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The Early Church
The Historical Facts Completely Dismantle Modern Presumptions.
PHOTO: Doubting Thomas – “My LORD and my God!” (Caravaggio)
By Ken Raggio
The Early Church Was Absolutely, Unequivocally NOT Trinitarian.
Moses defined the primary Doctrine of the Godhead in Deuteronomy 6:4. No Jew or Christian can legitimately claim to know God if his or her opinion of God contradicts the doctrine of Moses.
The LORD is ONE.
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up."
There is only ONE Lord.
Moses' doctrine was ONENESS doctrine. He commanded us from these earliest Biblical writings to make the doctrine of the Oneness of God the absolute top priority of our entire religious experience and practice. He told us to teach it to our children. He told us to discuss it with our families and friends. We must mention it throughout the days of our lives.
The "law of first mention" is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.
Therefore, following the so-called "law of first mention" or the law of first occurrence, we must forever acknowledge this Oneness doctrine of Moses that appears in the original Pentateuch, or the first books of the Bible, is not only a primordial doctrine, but it is an eternal and unchangeable doctrine!
If GOD was only ONE LORD in the Old Testament, it is inconceivable that He would be THREE LORDS in the New Testament.
Before I post the incontrovertible historical evidence that the Early Church was Oneness, I feel that it is necessary to at least present a definition of the Oneness doctrine so the reader will recognize the value of the evidence.
I will then show you historical proofs that ALL of the earliest Church fathers believed this exact doctrine.
WHAT IS THE ONENESS OF GOD?
Almighty God is only one eternal, invisible, indivisible, omniscient, omnipotent Spirit who was known in the Old Testament Hebrew as “JHWH” (Jahweh), or “Jehovah.”
The SPIRIT of Jehovah is the one true God.
Jesus Christ is the INCARNATION (enfleshment) of Jehovah.
That means that Jesus is the embodiment of the invisible Spirit of God.
Incarnation. Enfleshment. Embodiment of ONE Spirit.
He is called God’s SON because He was conceived in the womb of Mary.
God never conceived another Spirit. God did not conceive an Eternal Son.
Sonship is the product of conception.
A son can only be born AFTER a woman is impregnated. God never impregnated a woman prior to Mary's impregnation. God never had a son prior to Mary's delivery of Jesus Christ. THAT baby was God's ONLY begotten Son.
Now Jesus is Eternal – which is to say that “of the increase of His Kingdom and Peace there shall be NO END,” Isaiah 9:7.
But the SON OF GOD did not BEGIN until He was conceived humanly and bodily in the womb of Mary.
Before Jesus was conceived as a human, God was bodiless. God was ONLY SPIRIT. ONE undivided Spirit.
God only begot that ONE CHILD in all of eternity. That is why Jesus taught, in John 3:16, that He is the “ONLY begotten Son.”
Jesus was begotten – conceived - when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary. She conceived a MAN CHILD in her womb.
The Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary and CONCEIVED JESUS. That makes the Holy Ghost the FATHER of Jesus.
The Holy Ghost is NOT the third person of an imaginary Trinity.
It makes perfect sense. Pay careful attention to these statements:
God the Father is a Spirit.
The Holy Ghost is a Spirit.
God is only ONE SPIRIT.
God the Father is Holy.
The Holy Ghost is Holy.
Both claim to be the Father of Jesus Christ.
The Father is the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Ghost is the Father.
The Father is NOT the FIRST person of the Trinity.
The Holy Ghost is NOT the THIRD person of the Trinity.
The Father is the Holy Ghost.
Jesus is the body of the fullness of God. The Spirit dwells in Him.
When we finally stand before the Throne of God in Heaven, we will see only ONE THRONE with only ONE PERSON sitting on that Throne. That ONE PERSON will be both GOD THE FATHER and the LAMB.
John said, “Behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne,” Revelation 4:2.
John called it, “the throne of God and of the Lamb,” Revelation 22:1.
God AND the Lamb are ONE, sitting on ONE Throne. If you see Jesus, you see the Lamb, but you also see God. The fullness of God is in Christ.
JESUS said, "I and my Father are one," (John 10:30).
He also said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father," (John 14:9).
Did Jesus really mean that He and the Father were the same person?
Or did He just mean something abstract like, “I and my Father look very much alike”?
Or did He just mean, “I and my Father are identical twins”?
Or did He just mean, “I am a CLONE of my Father”?
Or did He mean, "I am a spitting image of my Father”?
You don't have to guess.
Paul answered that when He said that Jesus "is the IMAGE of the INVISIBLE GOD," Colossians 1:15.
Note: The Apostle Paul taught the ONENESS doctrine!
God has only ONE image: Jesus Christ!
God has only ONE body: Jesus Christ!
God is an invisible Spirit. His only body is Jesus.
Remember, Moses said that the LORD is ONE. He will always be one. He will never be two or three.
God will always be only ONE LORD.
Again and again, God EMPHATICALLY declared that He is SOLITARY.
"I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens ALONE, that spreadeth abroad the earth BY MYSELF," Isaiah 44:24.
"Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any," Isaiah 44:8.
"I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God," Isaiah 44:6.
There are no PLURALS in these statements; no multiple personalities.
If you want to see exactly what God looked like in eternity past,
LOOK BACKWARD INTO ETERNITY to see His original form.
Remove everything that God ever CREATED, until NOTHING remains but God.
Remove every beast, bird and sea creature; every plant, tree and flower.
Remove the earth and its firmament.
Remove the Sun, the Moon and all the stars.
Remove the Throne of God. (David said in Psalms 103:19, “The LORD has prepared His Throne in the heavens.” Even the Throne was created.)
Remove the city of Heaven. Its “builder and maker is God,” Hebrews 11:10.
Remove every angel and demon. They were all created by God.
Look into the INFINITE DARKNESS of the eternal past.
What form do you see?
What does God look like?
Do you see three men walking around in outer space?
Do you see three Spirits mingling and conversing?
You will only find ONE SPIRIT that inhabits all in all.
Invisible. Indivisible. God. The Father. The Holy Spirit.
At that point, there was no Son. The Son would not come into existence until four thousand years of TIME had passed.
Jesus reiterated the fact that God is invisible.
He told the Pharisees, "Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape," John 5:37.
You have NEVER seen His shape. God does not have a shape!
John declared, "No man hath seen God at any time," John 1:18a.
Jesus Christ was the only embodiment of God!
"The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," John 1:14.
"He That Hath Seen Me Hath Seen The Father."
Philip asked Jesus to "show us the Father." Jesus replied, "Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father," John 14:8-9.
JESUS “is His [God's] body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all,” Ephesians 1:23.
John 1:10 tells us that "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew him not."
The Jews refused to believe that their Father was in the body of Christ. But He WAS in Christ.
"God Was In Christ"
"To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself," 2 Corinthians 5:19.
Paul described the mystery to Timothy: "God was manifest in the flesh," I Timothy 3:16.
"The Fulness Of The Godhead Bodily"
"In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead [Deity] bodily," Colossians 2:9.
"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not," John 1:11. The invisible God suddenly APPEARED, and they did not know who He was!
Isaiah prophesied that His name would be "Emmanuel," which means "God with us," Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23.
"The IMAGE of the invisible God"
Paul taught the Corinthian Church that Christ is "the image of God," 2 Corinthian 4:4.
He taught the Colossian Church that the Son is "the image of the invisible God," Colossians 1:15.
"It pleased the Father that in him [the Son] should all [the Father's] fulness dwell," Colossians 1:19. That is why John said "the Word was made flesh."
Jesus Christ is Jehovah Savior come in the flesh. In fact, the very meaning of the name "Jesus" is "Jehovah Savior."
Jesus explained, "I am come in my Father's name," John 5:43.
Jesus is not a clone of God the Father.
He is not a duplicate deity.
He is not Jehovah Jr.
He is not co-equal or co-eternal with the Father.
He is not the second person of a three-person consortium.
Jesus IS the Father (the eternal Spirit) manifested in the Son (the man)!
Jesus, SPEAKING AS A MAN insisted that He was NOT EQUAL with the Father when He said, "My Father is greater than I," in I John 14:28.
The Father is greater than the Son!
God is the eternal Spirit. The Son is the man born of Mary.
Jesus said it.
The Father said, in Isaiah 42:8, "My Glory will I not give to another."
The Father and the Son are NOT co-equal or co-eternal, as the Trinitarian doctrine purports.
Jesus Christ is NOT the second member of the Godhead.
Jesus is the man in whom the Father dwells.
The ONENESS of God is the eternal doctrine of God, and is the doctrine believed and PREACHED by everyone in the Early Church.
The Oneness doctrine says that the eternal, invisible Spirit (Father) is IN the human body of Christ.
God is IN Christ.
God the Father never invented or created a "GOD the Son." That is a blasphemous, heretical misnomer. The phrase "God the Son" NEVER occurs in the Bible.
The Son of God was "made of a woman," (not in eternity past) Galatians 4:4, and was "conceived...of the Holy Ghost," Matthew 1:20.
In Luke 1:35, “the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
"Conceived of the Holy Ghost" means "The Holy Ghost is the Father."
In Matthew 1:20, the angel told Joseph, “fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”
That clearly shows us that the Holy Ghost is actually the Father, since John said the Son of Man is the "only begotten of the Father," John 1:14.
The human body of Jesus was not only conceived by His Holy Spirit Father, but was also a visible shell which actually housed the Father.
If the Holy Ghost is the THIRD PERSON OF THE TRINITY, then the FIRST PERSON OF THE TRINITY IS NOT THE FATHER!!
It is absolutely impossible to reconcile these Bible verses apart from the Oneness doctrine.
Furthermore, if God is a Trinity of three persons, and if Jesus is THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD BODILY, then there are THREE PERSONS IN THE BODY OF JESUS!
Of course, that is absurd! Jesus is the fullness of God bodily because the FATHER (HOLY GHOST) dwells in Him.
God is not three persons. The Lord our God is ONE LORD.
He is ONE SPIRIT. That Spirit is the Father, who is incarnate in the body of Jesus. The fullness of God is the Father. And HE is in the body of Jesus.
All the saints and all the preachers in the first century Church understood who Jesus was and who He claimed to be.
They understood that Jesus claimed to be God incarnate.
They understood that Jesus claimed to be God the Father come down from heaven in the body of a man.
THE EARLY CHURCH PREACHED AND BELIEVED THE ONENESS DOCTRINE WELL INTO THE FOURTH CENTURY and beyond.
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch
Ignatius of Antioch was called "the disciple of the Apostles." Ignatius spoke of Jesus in the Epistle of Polycarp, chapter 1, verse 15, saying "expect Him, who is above all time, eternal, invisible, though for our sakes made visible, impalpable [intangible], impassible [not capable of experiencing pain], yet for us, subject to sufferings, enduring all manner of ways for our salvation."
Ignatius depicted Jesus Christ as the suffering body of a bodiless Spirit-God who cannot suffer. Ignatius depicted Jesus Christ as the Father dwelling in the body of a mortal man.
(Ignatius was killed around 108 AD by the Roman Emperor Trajan – thrown to and eaten by lions.)
Polycarp of Smyrna
Polycarp of Smyrna (69-155 AD) was a disciple of the Apostle John. Polycarp endorsed Ignatius' teachings, calling him an example of holiness, and urged the Philippians to follow his example.
MODALISM – Jesus is another MODE or FORM of the Father
Both Ignatius and Polycarp are called MODALISTS by historians - which was what later religious leaders called ONENESS BELIEVERS. Modalists did not believe that God was three persons. They believed that Jesus was a MODE, or FORM, of God. They were clearly not Trinitarian.
Another early Church father, named Noetus, who lived around 130 AD was also said to be a MODALIST - that is, ONENESS. In reality, God does not even have three modes. He is ONE Spirit, incarnate in the body of Jesus Christ.
The historian Hippolytus said that Noetus believed that “Jesus confessed Himself to be the SON to those who saw Him, while to those who could receive it He did not hide the fact that He was the Father.”
Another early Church father, Irenaeus, who lived from about 135-200 AD, said, "The Father is that which is invisible about the Son, and the Son is that which is visible about the Father. The Father is God revealing Himself, and the SON is God revealed."
Tertullian (who was arguably the first Trinitarian) complained that Praxeus in 150-200 AD asserted that “Jesus Christ is God and Father Almighty."
In 180 AD, Sabellius taught that "The Father and the Son are the SAME." He asserted that Father, Son and Holy Ghost were NOT distinct persons, but modes of one divine person.
Oneness Apostolics “Constitute the majority of believers,” (Tertullian)
Again, the first Trinitarian, Tertullian, in 200 AD, admitted that the ONENESS APOSTOLICS "always constitute the majority of believers." Tertullian even refused to call them unwise or unlearned.
Zephyrinus, the Bishop of Rome in 210 AD, said, "I know ONE GOD, Christ Jesus, ...beside Him I know no other."
Callistus, the Bishop of Rome in 220 AD, said, "The Word is the Son Himself, the Father Himself; there is only one and the same INDIVISIBLE Spirit, ...The Father is not one and the Son another. They are ONE AND THE SAME."
Eusebius was a Catholic historian who was present at the Council of Nicaea in 325. In his lifetime, his writings sometimes depicted Oneness theology, while at other times a Trinitarian theology, leaving one to be uncertain about exactly what Eusebius believed.
However, Eusebius wrote about “The Error of Beryllus.” Beryllus (Bishop of Bostra in Arabia, ca. 240 AD) taught that "our Lord and Savior DID NOT EXIST AS A DISTINCT PERSON before the incarnation; and that THE DIVINITY OF THE FATHER dwelled in Christ." Others have called Beryllus a Monarchian.
In 265 AD, the Bishop of Rome was Dionysius. Dionysius complained about those who "divide and cut to pieces that most sacred doctrine of the Church of God, the Divine Monarchy, making it as if it were three powers and partitive substances and godheads three."
In other words, in 265 AD, the Bishop of Rome condemned the doctrine of the Trinity that was gaining acceptance.
But by 325 AD, the Roman Caesar Constantine had stopped persecuting the Church and had begun to endorse the new Trinitarian version of God.
In the organizational meeting of the Roman Catholic Church at the Council of Nicaea (Italy), the NICAEAN CREED WAS FORMULATED.
Nicaean Creed, 325 AD, First Official Trinitarian Doctrine
The Nicaean Creed is the original, official TRINITARIAN DOCTRINE - published for the first time in history in 325 AD!
The new Trinitarian Roman Catholic Church of Rome demanded that all ONENESS, MONOTHEISTIC, or JESUS' NAME believers be REBAPTIZED as TRINITARIANS in the titles Father, Son and Holy Spirit, or have all their property confiscated.
ROME officially declared WAR on ONENESS Christians!
That law caused many Oneness believers to go underground - that is, to go into hiding.
But in 380, Marcellus of Ancyra, with Photinus (Marcellus’ disciple), and Priscillian still contended that the Christian faith is in "Father, Son, and Spirit ... one God Christ: He is God, Son of God, Savior... In Christ, the Father is known."
Marcellus added, "God is invisible; none has seen Him at any time. So He came in name and form as such that He could make Himself known." He was of course referring to Jesus Christ.
In 400 AD, a Christian poet named Commodianus said that Father, Son and Holy Ghost are “different designations given to the same person.”
In 450 AD, Bachiarius of Galacia held a “Sabellian,” that is ONENESS view of the Godhead.
In 1121, Peter Abelard, a French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician, was known to be ONENESS. He was charged with heresy by the Synod of Soissons and shut up in the convent of St. Medard. Chambers Biographical Dictionary called Peter Abelard “the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century.”
In 1531, Michael Servetus published a paper entitled, "THE ERROR OF THE TRINITY," in which he expounded the doctrine of the Oneness of God. For that paper, he was burned at the stake.
Servetus said, "Christ is in the Father as a voice from the speaker. He and the Father are one, as the ray and the sun are one light. An amazing mystery is that God can thus be conjoined with man and man with God. A great wonder that He has taken to Himself the body of Christ that it should be His peculiar dwelling place."
Servetus also said, “[Christ] manifests God to us, being the expression of His very being, and through him alone, God can be known.”
John Calvin argued with Servetus by letters until their debate became quite heated. Calvin said that if Servetus ever came into his presence, he would be duty-bound to have him sentenced to death for blasphemy. Martin Luther also condemned Servetus’ Oneness doctrine. Due in large part to John Calvin’s opposition, Servetus was sentenced to death by burning for denying the Trinity and infant baptism.
But many other writers and orators took up Servetus’ cause afterward, and Servetus’ Oneness teachings multiplied.
In 1668, William Penn (the founder of Pennsylvania) was imprisoned in the Tower of London for writing a powerful anti-Trinitarian tract called, "The Sandy Foundation Shaken," in which he declared,
"Must I deny His Divinity because I justly reject the Popish School Personality? It is manifest, then, ...that though I may deny the Trinity of separate persons in one Godhead, yet I do not consequentially deny the Deity of Jesus Christ."
William Penn also declared that the Roman Catholic Church was “the Whore of Babylon.” He was imprisoned for that writing.
Swedenborg, around 1749 said, "He is the Redeemer and Saviour. ...He came into the world. ...As to His humanity, He called Himself Jesus Christ. ...Jehovah Himself came into the world and became the Saviour and Redeemer."
Dr. Nathaniel Emmons
Around 1800, Dr. Nathaniel Emmons, a Yale graduate and the leading New England theologian of his time, taught that we should "cast aside the eternal generation of the Son," a doctrine that had originated with Origen, and one of the earliest premises of Trinitarianism. Emmons believed that Father and Son were both terms referring to "the One Absolute God."
William Ellery Channing
In 1819, Channing said, “We object to the doctrine of the Trinity.” He impugned it as illogical and unscriptural because it implies that God is “three intelligent agents, possessed of different consciousness, different wills, and different perceptions, performing different acts, and sustaining different relations. …To us, as to the Apostle and the primitive Christians, "there is one God, even the Father. With Jesus, we worship the Father, as the only living and true God.”
Smith (1875), a Presbyterian clergyman and teacher for 24 years said, "The one supreme personality exists in three personal modes of being, but is not three distinct persons."
Henry Ward Beecher
In 1880, Beecher said, "Jesus Christ is His name. All that there is of God is bound up in that name."
In the 1880s, Miller wrote a book entitled, "Is God A Trinity?" He asked this question, "Is the deity that is in Christ the second person of the Trinity, or the one personal Jehovah ...for the Trinitarian believes but in one of three persons in Christ, whereas we believe in the sole person of the Almighty."
Jesus is specifically called the FATHER in Isaiah and in John.
“For unto us a CHILD is born, unto us a SON is given: … and his name shall be called …The everlasting FATHER,” Isaiah 9:6
“Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?” John 14:9.
Jesus is specifically called the SON in Romans 1:3.
“…His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Jesus is specifically called the HOLY GHOST in 2 Corinthians 3:17.
“Now the Lord is that Spirit.”
Oneness Apostolics have existed since the days of Jesus Christ.
But not Trinitarians! NO Trinitarians existed in Jesus' day. NO Trinitarians existed on the Day of Pentecost.
Do you have to believe in the Oneness of God to be saved?
“Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also,” John 8:19.
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins,” John 8:24.
What was Jesus saying in those verses? If we do not believe that He is the Father, we will die in our sins.
John MacArthur was asked in an interview, "Can you be a Christian if you deny the Trinity?" to which he replied, "I would answer, 'No.' If you don't believe in the Trinity, then you don't understand who God is. You may say the word “God,” but you don't understand His nature."
To John McArthur I reply: “If YOU THINK that God is a Trinity, then YOU really don’t understand who God is. You may say the word “GOD,” but you don’t understand His nature. ‘The LORD our God is ONE LORD,' (Deuteronomy 6:4).”
So, HOW did the Trinitarian doctrine become so widely accepted?
HERE IS THE REAL ROOT of the problem:
The Roman Catholic Church.
Many volumes of historic proofs exist to show that Rome and the Caesars of the Roman Empire were ruthless, vicious enemies of Christianity. Millions of Early Church saints were killed by the powers of the Roman Empire.
Romans crucified Jesus Christ. Romans crucified Peter and beheaded Paul. Romans, led by Titus, General and Emperor, destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD. He ransacked and completely annihilated the great Jewish Holy Temple. The stolen wealth from Jerusalem's downfall paid for the construction of the famous Coliseum in Rome, where great multitudes of Early Church Christians were thrown to the lions and otherwise brutally tortured and murdered.
A conservative estimate of people killed by the Roman Catholic Church throughout history is no less than sixty million. Some estimates exceed 100 million dead. Does that sound like the Church of Jesus Christ, or the Church of SATAN?
By the turn of the third century, the great Apostolic Pentecostal Holiness Church that Jesus founded underwent a treacherous tide of doctrinal changes in the twelve congregations that were meeting in the city of Rome.
Justin Martyr - first to say Jesus was "second"
Unknown to most modern Christians, a theological revolution began with the fervent apologetics of a man named Justin Martyr, who was then preaching and teaching in Rome.
Justin Martyr (d. 165 AD) introduced a concept unheard of among earlier Christians, namely that Jesus Christ was "in the second place" to the Father. Second place?? What did he mean by that? NOBODY had EVER suggested that Jesus was in second place to the Father. What could this statement suggest?
Irenaeus - first to conceptualize an "eternal son"
An understudy of Justin Martyr, Irenaeus (ca. 130-200 AD), added to the confusion when he stated that "the Son of God became the Son of Man." This is probably the earliest seed of “Eternal Sonship,” an illogical and unbiblical premise.
This was a completely alien concept. INSTEAD of Jesus being the INCARNATION of the Father, He was purported to be only the INCARNATION of an eternal Son. No one had ever taught this in the first 150 years of the Early Church. None of the Apostles ever made a statement of that kind. Nobody believed that Jesus was the incarnation of a second person of God. They believed that Jesus was the incarnation of God the Father.
Jesus is the incarnation of EVERYTHING GOD IS!
Jesus is the FULLNESS of God BODILY.
Jesus is the invisible Holy Spirit Father dwelling visibly IN the Son.
The Apostle Thomas called Jesus, "My Lord and my God!" For a Jew, that meant that Thomas believed He was the Father in the flesh.
Thomas believed that he was looking into the face of God the Father!
The suggestion that Jesus is an eternal son is an impossible concept. Think about it. How can anyone be an eternal son? Sonship, by definition, requires a beginning - namely, a BIRTH. Sons have to be BORN. They have to begin. Sons have to have a MOTHER.
Jesus became a son when He was born of Mary. Before the son was born of a virgin, only the Father existed. There was no mother in Heaven, therefore, no son.
There had been no son in heaven. Moses never mentioned it. Moses taught the children of Israel, "The LORD our God is ONE!" None of the Old Testament prophets taught that God was two or three persons - only ONE.
Two Natures - Not Two Persons
To be exact, God in Christ has two natures. God is Spirit. Son is human. God is greater. Son is lesser. But that is NOT two distinct persons, and certainly not two identical deities; not co-equal; not co-eternal.
Sonship is human. God never replicated His Spirit. There never was a Spirit son, only the singular, indivisible, eternal Spirit of God forever. God did not replicate His eternal nature into another co-equal person or deity.
Rather, He incarnated His deity into a MAN. The FULLNESS of GOD was in CHRIST. Not one-third or one-half. The man is the Son. And the man, the Son, was not from eternity past, except in the PLAN of God.
God Himself had declared, "My glory will I not give to another," (Isaiah 42:8). That simply means that there never was and never will be anyone co-equal or co-eternal with the Father.
Jesus, in His day, said, "My Father is greater than I," (John 14:28). So, there you have it. Jesus is NOT co-equal or co-eternal with the Father. He is the man in whom God dwells. He is the physical manifestation of the invisible God. His spirit is the Father; His body is the Son.
When you read in the Bible of a conversation between Jesus and His Father, you are not reading a conversation between two equal members of a godhead. You are reading a conversation between a MAN and GOD.
GOD is only ONE PERSON, but He has TWO NATURES: deity and humanity. The deity can speak to the human, and the human can speak to the deity, but both natures comprise ONE GOD, not two co-equal deities. Messiah!
Irenaeus' statement introducing the concept of an eternal son plainly contradicted the Apostles' premise that the Son was conceived by the Holy Ghost in the "fullness of time" and "made of woman" (Galatians 4:4). The idea of an eternal son had never been preached in the Early Church. Jesus was the FULLNESS of God bodily. Not one-third of a trinity!
From that error proceeded another erroneous teaching; that since Jesus proceeded from the Father, the Holy Ghost also subsequently proceeded from the Son, and was therefore in THIRD PLACE in the Godhead.
That would produce a THIRD deity equal to the first (Father) and second (eternal Son). Hence, this triune deity supposedly consisted of three co-equal, co-eternal persons.
NO!! A thousand times NO!! God is a Spirit. Singular. One LORD. One person.
Within a few short years, these errors were codified into the doctrine of the Trinity, that God exists in three persons; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.
The Diabolical Nicene Creed
The NICENE CREED was formulated at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, which became the official doctrinal statement of the Roman Catholic Church.
It contained ANATHEMAS - curses and condemnations - on anyone who did not profess the Doctrine of the Trinity, baptism in the Titles Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and declared that no one could be saved outside the Roman Catholic Church.
The Diabolical Athanasian Creed
In the seventh century the ATHANASIAN CREED replaced the NICENE CREED– 712 of the most diabolical words ever written. Here are some excerpts:
“Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith;
Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit.
20. So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say; There are three Gods or three Lords.
25. And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another.
26. But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal.
28. He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
44. This is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully he cannot be saved.”
This is the first creed in which the equality of the three persons of the Trinity is explicitly stated, and differs from the Nicene-Constantinopolitan and Apostles' Creeds in the inclusion of anathemas, or condemnations of those who disagree with the Creed (like the original Nicene Creed).
The Athanasian Creed CONDEMNS all non-Trinitarian people.
That condemnation ultimately spelled the CRUEL MURDER and DEATH of MILLIONS of people around the world.
THE RAW AND ENORMOUS POLITICAL, LEGAL AND EMPIRICAL POWERS OF ROME guaranteed that the Roman Catholic Church would become THE WORLD CHURCH, despite the fact that God and Truth are nowhere in it! They literally KILLED OFF their competition - including the Oneness Saints of the Early Church!
The Caesars and Popes enjoyed unimaginable political and economic clout in their times. The TRUE CHURCH of Jesus Christ was always a modest NON-POLITICAL, NON-GOVERNMENTAL entity.
The WHORE CHURCH (prophesied in great detail in Revelation 17 and 19) has done everything in its power in the past (nearly) two thousand years to annihilate and obfuscate the TRUE ONENESS, APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
But Almighty God will NEVER lose track of the truth of the matter, and HE WILL SOON COME TO JUDGE!
“It is written.” It has been prophesied since before the facts occurred.
Ancient Bible prophecies foretold the rise of the abominable Trinitarian "Church."
Consider the prophetic message in NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S GREAT IMAGE of Daniel 2.
"As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass....Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image." Daniel 2:29
God gave the dream to Nebuchadnezzar. He saw a great statue of a man. It was bright, excellent and terrible, and foretold the sequence of coming world empires.
Its GOLDEN head represented the then-current BABYLONIAN Empire.
Its SILVER breast and arms represented the successor MEDO-PERSIAN Empire.
Its BRASS thighs prophesied of GREECE under Alexander the Great.
Its great IRON legs foretold the coming ROMAN Empire.
Its IRON and CLAY FEET depicted, over a thousand years in advance, the Holy Roman Empire – a religious and political empire inaugurated by the Roman Catholic Church.
But a stone – Jesus Christ – came to earth and crushed the empires.
Jesus Christ will come and crush all the empires of men, beginning with the Iron and Clay Feet, ultimately destroying all man-made empires, and establishing the divine Kingdom of Christ on earth for 1000 years.
"The stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and... brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold," Daniel 2:45
“And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken,” Daniel 2:41-42.
The stone struck and destroyed the iron and clay feet.
What do the iron and clay feet represent?
1. An empire with a dual nature: Religion & Politics, Church & State.
2. The politics of the defunct Roman Empire, revived under the careful manipulation of the Roman Catholic Church.
Why should we assume that the clay in this image symbolizes the Roman Catholic Church?
There are many reasons.
THE ROMAN EMPIRE FELL IN the year 476, but the Roman Catholic Church continued to exist.
Pope Leo III of the Roman Catholic Church crowned Charlemagne on Christmas Day, 800 AD in Rome, saying, “I crown you Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.”
In this single epic event, the collapsed Roman Empire came back to life, but was renamed “the Holy Roman Empire,” under the auspices and ultimate control of the Catholic Church.
With the anointing of the Roman Catholic Church, Charlemagne became, in effect, the founding Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Daniel called it the Iron and Clay Feet.
TRINITARIAN FORCES of the Iron and Clay kingdom affect our times very adversely.
Catholicism Is NOT Based On The Bible
The very foundation upon which the Roman Catholic Church was built is a blasphemous heresy twisted from Matthew 16:18-19. There, where Jesus said to Peter, "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
The Roman Catholic Church blasphemously claims that PETER, NOT CHRIST, is the Rock upon which the Church is built.
Furthermore, by the Roman Catholic doctrine of “Apostolic Succession,” each successive Pope becomes the Rock upon which the Church is built. Therefore, each POPE is an impostor of the ROCK JESUS CHRIST. That makes the POPE the ANTICHRIST! That also makes the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH not the chaste Bride of Christ, but a filthy, abominable whore.
The Roman Catholic Church is the "Great Whore" of Revelation 17-19.
Here is scriptural proof.
Revelations 17:1-4, 6
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration."
Scarlet and purple are the official colors of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinals wear Scarlet robes, and Archbishops wear Purple robes at official Church functions.
The gold, pearls and precious stones with which she is decked can be plainly seen at a typical event held at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The altar is decked with these ornaments. The golden cup can be seen in the hand of the Pope each time he conducts the Mass.
The Roman Catholic Church is the Great Whore and Mother of Harlots exactly as described in Revelation 17. If not, then who?
It is profoundly significant that the Bible clearly describes the very essence of the Roman Catholic Church HUNDREDS OF YEARS before it came into international power. The Bible unabashedly and unkindly, calls it "The Great Whore."
This terminology, "The Great Whore," stands in the very starkest contrast to other Biblical terminology for the TRUE Church, such as used by the Apostle Paul in his epistles. "I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ," 2 Corinthians 11:2.
So, the TRUE Church is "a chaste virgin" espoused to one husband.
The FALSE Church is "the great whore."
If you want to be a true Christian, you should be absolutely certain that your mother Church is NOT the great whore or one of its harlot, Trinitarian daughters. I cannot imagine why anyone would not want to know all the facts that prove the case one way or the other.
Is your Church the "chaste virgin espoused to one husband," or is it "the great whore?" Why would anyone want to be a part of, or DEFEND something that Almighty God calls a great whore?
If the Roman Catholic Church is the Biblical "chaste virgin," I WILL JOIN IT!
But if it is "the great whore," then the Bible already tells me what to do: "I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities," Revelation 18:4-5.
Nothing but the cold, hard facts really count in this matter. Ignorance or willful denial of the facts could definitely cost you your eternal soul.
Charles Spurgeon declared, "It is the bounden duty of every Christian to pray against Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is, no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the Popery in the Church of Rome, there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name. It wounds Christ, robs Christ of His glory, puts sacramental efficacy in the place of His atonement, and lifts a piece of bread in the place of the Savior. If we pray against it, because it is against Him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors; we shall love their souls though we loathe and detest their dogmas."
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the late pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, said, "The Roman Catholic Church is a counterfeit... of the worst and most diabolical kind... a form of Antichrist... to be rejected and denounced."
Read FOXE'S BOOK OF MARTYRS and see how many prominent and God-fearing men and women were brutally killed by the Roman Catholic Church.
The ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF 1962-1965 – also called Vatican II – was convened for the purpose of reconciling all the Harlot Daughters of the Roman Catholic Church back into the “Mother” Church.
WE MUST DO WHATEVER IS NECESSARY TO LOOSE OURSELVES FROM THE EFFECTS OF TRINITARIANISM and ROMAN CATHOLICISM.
THIS IS WAR.
In Isaiah, the prophet said, 'The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man. He shall cry, yea he shall roar, he shall prevail against his enemies."
We must declare ourselves as DOCTRINAL WARRIORS.
“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil,” I John 3:8.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:1-4.
When Cain attempted to force a doctrinally incorrect form of worship to God, God refused it. Meanwhile, when Abel offered a doctrinally correct offering, God accepted it.
God spoke to Cain. “If thou doest well, wilt thou not be accepted? But if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.”
Sin lies at your door if you persist in forcing God to accept a doctrinally erroneous form of worship upon Him.
I do not LIVE in the same spiritual world with Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Brian Houston, Rick Joyner, Joel Osteen, John Wimber, Mike Bickle, or even T.D. Jakes. I do not preach the same Gospel as Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Jimmy Swaggart, Charles and Andy Stanley, John Piper, Rob Bell, Erwin McManus, John Maxwell, or any of the other popular Trinitarian preachers who dominate the so-called Christian scene.
2 John 1:7-11 says,
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
After John saw a great revelation about the Great Whore, also called Mystery Babylon, there were seventeen specific clues revealed that confirm to us that the Great Whore is Mystery Babylon.
That revelation was followed by a stern warning:
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities," Revelation 18:4-5.
Paul said, in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
DO NOT BE BAMBOOZLED by the Trinitarian majority. When, in the history of the world, has the majority been right?
Just because Roman Catholicism has diabolically succeeded in supplanting the Truth of God for centuries, we are not obliged to believe its lies.
In 1 Kings 18, Elijah the Prophet thought that he was the only prophet left in Israel who still believed the Truth of God. He sent for King Ahab and commanded him to assemble all the FALSE PROPHETS on Mount Carmel.
450 prophets of Baal, along with 400 other idolatrous prophets, gathered to meet Elijah.
You probably know the story. Ultimately, the man of God called down fire from Heaven, and all the false prophets were destroyed.
In the end, God assured Elijah that He still had 7000 others in Israel who had never bowed their knees to Baal.
Refuse to be intimidated, even when the odds are 850:1 AGAINST you.
Jesus will be returning soon for the great and violent Battle of Armageddon, but BEFORE HE DOES, the Book of Revelation tells us repeatedly that the Roman Catholic Church (also known as “Mystery Babylon”) is going to be destroyed. The worst earthquake in the history of the world, followed by a great fire will leave the city of Rome uninhabited for the remainder of time.
Knowing the prophesied destiny of Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, should you not immediately disavow any and all association with it and its doctrines?
What should you do to make sure you are following the Truth? Here is the original message of the Apostles:
“Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call,” Acts 2:38-39.
Quit the unfounded, unbiblical Trinitarian religion.
Believe and teach the eternal One LORD Jesus Christ.
"God is a Spirit:
and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth,"
"Then said they unto him,
Where is thy Father?
...And He said unto them...
...if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins,"
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