Do Christ’s words as recorded in Matthew 28:19 in the KJV belong to the canon of Scripture? In this booklet we will seek to answer this question from the Bible, the writings of the pioneers, and those of Ellen G. White.
Some take issue with the form of words found in Matthew 28:19, because the expression “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” has been used by the Roman Catholic church (as well as her daughters) to uphold the doctrine of a Trinity. These brethren have sought to discredit them, or prove that they were added to the text at a later date.
It is not the intent of this booklet to delve into such theories. It is our firm belief that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16), and that He has therefore preserved His Word unsullied by man’s additions or interpolations throughout the ages. The fact that some have twisted Christ’s words, in order to support their false teaching (the Trinity), does not prove such a doctrine. If such were the case, we would verily have to discard much of the Bible as a “forgery,” for every heretic throughout history has turned to its authority in order to support his own “private interpretation.”
We believe that the testimony of Scripture is harmonious, and that such can be shown clearly from its own pages. The reader will also see from their own testimonies that such was also the faith of our pioneers.
It is therefore with confidence that we present to our readers the following presentation of the matter.