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BAPTISM - Its Meaning, Methods, and Recipients

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Author: Jim Rooney

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This book examines the purpose, meaning, methods, and proper recipients of Christian baptism. Should baptism be administered by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion? Should infants of believers be baptized or only those who have come to faith in Christ? This book will use the Word of God to help answer these questions.

Jim Rooney

T. Thomas, your description of the word OF is an attempt to explain away the direct commandment of Christ. First, Jesus Christ’s commands to us as Christians takes precedence over what others may have said or done in Acts or other places in the Bible. Second, we must obey the commands of Christ or we dishonor Him and commit sin. Since Jesus commanded us to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19) we have no choice but to obey that commandment. No further debate is necessary.

Tsahai Thomas

Mr. Jim Rooney, actually that scripture Matthew 28:19 in its entirety reads: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name OF the father, and OF the Son, and OF the Holy Ghost". Now any good English student would tell you that OF is a possessive word meaning BELONGING TO. So if I tell you to sign a check in the name OF the company's CEO, for instance, would you therefore write on the line "in the name of the company's CEO"? or find out the name of the CEO, for example, "Jim Rooney"? So why then when it comes to the scriptures we don't do the same. If the commandment is to baptize in the name OF, why do we refuse to take a minute to figure of what this name is? And a simple search of the scriptures will tell you this name. Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name OF Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Here we are clearly told which name to baptize in. And all throughout Acts, where we see the church taking roots, this was the name used. I am no biblical scholar. Just a believer in Christ Jesus. See the cite here for a better explanation: http://guidinglightnc.tripod.c... and you are free to email me as well at

Jim Rooney

Tsahai Thomas, your objection is with the biblical doctrine of the Holy Trinity. There are many Scriptures that prove that there is one God who exists as three separate, eternal, divine, and equal persons. It was Jesus Himself who in His Great Commission commanded us to baptize in the “name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19) This verse not only confirms the Trinity, but it clearly shows how people should be baptized. Although it is mentioned a few times in Acts that baptisms were done in the name of Jesus, as Christians our sole duty is to obey His commandments to us. If you would like to discuss this with me further, feel free to e-mail me at:

Tsahai Thomas

Your argument is flawed because its starts on a basis that all Christians accepts the Trinity. I believe that first and foremost there is but ONE God and his name is Jesus. The Bible tells us that God was manifest in the flesh as Jesus. Not two separate beings but one. I and my father are one. I am come in my father's name. Thus when the commandment was given to be baptised in the name of the Father...if Jesus came in his father's name, then the name of the father must be Jesus as well (simple logics really). And God is a Spirit, so the Holy Spirit and God are not two separate beings. In him (Jesus) dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Thus baptism was done by the apostles in the name of Jesus (Read Acts). Have a blessed day, and may the Lord Jesus open up your understanding of his words.


Jim Rooney

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