Jehovah's Witnesses - In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit?
In Matt 28:19, Jesus tells his disciples to baptize "people of all the nations ...in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit".
Why would the disciples be instructed to baptize in the name of anybody or anything who was not God?
Do Jehovah's Witnesses follow the command of Jesus and baptize "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit"?
- Rev. KipLv 61 decade agoBest Answer
Well the JW never baptized you according to scripture or much less into the Christian faith. They more or less just give a fake baptism in a meaningless ceremony that welcomes you into a cult.
In the book of Acts, we find that not only did believers not have to go through "book studies" and undergo a series of questions before elders, but they were often baptised at the very instance that they believed in Jesus (e.g. Acts 2:41; 8:12, 36-38; 9:18; 10:47; 16:14-15, 33; 18:18).
Some JW cultists may object that there are also Christian churches that discourage people from being baptised straight away as well. While this is probably so, it must be stressed that the difference here is that if a Christian wants to be baptised straight away, he or she can do so. JW are not given that option.
The JW are baptised into an "Organisation" rather than the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (as Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19). JW entering into baptism are asked the following questions:
"1) On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?
2) Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization? (The Watchtower, April 1st 2006, pages 21-25)
It is incredible (and shocking) that such a formula can be proclaimed when one considers Jesus' words to baptise in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at Matthew 28:19 and to blatantly go against this.
One can only assume that part of this refusal to follow Jesus' words is because the formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit simply confirms the Trinity or that the Watchtower formula basically has the JW dedicating him or herself to an Organisation rather than simply to God alone. This inclusion of the organisation is in line with the wider emphasis and allegiance that JW give to the cult in many other areas of their lives too.
Christians are baptised into the Christian faith and not into a specific church. JW are baptized into a cult and not the Christian faith.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ok, then what is the name of the holy spirit.... Scripture? I can say STOP in the name of the law, but does that make the law a person. No. You need to understand the scripture in the whole context and this one does not teach the trinity at all.
What does it mean to be baptized “in the name of the Father”? It means that the baptismal candidate recognizes our heavenly Father’s office and authority. Jehovah God is thus acknowledged as our Creator, “the Most High over all the earth,” and the Universal Sovereign.—Psalm 83:18; Isaiah 40:28; Acts 4:24.
To be baptized ‘in the name of the Son’ means to recognize Jesus’ office and authority as God’s only-begotten Son. (1 John 4:9) Those qualified for baptism accept Jesus as the one through whom God has provided “a ransom in exchange for many.” (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6) Baptismal candidates must also acknowledge the “superior position” to which God has exalted his Son.—Philippians 2:8-11; Revelation 19:16.
What is the significance of baptism ‘in the name of the holy spirit’? This indicates that the baptismal candidates recognize that the holy spirit is Jehovah’s active force, used in various ways in harmony with his purposeSource(s): bible
- Cheryl-lynnLv 44 years ago
Is Father a name? Is Son a name? Is Holy Ghost a name? Every time the Bible records the name or formula associated with an actual baptism in the New Testament church, it describes the name Jesus. "They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 8:16). "And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord" (Acts 10:48). "They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 19:5). Matthew 28:19 was a command by Jesus to baptize in the NAME. The Apostles did not repeat the word of the command, but they did obey it as seen in the scriptures above. Since Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are titles of the manifestations of the Almighty Spirit and His body, the Apostles understood His SAVING NAME to be JESUS. Can any dare say that the Apostles disobeyed the Lord, or failed to baptize properly? THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST IS LORD JESUS CHRIST. The actions of the Apostles in the Book of Acts prove this to be true. Should anyone dare to change what CHRIST and the Apostles established?(See Galatians 1:8-9) God bless! Archie Oneness Pentecostal
- 1 decade ago
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are ONE (the holy Trinity), therefore the disciples are baptizing in God. but i don't generally associate with them, unless i want to ask them why they believe other than the Bible's teachings. this may come as hard to believe to most, if not all that read this, but the Jehovah's Witnesses is just a big CULT. and here are just a few of the things they do/teach that is wrong:
1) they don't believe in a literal Hell.
2) they don't salute any national flag, believing all governments are of Satan.
3) they DENY THE DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST.
4) they reject the Doctrine of the Trinity.
5) they believe that those who GAIN SALVATION BY WORKS will be allowed to live during the Millenial Reign.
6) they claim to be the 144,000 witnesses during the Tribulation period of Revelation.
7) they will refuse blood transfusions and oppose military service, voting, holding political office, and jury duty.
8) they believe God created Jesus as the angel Michael, who became Jesus at the incarnation. after dying on the cross, Jesus returned to His spirit form as Michael.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
For your last ? I gave ref to 3 books.I suggest that yourself and all who sees this Read A READY DEFENSE by Josh McDowell of the Campus Crusade for Christ covering many religions;Anthony Hokemas The Four Major Cults;Walter Martins THE KINGDOM OF THE CULTS.Josh Mcdowells book is a great one for all of you atheists also.Time is running out.Plans for Satans One World Govt are planned for Dec 21,2012 and The Rapture of Christians will preceed that event.After the Rapture will be too late for many.You will have crossed over Gods deadline if not saved. I urge all to look into yourselves and make sure you will be safe in Gods loving hands.PS-He is an awesome God to get to know.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The cult believes it is God and that is why they baptize people into the cult and not follow the biblical example of baptism.
- goshine2Lv 51 decade ago
After making a personal dedication to Jehovah, and in harmony with Jesus’ instructions,the millions of Jehovah's Witnesses were baptized “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)
Being baptized “in the name of the Father” means that these dedicated individuals recognize Jehovah as their heavenly Father and Life-Giver and submit to his sovereignty. Baptism ‘in the name of the Son’ signifies that they confess Jesus Christ as their Ransomer, Leader, and King. They also acknowledge the role of God’s holy spirit, or active force, in directing their life. This indicates that they have been baptized ‘in the name of the holy spirit.’
Jesus’ early followers drew clear distinctions between God, Christ, and the holy spirit. In fact, they baptized disciples (1) in the name of the Father, (2) in the name of the Son, and (3) in the name of the holy spirit, not in the name of a Trinity.
- ΤιμοθέῳLv 51 decade ago
I am amazed at the answers of JWs of the Org so far, and I noticed Vot's answer saying the two questions in the Org Baptism are merely public declarations? So if I go to a Church, make a "dedication", this dedication is merely a declaration? Not so, a dedication in the church is not the same as a dedication in a secular public gathering. A religious dedication means to give yourself wholly to God, or in this case it is the organization in the JW Baptism question. A secular dedication is merely a public statement, a declaration that has nothing to do with religion or giving yourself to God or in the JW case, an organization.
They may want to deceive you in this question when they say they do baptize in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Strange how the Name of the Father is replaced with Jehovah, the Name of the Son is replaced with Jesus, and there is no Name mentioned of the Holy Spirit, which was deceptively replaced with a "spirit-directed organization". They can dedicate themselves to this organization in their baptism, but inadvertently they were dedicating, or giving themselves wholly to another god in a religious ceremony.
I am one of the True Jehovah's Witnesses, a Witness of YHWH, the Holy Trinity who is the the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and the Three are One. Beware the false witnesses who are in the Watchtower Organization!
- 1 decade ago
They baptise you into a cult and not into the Christian faith. They change all the major elements and add a cult spin.
- Big Guy 360Lv 61 decade ago
In 1985 the baptism questions changed, with the candidate having to announce their desire to become associated with an Organization.
"At the close of the convention baptism talk, the baptism candidates will be in position to answer with depth of understanding and heartfelt appreciation two simple questions that serve to confirm that they recognize the implications of following Christ's example. The first question is:
On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?
The second is:
Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization?
Having answered yes to these questions, candidates are in a right heart condition to undergo Christian baptism." Watchtower 1985 June 1 p.30
Prior to 1985 this is how it went:
"Therefore now with your mouth make a public declaration of your faith by answering these two questions that I shall ask you, and let your answers be hearable, that all those about you may be witnesses to the declaration that you solemnly make:
(1) Have you recognized yourself before Jehovah God as a sinner who needs salvation, and have you acknowledged to him that this salvation proceeds from him the Father through his Son Jesus Christ?
(2) On the basis of this faith in God and in his provision for salvation, have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to God to do his will henceforth as he reveals it to you through Jesus Christ and through the Bible under the enlightenment of the holy spirit?" Watchtower 1956 July 1 p.407
Prior to 1951
Baptism as a Christian in any religion, provided by full water immersion
1955 to 1985
Baptised by Watchtower Representative.
To Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Baptised by Watchtower Representative.
To Father, Son and the Organization w85 6/1 p.30
This is how it is done!