I was talking to a brother about how many message believers have forgotten the Gospel of Jesus Christ, replacing it with something else. One of the doctrines that they have replaced it with is the "baptism gospel," or the false teachings that the incantation used determines your eternal salvation.
The "baptism gospel" is a tough one to conquer; many are blinded by this one. WMB, as we learned in other forum posts, was either a Wiccan or a small-time practicer of Wicca, and has tricked us into thinking that baptism is an incantation! Our words mean absolutely nothing before God. Our hearts and commitment to showing that we stand with Christ are all the words God needs to hear.
Here's some ammo for it:
Those baptized in the baptism of John had to be re-baptized according to the scriptures, and WMB used this to his advantage. Wrongly saying that John Baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, WMB again programmed us into a corner.
John baptized unto the coming Messiah, not Father, Son, Holy Ghost. He had no knowledge that Christ would send the Holy Ghost, he only had knowledge of Yahweh and the coming Messiah. Likely, his baptism was simply "repent" but if it did have titles it would have been a dualism baptism.
Of course those baptized with "repent" would need to be re-baptized, because what does "repent" get you? A sinner can repent, but that does not mean he has an experience with Christ or has the Holy Ghost!
That "Name of" is absolutely the "Authority of", whether you are a "Jesus Name'er" or a Trinitarian. Otherwise, we have ourselves putting authority in the pastor's hands by his good or bad choice of words! Which pastor has the best spell for conjuring up salvation?
I strongly suspect that the Apostles would have said something more like, "I baptize you with the authority Jesus Christ gave me when he died and rose again."
Hebrews 6 describes men who tried to say they were baptized incorrectly . Paul dealt with the same exact thing!
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.
Paul was glad he did not baptize! Just as we see in these last days with men saying their baptism is better than another, Paul experienced the same.
He was relieved that he did not baptize too many in his name (or his authority), because people might start claiming to be baptized in Paul's name was better than Cephas or Apollos' name (or authority).
Christ is the one who gives the power to the church, not man. Words spoken by man can never replace the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.
1 Corinthians 1:10-17
"I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power."
I put all authority in the hands of God, not the words of man. The word Paul used for "baptized in my name" is "ovoma". It literally means my "name". Not authority. Paul was afraid people would say, "I baptize you in the name of Paul." It's the same word used for "And you shall call His Name Jesus" in Matthew 1:21.
Acts 2:38, on the other hand, uses the word "onomati", which means "name and authority." By the authority of the president of the united states I command you to halt.
Acts 4:7 gives a good example of this word using name with authority: "In what name have ye done this?" today's English would be, "Under what authority did you make the people halt? The president or the vice president?"