The day after I posted Brandon's baptism on Facebook, someone objected that I did it in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, saying that Acts 2:38 is the biblical baptism.
I explained that anti-Trinitarian baptism was condemned as heresy in the 3rd century and that baptism “in Jesus’ name only” is based on a misunderstanding of Scripture.
I then referred him to the highly respected “Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry” (CARM) that explains clearly what the Acts passages meant. Read it here.
If you choose not to read the short article, here’s their conclusion:
“Therefore, the Oneness Pentecostal people are simply in error by demanding that baptism be done with the formula ‘In Jesus name.’
“Instead, it should be done as Jesus commanded:
“‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,’ (Matthew 28:19).
“The proper way to baptize in Jesus' name is to say, ‘I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’”
Yes, Christian, what we believe is so important!
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16)