Hello!  I need help here…
What is really the proper baptismal formula of words?  If Jesus commanded to baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, then why didn't the apostles do it as seen in the book of Acts where they baptized in the name of Jesus?
I'm actually having this "argument" with a pastor from a sect which doesn't believe in the Holy Trinity and according to Him, no one of us were there when Jesus gave that command and that He gave it to His disciples who in turn baptized in Jesus name.  He also said that it's nowhere to be found in the Bible that there were people baptized under the Trinitarian formula but in Jesus' name.  So which is really the proper way of baptizing?
Also, he's been accusing the Church for being the persecutors of the early Christians and that the Roman priests were the ones who killed Jesus, that the Church couldn't be the true Church which Jesus founded because the main Church is based in Rome, where the Romans have ruled/lived.  He also said that the history of the Church of Jesus started in the book of Acts.
What's all the truth behind this?  I'm really confused…
he proper and ONLY VALID words that can be used for Baptism are from the very lips of Jesus himself:
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and 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 everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."  (Matthew 28:16-20)
There is NO example of the Apostles using any other formula.  In Acts it says:
Peter said to them, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."  (Acts 2:38-39)
The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus).  (Acts 8:15-16)
While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.  The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.  Then Peter said, "Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?"  So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.  Then they invited him to stay for several days.  (Acts 10:44-48)
While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples.  He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?"  They replied, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."  Then he said, "Into what then were you baptized?"  They answered, "Into John's baptism."  Paul said, "John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus."  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus(Acts Act 19:1-5)
Each of these does not describe the rite itself or the formula used to confect the sacrament.  They merely state that the baptisms were done in "the name of Jesus".  How does one baptize in the name of Jesus?  You use the formula that Jesus himself commanded to be used.
All the rest of this man's lies are beneath contempt.  Jesus was murdered by the conspiracy of the Roman political authorities, the Herodian king, the Saduccees, the Pharisees, and Satan.  No "Roman priests" were involved.
Furthermore, the various Protestant cults and anti-Trinitarian apostates represent innovations derived from mere human systems of religion and they are neither biblical nor Christian in any sense of the word.  The Holy Spirit was promised to the Church as an eternal guide to all truth (see Matthew 16:16-20, 18:18; John 14, 15 and 16).  No Protestant cult can lay claim to those promises.
I hope that helps.
Art Sippo, M.D.
April 6, 2012