Why don't Jehovah's Witnesses Baptize in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit?
In Mt 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"?
- 9 years agoBest Answer
I have been studying with the Witnesses for a little over a year. I have noticed that at the gatherings during baptisms. The ask those two questions before the talk ends.
I did not notice if they recite the words at Matthew when they so the actual dunking.
My question is, are the words important to say as the act occurs?
- I TryLv 69 years ago
The JW's baptize their new members [after three long question and answer sessions with an elder to ensure you are eligible] into the Watchtower organization. There has never been room for Christ or the Holy Spirit in their organization.
They feel that if they are baptized into the organization they may be saved if they do enough door knocking etc. They totally ignore God's word.
As others have said, Christ gave direct instructions to baptize in the three names, yet the apostles just baptized in the name of Christ. We know that the now spirit filled people would never now god against God so there is only one possible reason they just used Christ's name, Christ is God, The Father is God nad the Holy Spirit is God.
Could not be any clearer, but no JW will ever see it.
- CELESTELv 59 years ago
Jesus said to "Baptize in the Name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". In the bible it is mentioned where people were baptized only in Jesus' name. Could it be that Jesus IS the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? The Name Jesus literally means "Jehovah is Salvation".
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name which is above every name." (Philippians 2:9)
If they don't baptize in the Name of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit or Jesus, what name do they baptize in? This really surprises me. Do they baptize in a name at all?
- Philip HLv 79 years ago
They do not believe in the Trinity doctrine. They believe the Son is not the same as the father, that Jesus was the first creation of the Father, Jehovah, and that the Holy Spirit is God's active force and is not a person at all.
They do believe in all three but not in a Triune God.
They acknowledge the importance of all three, but baptize without giving credence to a Trinity.
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- truthbearerLv 79 years ago
If this is a formula for baptizing, why didn't the Apostles, who stood there and heard the words from the mouth of Jesus, not do it that way?
Act 2, 10, 19.
Proof that all apostles, and early church baptized in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS.
Now why do you not do it this way?
Edit @ Celest...No, Jesus is NOT the name of the Father. It is NOT speaking about a 'calling' name, such as my personal name. IN THE NAME OF....means, the authority by which one does a thing or acts.
Jesus did all that he did, under the authority of his Father or in the name of his Father. But Jesus is not the Fathers personal name. Neither is the word, Father.
God is the HEAD of Christ, or his authority.
Jesus is our HEAD, or our authority.
We are not under the direct head or authority of the Father, no matter now many JWs think we are.
We are under the head of Jesus Christ and we can go no further. So when we baptize RIGHTLY, it MUST be done in the name of JEsus Christ, as God said, do everything you do in the name of Jesus...
acknowledging our obedience to the Father to go only though his son, Jesus Christ. That is enough. when we baptize in the authority of Jesus, god accepts this and REMITS OUR SINS.
No other way is acceptable to God. So see, the JW cut off their own chance of salvation, by being in rebellion to Jehovah God.
To say that Jesus is THE NAME of the Father would be declaring that Jesus is the head over God. It would be saying that God has to do things under obedience to his Son, Jesus. Not so.Source(s): KJV truth
- 9 years ago
Jehovah's Witnesses claim that they are God's only earthly organization and in their baptism ritual they baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son and the spirit-directed organization. This has changed since I was baptized in 1941, when I was baptized "in the name of the Father, the Son and the holy spirit".Source(s): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuMgHmiczLY
- Anonymous9 years ago
They do repeat the formula at baptisms, declaring that the person is being baptized "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit." What JWs will not be so keen to tell the public, however, is that they make it abundantly clear to all prospective baptismal candidates prior to baptism, that to make such a declaration is NOT to profess belief in the Trinity doctrine.
They instruct interested people that the Father is called Jehovah, the Son is called Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit is merely 'holy spirit', or energy from God, like electricity, supplies of which can be obtained by doing certain things. Thus, 'holy spirit' does not actually have a name, because only persons have names.
That, in itself, proves their repetition of the baptismal formula to be invalid. No JW is ever baptized in the name (singular) of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They can only ever be baptized in the name of Jehovah and in the name of Jesus Christ, according to their own theology.
- jeshurunLv 69 years ago
Before a person is baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, they are asked questions about their Bible knowledge and the meaning of their dedication to God.
In these questions, baptism, the Father, the son, and the holy spirit are topics.
Therefore, a person who wants to become one of Jehovah's Witnesses would know before their baptism that they are being baptized in these names.
So, Jehovah's Witnesses in no way water down the scriptures by nullifying the facts in Matthew 28:19 as some would suggest.
Have a nice day.
- troll to trollLv 79 years ago
No they are not. < note the period
The Watch Tower and the Jerhovah's Witnesses have a work-a-round they are happy with but does not equal the name of the Father - the name of the Son - and the name of the Holy Spirit.
Watchtower 1985 June 1 p.30
On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?
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."
< basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ >
What kind of garbage phrase is "basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ"?
The Father - YAH
The Son - Jesus
The Holy Spirit - "'filled by'" the Holy Spirt is anointed or Christ (Christos is anointed on Greek)
YAH'Shua is Jesus
- danmanLv 69 years ago
At one time the jw's tried to follow Jesus instructions but had to change the questions to solidify the organizations legal standing with new converts.
When the baptismal candidates in a public ceremony answer in the affirmative to question #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? Having answered yes to these questions, candidates are in a right heart condition to undergo Christian baptism."
Not only is the candidate associating his dedication to Jehovah God, but also that he/she is now publicly bound to an organization that claims to have God's spirit behind them.
Anyone who offers an affirmative answer to the above question, cannot in the future claim that they did not know they were dedicating their life to an organization. But by saying yes, that is exactly what they do.
This one little question was designed and written by legal minds, intent on protecting the Watchtower from future litigation.