Jesus said Christians are to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
'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
Jehovah's Witnesses are NOT baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Jehovah's Witnesses are required to agree that in addition to dedicating their life to Jehovah, their dedication identifies them as a Jehovah's Witness in association with God's spirit-directed organization.
If you dedicate your life to Jehovah you will be required to say 'YES' to the following two questions.
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, means you must obey all the rules and regulations of the Watchtower Society. Are you willing to obey the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses for the rest of your life? Do you want to obey Elders and God? Or do you want to obey only God?
Please understand, that if you don't get baptized as a Jehovah's Witness, you can't get disfellowshipped. So it's important to thoroughly understand the consequences of your decision. Disfellowshipping and shunning destroys families and close relationships. You will find plenty of evidence of this on the internet. The stories are heart breaking.
Of course you might say that you will never leave the Watchtower and therefore you will never get disfellowshipped. This is true. However as a baptized Jehovah's Witness you will be required to shun all family members and friends who get disfellowshipped at anytime in the future for the rest of your life. In other words you will lose any family members and friends who decide to leave. If your parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, etc. get disfellowshipped you will be required to shun them or face disfellowshipping yourself. You will lose your relationships because you are a baptized Jehovah's Witness.
If you never get baptized as a Jehovah's Witness, the Watchtower cannot force you to abide by their rules. They can't disfellowship you because you were never baptized into their faith. In this way you are protected.
You may want to consider getting baptized as a Christian in any church other than the Jehovah's Witness. That way you can dedicate your life to God in harmony with what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:18-19. As a Christian you will be free to attend any church of your choice. As a Christian you will dedicate your life to God, not to any church or religious organization.
If you get baptized as a Christian according to Matthew 28: 18-19, you can still attend services at Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses. If a Jehovah's Witness ever asks you if are baptized, you can say, 'Yes, I am.' You will be able to enjoy associating with the Jehovah's Witnesses without the risk of losing important personal relationships in the future. On the other hand, if you decide to get baptized as a Jehovah's Witness, your freedom as a Christian will be severely limited.
One of the most dangerous freedoms you will lose as a baptized Jehovah's Witness is that you cannot willingly accept a blood transfusion to save your life. If you do and are not repentant, you automatically disassociate yourself. If you are repentant, you may lose privileges within the congregation. Critics say that the blood policy of Watchtower is not based on the Bible. Make sure you read what the Bible says about blood transfusions before you get baptized.
Here are a few other things baptized Jehovah's Witnesses can't do.
Also be sure to read the 2010 secret handbook for Elders only. You can find copies on the internet. Or you can take a look at this article which summarizes the rules. Carefully read them all but pay special attention to what happens if you decide to have a blood transfusion.
In addition to losing your Christian freedom, if you get baptized as a Jehovah's Witness, you will not be following the instructions of Jesus in Matthew 28: 18-19.
Since the Watchtower disagrees with what Jesus said on baptism, it's reasonable to question whether they are God's organization. If they are spirit-directed by Jehovah and Jesus, their doctrines should agree with what Jesus says in the Bible.
The choice is yours. Will you obey Jesus? Or will you obey the Watchtower? Only you can answer that. However, according to the Bible, our salvation as Christians depends on our relationship with Jesus because he has the words of eternal life. John 6:67-69
We know the Watchtower puts a lot of pressure on people to dedicate their life to Jehovah. Do not get baptized because you feel pressured. Before you take this important step, research all the articles on this website so you can make an informed decision.
Before you get baptized and dedicate your life to Jehovah, watch several baptismal services online. Listen to the vows you will be required to agree to. Are you willing to reject what Jesus says in Matthew 18: 18-19?