Paul, baptized in the Name of Jesus. Why should you care? Because Paul said in Galatians 1:12 "For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."Please show me in Scripture where it says that Paul baptized in the name of Jesus. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Was Gal 1:12 supposed to be your proof? If so, I don't see how it says what you think it says. All Paul is saying here is that the gospel he preached and continues to preach came from a special revelation from Christ that he received.
So if anyone were going to baptize in the titles (matthew 28) it would of been Paul. But he didn't because that is not what Jesus told him to do.
There is no salvation when being baptized in the titles - no matter who tells you otherwise. No Church, No Pope, No Bishop - Not even another Apostle, nor Angel can change the doctrine of the Apostles.Amen to that last part! And a correction: It is not the Catholic Church that has changed the doctrine of the Apostles, your church has. In Part 2 I said I wouldn't get into this, but now I think it might be necessary.
Look at the historical record. Every person who became a Christian for the first 1500 years of the Church did so through Trinitarian baptism. That was the practice that emerged from the Apostolic period and it continues to be the practice for the churches who have not abandoned what was always done for some "new" and "better" way.
I'll just show you the evidence from the first 400 years, lest I belabor the point:
The Didache (70 AD): "After the foregoing instructions, baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in living [running] water. If you have no living water, then baptize in other water, and if you are not able in cold, then in warm. If you have neither, pour water three times on the head, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Before baptism, let the one baptizing and the one to be baptized fast, as also any others who are able. Command the one who is to be baptized to fast beforehand for one or two days" (Didache 7:1).This data basically leaves you with two options:
Tatian the Syrian (170 AD): "Then said Jesus unto them, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and earth; and as my Father has sent me, so I also send you. Go now into all the world, and preach my gospel in all the creation; and teach all the peoples, and baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; and teach them to keep all whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you all the days, unto the end of the world’ [Matt. 28:18-20]" (The Diatesseron 55).
Hippolytus (215 AD): "When the one being baptized goes down into the water, the one baptizing him shall put his hand on him and speak thus: ‘Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty?’ And he that is being baptized shall say: ‘I believe.’ Then, having his hand imposed upon the head of the one to be baptized, he shall baptize him once. Then he shall say: ‘Do you believe in Christ Jesus . . . ?’ And when he says: ‘I believe,’ he is baptized again. Again shall he say: ‘Do you believe in the Holy Spirit and the holy Church and the resurrection of the flesh?’ The one being baptized then says: ‘I believe.’ And so he is baptized a third time" (The Apostolic Tradition 21).
Tertullian (216 AD): "After his resurrection he promises in a pledge to his disciples that he will send them the promise of his Father; and lastly, he commands them to baptize into the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, not into a unipersonal God. And indeed it is not once only, but three times, that we are immersed into the three persons, at each several mention of their names" (Against Praxeas 26).
Origen (248 AD): "The Lord himself told his disciples that they should baptize all peoples in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit . . . for indeed, legitimate baptism is had only in the name of the Trinity" (Commentary on Romans 5:8).
The Acts of Xantippe and Polyxena (250 AD): "Then Probus . . . leapt into the water, saying, ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, and everlasting God, let all my sins be taken away by this water.’ And Paul said, ‘We baptize thee in the name of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost.’ After this he made him to receive the Eucharist of Christ" (Acts of Xantippe and Polyxena 21).
Cyprian of Carthage (253 AD): "He [Jesus] commanded them to baptize the Gentiles in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. How then do some say that though a Gentile be baptized . . . never mind how or of whom, so long as it be done in the name of Jesus Christ, the remission of sins can follow—when Christ himself commands the nations to be baptized in the full and united Trinity?" (Letters 73:18).
Eusebius of Caesarea (323 AD): "We believe . . . each of these to be and to exist: the Father, truly Father, and the Son, truly Son, and the Holy Ghost, truly Holy Ghost, as also our Lord, sending forth his disciples for the preaching, said, ‘Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.’ Concerning whom we confidently affirm that so we hold, and so we think, and so we have held aforetime, and we maintain this faith unto the death, anathematizing every godless heresy" (Letter to the People of His Diocese 3).
Cyril of Jerusalem (350 AD): "You were led by the hand to the holy pool of divine baptism, as Christ was carried from the cross to this sepulcher here before us [the tomb of Jesus at Jerusalem]. And each of you was asked if he believed in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. And you confessed that saving confession, and descended three times into the water, and again ascended, and in this there was suggested by a symbol the three days of Christ’s burial" (Catechetical Lectures 20:4).
Athanasius (361 AD): "And the whole faith is summed up, and secured in this, that a Trinity should ever be preserved, as we read in the Gospel, ‘Go ye and baptize all the nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost’ (Matt. 28:19). And entire and perfect is the number of the Trinity (On the Councils of Arminum and Seleucia 2:28).
Basil the Great (367 AD): "The Holy Spirit, too, is numbered with the Father and the Son, because he is above creation, and is ranked as we are taught by the words of the Lord in the Gospel, ‘Go and baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.’ He who, on the contrary, places the Spirit before the Son, or alleges him to be older than the Father, resists the ordinance of God, and is a stranger to the sound faith, since he fails to preserve the form of doxology which he has received, but adopts some newfangled device in order to be pleasing to men" (Letters 52:4).
Ambrose of Milan (379 AD): "Moreover, Christ himself says: ‘I and the Father are one.’ ‘One,’ said he, that there be no separation of power and nature; but again, ‘We are,’ that you may recognize Father and Son, forasmuch as the perfect Father is believed to have begotten the perfect Son, and the Father and the Son are one, not by confusion of person, but by unity of nature. We say, then, that there is one God, not two or three gods" (The Faith 1:1[9–10]).
Gregory of Nazianz (380 AD): "But not yet perhaps is there formed upon your soul any writing good or bad; and you want to be written upon today. . . . I will baptize you and make you a disciple in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost; and these three have one common name, the Godhead. And you shall know, both by appearances and by words that you reject all ungodliness, and are united to all the Godhead" (Orations 40:45).
Jerome (382 AD): "[S]eeing that a man, baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, becomes a temple of the Lord, and that while the old abode is destroyed a new shrine is built for the Trinity, how can you say that sins can be remitted among the Arians without the coming of the Holy Ghost? How is a soul purged from its former stains which has not the Holy Ghost?" (Dialogue Against the Luciferians 6).
Gregory of Nyssa (383 AD): "And we, in receiving baptism . . . conceal ourselves in [the water] as the Savior did in the earth: and by doing this thrice we represent for ourselves that grace of the resurrection which was wrought in three days. And this we do, not receiving the sacrament in silence, but while there are spoken over us the names of the three sacred persons on whom we believed, in whom we also hope, from whom comes to us both the fact of our present and the fact of our future existence" (Sermon For the Day of Lights).
Augustine (400 AD): "Baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost has Christ for its authority, not any man, whoever he may be; and Christ is the truth, not any man" (On Baptism, Against the Donatists 4:24 ).
- Jesus allowed basically all of Christendom to act in error regarding a fundamental requirement for their salvation for over 1500 years, or
- You might just be wrong about the formula for baptism
If you were baptized in the titles - you still have the sin of adam upon you. You are not saved by Water and Spirit, you did not receive the Holy Spirit if you did not speak in tongues. How would someone know you have it if they did not hear you? This is also scriptural and should be followed.First, regarding me still being in my sin, that's not what Christians have always believed and taught. Excuse me, but I think I'll go with "the faith once for all delivered to the saints" over some denomination that was founded in the 20th century (assuming your church is even that old).
Secondly, as for speaking in tongues, if we follow your logic we're forced to say that:
- the 3,000 from Acts 2:37-41 didn't receive the Spirit,
- the Samaritans from Acts 8:12 didn't receive the Spirit,
- the eunuch from Acts 8:38 didn't receive the Spirit,
- Saul didn't receive the Spirit (cf. Acts 9:18; 22:16),
- Lydia and her household didn't receive the Spirit (cf. Acts 16:14-15),
- the jailer and his household didn't receive the Spirit (cf. Acts 16:33),
- the Corinthians from Acts 18:8 didn't receive the Spirit.
Finally, how will people know I've received the Spirit if I don't speak in tongues? First of all, they'll know it because they'll believe that's what happens when a person is baptized. Secondly, they'll know by the love I show my neighbor (cf. Jn 13:35) and by the fruits of the Spirit that I exhibit (cf. Gal 5:22-23). If the Spirit is bearing fruit in your life, I'm pretty sure that means you've received the Spirit.
This isn't just for ancient times folks, this was suppose to continue, for Peter in Acts 2:39 said "39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."If this was supposed to continue after the apostolic period, how come the historical record shows that the Church that emerged from this period was baptizing in the Trinitarian formula and not "in the name of Jesus"? Your practice is a novelty! I'll take that "ancient times" teaching!
Obey Acts 2:38 - Its your salvation at stake.Amen.