Some Things We Ought To Say

Oneness Pentecostal groups teach a “Baptismal Formula” position that the baptizer has to say certain words when he does the baptizing, else the baptism is invalid. Faithful Christians reply that the Bible nowhere tells us what the baptizer is to “say,” but that if the Bible ever did reveal what the baptizer “ought to say,” we would bind that. That is a correct response, but are we consistent with that response?

Romans 10:9-10 teaches a sinner must confess with his “mouth” the Lord Jesus in order to be saved. Do we teach this confession must really be done with the mouth (an actual verbal confession), or is the practice generally that a nod of the head is acceptable as a confession? Isn’t this silent confession practice inconsistent with our argument against the “Baptismal Formula” theory as mentioned above?

Instead of just assuming certain things will happen in the future, James 4:15 instructs that we “ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” Notice this verse says we ought to say, not just that we ought to think. There’s a big difference you know. If God says we “ought to say” something, why don’t we teach we ought to say it?

I Corinthians 14:16 shows approval for people to “say Amen” after prayers to express agreement. Do we ever do that? If not, aren’t we being disingenuous with our assurances to the Oneness Pentecostals that we would say a particular thing at baptism if the Bible ever told us to say it (verbally)?

Instead of being so “smart” that we can reason away the instruction of these simple passages (Proverbs 14:12), why not just accept that God told us to do some things verbally and comply with his wishes? Surely putting God first will overcome any embarrassment we might have in doing so.

Please send me your list of other things the New Testament teaches we “ought to say.”

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