First let me say
that I was "born and raised" Assemblies of God and
attended one of their Bible Colleges. I also visited many other
"mainline" denominational churches and the Moody Bible Institute's
Founders Week in Chicago a couple of years.
For the first thirty (30) years of my life, I would have called myself
But then, while living in Chicago, I first discovered that the
staunchest Trinitarian apologists will readily admit that the word
Trinity does not occur a single time anywhere in the Bible, but
they insist that the principle is sound and solid.
However, the reverse
is true if you will examine both the Bible record
of God's true identity and also the historical record.
trinitarian apologists are right when they admit the word trinity does
not exist in the Bible. In fact, the Jews insisted that "...the
LORD our God is one LORD." (Deuteronomy
Jesus Christ, Himself repeated, "And Jesus answered
him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel;
The Lord our God is one Lord:"
church was founded in and on that principle, solidly based on no less
than Jesus' own words.. It was not until an early heretic bishop in the
Second Century named Tertullian began to question of what
substance God is that there was any question in the church about His
including the Catholic Encyclopedia, at least in older editions, credit
Alexandria (Egypt) (293-373) as the "father of the Trinity".
Thus, it is NOT the
oneness Pentecostals who are the heretics according
to the Bible, but the majority of churches, specifically all
those that teach the Trinity heresy. I am non-denomimnational and
fellowship and preach wherever the Lord leads and
frankly prefer to say that I am straight Bible, but others do
call me "oneness" or Apostolic Pentecostal.
I would invite
anyone to visit http://followersofjesuschrist.org and
study what the Bible says in the context and setting in which it
says it. I especially challenge lawyers and ministers of any
to study the Bible with the intent to know and
understand what Jesus Christ and His original Apostles taught, preached
The newspaper writer
was quite correct to say that "Oneness Pentecostals teach
that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three manifestations of
one God, rather than separate persons.
"They baptize new members in the name of Jesus -- and
those who had been baptized in the name of the Trinity.
this might seem like splitting hairs, Christian
churches since ancient times have measured people's orthodoxy in part
by whether they believe God is at once Father, Son (Jesus
Christ) and Holy Spirit." Here the writer was mostly correct, except
that most churches insist on inserting the word, "Person" as each of
the three words, "Father,
Son and Holy Spirit." God in three persons, blessed trinity, as the
song, "Holy, Holy, Holy," says.
The fact is that
historically, it can be demonstrated that for the first
150 or so years AD, there was no question what the Churches of
the Lord Jesus Christ taught, preached and practiced. Their
activities are recorded in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles
in the New Testament, by the Christian historian Eusebius and the
jewish historian Josephus, as well as other writers whose writings are
still being discovered and unearthed from time to time.
In the Book of the
Acts of the Apostles, you will see first the commandment of
the Lord Jesus Christ obeyed by the Apostle Peter, to whom
Jesus had given the keys to the Kingdom (not the city) of heaven. In
response to a Holy Spirit spectacular, a huge crowd gathered; many of
mocking and scoffing.
Then Peter preached
the first ever Holy Spirit
anointed sermon by a regular spirit-filled man and those who
believed his message were said to have been "pricked in their
and asked how to be saved. (Acts
The Apostle Peter,
by that same anointing and power of the Holy Spirit, commanded that
they repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, (Acts
demonstrated in every single instance in which a conversion is
reported in the Book of Acts (overwhelming evidence for a lawyer!).
The Apostle Paul,
the champion of the message of God's grace,
later likens baptism to the burial of the old sinful nature which was
or should have been "slain" or killed in the repentance stage and
resurrection with Jesus Christ (Romans
3:27 and Colossians
2:12), to walk in newness of life. Later, he
also adds that if any man (person) be in Christ, he (or she) is a new
creature with old things (the sinful nature and its attributes) passed
away and behold all things become new. (2
The Trinity Doctrine
was never a belief of the majority of
Christians until Athanatius of Alexandria argued brilliantly for
that doctrine at the First Council
of Nicea in 325 AD, when it was
voted on and accepted and later
and reconfirmed at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD by
the Cappadocian Fathers.
A little history on
Athanatius: Athanatius of Alexandria was a graduate of the ancient
Alexandria, Egypt where he had studied first the Babylonian
religion which contained a trinity similar to the one he later infused
into the Church. Nimrod was the Father god, Tamus (or Tamuz) was his
half-human son and Samaramis was the human mother.
Then he studied the
Greek and Roman
religions, each of which included a trinity at the top along with other
lesser gods. Then, he finally attempted to join the Church of Jesus
in Alexandria. But his heretical views caused him to be ousted from
the congregation until he was able to politic his way back by cornering
family after family of new Christian converts who were not yet
solid in the Apostles' doctrine until he had enough votes to be brought
in not just as a new member, but as a leader. These facts are
well documented in many encyclopedias under the headings of Athanatius,
Christianity, Baptism, and Trinity, as well as many other
I have been unable
to find any
record of Athanatius having a real biblical new birth or covnversion
Only of joining the church and then adding Babylonian doctrine with
Christian names and terms.
The Council of Nicea
was called by Roman Emperor Constantine. Again, there is no record of
his conversion to real biblical Christian new birth salvation. He was having trouble with rebellions
at home and foreign armies attacking and in his dream one night, he
dreamed of winning battles beneath the banner of the Christian cross.
He stopped pagan persecution of the Church, then ordered the Bishops to
assemble at Nicea to settle several matters of doctrine that seemed
divisive in the church.
There, as secretary to the Bishop of Alexandria, Athanatius argued
skilfully for a godhead of three persons based largely on the
Babylonian, but with Christian names. Following the formal adoption of
the trinity doctrine, persecution of Modalists, Sabellians, Arians and
other smaller groups that tried to adhere to the original apostles'
doctrine were persecuted with a religious zeal that was more to be
feared than the persecution pagans had waged against any Christians.
Contrary to the teachings of our Lord Jesus
Christ, much blood was shed and many who stuck firmly by the
historic position of the Apostles were killed by the new Trinitarians.
As to Jesus'
9:6 declares that a child would be born,
a son would be given whose name would be called Wonderful, Counselor
(attorney), Mighty God, Everlasting Father and the Prince
of Peace. The Child to be born would have all these titles, but
being a Son, the Child could not have been eternal in the sense of
His earthly Son body, but in the sense that the earthly body was a
physical manifestation of the God He was and is. Furthermore, the Angel
Gabriel declared to the virgin, Mary, that the Holy Spirit or
Holy Ghost would be the source of her conception, but the child would
be called the Son of the Highest!! (See Luke
1:26-33.) If the
trinity were true, how could the Second Person of the Trinity be the
Son of the Third Person but
called the Son of the First person?
Confusing? You bet!
Also not scriptural! And in John 14, uses the progression of their
understanding to explain. Jesus first
says He will ask the Father to send a Comforter, but in a slightly
different context and as their understanding grew, He explained that
it would be He, Jesus who would send the Comforter, which is the
Holy Spirit, and a couple of verses later explains that in reality
it would be He, by His own Spirit that would be the
Comforter. "I will
come to you. I will be in you." (John
14:16-18). And who do people say is living in
their hearts? Jesus. If He were a Person, this would be impossible
in every way, but because He is a Spirit who once manifested in a
body to become the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the
1:29, 35) He, in His Spirit form does indeed live in
the heart (not the
muscle, but the seat of affection and understanding) of all who truly
trust and obey Him and His word.
Finally, on the
subject of baptism, the original Greek words (newer
lexicons admit the trinitarian modifications to the meaning of the
word, but go all the way back and you will see) "baptizo"
we get the English "Baptize" meant originally to bury, dip
immerse in a liquid. The Greek word meaning "pour"
originally was "cheo"
and the Greek word for "sprinkling" was "Rhantizo."
if you were sprinkled, you were not truly baptized but "rhantized,"
and if water was poured over you and they called it baptism, you
really were only "cheo"ed!
for emphasis, the explanation the Apostle Paul gives for the meaning of
baptism is found in (Romans
3:27 and Colossians
2:12). The end result should always be the birth of the
"New Creature in Christ Jesus.