Oneness Pentecostals believe that a believer should not be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They believe that
Oneness Pentecostals have several scriptures that they will point at to support this belief.
Act 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.”
Act 8:16 “(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)”
Act 10:48 “And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”
Act 19:5 “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Act 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
What’s rarely mentioned is the famous scripture in Mathew 28:19 where Jesus said “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
So which is it? Should we baptize in the name of the Father Son and Holy Ghost, or should we only baptize in Jesus’ name? First it should be mentioned that not one scripture in the Bible says that we should be baptized in Christ’s name only. Whereas we do have the words of Jesus that say we should be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
In the Name
What does the Bible mean when it says the words “in the name”? A careful look at the scriptures reveals that the phrase “in the name” can mean “in the power or authority.” Consider the following scriptures.
Acts 4:7-10 “And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? (8) Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, (9) If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; (10) Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.”
Acts 4:17-18 “But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. (18) And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.”
Act 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”
Act 16:18 “And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.”
As you can see when the scriptures speak about doing something “in the name of Jesus Christ” it’s not necessarily saying that we do these things while saying Jesus’ name.