Should I Get Baptized?

  • Christian baptism vs baptism as a Jehovah's Witness. What is the difference?
  • Why did the baptismal vows of Jehovah's Witnesses change in the 1980's?
  • Should I get baptized as a Jehovah's Witness?

Christian Baptism.

In 1955 Jehovah's Witnesses were baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and holy spirit. That's what Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew 28:18,19. They could NOT be baptized into the name of any organization.

'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

Baptism Means Having A Personal Relationship With God.

'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

Baptismal Vows Of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Baptismal Vows 1956.

'(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

Baptismal Vows 1970.

'(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

Baptismal Vows 1973.

'(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

Baptismal Vows 1985.

Prior to 1985 Jehovah's Witnesses could not be baptized in the name of a religion or organization.

However in 1985, dedication required becoming a Jehovah's Witness in association with the organization.

Vow #1

On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?

Vow #2

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'

Questions About Baptism.

If the organization is 'spirit-directed' by Jehovah, why does it disagree with what Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20?

If I get baptized into the Jehovah's Witness faith by saying 'yes' to their baptismal vows, I will be rejecting the instructions of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20. Am I willing to do this?

Am I willing to rebel against the authority of Jesus in Matthew 28:18,19? Jesus said that all authority was given unto him in Matthew 28:18-20.

The organization knows what the Bible says. In 1955 and 1966, they told us the truth. They said that Christians do not dedicate their lives to any organization or religion. Why did they leave the truth and run ahead of Jesus? 2 John 1:9

All Christians have a direct personal relationship with God symbolized by baptism. Christians can attend any church. They are free. Why? Because they do not dedicate their lives to any organization or religion. They dedicate their lives only to God.

That's the difference between Christian baptism and baptism as a Jehovah's Witness. Christians answer directly to God. Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. According to Jesus, no organization or religious affilliation is required for salvation. Luke 10:25-28

Baptism and the Memorial Celebration.

In Christian religions, all Christians partake of the bread and wine that represents the body of Christ. In the JW religion, only a few thousand participate because they are the only ones who are in a covenant with God! Millions of other Witnesses can not participate in the bread and wine. Instead they must be obedient and loyal to the 'annointed' Governing Body because the GB claims to be God's exclusive channel of communication and everyone must go through them in order to receive eternal life. For references and Watchtower quotes on this important matter, see Mediator

What Will I Do?

Will I follow Jesus and be baptized as a Christian? Or will I follow an organization and be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness? We cannot serve two masters. The Bible says that Jesus is the path to eternal life. John 3:36; 1 John 5:11; Jude 1:21