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June 25, 2008 / Nick

Compelling Scriptural Evidence For Baptism In Jesus’ Name


Baptism in Jesus’ Name Taken For Granted.

I recently revisited the Bible to explore the scriptures dealing with baptism and the significance of Jesus’ Name for baptism. The scriptural evidence to support baptism in Jesus’ name is overwhelming. I literally had to stop myself there was so much scripture to support being baptised in Jesus’ Name. As an Apostolic I had studied these scriptures before and they are almost a part of me, but it also means I take them for granted. So, to look at the biblical evidence in favour of baptism in Jesus’ Name again with fresh eyes was very refreshing. Here is some of what I got…

JESUS is the divinely revealed redemptive name of God, equivalent to Yahweh in the Old Testament.

Jesus literally means: ‘Yahweh is Salvation’, or Jehovah Saviour. In the Old Testament God gave Israel a name prior to delivering them from Egyptian bondage. The name revealed by God was: ‘I AM THAT I AM’ or ‘Yahweh’ (Jehovah). This is known as the redemptive name of God in the Old Testament (Ex. 3:14).

In similar fashion when it came to the spiritual redemption from sin that Christ accomplished in the New Testament God revealed a name by which He should be known. This name was JESUS (Mat. 1:21). In the Gospel of Matthew the name JESUS appears in UPPER CASE, the significance of this is that it is associating the name of JESUS with the UPPER CASE ‘LORD’ of the Old Testament, wherever LORD appeared like this it was reference to the redemptive name i.e. Yahweh (Jehovah).

To call on the Name of JESUS is to call God Himself.

As Jesus was God in flesh (1 Tim. 3:16, Jhn. 1:14), the Name JESUS is the Name of God. No surprise then that when Paul meets the Lord on the Damascus road and asks ‘who art thou?’ that God replies: “I AM Jesus” (Acts 9:5). Also, when Thomas realises Jesus he risen he proclaims Christ to be both ‘my Lord and my God’ (Jhn. 20:28).

The Name of Jesus is the name which relates to the titles Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Hence, Matthew wrote of ‘the name’ singular and not ‘the names’ plural (Mat. 28:19). Jesus is the name by which the whole family of heaven is named (Eph. 3:14-15). As Sons of God and joint heirs we take on His Name at our baptism, hence to be baptised in Jesus’ name (Acts 2:38).

JESUS is the Name God Answers in Prayer.

Jesus said that whatever we ask in His Name He will do it that God would be glorified (Jhn. 14:13-14). That alone is a powerful thought and an encouragement to anyone who is suffering or in need. As His children we can ask in Jesus name and God will hear and answer us. It is a promise and God can not lie.

Only those who know Him can use His Name.

However, the condition of usage is that only those with a relationship with Jesus can exercise the divine power and authority of His Name. When the sons of Scheva illegitimately tried to use Jesus Name to cast out devils, the demons would not move because the men lacked relationship (Acts. 19:13-16). But, when those who are His children use the Name of Jesus we are promised that signs will follow (Mk. 16:17) as they did in the book of Acts e.g. Peter & John healing the crippled man in Jesus’ Name (Acts. 4:10).

The ONLY Name Capable of Saving From Sin.

The Bible plainly declares that JESUS is the only name capable of saving from sin (Acts. 4:12) and the only name given for us to use in baptism therefore. And not just baptism for we are commanded to do all things in Jesus’ name (Col. 3:17). I don’t understand why one would want to pray in Jesus name, preach in Jesus name, heal the sick in Jesus name, rebuke demons in Jesus name and then baptise ‘In the Name of The Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost’. That is just repeating the titles of God. The wonderful revelation is that the Name of Father, Son and Holy Ghost is Jesus! Peter and the eleven got this which is why they commanded baptism in Jesus’ Name in Acts 2:38, and all through the bible thereafter.

JESUS Name Baptism is the ONLY Biblical Baptism.

There is not ONE example of a baptism done in ‘Father, Son & Holy Ghost’ in the scripture. It was a later addition, to which all historians agree. It was added to justify the doctrine of the Trinity, adopted in AD 325 at the Council of Nicea. However, biblical baptism was not originally associated with a debate on the Godhead. But, it was linked from the beginning to the atoning work of Jesus Christ. This is why baptism was to be in His Name, for He is the One who was crucified, died and rose for our sins (1 Cor. 1:13).

In JESUS Name Identifies Us With His Atoning Work.

In Romans 6:3 it makes it plain that by being baptised in Jesus’ Name we are identifying with His death, burial and resurrection. Acts 2:38 explains that only by using the Name of Jesus can our sin be removed (remitted). Therefore, to plunge and not use the name is invalid as no identification with Christ’s atoning work has taken place. The express purpose of the Triune formula is to identify one with the Trinity. Being identified with the Trinity is different to being identified with Christ’s atoning work. Christ never intended for baptism to be into the Trinity, it was supposed to be into His death, burial and resurrection – into Christ, and Christ alone. Worse, neither the term Trinity nor a concrete definition of this taken for granted doctrine is found in scripture. Which of the Apostles ever used the words ‘person’, ‘substance’, ‘co-equal’ or ‘co-eternal’ to describe The Holy One?

Take on His Name Today!

Baptism in Jesus name is an essential for all who love the Lord. The answer as to why has been provided above, the question now is ‘why not?’. Why would someone not want to have the name of Jesus called over them in baptism? Why would one shy away from accepting the deity and all sufficiency of Christ?

There are two poignant examples in scripture.

Cornelius’ Household have been filled with the Spirit, speaking in tongues and yet Peter commanded that they should be baptised in Jesus’ name. Also, Paul visited the disciples baptised to John the baptist and they too needed to be re-baptised in Jesus’ name. This is suggesting that any other form of Christian baptism will not do. It needs to be in Jesus name. It needs to be the way that God intended because of the awesome redemptive power associated with JESUS’ name.

Don’t Settle For Less Than JESUS.

I would exhort anyone reading this post who has not yet taken on the sweet name of Jesus in baptism to search the scriptures for themselves and prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. You will see from exploring the scriptures that baptism is in JESUS name, and yes, it does matter how you are baptised. Jesus is expecting you to take His Name!

20 Comments

  1. elder ruthie spates / Jul 7 2008 10:33 pm

    hello this is all good and i believe and have went down in his name but went to help out a friend and she have ordaine me to be an elder and i have change the way i belive in jesus name i have been under that name fo forty year but she insist that it is ok to service in her church the trinty the three i have to leave i been ther helping build the member nothing has bee added yet

  2. elder ruthie spates / Jul 7 2008 10:43 pm

    hello i am under act 2:38 and my frien at the church which is the pastor i feel it dose and the word tell me it matter i am an elder in the church of five peo[ple to help her grow can this will not work i know the truth and thanks you for showing it to me when i neede it to choose if i was the wod is forty year is it double standing to be be a part of the body in the t this is a good site keep up the good work thanks

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  4. steve / Jul 13 2009 4:19 am

    There is only one way to biblically baptize-In immersion in Jesus name alone! Acts 2:38,8:12-17,10:36-48,16:15/33,18:8,19:1-5 and 22:16 clearly state this. But even others acknowledge the necessity of baptism in history. Here is an example followed by various quotes by famous people in the past. God bless you richly! Study on! Evidence in history for Jesus name only.
    The following is a true record of a Baptism which took place in Rome A.D. 100 and was reproduced in TIME magazine, December 5, 1955.

    “The deacon raised his hand, and Publius Decius stepped through the baptistry door. Standing waist-deep in the pool was Marcus Vasca the woodseller. He was smiling as Publius waded into the pool beside him. ‘Credis?’ he asked. ‘Credo,’ responded Publius. ‘I believe that my salvation comes from Jesus the Christ, Who was crucified under Pontius Pilate. With Him I died that with Him I may have Eternal Life.’ Then he felt strong arms supporting him as he let himself fall backward into the pool, and heard Marcus’ voice in his ear —- ‘I baptize you in the Name of the Lord Jesus’ —- as the cold water closed over him.”
    Shepherd Hermas (A spurious or fictional letter written by Catholics.)

    “‘I have heard, sir,’ said I [to the Shepherd], ‘from some teacher, that there is no other repentance except that which took place when we went down into the water and obtained the remission of our former sins.’ He said to me, ‘You have heard rightly, for so it is’” (The Shepherd 4:3:1–2 [A.D. 150]).
    Justin Martyr (The first recorded changer from Jesus only from the Acts model, to a slightly extended trinity form, with Jesus still in it’s middle.)

    “As many as are persuaded and believe that what we [Christians] teach and say is true, and undertake to be able to live accordingly . . . are brought by us where there is water, and are regenerated in the same manner in which we were ourselves regenerated. For, in the name of God, the Father and Lord of the universe, and of our Savior Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit, they then receive the washing with water. For Christ also said, ‘Except you be born again, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven’ [John 3:3]” (First Apology 61 [A.D. 151]).
    Tertullian (The coiner of trinity idea from Plato’s work of Timaeus.)

    “Happy is our sacrament of water, in that, by washing away the sins of our early blindness, we are set free and admitted into eternal life. . . . [But] a viper of the [Gnostic] Cainite heresy, lately conversant in this quarter, has carried away a great number with her most venomous doctrine, making it her first aim to destroy baptism—which is quite in accordance with nature, for vipers and.asps . . . themselves generally do live in arid and waterless places. But we, little fishes after the example of our [Great] Fish, Jesus Christ, are born in water, nor have we safety in any other way than by permanently abiding in water. So that most monstrous creature, who had no right to teach even sound doctrine, knew full well how to kill the little fishes—by taking them away from the water!” (Baptism 1 [A.D. 203]).

    “Without baptism, salvation is attainable by none” (ibid., 12).

    “We have, indeed, a second [baptismal] font which is one with the former [water baptism]: namely, that of blood, of which the Lord says: ‘I am to be baptized with a baptism’ [Luke 12:50], when he had already been baptized. He had come through water and blood, as John wrote [1 John 5:6], so that he might be baptized with water and glorified with blood. . . . This is the baptism which replaces that of the fountain, when it has not been received, and restores it when it has been lost” (ibid., 16).
    There are novels written though fiction from Thecla a 2nd century presbyter in Asia minor who wrote that baptism was in the name of Jesus.This proves the practice alive and well still.Furthermore the Early Catholic fathers all thought that baptism saved you by the washing and regeneration.Post apostolic fathers all taught that baptism “confers forgiveness of sins” from Barnabas to Iraneus the Bishop of lyons and even the book The Shepard of Hermas records this.Tertullian clearly believed this also.Pope Stephen declared baptism in Jesus name to be valid in the 3rd century.Bishop Ursinus in Treastie of Baptism declared it correct as only Heretics needed rebaptism and those baptized into Jesus needed not to be rebaptized but only to be baptized with the Holy Ghost.Even though the church which baptized them had other false doctrinal views.The Justinian code of 529 declared the death penalty for anti-trinity baptisms and all those rebaptized into Jesus name

  5. Sarah Powers / Aug 16 2009 6:19 pm

    I appreciate your post and its thoroughness; I was searching for scripture references to baptism in Jesus name only and found your blog. But my question is this: what do you do with thousands of years of church history? Aside from the Sabellians around 200AD and the Oneness or Apostolic Pentacostals of today, no one has baptized in Jesus name alone. Are you really willing to say millions (maybe billions) of Christians for 2000 years have been baptized incorrectly? Would God allow so much of the church to stay in error like that for so long? Again, thanks for the article. God bless!

    • jesusblogger / Aug 17 2009 8:20 pm

      I believe that the truth of baptism in Jesus name has continued through the ages, it may be difficult to document, but God said that the gates of hell would not prevail. A great work on this subject is Thomas Wessier’s book Baptism in Jesus’ Name Through the Centuries. Also, the scholarly studies of Dr Joe Nelson has uncovered that baptism in Jesus’ name has been practised by various “non-pentecostal” groups through the ages… as has speaking in other tongues.

    • Gale / Oct 9 2010 10:44 pm

      God did not allow it that is why the Apostolic movement is still alive and well, man change the mode of baptism but the Bible never change it’s teaching on the subject.

  6. steve / Aug 18 2009 1:28 am

    This church study presents the fact from the day of Pentecost until now somebody always taught both one God and baptism in Jesus name along with Gifts of the Spirit.The gifts and calling are without repentance.Even though Solomon turned from God:His great wisdom still remained.While the gift of the Holy Ghost evident with other tongues spoken is important, it is not required for salvation.Jesus our example in all (And great High Priest) was baptized in Math3:12-17, Hebrew 4:15, and Mark1:9 but never spoke in a heavenly language or unknown tongues.The Holy Ghost power comes in our life after baptism and later still more if God gives a person his extra spirit portion manifested with evidence of an unknown tongue.Jesus is the same today as he was yesterday and still gives these gifts to the body of Christ.Again the reason for this article is not to codemn anyone or any Church group.But let God judge those who have sinned.This is simply an historic article that proves oneness and Jesus name baptism with the gifts evident for all to see.The Church history study by Dr Arnold.I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).AD 33-100AD 34 Phillip baptized the Ethiopian. This new convert took the Acts message to NorthAfrica and started North African Christianity. This message spread through all of Africa. (A.Neander,pp.71,79,132,424) It never perished.AD 46-50 Paue, et.al., evangelized Asia Minor and lower Europe. (Acts 15:14)AD 51 Paul preached on Mars Hill at Athens, Greece. (Acts 17:22)AD 50-60 Apostle Thomas indoctrinated Malabar, India with Acts 2:38 doctrine. (A.S. Atiya,pp. 53,261)AD 66-90 THEY WENT OUT FROM US, because they were not of us. (1 John 2:19;Jude 1-3). Most were apostate Greeks who had been seethed in Platonism, polytheism, mythologyand philosophy. Some could never understand monotheism.AD 90 CATHOLIC CHURCH starts. TRINITARIANISM invented. (L. Paine, pp.86,287). It was derived from Plato’s celestial arithmetic. (L. Hogben, p.266). Tertullian twisted Plato’sTIMAEUS into his “TRINITAS.” Here started the Trinity.AD 100.The Acts water baptism continued. (A. Neander,p.301) Tongues speaking continued. (W.Horton, pp. 71-75,150). They preached the Apostolic One God message. (Blunt, p. 440).AD 96-100 Apostle John died. He had carried on for Paul and evangelized the Roman world,Armenia, Malabar, Saxony, and Glastonbury.AD 117 Celtic missionaries spread Acts 2 over Western Europe. (A. Neander,p.49). Gospel preached in China. (Langer,p.537). Apostolics had Bibles. (Blunt,p.127).AD 157 MONTANISM amplified. (Blunt,pp.338,440). Montanist were One God tonguetalkers, Acts 2 Christians. Montanist were also called SABELLIANISM. (Blunt,PP.340,440). Montanism was alive as late as 1909 in Moravia. R.A. Knox, p.402).AD 180 THE NORTH AFRICAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH fought the Catholic system. (A.Neander,p.132;H.C. Frend, p.91)AD 175 Early ideas about purgatory, catechism, and confirmation seeped into Catholicism which was adopted from the Orphic cult. (Bernstein & Green,p. 78).AD 193 Emperor SEPTIMUS SEVERUS forbade any to join Apostolic Christianity orJudaism! (H. F. Frend,p 91).AD 200-300AD 200 Hundreds of thousands continued Holy Spirit tongues, gifts of the Spirit. ThisApostolic doctrine was in Europe, Eurasia, Asia, including China, and North Africa.(Heick,p.150;M.T. Kelsey,pp.40,41).AD 204 Basilides martyred because he preached Acts 2 message.AD 230 TERTULLIAN declared that tongues-speaking Monarchians outnumbered Catholics.(A. C. Mc Giffert,p.239).AD 240 MANI, born in Persia, baptized in Jesus Name and kept the feast of Pentecost. (Blunt,p.289;J.Laux,p.141).AD 275-300 MAMAS and DONATUS came on the theological scene. Donatism was of Sabellianism. In AD 350 this group had 400 churches. (L. Verduin,pp.30,258). QUOTE: “In the forms of some of the different sects (Montanist, Donatist, Sabellian, Arian, ect,.) the Monarchian controversy agitated the church of Rome…during the third century, and in thefourth, and called for the two great Councils of Nicea and Constantinople.” (J.H.Blunt,P.332).AD 217-222 CALLISTUS devised the hail Marys, self-tortures and proclaimed himself:PONTIFF MAXIMUS. (O.W. Heick,p 101).AD 252 The Council of Cartage directed that newborn infants be baptized within 8 days.(N.C. Eberhardt,p 117).AD 300-400The major churches of the…East were of Apostolic origin.” (A. S. Atiya)AD 320-340 WOLFLEIN (Little Wolf) was one of the greatest Apostolic preacher he translated the GOTHIC BIBLE. He was responsible for baptism of millions of Europeans inJesus Name. (H. Daniel-Rops,p.110). After the Nicean Council persecution was moreseverely levied against them. Only Apostolic Churches continued. (Neander,p. 126)AD 304 Emperor Diocletian killed Jesus Name people. One God Christians were martyredby Rome. (Martyrs Mirror, p.155).AD 313 CONSTANTINE became Emperor of all Rome. AD 325 he held the NICENECOUNCIL, the start of TRINITARIANISM.AD 361 Apostolic churches confiscated by Catholics of Constantinople. We have been duped into supposing Catholicism was dominant by AD 370. There was but a handful of them in Africa. (R.A. Knox,p.58).AD 390 Emperor Theodosius II killed 7000 Jesus Named Thessalonians. (Wm. Langer,p.129)AD 400-500Beyond the reach or Rome in outlying places such as Saxony, Netherlands, Languedoc,etc., there were whole organizations of Acts 2 Christians. (J.H. Blunt,p. 15).AD 502 The majority of people in W. European tribes had been baptized into the Name of Jesus. (H. Daniel-Rops, p.110)AD 540-670 Bede, “English History” p. 148, found one-God people throughout England.AD 431 COUNCIL OF EPHESUS (laux. p.154) The popes (199 of them) proclaimed Mary tobe the “MOTHER OF GOD.” (E. Fodor, Turkey 1970, p.243).CATHOLICS BURN ALLEGED HERETICS! (J.B. Russell, p. 22).AD 453 Pentecostal glossolalists martyred by Pope Leo I, some were tongues speaking Priscillianists. (Roth, p.35).AD 476 ROMAN EMPIRE FELL! Rome could no longer lord over other nations. Vain historians wept and moaned over the fall of corrupt Rome. AD 476-1000 THE DARK AGES.AD 600-700Christianity was found in several Modalistic Monarchian organizations. These were generally referred to collectively as: CATHARI.AD 610 JESUS NAME WATER BAPTISM (Lambert, p. 62). The Jesus Christ water baptism was almost the only one in Frisia until AD 689. There were almost no Catholics. (J.Laux, p. 218).NOTE: For 526 years (since AD 37-42) Apostolic Celts in Britain had kept the 14th NISAN Passover! One God doctrine was the dominant religion by far. (E.T. Thompson, “Through theAges, pp. 106-108). The world has been duped into supposing Catholicism was the only religion there was.AD 662 MOSLEMS FOUGHT CATHOLICS. Islamism was strong. Muslims had the KORAN,their Holy Book. (Bernstein & Green, p. 172). Muslims in Spain were the Moors; and theyprotected Jews and other one God Christians from Catholic interest.AD 695 Jews were killed in Spain by the Catholics. The adult Jews were martyred in Spain by Catholic believers and children of the jews were seized and reared as Catholics! (C. Roth,p.127).AD 700-800Celtic-Gothic (Acts 2) Christianity infiltrate W. Europe. Apostolic Christianity was throughout the Eastern Hemisphere, from Frisia to China, in massive organizations which haddifferent names. Montanist, Donatist, Manichee, etc. There could have been more than 40 OneGod Apostolic organizations. It is amazing to find so many references concerning ancient OneGod Apostolic people and preachers. AD 730 Pope Zachary was forced to acknowledge that the Christ baptism was dominant.(J.B. Russell,pp.172-175)AD 717 Moslem armies besieged Constantinople. Moslems mocked at Rome’s religious system and called it idol worship. (Wm. Langer,p. 158). War started. Moslems (Moors)defeated the Spaniards. This accounts for Catholic-Spanish hate for Moors and Jews. In1492 Spain regained power and then massed murdered Moors, Jews and Apostolics,6,000,000 is one figure. (C.Roth,p.123)AD 746-748 Great plagues struck. Cholera, diphtheria, struck and killed millions. (“Ency.Britannica, Vol. 17, Chicago,p.1141).AD 800-900The Catholic hierarchy slandered all others as, HERETICS! However, alleged heretics filled the lands.AD 800 Quote: “Donatism (Acts 2) was never absent from the medieval scene. It lasted for twelve centuries and it maintained the primitive Apostolic message.” (L.Verduin, p.35).The 9th century had more Apostolics than any other. The following references prove this. (Z.Oldenbourg, pp. 29,41,255; J.B. Ressell, pp. 5-14, 172-178). During this period the Catholic system almost suffered total collapse. Apostolic preachers were everywhere.There weremore “false priest” as they were called who had been ordained in the Catholic system.(Russell, p. 174).AD 800 Vain kings like Pepin, Charles Martel, Charlemagne, etc., bowed to popes. (Wm.Langer, pp.150-155). Huge land grants were handed to the popes.Charlemagne conquered and confiscated for the Vatican; he made about 54 military campaigns against non-Catholic countries, 18 against Saxony alone. (Berstein & Green, p.200; E.T. Tompson, pp. 120-125). He then forced people into Catholicism.AD 858-867 Pope Nicholas admitted that Jesus Name baptism was the valid one! (“Enc.Britannica, 11th ed., Vol 3, pp. 365-366).AD 852-889 FEUDALISM STARTED. This is how Europe became Catholic. Rulers used Catholic armies to crush Bulgaria; that religion was forced upon Czechs and Slavics, etc. Jews were then massacred. (Bernstein & Green, p. 150-1; Laux, pp 275-288).AD 900-1000The Acts 2 churches continued to grow. GLOSSOLALIA, tongue-speaking, was called MYSTICISM, by some historians. (Russell, p. 172). There were divine miracles and gifts of theSpirit. We find that many organizations slandered as HERETICS.AD 923 Eugenia was baptized in Jesus Name.AD 925 Pelagius was baptized in Jesus Name.AD 980 Sympronius was baptized in Jesus Name. (“Martyrs Mirror,” p. 256).SIMONY erupted. This denotes offices bought or sold for money or favors. Some popessold offices to the highest bidders. (Langer, pp. 215-217).AD 995-999 King OLAF I of Norway, martyred thousands and with military might became the “man” of the lord, and served him! Later the lord handed to the bishop legal rights to the lands.Thus lands passed on to the Vatican. (Wm. Langer, p. 204). About thesame time Catholic religion, was by power of the sword, imposed in Iceland andGreenland.AD 1000-1100The name Cathari gradually faded. Then was heard the name ALBIGENSES. Yet later,Albigensian gradually gave way to ANABAPTISM. Anabaptism simply means to re-baptize someone. The Anabaptist would re-baptize any one who was not baptized in Jesus Name.AD 1015 Russians were militarily forced into Catholic belief. (Wm. Langer, p. 243).AD 1029 Swedes were forced to take on Catholic belief.AD 1035 Danes were forced to take on Catholic belief.AD 1035 Salvic tribes were force to accept Catholic belief.AD 1095 THE CRUSADERS. The Crusaders slaughtered Slavics and Jews on the way to Jerusalem. They took Jerusalem, mass murdered the Muslims and butchered 90,000 Jews.(Berstein & Green p. 255) The Crusaders looted murdered and plundered. They spreadvenereal diseases all over the Mideast. Then the great PLAGUES broke out. In thatholocaust millions died!AD 1100-1200AD 1105 SCHOOLMEN men denied the Trinity.AD 1108 “MULTITUDES OF FREETHINKERS” This is what the Apostolics, that coveredthe land was called. Pentecostals in Europe numbered about 4,000,000. (Blunt, p. 15,35; J. B. Russell,pp 54-80) It is interesting how these authors, Blunt and Russell, smeared, slanderedthose people. They were called “Henricians.” Russell referred to them on page 76 as,”Apostolic holiness.” They preached “hell fire” sermons. They used the Christ water baptism.Glossolalia was a common trait.Waldo, of Lyons, France was one of the first that turned to Rome for doctrinal approval. He created a hybrid protestant religion. (Blunt, 617).Many Apostolics were put to death.One little girl was mocked and laughed at as she died in the flames, but would not give up her belief in one God. 7000 people referred to as pious witnessof Jesus were martyred at Bourges. (J. H. Blunt, p. 412)AD 1121 COUNCIL of SOISSONS defended the Trinity attacked by the Schoolmen. (Blunt, p.36)AD 1147 St. Bernard of Clairvaux, France stated, “33% of the Catholics went to protestant conventicles!” (L. Verduin, p. 173)AD 1164 PETER WALDO appeared! This was the beginning of PROTESTANTTRINITARIANISM. WALDENSIANISM held Rome’s Trinity. In 1179 Waldo’s bishops went to Rome for approval. (Blunt, p.617). Waldo set the pattern for modern Trinitarian protestantreligion. Luther, Swingli, Menno, etc., followed.AD 1200-1300AD 1214 On July 27, the frightful happened. France’s Catholic government gained control ofLanguedoc from the English. North France could, under Vatican orders, exterminate themighty numbers of Apostolics. The papal INQUISITION was unleased upon all non-Catholics. (E. T. Thompson, pp 157-160; Roth, p. 36; Bernstein & Green, pp. 255,302).ALBIGENSIANS MASSACRED. Who were the Albigensians that vain historians,suporting Rome, have so slandered? They were Holy Ghost filled, Jesus Named baptized,God fearing citizens who read their Bibles. They had ecclesiastical systems, schools and hospitals in over 1000 cities. (L. Verduin, pp. 106-115). They were driven out of their cities,then Catholic monasteries appeared. Many fled into Moravia.AD 1284 URSINUS OF ETHIOPIA, an Ethiopian scholar, declared that baptism into theName, Jesus Christ, alone was valid. This indicates that Philip’s witness of the Eunuch yearsearlier was still working.A century of CATHOLIC MASS MURDER. The INQUISITION was set in motion. It was insanity, devised by insane minds at the Vatican. AUTO DE FEs (Act of Faith!)AD 1233 the Catholic Inquisition, a system of Catholic Tribunal Courts, was officiallyfounded by Pope Gregory IX. It lasted until July 15, 1834. It’s purpose was to punish theheretics and all persons guilty of any offence against Catholic orthodoxy. These Heretics should be deprived of the liberty of speech and that assemblies organized by heretics should be dissolved was the law. (“Ency. Britannica” 1950 Ed. Vol. 12, p. 377). The later part of the10th century until the beginning of the 12th there were numerous executions of heretics,either by burning or strangling, in France, Italy, and the Empire of England. Remember that the heretics are the one God Apostolic organizations who would not accept the church of Rome.C.S. Lovett, “Voice In The Wilderness” p. 9 said, “68,000,000, persons perished in theINQUISITION!” Most do not know that Adolf Hitler was a Catholic, and 6,000,000 Jews also perished under him and that canon law was again used. Canon law or body of laws islaws established by a church. It is a basis for judgment. This is consider to be the mostimportant part of the mass. I suggest those who are interested in learning more about thisawful time of INQUISITION check the Bibliography at the end of this study and review thelist of books listed there.AD 1300-1400AD 1300-1350 Anabaptist organizations (One God) sprang up in many places.AD 1300-1414 Gothic Bibles had been used. English Bibles were used in the early 15thcentury. Catholics burned all the Bibles they could fine. (L. Boettner, p. 89).AD 1312-1315 Apostolics were all over Eastern Europe.AD 1381-1383 John Wycliffe, a professor in the University of Oxford, worked intensely totranslate the English Bible. He preached against the countless atrocities of the Vatican. Hestated that the Bible alone, without tradition, was the sole rule of faith. In AD 1415, theCouncil of Constance condemned Wycliffe. In 1428 Wycliffe’s bones were burned by papalcommand. (A. Curtis, “Christ History” p. 1985, p. 24). History records indicate multiplied of Apostolics alive during this century.AD 1303 Many histories describe the complete apostasy of the Vatican, it’s popes as devils.AD 1391 JEWS MASSACRED IN SPAIN-EUROPE. On March 15, bishop Ferran Martinez started the anti-Jewish riot in Spain. It led to the great SPANISH INQUISITION. 50,000Jews and Moors were burned in Auto da Fes (Act of Faith), 800,000 more victimized. (CecilRoth, pp. 14-25).AD 1400-1500Most non-Catholics were still refereed to as ANABAPTIST. However, Anabaptist were neither Catholic or Protestant. This was pre-Reformation day.There were great numbers of Apostolic clergymen preaching Acts 2:38.AD 1420 Apostolic religion swept the land in spite of the Inquisition. It was estimated thatthere were 4,000,000 One God Christians during that period. Blunt wrote of them as “Streams of Heretics.” (Blunt, p. 16). Bainton screamed, “They covered the land.” (Bainton,p. 279). There were more than 40 Jesus Name Organizations during this period.The Roman Catholic Inquisition turned Europe into a holocaust. During this century billionsof dollars and millions of acres of land were seized from Jews, Moors and Anabaptist.Papal permission for SLAVERY was given to Prince Henry the navigator. (Bernstien &Green, p. 302; Wm. Lnager, pp. 486-504). Henry’s captains began the slave trade by taking African Blacks to Portugal. Columbus introduced Black and Indian slavery into the Americas not American Southerners. Blame the Vatican for slavery. (“The Detroit News Aug.24,1970, Sec. A).AD 1460 Catholic Podebrad persecuted Apostolics. 400,000 pious Manichaeans (Acts 2Christians) fled into Bosnia (Knox, p. p. 81)AD 1469 FERDINAND and ISABELLA of Spain were married.They became the earth’s greatest husband and wife team of Jew killers. After killing the Jews and confiscating theirproperty they became very wealthy. (Lea, p. 333; C. Roth, pp. 71-90). Could this be the way they financed Columbus in 1492?AD 1496-1500 Malabarese, of Malabar, India, (Acts 2:38 Christians) were massacred by Catholic Inquisitor Alvares Cabral. (A.S. Atiya, p. 359).AD 1500-1600This was unique century of religious history. Most think of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli asclassical reformers. However they set the theological trend for the world’s modern Protestant Trinity religions.AD 1517 On October 31 Luther nailed his Theses on the Palace Church door. Now the worldhad not only Catholic Trinitarianism but it also had Protestant Trinitarianism! However, there were still a lot of One God Christians around.AD 1520-1532 GLOSSOLALIA OUTBREAK. Apostolic Pentecostalism was all through Luther and Zwingli’s Europe. (W. Horton, pp. 97-138).AD 1533 There were big organizations of Anti-Nicenes and Anti-Trinitarians. Some were classed as Salbellians. (G. H. Williams, p. 663).AD 1553 MICHAEL SERVETUS, a Spaniard, was the greatest influence of the Acts twomessage during the sixteenth and seventeenth century for all of Europe and Asia. He was putto death in Geneva for denying Rome’s Trinity theory. Servetus died in Jesus Name, andCalvin murdered him in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.(R. Bainton, p. 298).SERVETUS studied law. He later became medical doctor. He was also a preacher. He found problems with the Trinity theory. In fact he wrote a book, “On The Errors of The Trinity” that was published in Hagenow, near Strasbough in 1531. His book was wide spread before itcould be censored. He had to change his name after writing his book. Under cover he had anassumed name and he practiced medicine in Lyons. He corresponded with John Calvin.Calvins views were the same as Luthers. Calvin told the Catholics the location of Servetusand they had him arrested. Calvin encouraged the court to find him guilty of capitol crime.Servetus was sentenced to be burned at the stake. The charges were that he did not believe inthe Trinity, nor infant baptism. (See: “After the Way called Heresy, by Thomas Weisser, pp.70-74)AD 1501 Catholics started slavery in the Americas.AD 1521 Luther rejected Biblical Pentecostalism! (Knox, “Enthusiasm”, pp.134,135).AD 1531 Luther agreed to the deth penalty in order to annihilate Anabaptist bodies andJews. (Bainton, p. 279; p. Lapide, “Three Popes and the Jews, p. 25) It appears that Luther was not as sincere about Bible truth as historians and some Christian groups indicate. Forinstance Mr. Luther fully discused the Acts 2 message with the Apostolics all around him. He rejected it. (See: “Martin Luther,” by J. Dillengerger, p. 279; Knox , pp. 134-135).AD 1571 Phillip II martyred about 3,000,000 non-Catholics in the Netherlands. (Thompson,p. 187).AD 1600-1700Antibaptist groups continued to grow. Sabellianism was throughout Europe. Many pious clergymen were prepared to lay aside doctrinal differences and become true Apostolic Moravian Oneness. (G. H. Williams, pp. 656,698,670). It would be great if they could do that today!Frances Cornwell was one of the most educated Baptist in England during this period. Heobtained a Master of Arts degree from Emanuel College. He was also trained at Cambridge. He was a vicar with the Church of England. He said, “The Lord opened the eyes of my understandings about the Acts 2:38 message.” (“Two Oueries, p. 5) He wrote extensively andeloquently in defence of Biblical doctrines. Yet he is almost totally ignored by Baptist historians.AD 1662 English citizens, meaning Holy Ghost filled Quakers, were deported from England,and sold as salves to rich Spanish Catholic families on plantations in Barbados and Jamaica.These pious glossolalists were sold under the “Conventicle and Five Mile Act. (J.H. Blunt, p.465,466).AD 1611 the King James Bible was printed. There were 47 scholars appointed astranslators. All were Trinitarians, most were Englishmen. They worked for 7 years on thetranslation.AD 1650-1670 Quietism outbreak, in which 60,000 ex-Catholics experienced Pentecostal glossolalia (speaking in tongues). (Knox, p. 243).AD 1700-1800Acts two message continued to spread world wide. Holy Ghost revivals were breaking out all over.AD 1728-1731 there were 600 recorded Miracles! (Knox, pp. 372-376). There was a 100 yearprayer meeting started. (A. K. Curtis, “Christ History” Vol. 2, No. 1, p.18) Knox wrote about England being a Pentecostal Babel.AD 1734 Rev. John Wesley and Charles Wesley, went to the Moravian Christians fordoctrine. Both turned to Moravianism (One God Apostolics). They witnessed Pentecostalism among in Georgia. (Knox, pp. 466-469).AD 1772 A Holy Ghost outpouring was in Sweden.AD 1774 on August 6, ANN LEE imported tongues speaking into the US and it spread. (E.D.Andrews,pp.15-19). William Penn brought tongues to America in 1677. (See: “After the Way Called Heresy by, Thomas Weisser)During this century the Catholics and Lutherans killed each other. AD 1733 Thousandsof Catholics defected to the state of Georgia, USA and found Holy Ghost salvation. There were many healings and miracles. In 1762, the French government forbade miracles. There wereuncountable miracles. (R.A. Knox, pp. 373-388).In 1774 John Wesley lost 400 Methodist to Jesus Name Moravians in London. (R.A. Knox, p.476).AD 1800-1900 Why didn’t we hear more about Apostolics during the 19th century, is a question often asked? As you recall in this study we found that Waldo and Luther set the trend to compromise to Rome’s Trinity Doctrine and ignored the Acts two doctrine. Then Protestant Trinitarian influence lured the greater numbers. Many Christian organizations turned to Trinity doctrine.In 1835, Lowell, Ohio, had a Acts 2:38 Church of Camisardds. (Rev. Joe Nelson, Ph.D.,W.VA., had the records)In 1850 Dan Huntington, Boston, Mass. baptized converts according to Acts 2:38. (V. Synan,p. 163).In 1854 there was a 10 year long revival in Lebanon, NY and thousands became Spirit filled.Same thing happened in Canada.In 1856 more than 160,000 tongues speakers in America. (Blunt, p. 467). Many otherdocumented Holy Ghost groups were in America during this century.AD 1804 Napoleon fought the Vatican. He seized papal lands and restricted papal rule. Headvocated, “Destroy Rome and the papacy.” (M. Martin, “The Decline & Fall of the RomCh.” p. 236).July 15, 1834 the Catholic Inquisition ended. America was about 250 years old at that time.In the 601 years it is estimated that 68,000,000 persons were put to death by the Inquisition.(C. Roth, p.267; Berstein & Green, p. 237 as to dates). Bull fights had its origin after the Inquisition ended. The people had were used to watching brutal murder so bull fights werethe next best thing.In 1861 the Civil War started and President Lincoln started to abolish human enslavement.The war ended in 1864. In 1900 there were 76,000,000 people in America.AD 1900+In 1884-1904 Rev.Alvin E. Velie, of Florida, used the Acts 2:38 message and saw thousands filled with the Holy Ghost.

  7. Ethan / Dec 12 2009 6:45 am

    i feel as though this blog was based on history and people after christ and not on the bible as much. as we look through the bible we have to look at it contextually and not take verses out to make them mean what we want. jesus is talking to his disciples which now is us as well in matthew chapter 28. Matthew 28:19 says Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit which is the reason for not only baptizing in jesus name but the whole trinity which is described in that verse as well.

    • MKR / May 15 2010 8:59 pm

      I hope that I understand your statement and I pray that you will truly receive my response. Trinity is an extra biblical word. It is not found in scripture at all. God never attributes himself as a “trinity” and I have no reason to believe that he accepts that name from humanity. But in his love he accepts those who desire to know him and happen to be Christ followers who believe in “trinity.” I think it is weighty and should cause Christians to rethink calling God “trinity” when Christ or biblical Christ followers NEVER referenced the godhead by “trinity.” These scriptures are highlighted because those who wrote the bible and led the early church to Christ only baptised in Jesus’ Name.

      Also, the scriptures mentioned in the blog post contain all of the context in reference to baptism as you will find no other baptism recorded in scripture. I encourage you to prayerfully read Matt: 28:19, Luke 24:44-52 and Acts 2:38 – 47 again. Please note that from Jesus’ instructions to the application of his instruction by the disciples and apostles all throughout the record of the early church in the book of Acts you see God’s blessing and holy response of favor and growth to those who obey God in the ordinance of baptism in Jesus’ Name.

      Please note that Jesus Christ told the disciples in Matthew 28:19 to teach others to observe what he commanded them. They baptized others in Jesus’ Name and we need to baptise new Christians in Jesus’ Name also without any deviation.

    • Gale / Oct 9 2010 10:53 pm

      Scripture instructs us to establish everything in the mouth of two or three witness. The only witness concerning water baptism in the N. T. is found in the book of Acts and everyone was baptized in Jesus name through out the entire book.

      I don’t think Jesus would have left the disciples in confusion about the matter, they followed his instruction and that is why there is no recorded baptism that took place in the N.T. in the titles. If we are take on his name for salvation purposes there is no other way to do that except in baptism in His name.

  8. Russ / Apr 30 2010 10:10 am

    I am not a part of the united pentecostal church, I was. I believe it is bogged down with legalism. With that said. What kept me in the UPC was Baptism in Jesus name. The bible is clear on it. Ethan, God bless you, it was Matthew 28:19 that actually was the final revelation. Look at that verse. Jesus did not say repeat these words. He said in the name of. This was a revelation that name is Jesus Christ. If there was a trinity and Jesus intended on this being the mode of baptism it still would be incorrect. We would have to baptize in the name of Jehovah (yahweh), and in the name of Jesus, and in the name of Jehovah again, because God is the Holy Ghost. And if they are not we’d be in trouble because that unknown name was never given to us. I left the UPC because of the legalism which is totally unbiblical, but as for the truth about the Holy Ghost and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, they are dead on. I was confused and asked God about it, and he said, it’s my baptism, not theirs.

    • jesusblogger / May 3 2010 11:40 am

      Well, I can not speak in favour of a particular organisation e.g. UPC, PAW etc. But as you said the Bible is clear on Jesus name baptism.

    • MKR / May 15 2010 9:03 pm

      Honey, stay with the truth. God’s church is never limited to an organization. I appreciate the fact that your relationship with God and desire to stay in relationship with him in spirit and in truth is not deterred by poor experiences with an organization.

  9. Kenneth Wilson / Jul 13 2010 8:56 pm

    Praise the Lord

    By definition baptism means to ,dunk or plunge,fully submerge,Burried.Along with this meaning that most folks think Water is the only way for one to get baptized.Sorry this is wrong for the Bible teaches us that there are the doctrine of baptisms.

    GOD was in Christ Reconciling US back unto himself which is why Moses was burried in christ,Yes folks Even he had to be drawn to salvation .In other words unto CHRIST for he is GOD fully.To fullfill scriptures because GOD is the author and he is the word given it being Fullfilled since his word is not without form or void.

    Example of Doctrine of Baptisms.It is appointed unto Man to DIE once.Upon our death and how we are burried ,dunked or submersed it is done in Jesus name.As scripture says our bodies go back to where it came from,The ground,dirt.

    Water baptism,Burial when one dies is baptism,NO matter the baptism,ALL must be done in Jesus name.To say baptism isnt neccesary is wrong for we all die and go back to the earth,FULLY Emersed in the earth ,all in Jesus name.I say again any one saying no doctrine of baptisms as plural or singularly isnt done in Jesus name or not a necessity is wrong.Here me Folks.ONE has to be Baptized in Jesus name,ALL baptisms ,ALL deeds ,words HAS to be done in Jesus name.

    Ken W.

  10. Jojo / Sep 1 2010 5:34 pm

    I have to second what i’v heard above about discovering the truth of Jesus name baptism – I’ve since been baptised in Jesus name, never belonged to UPC or other such organisation but the scriptural baptism was revealed to a pastor I met and shared with him what God had been impressing on my heart. The church still strangely teaches the concept of the trinity although it recognises baptism in Jesus name and along with a few other things I’m sorry but my bible doesnt teach, they are sincere and lovely people but I long for uncompromised TRUTH. My problem now is that I want to find a biblical church minus legalism or ‘standards’ extra to God’s word and dont know where to start? In the South East London area – if anyone can recommend.

  11. P.Hunter / Oct 3 2010 7:48 am

    If Jesus’ name baptism was practiced for over a hundred years after Jesus and the apostles, how could anyone think the “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” baptism, which started over a hundred years later, was better than what Jesus’ apostles and those following the apostles were practicing? In other words, if Jesus’ disciples and their disciples baptized people in Jesus’ name for a century why would anyone think that changing it was the apostolic, Christian, biblical way of performing baptisms? Rome lied and said “baptism in Jesus’ name was just for Jews because they killed Jesus.” If that were true than Paul and the other apostles would not have baptized others in Jesus’ name. (Acts chapter 8, chapter 10, and chapter 19) If we deny the Son, then we don’t have the Father. (1st John 2:23) By eliminating Jesus’ name from baptisms and PRAYERS, the Roman Church and its Protestant “daughter” churches were rejecting Jesus. Jesus clearly said that prayers should be done in his name. It’s only recently that Protestant churches started ending their prayers by saying “in Jesus’ name.” This may have been due to them recognizing the validity of its use as stated by Apostolic Oneness Pentecostal Churches. When are they going to come clean completely and get back to the biblical way of baptizing people (by complete immersion) in Jesus’ name?

  12. P. Hunter / Oct 3 2010 8:36 am

    If Jesus’ apostles and their followers after them baptized people in Jesus’ name, why would anyone think that it’s correct to change the tradition held by Jesus’apostles and their followers for more than one hundred years? The Roman Church’s excuse was that the baptism in Jesus’ name was only for Jews because they killed Jesus. This was not true because Paul, Phillip, and others baptized people who had nothing to do with Jesus’ death. (Acts 8, chapter 10, and chapter 19) The Roman Church even influenced its Protestant “daughter” churches to eliminate the name of Jesus from their prayers and to end their prayers by saying “in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Jesus told us to pray using his name. Whose word should we follow? Some Protestants have decided to start ending prayers saying “in Jesus name.” This was possibly because Apostolic Pentecostal Oneness churches made it clear that the prayers were supposed to be done in Jesus’ name. Now when are these churches going to come clean completely and begin using Jesus name in their baptisms?
    (1st John 2:23) If we don’t use his name, we may just as well say that we’ve denied his NAME. Repeating the title “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” is not the same as saying “Lord Jesus Christ.” There is only one name that is above every name; that’s the name of Jesus.

  13. fwelder / Oct 3 2010 7:08 pm

    Greetings in Jesus name.

    Would anyone have this in Nepali?

    Thanks

  14. Gale / Oct 9 2010 11:05 pm

    Russ
    When you find a perfect organization let us all know. No organization is perfect. But you need to stay true to a full salvation message along with holiness in your lifestyle. You need to find a pastor to discuss this with so living for God and staying in a church of truth is not just in your mind legalism. Don’t forget in being Christ like we are to take on his character, and his character is holy and righteous not legalism.

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