“Baptizing… into the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”

Some have claimed that the text at Matthew 28:19 is spurious.

“… disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…”

Christ’s command at Matthew 28:19, Berean Literal Bible

It is argued that “into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” is spurious, that in the third century a scribe added this text to written manuscripts in order to support the trinity doctrine. Is there evidence? No.

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Baptized into Christ

I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God, and my Lord and Savior.

Acts 8:37, Matthew 16:16, 2 Peter 1:11

“The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved…

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:8-13

…having heard the word of truth,
the good news of your salvation, in whom also having believed you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise…

Ephesians 1:13

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,
but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Mark 16:16

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Having gone, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

“The Great Commission,” Matthew 28:18-20, Berean Study Bible

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.

John 14:15-17

I baptize you with water for repentance.

Matthew 3:11

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. That having been born of the flesh is flesh, and that having been born of the Spirit is spirit.”

John 3:5-8

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

Matthew 3:11

“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 2:38
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Tyndale’s Translation

We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods.
We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God.
We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this. 

2 Corinthians 4:2, New Living Translation

The Church of England decreed it to be illegal to translate the Bible into English.
The Church also made it illegal to teach the Bible in English.

I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, I will cause the boy that drives the plow in England to know more of the Scriptures than the Pope himself!

William Tyndale

William Tyndale’s translation was the first English bible from the Hebrew and Greek.

Tyndale’s translation was seen as a direct threat to the Roman Catholic Church*.

Henry VIII removed the church in England from the Roman Catholic Church.

Word of God (Greek)Catholic *Tyndale (Translation)
epískoposBishopoverseer
presbýterosPriestelder
ekklēsíaChurchcongregation
agápēcharitylove
metánoiapenancerepentance
pascha (Heb.pesach)Easterpassover

For his ‘crime’ Tyndale was strangled and his body burned at the stake by the church.

His last words were, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”

Prayer answered, Henry VIII authorized Tyndale’s bible as the Church of England.

Make every effort to present yourself approved to God,
an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

Tyndale accurately handled the words of truth and did not distort the word of God.

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Women, in love, in Christ

The following is a consideration of scriptures which pertain to the role of women in Christ, in the congregation, and in love.

There is neither male nor female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:28

Letter to the Ephesians

Paul’s focus is on walking in love, just as Christ loves us. He makes one command: that we subject ourselves to one another, in respect or reverence of Christ. Paul concludes that by husbands loving their wives, using Christ’s love for the congregation as a model, wives may feel the same respect or reverence for her husband as she does Christ.

Walk in love.

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God… (Eph 5:1)

Be filled with the Spirit…

Subject yourselves to one another.

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Sex, Rape, and Seduction—Deuteronomy 22

A man recently told me that after three and a half years of studying the bible on his own he decided he no longer believed in God and is now an atheist. One of the reasons he gave, referring the law code in Deuteronomy 22, was that “rape victims must marry their rapist after he pays her father some money for her”.

Indeed, sincere Christians have attempted to rationalize Deuteronomy 22:28,29 as it has been translated in many modern translations. For instance Marg Mowczko explains that the law doesn’t actually require her to marry “the rapist” as she goes on to reasoning why it may be good based on cultural circumstances.

However, let us examine the words of God’s word a little closer.

The Hebrew word שָׁכַב shakab means “to lie down” and is basically a euphemism for sex.

Deuteronomy 22 establishes the conditions and consequences of four forms of sex:

  1. adultery (Deut 22:22),
  2. fornication (Deut 22:23),
  3. rape חָזַק chazaq (Deut 22:25),
  4. seduction תָּפַשׂ taphas (Deut 22:28)
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