Prior to 1985 JW's could not be baptized in the name of any religion. However starting in 1985, their dedication vows to God deviated substantially from the instructions of Jesus in Matthew 28:19
In 1955 the Watchtower said, 'A Christian, therefore, cannot be baptized in the name of the one actually doing the immersing or in the name of any man, nor in the name of any organization, but in the name of the Father, the Son and the holy spirit. This shows, among other things, that Christianity is not a denominational affair, that sects have nothing to do with it.' Watchtower July 1, 1955, Article: 'Christian Baptism for the New World Society', pg 411, par 15
In 1966 the Watchtower said, 'We do not dedicate ourselves to a religion, nor to a man, nor to an organization. No, we dedicate ourselves to the Supreme Sovereign of the Universe, our Creator, Jehovah God himself. This makes dedication a very personal relationship between us and Jehovah.' Watchtower Oct 1, 1966, Article: 'Serving with Everlasting Life in View' par 15
Since 1985 and at the time of writing this article, baptism in the name of their religion is required, - contrary to what the Bible says in Matthew 28:18,19
The following is a history of their baptism vows from 1956 to 1985.
'(1) Have you recognized yourself before Jehovah God as a sinner who needs salvation, and have you acknowledged to him that this salvation proceeds from him, the Father, through his Son Jesus Christ?
(2) On the basis of this faith in God and in his provision for salvation have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to God to do his will henceforth as he reveals it to you through Jesus Christ and through the Bible under the enlightening power of the holy spirit?'
WT July 1, 1956, Article: 'Why One Must Be Baptized', par 20,21; Watchtower Aug 1, 1958, Article: 'Baptism', par 22
'(1) Have you recognized yourself as a sinner and needing salvation from Jehovah God? And have you acknowledged that this salvation proceeds from him and through his ransomer, Christ Jesus?
(2) On the basis of this faith in God and in his provision for redemption have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to Jehovah God, to do his will henceforth as that will is revealed to you through Christ Jesus and through God’s Word as his holy spirit makes it plain?'
WT May 15, 1970, Article: 'Your Conscience Toward Jehovah' par 20
'(1) Have you repented of your sins and turned around, recognizing yourself before Jehovah God as a condemned sinner who needs salvation, and have you acknowledged to him that this salvation proceeds from him, the Father, through his Son Jesus Christ?
(2) On the basis of this faith in God and in his provision for salvation, have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to God to do his will henceforth as he reveals it to you through Jesus Christ and through the Bible under the enlightening power of the holy spirit?'
WT May 1, 1973, Article: 'Baptizing Follows Discipling', par 25
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?
Baptism as a Jehovah's Witness indicates one has 'opted for submission to the true God, Jehovah, in place of submission to Satan.' WT, June 1, 1985, Article: 'Subjecting Ourselves to Jehovah by Dedication'
Baptism as a JW also means 100% obedience to Watchtower rules. These rules and the consequences of disobedience are hidden from JW's who are not Elders or higher ranking.
1. According to the Watchtower Jehovah is a jealous God and does not share. They say that Jehovah demands 'exclusive devotion'. Notice this Watchtower quote, 'Jehovah is “a God who is jealous (zealous); a God not tolerating rivalry.” (Exodus 20:5, footnote) Being the Creator, he has the right to demand our exclusive devotion.' Watchtower July 15, 2001, Article 'Are You Truly Tolerant?', Subtitle 'Jehovah Is Forgiving All Your Error'
Even though Jehovah demands 'exclusive devotion', baptism identifies a person 'as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization'.
Furthermore, the Watchtower says this, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' WT, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
If Jehovah is a jealous God and requires exclusive devotion, why do JW's dedicate their life to the organization and willingly obey?
Obedience to the organization is not optional. It is required if you want to be a JW. Refer to the secret book for Elders only, Shepherd the Flock of God
2. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus said, 'go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit'. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love God with ALL our heart, strength, soul, and mind. Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:27.