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Categories: CHARISMATIC/PENTECOSTAL, DOCTRINE, RELIGIONS, SALVATION
Hi, I was wondering: I am christian, and my boyfriend is Pentecostal.  They believe we should be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, but ever since I can remember, it was, "I now baptize you in the Father, Holy Spirit, and the Son.”  I seem to think that they go by the Old Testament; could you help me please?

Sincerely,
Doctrinal Differences

Dear Doctrinal Differences,

There is no difference between being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and being baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; both phrases are used in the New Testament (Acts 2:38, Matt 28:19).  However, the Pentecostal church teaches that baptism isn’t what saves you… which is contrary to the Bible (1 Pet 3:21).  The Pentecostal church believes that you are saved when the Holy Spirit miraculously descends upon you, and you begin to speak in tongues.  This is a false teaching that pervades the Pentecostal movement.  Their belief that God directly speaks to believers apart from the Bible has lead them to change and alter God’s Word radically.  God warns us to never do this (Rev 22:18-19).  Read our article “Speaking In Tongues” for further information.