The Oneness Pentecostalism Doctrine
"Error springs from either deception or ignorance. And deception takes
advantage of ignorance."
R.L. Brandt, Executive Presbyter, Assemblies of God.
Excerpt from a letter written to a counsellor by an ex-member of a church
espousing the "Oneness" Pentecostalism doctrine.
"This 'Jesus Only' or 'Oneness' doctrine would seem to have sorrowful
effects. By omission, it deprives of that relationship with God the Father
which would otherwise exist were He given the place that is due Him. As well,
it seems to generate a lowered consciousness of the energizing dynamic of the
Holy Spirit's agency; and, ultimately, in denying the persons of the Holy
Trinity (as this theory does) the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is demeaned,
robbed of attributes and His Name impoverished. (This, by a viewpoint which
seeks to make 'more' of Him!)
So much grief and deprivation come along with error!
From: "IS THE TRINITY TRUE" by MacGregor Ministries.
ATTACKS ON THE TRINITY
The Trinity has become the main doctrine that all the cult groups attack.
It is also the main doctrine that all the mainline, historic churches agree
upon. We may all have our differences, Catholics and varying Protestant
groups, but when it comes to the doctrine on God we all agree that the Bible
teaches belief in One God manifested in three ways, as Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit. Nevertheless we would not want to believe in the Trinity if the Bible
did not teach it, no matter what the beliefs of our various churches were.
It's interesting that the cult groups usually give their members a false
definition of the Trinity. For example, the magazine salesmen knocking on
your door with their propaganda from Brooklyn, New York, say that the church
teaches that there are three gods in one. This is completely false. Another
group which sends around youngsters calling themselves "elders" profess belief
in their particular definition of the trinity which is that there are three
gods in unity. This is not the trinity teaching of mainstream Christianity.
What, then, is the true definition of the Trinity?
THE TRUE DEFINITION OF THE TRINITY
Dr. Walter Martin, probably the foremost expert on the cults in the
world, and a renowned bible scholar, gives this true definition of the
Trinity. "Within the unity of the One God there are three Persons, the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three share the same Nature
and attributes. In effect then, the three Persons are the One God." Go back
and read that again, so it will stay in your mind.
INTERCHANGES OF "GOD" AND "HOLY SPIRIT"
Now we will consider more scriptures proving that the Holy Spirit is,
indeed, God. When the Bible interchanges terms exactly, we can be sure that
God is teaching us that they are interchangeable. We will now commence to
look at some scriptures in the Old Testament referring to Yahweh God, and find
that when they are applied and quoted in the New Testament, they are, in fact,
attributed to the Holy Spirit. This is possible only if the Father, Yahweh
God, and the Holy Spirit are the one God.
EXODUS AND HEBREWS
Let's consider Exodus 17:2. "Therefore the people quarreled with Moses
and said, "Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do
you quarrel with me? Why do you test YAHWEH? (or, the Lord)?" Notice that
the people were clearly testing Yahweh God. When this account is referred to
in Hebrews 3:7-9, we find that the people were testing the HOLY SPIRIT.
Listen. "Therefore just as the HOLY SPIRIT says Today if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, as in the day of trial in
the wilderness, where your Fathers tried Me, by testing Me, and saw My works
for forty years." Indeed, the people were putting to the test the one God,
revealed two ways in these scriptures, as the Father, and as the Holy Spirit.
Revelation Chapter 1, beginning in verse 13, gives a vision of a "son of
man," which, incidentally is a title of Jesus Christ. In verse 17 and 18, we
read these words...."I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I
was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and
of Hades." This Son of Man, this Jesus, is the only one who died and rose
again and conquered death. He gives Himself the Revelation titles, "Alpha and
Omega", "the First and the Last", and, of course, "Almighty God."
DESCRIPTION THE FATHER THE SON THE HOLY
JEHOVAH JESUS SPIRIT
All called (one) God Psalms 89:26 I Tim. 1:16,17 Acts 5:3,4
All (one) Creator Isaiah 44:24 Col. 1:16; John 1:3 Job 33:4
All raised Jesus(once) I Thess. 1:9,10 John 2:19-21 Romans 8:11
All wrote scripture Exodus 20:22 John 5:24 I Tim. 4:1
All Directed God's work Zech. 1:3,6 Matt. 28:17-20 Acts 13:2
Blasphemy punished Exodus 20:7 Luke 12:8,9 Matt. 12:31
All eternal Psalms 93:2 Isaiah 9:6 Hebrews 9:14
All all-knowing Psalms 147:5 John 2:24,25 Isaiah 40:13,14
All omnipresent Jeremiah 23:24 Matt. 18:20 Psalms 139:7-10
"The man who is going in a wrong direction will never be set right by the
affable religionist who falls into step beside him and goes the same way.
Someone must place himself across the path and insist that the straying man
turn around and go in the right direction."
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