All in the Name: How the Bible Led Me to Faith in the Trinity and the Catholic Church

All in the Name: How the Bible Led Me to Faith in the Trinity and the Catholic Church

by Mark McNeil


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Mark McNeil spent years in the Oneness Pentecostal movement: praying in its lively services, zealously spreading its unconventional teachings, and rejecting mainstream Christianity as misguided. He even graduated from a Oneness Pentecostal Bible college with big plans to become a minister and leader within the movement. Then he left it all behind. In All in the Name, Mark tells his story of trading his conventional Baptist upbringing for the emotional buzz and fiery preaching of Oneness worship, and for the thrill of thinking that he was among an elite group of believers who followed the true faith where so many others had strayed. His experience echoes that of Christians today who are joining this growing movement, which denies orthodox teachings regarding God's nature, the divinity of Christ, the form of baptism, and what is necessary for salvation. But an inquisitive mind, careful study, and the action of the Holy Spirit finally led Mark out of Oneness Pentecostalism and into the Catholic Church. A faith-strengthener for Catholics and an intriguing challenge to those who call themselves "Christian" but reject the Trinity, All in the Name is at once an inspiring human story of conversion and a powerful defense of traditional Christian beliefs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683571001
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 828,960
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 11

A Conversation and a Conversion

Why Write Now?

The Plan

Does It Really Matter?

1 The Baptismal Formula 27

Origins of "Jesus' Name Baptism"


The Name

Names and Titles

"In the Name"

The Theological Meaning of Baptism

2 The Oneness of God and the Trinity 65

The Attraction of "Oneness"

"Unbiblical" Terminology

Modes and Roles

John 17:5

John 1:1

Philippians 2:6-11

One God vs. Three Gods?

One God

Prayer to the Trinity?

The Dual Nature of Christ

Begotten Son or Eternal Son?

The Holy Spirit

Does the Trinity Make Sense?

The Best Analogy

The Inward Turn

The Mind's Unity

God: The Supreme Mind

Mind, Thought, and Will: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Of What Practical Value Is the Trinity?

Theoretical and Practical Knowledge

The Passion of Christ

3 "Speaking in Tongues" and the Spirit Baptism 155


The Initial-Evidence Doctrine

The Gospels

The Letters

The Acts of the Apostles

Formulating a Doctrine

Problems with the Initial-Evidence Doctrine

Lack of Explicit Evidence

Misuse of Narrative Scripture

Acts Narratives Not "Normal" Instances

Paul's Teaching

Acts Alone?

Do We Need Miraculous Proof?

Death by a Thousand Qualifications?

Baptism with the Holy Spirit


Christian Baptism


Personal Reflections


4 Why Catholicism? 211

A Grave Problem

Holy Mother Church

Scripture Alone?

The Need for Context

Peter and the Church's Survival

Beware of Distortions


Endnotes 239

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