22 May 2010

Matthew 28:19

Submitted by Stephen Winters


Men should not rely upon writings, but upon the truth of God. For example, for years I have heard people quoting Matthew 28:19. For years something has been subtly nagging at me about that verse, but I never recognized the nagging until lately. This morning I did a Google search errors OR mistakes in the Bible "matthew 28:19"   and found these web pages:

  1. Constantine Wrote Matthew 28:19 Into Your Bible!    ,
  2. Very similar pages were also found here:  Constantine Wrote Matthew 28:19 Into Your Bible! Part 1, Were You Baptized (Immersed) Into Apostasy?  and here: Constantine Wrote Matthew 28:19 Into Your Bible! Part 2, Were You Baptized (Immersed) Into Apostasy?  .
  3. Analysis of Matthew 28:19 in A study of the Text of the New Testament
  4. A Collection of the evidence for and against the traditional wording of the baptismal phrase in Matthew 28:19 So arranged that the reader may judge for himself which phrase was written by Matthew: "In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" or "in my name"? Second edition with addendum
  5. Matthew 28:19, Genuine or Fake? The institutional church uses the formula “ Father, Son and Holy Spirit” when invoking the “Name” in baptizing believers. The scriptural basis for using this formula is found in Matthew 28:19 “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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age”
    Let’s look at this passage for a moment. My first observation is this: nowhere in the scriptures, nowhere, is this formula found or used. In the book of Acts, where we have several recorded instances of water baptism, this formula is suspiciously absent.
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