The following post will compare the apparent ORDER of Jesus to his disciples in Matthew 28:19 and the subsequent DISOBEDIENCE of his disciples in regards to the “Baptismal Formula” within the Book of Acts.
At the end of this post, the reader will have no choice but to agree that either the disciples disobeyed Jesus OR that the verse of Matthew 28:19 is a fabrication/addition to the text of the Bible.
Now let us compare:
Matthew 28:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Now notice the order is clear within the above verse. It doesn’t mention that one can baptize SOMETIMES in the name of Jesus or the trinity. But a clear and unequivocal ORDER to baptize them using this EXACT formula. Contrast this with the following verses from Acts:
Acts 2:38 King James Version (KJV)
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.
Acts 8:12 King James Version (KJV)
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.
Acts 8:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Acts 10:48 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
48 So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
Acts 19:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Notice there is not a SINGLE occurrence of baptism actually being performed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost despite the so-called order being given in in Matthew 28:19.
To conclude, if one believes that Matthew 28:19 is ORIGINAL to the text (and not a fabrication), they would have no choice but to believe that the disciples (the paragons of Christian leadership and sainthood) were disobeying the last words and orders from Jesus Christ.