SCRIPTURALLY... THE TRUTH
THE THREE ORDINANCES
…never was a person…in all the pages of the Bible, ever baptized in the name of the “Father, Son, Holy Ghost.” There never was a person baptized in the name of the “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” until the early Catholic church (came). It's not in the Bible, nowhere! And if anybody can find a piece in there, tell me and show me where one person was baptized using the name of the “Father, Son, Holy Ghost.” Please show me for I've gone through and through and through and through and through the Bible for twenty some odd years now. It's an error! it's a Catholic creed and not a Bible command!
…Look down on your Bible and see if that says “in the names of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matt.28:19). Does it? No, sir. Did it say, “in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, in the name of the Holy Ghost”? It said, “in the name!” Is that right? Well, which name did He want them to baptize, the name of the Father, or the name of the Son, or in the name of the Holy Ghost? He said, “in the NAME!” Well, frankly, there isn't any one of them a name.
…First thing to do is straighten out your “trinity” — Father, Son, Holy Ghost. Now, in the first place, not one place in the Bible is “trinity” ever mentioned. You find it and show it to me. There's no such a thing. It's Catholic error, and you Protestants bow to it!
…Now, who is Father, Son, Holy Spirit? Did Peter do wrong? (Acts 2:38). He done what Jesus told him. That's three titles.
I'm a minister, and I'm a father, and I'm a “Reverend” (they called it a title), but none of that's my name. My name's William Branham.
He was the Father, He was Son, He was the Holy Ghost. You try to make three Gods, friends; it's wrong, it's error.
…You see, you misunderstand it… It's One God in three dispensations. The dispensation of “Fatherhood”, “Sonship”, and now, the Holy Spirit. It's the same God. And when He said, “Go, baptize them in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost,” it was Jesus Christ. And that's why we baptize in Jesus' Name.
[Questions & Answers Book 6]
Well, there is no such a thing as a “name” of “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” That's the reason there was nobody in the Bible ever baptized in the “Name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Every person in the Bible, or three hundred years this side the Bible, was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Not one apostle, not one Christian, (not one time) ever used the “Father, Son, Holy Ghost” as NAME for baptism until the Catholic church was organized at the Nicene Council, three hundred and six years after the death of the last apostle.
There is no such a thing as name of “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” Father is not a name, Son is not a name, Holy Ghost is not a name. It's three titles, therefore there is no such a thing as the name of “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” That's no name, So I baptize in the Name of Jesus Christ which is the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Clear?
[God Being Misunderstood]
Now we are fixing to observe something here that is really Sacred. “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come” (1 Cor.11:26). That means: we are to take it.
We have three physical divine orders left to us: Communion, Footwashing, and Water Baptism. There are the only three orders that we have, given by St. Paul, in the New Testament. And Perfection is in three.
I don't believe that anyone has the right to take the Lord's Supper until he has taken the Word of the Lord into his heart…
There are three things that we must do as symbols: The Lord's Supper, Footwashing, and Water Baptism…
Water Baptism is an Ordinance; so is Footwashing an Ordinance, so is the Lord's Supper an Ordinance.
Blessed is he that does all these ordinances…keeps all of His Statutes, all of His Commandments that he might have a right to enter into the Tree of Life…
You do not take the Lord's Supper because of tradition. You take it because it is the Love of God in your heart, keeping the Commandments of God. If you do not take it in sincerity but rather as a tradition because your church observes Communion every Sunday, once every month or twice a year it becomes a stench to God. As with everything else, you have got to be sincere…
Therefore, when we come to the Lord's Table, we must come in Reverence, Love and Respect; remembering where we would be if it had not been for Him.
Now, I do not believe that kosher bread should be substituted for a cracker (biscuit). I believe that it should be a holy unleavened bread, the type of the unleavened bread that was made in Egypt. And I believe that the Blood should not be (symbolised by) grape juice, but it should be wine. Grape juice sours, and spoils as it gets old. But wine gets better and stronger as it gets old; it never loses its strength. And the Blood of Christ doesn't sour and spoil; as it gets older it gets stronger and better, as the days go by to the believer. It is a literal wine and bread. Communion bread should be made by people who's dedicated and consecrated to God.
[Questions & Answers Book 7]
The Lord's Supper is to be taken at night and not in the morning.
[The Super Sign]
No man has a right to go in the pulpit or even claim to be a Christian without being filled with the Holy Ghost. You have no right to the Lord's Supper or any Communion or Footwashing or anything until you have been cleansed by the Holy Fire of God.
[Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the Earthly Bride]
[Note: The ordinance of the Lord's Last Supper was instituted at the table which was prepared and set for the Feast of the Passover. No leaven was allowed on that table. Read Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23. The unleavened “Communion” bread was made up of three elements — whole wheat flour (unbleached), water and pure olive oil. Read Leviticus 2:5,7; 23:13. Wine is fermented alcoholic juice of grapes. The word “wine” in Hebrew (eg. see Lev.23:13) is “yayin” — i.e. “fermented, intoxicating”. Once grape juice has undergone the complete process of fermentation, it becomes wine when fermentation ceases and the aging process begins. The longer the aging process, the stronger and better is the wine.]
For washing feet, they (Pentecostal brethren) say, “Oh, Bro. Branham, that's what we used to do that.” Let's do it yet if we did it once! Jesus did it, washing feet! (Read John chapter 13 – Ed.)
Over in I Timothy 5:9-10, Paul said, writing to the church, “Don't let a widow be brought into the church until she has washed the saints' feet.” That's right. …Feetwashing was observed all through the Bible days. And by God's help, if I keep my right mind, and God helps me, I'll observe it till I die. That's right: it's exactly a commission of Jesus Christ!
“Why do you wash feet, Bro. Branham?” Because, the Bible teaches that: I believe in the Full Gospel!
[Questions & Answers Book 6]