largely depends upon how I view Scripture.
        • If I view Scripture as an evolving document, sprinkling & pouring aren’t problems at all.
          • Bea Blair, an ordained female Episcopal priest said, “The Bible is a history of our growing understanding of God. It needs to be read, listened to, and studied in its context. People have to interpret the Scripture or traditions for themselves.”
          • If that’s my understanding, sprinkling & pouring aren’t problems at all.
      • If I view Scripture as God’s final revelation, the way I baptize is extremely important.
        • “ Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (Ps 119:89, ESV).
        • “ The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Is 40:8, ESV).
        • “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matt 24:35, ESV).
      • I cannot pledge allegiance to Scripture & fail to understand that the Bible is God’s final & complete revelation.
      • Scripture commands immersion for forgiveness.
        • “ Baptism” is an English word with various connotations.
        • “ Repent and be immersed, every one of your in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).
          • Hugo McCord: “Change your hearts and be immersed each one of you in the name of Jesus Christ into the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
          • “ Baptism” is in the English language thanks to the King James translators.
            • King James had been christened as an infant.
            • The translators, therefore, took the Greek “ baptidzo ” & invented the English “baptize.”
    • ARE YOU OBEYING THE WORDS OF SCRIPTURE?