Oneness Pentecostals Deny the Trinity
Oneness Pentecostalism and Modalism
Oneness Pentecostals subscribe to modalism. This is the belief that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are all the same person manifesting in different modes. In the Old Testament, it is believed that God manifested Himself as the Father. In the New Testament, God manifested Himself as the Son and post resurrection, He is the Holy Spirit. Many Oneness Pentecostals mistakenly believe that the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity teaches three Gods.
Although the Bible never uses the word Trinity, the doctrine of the Trinity can be found throughout the Bible. The Trinity can be summed up like this: God is three persons, one God. I will deal with this in a series within the next few weeks but in short, there are several reasons why a Christian should believe in the doctrine of the Trinity.
- The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each called God yet there is only one God.
- Each of the three persons of the Godhead are not the same person.
- They communicate to each other.
- They are seen together in many passages in the Bible.
- They have their own will.
- They differentiate themselves from the other persons of the Trinity for example they will refer to themselves as I or me and they refer to other persons of the Trinity as you.
Oneness Pentecostals believe that baptism is a prerequisite to salvation. In other words, if you haven’t been baptized, they believe you are not saved. They base this belief mainly upon Mark 16:16.
Mar 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”
The Bible teaches that baptism is mandatory response for a saved person. In other words if you are saved you need to get baptized. If you choose to neglect getting baptized, at best you are sinning and at worst, you may not be saved. If you are saved, you should want to obey God’s commands.
All Believers Speak in Tongues
Oneness Pentecostals believe that if you are saved you must speak in tongues. In other words, if you do not speak in tongues, they believe that you are not saved. They reason that all believers must be filled with the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit always manifests Itself through the gift of tongues.
This too is an unbiblical doctrine that we will deal with in a future series. Nowhere in the Bible do we see any scripture that makes this claim. All this doctrine does is cause doubt and confusion in those who do not speak in tongues.
In the coming days we will explore all of these topics in detail and will look at what the scriptures say.
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