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.


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?


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.


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.


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."



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."

A.W. Tozer.

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