Matthew 28:19

When baptizing a believer, the priest pours water over the believer’s head, saying, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

We learn, however, from the Acts of the Apostles that the apostles baptized people in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ only.

Acts 2:38 reads:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 8:16 reads:

… but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 10:48 reads:

And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And Acts 19:5 reads:

Having heard these things, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Many Christians believe that Jesus bade his eleven disciples baptize people in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as we read in Matthew 28:19:

Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Yet not many are aware that Matthew 28:19 did not exist in some early copies of the Gospel of Matthew. The verse was probably a later addition to substantiate the Trinity doctrine.

The Bible is not error free. When there is a verse in the Bible that contradicts verses that appear elsewhere in the Bible, we owe it to ourselves as Christians to use our God-given intellect to question the authenticity of that verse. Question Bible verses that do not show God’s love and wisdom.

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