The Unbiblical Doctrines of the Oneness Pentecostals


Oneness Pentecostals

Oneness Pentecostals Deny the Trinity

Oneness Pentecostals believe that the Trinity is a pagan doctrine.  I will be recording a series refuting the idea that the Trinity is of pagan origin.

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.

  1. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are each called God yet there is only one God.
  2. Each of the three persons of the Godhead are not the same person.
    1. They communicate to each other.
    2. They are seen together in many passages in the Bible.
    3. They have their own will.
    4. 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.

Baptismal Regeneration

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.

For more information

http://carm.org/oneness-pentecostal

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  • Lon September 19, 2015, 11:17 am

    “Hear, 0 Israel: the Lord our God is ONE LORD.” Deut. 6:4. This commandment given to Israel is confirmed in the New Testament (Mark 12:29) and must be obeyed by all Christians today! “Thou believes that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe this, and tremble.” James 2:19.

    “God is an omnipresent Spirit…” John 4:24. “No man hath seen God at anytime…” John 1:18. God, the invisible Spirit, has only revealed Himself to man by manifestations. Although there are many manifestations of God, the Scriptures teach that there are basically three offices or positions in which God has manifested Himself. God was manifested as the Father in creation, the Son in redemption, and the Holy Ghost in emanation, regeneration.

    *GOD MANIFESTED AS THE FATHER IN CREATION*
    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen. 1:1. No one else but God performed the miracle of creation. And God said, “Let us make man in our image…” Gen. 1:26. To use the word “us” and try to form other Gods or entities in the creation, clashes not only with the Scriptures, but with common sense.

    The word God means Supreme Being, the eternal and infinite Spirit, Creator and Sovereign of the universe. There cannot be more than one Supreme Being. By no means was God talking or counseling with other Gods or entities. He was counseling with His own will. Eph. 1:11. In the creation of man, God, the eternal omnipresent Spirit, foresaw the image or the Son in which He would some day reveal Himself to man.

    The Son did not exist at the creation. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law.” Gal. 4:4. The Son, who is the image of God, was made thousands of years after the creation. Also God spoke of things which be not as though they were. Rom. 4:17. “So God created man in HIS OWN IMAGE,” Gen. 1:27. “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of Him that was to come. Rom 5:14. God, referring to the Sonship, made Adam in the figure of Him that was to come.

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. The Word cannot be separated from God. The term “Word” derives from the Greek term “logos” which means “thought or plan” (Strong Reff- G3056). God’s thoughts are with Him, but they cannot be separated from Him. “The Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD.” “All things were made by Him (Word); and without Him (Word) was not anything made that was made.” John 1:3. “…The worlds were framed by the Word of God…” Heb. 11:3. So by His Word God created all things.

    “Thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it…I am the LORD; and there is NONE ELSE.” Is. 45:18. “…I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE; that spreadeth abroad the earth BY MYSELF.” Is. 44:24. “.. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.” Is. 44:8. “See now that I, even I, am He, and there is NO GOD WITH ME…” Deut. 32:39. “Have we not all ONE Father? Hath not ONE God created us” Mal. 2:10.

    *GOD MANIFESTED AS THE SON IN REDEMPTION*
    A blood sacrifice without sin must be made for the redemption of man. Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Heb. 9:22. So by His plan (Word), God, the invisible Spirit, made Himself a body born of the virgin Mary, and dwelt among us. “And the Word (which was God) was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” John 1,14. This body was the only begotten Son or image of God. Paul said that the Son is the image (body) of the invisible God. Col. 1 :13-15.

    The Sonship was planned from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8) and prophesied as early as Gen. 3:15. Hundreds of years later Isaiah prophesied,” …Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel…which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:23. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty GOD, The everlasting FATHER, The Prince of Peace.” Is. 9:6. To Joseph the angel said, “…thou shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sin.. And he called His name JESUS.” Matt. 1:21-25.

    Fosset’s Bible Encyclopedia declares that Jesus means Jehovah-Salvation, or Jehovah is become Savior.

    The name Jesus was not revealed until God made Himself a body. Until then He was called Jehovah. For example:
    • Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord provides. Gen. 22:14.
    • Jehovah-Rapha – The Lord that healeth. Exod. 15:26.
    • Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord is our banner. Exod. 17:15.
    • Jehavah-Sholom – The Lord our peace. Judges 6:24.
    • Jehovah-Ra-ah – The Lord is my shepherd. Ps. 23.
    • Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord our righteousness. Jer. 23:6.
    • Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is present. Ezek. 48:35.
    When God made Himself a body to redeem man from sin, He then was called JESUS – Jehovah-Salvation.

    The angel announced, “For unto you is born this day.. .0 Saviour, which is CHRIST THE LORD.” Luke 2:11. Throughout the Old Testament God is also called the Lord. Compare the following:
    • The Lord God is the Creator. Is. 42:5.
    • The Lord Jesus is the Creator. John 1:3, 10.
    • The Lord God said, “I am He.” Is. 43:10.
    • The Lord Jesus said, “I am He.” John 8:24.
    • The Lord God is the only Saviour. Is. 43:10, 11.
    • The Lord Jesus is the Saviour. Titus 1:4.
    • The Lord God shall reign forever. P5. 146:10.
    • The Lord Jesus reign forever. Luke 1 :33.
    • The Lord God is the King of Israel. Is. 43:15.
    • The Lord Jesus is the King of Israel. Matt. 27:37.
    • The Lord God is the First and the Last. Is. 44:6.
    • The Lord Jesus is the First and the Last. Rev. 1:8.
    • The Lord God is Almighty. Gen. 17:1.
    • The Lord Jesus is Almighty. Rev. 1:8.

    There is only one Lord. Eph. 4:5. When Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus, he cried, “Who art thou, Lord?” And the Lord said, “I AM JESUS.” Acts 9:5. Beyond a shadow of a doubt the Lord God Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Lord Jesus Christ of the New Testament!

    Jesus confirmed that He was not a separate Person, but God manifested in the flesh. Jesus said unto Philip, “.. .He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.. .The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself; but the father that DWELLETH IN ME, He doeth the works…Believe me that I am in the Father, and the FATHER IN ME…” John 14:9-11. Jesus simply stated, “I and My Father are ONE.” John 10:30.

    Jesus emphasized the importance of His identity as He taught the people in the temple. He said, “…For if ye believe not that I AM HE, ye shall die in your sins.. .They understood not that He spoke to them of the FATHER.” John 8:24-27.
    When Jesus was baptized by John in Jordan River, the voice of God spoke, “This is my beloved Son, IN WHOM I am well pleased.”

    Matt. 3:17. Notice, God said, “IN WHOM” – not with whom! “To wit, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST, reconciling the world unto Himself…” II Cor. 5:19.
    As Stephen was facing death, he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Acts 7:55. The term “right hand” does not form a part of another Person or Deity. It is symbolic of the power and authority of God. Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Matt. 28:18. Paul said that Christ is the power and the wisdom of God. I Cor. 1:24. Note the following symbolical uses of the term “right hand” as correlated to power and authority:
    • My right hand hath spanned the heavens. Is. 48:13.
    • The Lord is at the right hand of the poor. Ps. 109:31.
    • God led Israel by the right hand of Moses. Is. 63:12.
    • The Lord was at David’s right hand. PS. 16:8.
    • The Lords right hand is salvation Ps. 98:1-4.

    The question may be asked, “Is Jesus in the Godhead, or is the Godhead in Jesus?” If the Godhead is in Jesus, there can only be one Person. The Bible clearly states, “For IN HIM (Christ) DWELLETH all the FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY. And ye are COMPLETE IN HIM, which is the HEAD OF ALL PRINCIPALITY AND POWER.” Col. 2:9, 10. So there is only ONE PERSON in which the Godhead is manifested, because the GODHEAD IS IN JESUS!
    In Jesus Christ, two wills or natures are portrayed: a human will and a Divine will. He was man (flesh) and He was God (Spirit). As man He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, “O my Father.. Not as I WILL, but as THOU WILT.” Matt. 26:39. Also He cried out on the cross, “My God, my God. Why host thou forsaken me?” Matt. 27:46. Certainly these Scriptures do not imply that Jesus Christ is a separate Person or Deity with the Father. For Deity does not pray to Deity! Furthermore, Deity cannot die! So as man, Jesus Christ prayed in His human nature to His Divine nature. Because, in His human nature, the flesh did not want to die, but He knew the will of the Spirit must be done.

    Also at Calvary He cried out in His human nature to His Divine nature; and when the Spirit left the body, He fulfilled His human role of death. As man, He was hungry, He slept, He became weary, He wept, He increased in wisdom and stature, He prayed, and He died. (See Matt. 4:2, Matt. 8:24, John 4:6, John 11,35, Luke 2:52, Matt. 26:39, Matt. 27:50.) As God, He healed the sick, He cast out devils, He raised the dead, He calmed the sea. He forgave sins, He answered prayer, and He arose from the grave. (See Matt. 4,23, Luke 8:35, John 11:43,44, Mark 4:39, Mark 2:5, John 14:14, John 2:19-21.) Jesus Christ said, “I can of mine own self (human nature) do nothing.. (John 5:30). ..but the FATHER that DWELLETH IN ME (Divine nature), HE doeth the works (John 14:10).” As man, He even expressed His limited knowledge (Mark 13:32); but as God, He knew all things (John 21:17). Compare the following titles which also portray the dual nature of Jesus Christ:
    • DIVINE
    • Everlasting Father – Is. 9:6
    • Chief Shepherd – I Pet. 5:4
    • King of Kings – Rev. 17,14
    • Lord God – John 20:28
    • The Almighty – Rev. 1:8
    • HUMAN
    • Son of Man – Luke 9:22
    • Lamb – I Pet. 1:19
    • Servant – Phil. 2:7
    • High Priest – Heb. 2:17
    • Mediator – I Tim. 2:5
    “Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” I Tim. 3:16. How clearly brought out is this glorious truth that Jesus Christ was God manifested in the flesh. He became Spirit in body to bring redemption to man.

    *GOD MANIFESTED AS THE HOLY GHOST IN EMANATION*
    God, the eternal Spirit, is “Omni-present” – everywhere at the same time; therefore, His Substance fills the universe. The only way God can manifest Himself in the hearts of people today is by the process of emanation. To emanate is to issue forth from a source. As the Holy Spirit, God is issuing forth from His Substance to fill the hearts of people today.

    The Holy Spirit cannot be separated from the Father, for it is a part of His Substance. That which was conceived in the virgin Mary was of the Holy Ghost. Matt. 1:20. The truth becomes evident that the Holy Spirit is the Father of the Son. To try to separate the Father and the Holy Spirit and form two Persons, would give the Son two Fathers, which is impossible. Definitely the Father and the Holy Spirit would have to be the same Spirit.

    There is only ONE SPIRIT. Eph. 4:4. “For by ONE SPIRIT are we all baptized into one body…” 1 Cor. 12:13. The Bible proves that the ONE Spirit is the Holy Ghost. “This spake He (Jesus) of the SPIRIT, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the HOLY GHOST was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” John 7:39.

    The Bible proves that the ONE Spirit is the Father. “There is but ONE GOD, the FATHER…” I Cor. 8:6. “GOD (the Father) is a SPIRIT…” John 4:24.
    The Bible proves that the ONE Spirit is Jesus. There is ONE LORD JESUS CHRIST. I Cor. 8:6. “Now the LORD (Jesus) is that SPIRIT…” II Cor. 3:17.

    By no means did Jesus teach that the Holy Ghost was another Person. Jesus said, “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things…” John 14:26. Again Jesus said, “… if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. John 16:7. Also John said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18. Compare John 14:26 with John 16:7; Jesus spoke of the Father and Himself as ONE. Compare John 14:26 with John 14:18. Jesus spoke of the Holy Ghost and Himself as ONE. If the Father and Jesus are one, and Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one: then the Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit are ONE. (Also compare the following Scriptures which show that the Father, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are ONE: Matt. 10:20, Mark 13:11, Luke 21:15.)

    A Trinitarian concept contends that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one in holiness, love, glory, wisdom and eternal power; but, three in Person. No Scripture can be found to support such a concept. Note the following:
    • His holiness (not their holiness) – Ps. 47:8
    • His love (not their love) – Rom. 5:8
    • My glory (not our glory) – Is. 42:8
    • The only wise God (not the wise three) – I Tim. 1:17
    • His eternal power (not their eternal power) – Rom. 1:20

    The term persons (plural) used in reference to God does violence to the oneness of God. “I am the Lord; and my glory will I not give to another.” Is. 42:8. The Bible proves that God is ONE IN PERSON. John declared, “…I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and ONE sat on the throne.” Rev. 4:2.
    When the Holy Ghost came on the day of Pentecost, 120 disciples were filled and began to speak with tongues as the SPIRIT gave them utterance. Acts 2:4. Peter preached that the Holy Ghost was the Spirit of God. As he used the prophecy of Joel 2.28, he said, “It shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH…” Acts 2:17.

    Paul used the terms “Spirit of God” and “Spirit of Christ” as synonymous terms in reference to the Holy Spirit. He said, “Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the SPIRIT OF GOD dwell in you. Now if any man have not the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, he is none of His.” Rom. 8:9. (Also see Col. 1 :27, Gal. 4:6.)
    There is ONE GOD and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and IN YOU ALL. Eph. 4:6. There is only ONE GOD manifested in the flesh and received in the hearts of believers today.

    HOW DID THE EARLY CHURCH INTERPRET CHRIST’S COMMAND IN

    examine the findings of the educated, scholars, and historians.

    Britannica Encyclopedia – 11th Edition, Volume 3, page 365 – Baptism was changed from the name of Jesus to words Father, Son & Holy Ghost in 2nd Century.

    Canney Encyclopedia of Religion – page 53 – The early church baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus until the second century.

    Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion – Volume 2 – Christian baptism was administered using the words, “in the name of Jesus.” page 377. Baptism was always in the name of Jesus until time of Justin Martyr, page 389

    Catholic Encyclopedia – Volume 2, page 435 – Here the authors acknowledged that be baptismal formula was changed by their church.

    Schaff – Herzog Religious Encyclopedia – Volume 1, page 435 – The New Testament knows only the baptism in the name of Jesus.

    Hastings Dictionary of the Bible – page 88 – It must be acknowledged that the three fold name of Matthew 28:19 does not appear to have been used by the primitive church, but rather in the name of Jesus or Lord Jesus.

    You guys are a victim of Greek Gnosticism that crept into the church. FACT.

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  • Lon September 19, 2015, 11:11 am

    LOL even all historic references state the trinity is in deed pagan!

    The Illustrated Bible Dictionary records: “The word Trinity is not found in the Bible. . . It did not find a place formally in the theology of the church till the 4th century.”

    The New Catholic Encyclopedia: admits that the Trinity “is not. . . directly and immediately the word of God.”

    The Encyclopedia of Religion And Ethics records: At first the Christian Faith was not Trinitarian. . . It was not so in the apostolic and sub-apostolic ages, as reflected in the New Testament and other early Christian writings.”

    The Encyclopedia of Religion admits: “Theologians today are in agreement that the Hebrew Bible does not contain a doctrine of the Trinity.”

    The New Catholic Encyclopedia also admits: “The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not taught in the Old Testament.”

    The Encyclopedia of Religion says: “Theologians agree that the New Testament also does not contain an explicit doctrine of the Trinity.”

    The New Encyclopedia Britannica reports: “Neither the word Trinity nor the explicit doctrine appears in the New Testament.”

    The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology confirms: “The New Testament does not contain the developed doctrine of the Trinity.”

    Yale University professor E. Washburn Hopkins affirms in the Origin and Evolution of Religion: “To Jesus and Paul the doctrine of the trinity was apparently unknown; . . .they say nothing about it.”

    Historian Arthur Weigall records in The Paganism in Our Christianity: “Jesus Christ never mentioned such a phenomenon, and nowhere in the New Testament does the word ‘Trinity’ appear. The idea was only adopted by the Church three hundred years after the death of our Lord.”

    CHRISTIANS OF THE FIRST THREE CENTURIES HAD NO EXPLICIT TRINITARIAN DOCTRINE

    The New Catholic Encyclopedia notes: “The formulation ‘one god in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century. . . Among the Apostolic Fathers, there had been nothing even remotely approaching such a mentality or perspective.”

    The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology states: “Primitive Christianity did not have an explicit doctrine of the Trinity such as was subsequently elaborated in the creeds.”

    The Encyclopedia Americana plainly reports: “Fourth Century Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God; it was, on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching.”

    The Ethnic Trinities by page 219, states that the development of the trinity was an evolutionary process. “The Christian dogma did not start from a polytheistic or pantheistic ground, but from Jewish monotheism; but the development from one God to a trinity was just as completely a historical evolution as any other.”

    THE TRINITY IDEA WAS INFUSED INTO CHRISTIANITY THROUGH PAGAN GREEK PLATONIC THOUGHT

    The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge plainly documents the historical influence that Greek Philosophy had on the development of the Trinity: “The doctrine of the Logos and the Trinity received their shape from Greek Fathers, who. . . were much influenced, directly or indirectly, by the Platonic philosophy . . . That errors and corruptions crept into the Church from this source can not be denied.”

    The book entitled, The Church of the Fist Three Centuries acknowledges: “The doctrine of the Trinity was of gradual and comparatively late formation: . . . it had its origin in a source entirely foreign from that of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures; . . . it grew up, and was ingrafted on Christianity, through the hands of the Platonizing Fathers.” The Platonizing Fathers were the Greek Philosophers that became Christian but continued to follow the teachings of Plato. These Philosophers mixed Christians Ideas with Pagan Greek Philosophy to formulate the concept of a three person Godhead.

    The apostle Paul warned the Greek Colossian city, “Beware lest any man cheat you through philosophy and vain deceit..(Colossians 2:8)”

    What kind of philosophy was Paul warning about? Since Paul was addressing a Greek city, he must have been warning about the entrance of Greek Philosophical Thought. The Platonic Fathers also known as Greek Apologists were the first to introduce Pagan Trinitarian Thought into Christianity.

    Church Historian Adolf Harnack states that the Church Fathers which developed the Nicene Creed were Platonists who appealed to Plato in support of the Trinity. Volume 4. Page 88: “Science concluded on alliance with the Nicene Creed; that was a condition of the triumph of orthodoxy. . . These men took their stand on the general theory of the universe which was accepted by the science of the time; they were Platonists, and they once more naively appealed to Plato in support even of their doctrine of the Trinity.”

    Church Historian Jaroslav Pelikan states in his book – The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition – that Greek Platonic elements were unmistakably present in the Trinitarian definition of One God in “three persons….”The doctrine of the Trinity. . .must be interpreted in a manner that would be consistent with this a priori definition of the deity of God (One essence, three persons). Neoplatonic elements were unmistakably present in this definition. . .”

    The New Catholic Encyclopedia vol. 10, page 335 admits: “From the middle of the 4th century onward, however, Christian thought was strongly influenced by Neo-platonic philosophy and mysticism.”

    The Encyclopedia of Religion: “Theologians agree that the New Testament does not contain an explicit doctrine of the Trinity.” The Paganism in Our Christianity: “The origin of the Trinity is entirely pagan.”

    The Encyclopedia Americana: “Fourth century Trinitarianism did not reflect accurately early Christian teaching regarding the nature of God; it was, on the contrary, a deviation from this teaching.”

    Adolf Harnack states in Outlines of the History of Dogma, that church doctrine became “firmly rooted in the soil of Hellenism [pagan Greek thought]. Thereby it became a mystery to the great majority of Christians.”

    Encyclopedia International, 1975 Edition, Vol.18, p.226 – The doctrine of the “Trinity” did not form part of the apostles’ preaching, as this is reported in the New Testament.

    New Catholic Encyclopedia, 1967 Edition, Vol.13, p.1021 – The first use of the Latin word “trinitas” (trinity) with reference to God, is found in Tertullian’s writings (about 213 A.D.) He was the first to use the term “persons” (plural) in a Trinitarian context.

    Encyclopedia Americana, 1957 Edition, Vol.27, p.69 – The word “Trinity” is not in Scripture. The term “persons” (plural) is not applied in Scripture to the Trinity.
    World Book Encyclopedia, 1975 Edition, Vol. T, p.363 – Belief in Father, Son and Holy Ghost was first defined by the earliest general council of churches. This was the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.

    Catholic Encyclopedia 1991: “The term ‘Trinity’ does not appear in scripture” “(The Doctrine of the Trinity) – hammered out over the course of three centuries of doctrinal controversy against modalism and subordinationism”

    The HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism 1995: “. . . scholars generally agree that there is no doctrine of the trinity as such in either the Old Testament or the New Testament.”

    New International Encyclopedia, Vol.22, p.476 – The Catholic faith is this: We worship one God in Trinity, but there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son and another of the Holy Ghost. The Glory equal – the Majesty co-eternal. The doctrine is not found in its fully developed form in the Scriptures. Modern theology does not seek to find it in the Old Testament. At the time of the Reformation the Protestant Church took aver the doctrine of the Trinity without serious examination.

    Life Magazine, October 30, 1950, Vol.29, No.18, p.51 – The Catholics made this statement concerning their doctrine of the Trinity, to defend the dogma of the assumption of Mary, in an article written by Graham Greene: “Our opponents sometimes claim that no belief should be held dogmatically which is not explicitly stated in Scripture… But the PROTESTANT CHURCHES have themselves accepted such dogmas as THE TRINITY, for which there is NO SUCH PRECISE AUTHORITY in the Gospels”

    Theologian Andrew Norton declares in the book “A Statement of Reasons” that the Trinity originated not from the Bible, but from Platonic Philosophy: “We can trace the history of this doctrine, and discover its source, not in the Christian revelation, but in the Platonic philosophy . . . The Trinity is not a doctrine of Christ and his Apostles, but a fiction of the school of the later Platonists.”

    *THE TRINITY IDEA WAS BORROWED FROM HEATHEN RELIGIONS*

    A Dictionary of Religious Knowledge records that many historians believe that the Trinity “is a corruption borrowed from the heathen religions, and ingrafted on the Christian faith.”

    Edward Gibbons’s History of Christianity notes: “If Paganism was conquered by Christianity, it is equally true that Christianity was corrupted by Paganism. The pure Deism of the first Christians . . . was changed, by the Church of Rome, into the incomprehensible dogma of the trinity. Many of the pagan tenets, invented by the Egyptians and idealized by Plato, were retained as being worthy of belief.”
    Historian Will Durant observed: “Christianity did not destroy paganism; it adopted it. . . From Egypt came the ideas of a divine trinity.”

    Siegfried Morenz, in the book ‘Egyptian Religion’ notes: “The trinity was a major preoccupation of Egyptian theologians . . . These gods are combined and treated as a single being, addressed in the singular. In this way the spiritual force of Egyptian religion shows a direct link with Christian theology.”

    James Hastings wrote in the Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics: “In Indian religion, e.g., we meet with the trinitarian group of Brahma, Siva, and Visnu; and in Egyptian religion with the trinitarian group of Osiris, Isis, and Horus. . . Nor is it only in historical religions that we find God viewed as a Trinity. One recalls in particular the Neo-Platonic views of the Supreme or Ultimate Reality. which is triadically represented.”

    The French New Universal Dictionary reveals both Plato’s Greek Philosophical Influence upon Christianity and that of ancient pagan religions: “The Platonic Trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples, appears to be the rational philosophic trinity attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian Churches. . .
    Thus Greek philosophers conception of the divine trinity . . . can be found in all the ancient pagan religions.”….that the Trinity idea stems from Pagan Roots: “. . . among the more highly civilized Chaldaeans, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians, triads of gods were a common and notable feature of their theogonies.”

    H. P. Blavatsky in Isis Unveiled (pages 45,46), reveals that the Trinity Dogma originated from Babylon: “We find it northeast of the Indus; and tracing it to Asia Minor and Europe, recognize it among every people who had anything like an established religion. It was taught in the oldest Chaldaean, Egyptian, and Mithraitic schools.

    The Chaldaean Sun-god, Mithra, was called ‘Triple,’ and the trinitarian idea of the Chaldaeans was a doctrine of the Akkadians, who themselves belonged to a race which was the first to conceive a metaphysical trinity. According to Rawlinson, the Chaldaeans are a tribe of the Akkadians, who lived in Babylonia from the earliest of times.”

    LOL the Bible is a Jewish book and all the players were Jewish and none of them taught a three “person” Godhead. Jesus was not a son in eternity, Jesus was BEGOTTEN = BORN! YOU CANNOT BEGOT = BORN ANYTHING IN ETERNITY…. Jesus was the LOGOS the very intellect of YHWH made flesh and was called the son according to his FLESH (Rom 1:3-4, Hebrew 1:1-8.) He was God himself incarnated (Tim 3:16) the Holy spirit is not a person but the spirit of YHWH that was in Christ (2Cor-5;19) and the very spirit of Christ in all believer (Rom 8:9-10) There is only ONE sitting on the throne (Rev 4:2, Deut 6:4, Isa 43:12-15) which is Godman Christ.

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  • Steven Dean April 12, 2015, 4:58 pm

    The Holy Trinity of Oneness is 1) Us, the fragmented Son of God, trapped unwittingly within the illusion; 2) The Holy Spirit/Jesus and other Conduits, endeavouring to assist us to get out of it; and 3) God Himself. All One in Truth, and separated only within the illusion we currently inhabit.

    It is my understanding that when we ‘die’ the body goes back to nature as they are both part of the material illusion. We ourselves are of a spiritual nature and return home on our being re-absorbed back into the Oneness of the Source from which we originated. Our brains are not actually ‘us’ at all. They are utilised by the spirit in much the same way that we are using our computers right now. The computer isn’t actually part of us, but it is enabling us to communicate. Our bodies, in turn, are not actually part of us, but are needed to navigate through the illusional notion of everything being separated into countless beings, objects and elements, that we are currently inhabiting – and mistakenly believing to be ‘real’.

    As we are born out of the illusion (not ‘into’ – think about it) with no guidance whatsoever beyond those who are already trapped within it, taking it to be ‘real’ – and the one and only ‘real’ there is – is an easy thing to do. Not so easy to undo, but not by any means impossible.

    Our big problem is that back in the mists of long-passed time we have somehow forgotten what we truly are. Bodies are not needed in the spiritual Oneness of Reality. By Oneness, I mean simply that. Nothing is separated. All is whole, complete, eternal, infinite, unlimited and unchanging. The perfect opposites of a perfect separation – beginnings and endings, good and evil, birth and death, day and night, left and right, up and down, etc etc, only exist here within this experience. Oneness, being eternal, has no beginnings or endings or opposites of any kind. No opposites = no conflict. All is one and one is all. I know it is not an easy notion to grasp fully at first, but that’s because the mainstream thinking of the world is so opposite to the Truth, as one would expect in a world like this. One of chaos, as opposed to Reality’s total peace.

    Spiritual and unseen, peace, joy and happiness are enveloped within the Oneness of the Source. Perfect Love, its total Truth currently beyond our understanding, is the only Reality. Having said that though, God, or the Source’s, world of Oneness is detectable here even though it is unseen. Things from His world cannot be given away, whereas earthly things can. For example; if I give a person my hat, I no longer have a hat. In fact, if I give away anything from the material world I no longer have it. But if I give a person Love, Joy and Happiness, all things from the unseen Oneness, I not only still have them myself, they are multiplied many times over. This is because in the unseen world of Oneness, everything is one and giving is the same as receiving, just as having is the same as being. In the world of Reality, there is no lack at all.

    The way out is forgiveness in the form of realising that we are all inhabiting what amounts to no more than a chaotic nightmare and that nobody has actually done anything or committed any crime whatsoever. The Truth really does set you free. A nightmare is only a nightmare until the dreamer awakens.

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  • D. Hall March 25, 2014, 3:59 pm

    The oneness people believe what the bible teaches. Unlike the Trinitarians who have followed the flawed doctrine of the Catholic Church who once killed any person that would not have their infant child baptized. The Catholic Church which pray to “mother Mary”, the same church which believe in purgatory, which priest also received money to pray for those who have died and who have gone to a so-called purgatory. This false church which taught and yet teach that priest cannot marry a woman, yet these same priest molest young boys unabated. This is the false church that Martin Luther, John Calvin, and many others once believed and followed.
    Though Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the church door and proclaimed, “back to the bible.” He yet held on to the teaching of the Catholic Church concerning the false trinity. This is the same false doctrine that the Protestants believe today. The Protestant church is the daughter of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church declares there are three persons in the godhead, the Protestants likewise teach there are three persons in the godhead. No biblical proof for this doctrine, they only surmise because this is what the pagan philosophers have passed on to them. As oneness, we hold firm to what the Holy scriptures declare. The Holy scriptures never, and I mean never uses the term “three persons.” Yes the bible does say, “there are three which bear record in heaven” yet the word “persons” is absent from this scripture. There’s a good reason why the word “person” is absent. It’s because God is a Spirit according to John 4:24 and not a person. As humans we consist of body, soul, and spirit. No sane person would say that we humans are three persons.
    When God spoke and said, “let us make man in our own image, after our likeness (Genesis 1:26). The very next verse says, “So God created man in HIS OWN IMAGE” (Genesis 1:27). Who was God speaking to? The bible declares God, “worketh all things after the counsel of HIS OWN will” (Ephesians 1:11).
    The bible says, “God was manifested in the flesh” (1Timothy 3:16). As oneness we use biblical terms, stating that God has different manifestations. Not different persons (unbiblical). God is omnipresent. He can be in heaven and on earth at the same time. I will not belabor this fact as Jesus himself said, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” (John 12:44-45). There are too many scriptures which denounce the trinity, and too many which prove God has different manifestations. Every other doctrine we teach or preach is founded upon the Word of God, whether it be water baptism, Spirit baptism, or the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance, is all based upon rightly divided the Holy scriptures. Be blessed in the name of Jesus Christ.

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    • Anonymous April 13, 2014, 3:38 pm

      Mr.D.Hall, you are gravely mistaken. I would love to explain scriptures to you. Please email at isaiahwilson94@yahoo.com. I use to attend an “apostolic” church, but blessings to ya man!

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