What Did Jesus Say About Baptism In Matthew 28:18-19?
The Bible says that individual Christians are spirit-directed. All Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, AND the Holy Spirit.
Notice what the Bible says. 'Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' Matthew 28: 18-19
What Does The Watchtower Say About Baptism?
Getting baptized as a Jehovah's Witness means you agree to do Jehovah's will. What exactly does that mean? Does that mean you get to decide what Jehovah requires based on your personal relationship with Jesus? Or will you be required to do Jehovah's will as directed by the Watchtower's Governing Body? Part two of their baptism vows answers this question.
Also, is Jehovah the same as God, the Father of Jesus? Some people say he is not. The personality of Jehovah is far different than the God Jesus describes. Examine the evidence. See Jehovah vs Jesus
Part two of the Watchtower's baptism vows identifies you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization. Notice the difference between what Jesus said in the Bible about baptism and what the Watchtower says. Here are the vows Jehovah's Witnesses are required to take according to the April 1, 2006, Watchtower 'Go and Make Disciples, Baptizing Them', page 22.
On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?
Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization?
Also see WT, June 1, 1985, Article: 'Subjecting Ourselves to Jehovah by Dedication'
True Christians are followers of Jesus. He is their only authority according Matthew 28:18. They are baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christians are NOT baptized in the name of the Jehovah, Jesus, and their favorite religion.
According to Jesus, Christians are spirit directed individuals. Unity of beliefs and loyalty to an organization is not a requirement. Christians are united in their love for one another, love of God, and love of neighbors who have different beliefs. John 13:35; Matthew 19:19; Matthew 5:43-47;
Christians are free to make their own rules based on how the Holy Spirit leads them. As you may know, Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses did exactly that in the 1870's. He rejected the teachings of his Christian church and left. As a Christian he could do that. He didn't lose his family and friends because he interpreted the Bible differently and started a new religion. Christians are free to believe in whatever they want.
JW's are not free. They must 'speak in agreement' and be 'like-minded' in all their beliefs. They cannot come and go freely as friends. Jehovah's Witnesses must obey the rules and regulations of their Governing Body. They cannot disagree like Charles Taze Russell did. If the messages they receive directly from God's Holy Spirit is different, they must obey the Governing Body first, and God second. The consequences of questioning the Governing Body's authority leads to disfellowshipping and shunning.
Because they place more importance upon their organization, than on a direct relationship with God, critics say belonging to the Jehovah's Witnesses may be a modern day form of idolatry. It might put the salvation of Jehovah's Witnesses in jeopardy. See Salvation. The Best Religion. Will It Save You?