John MacArthur Considers TD Jakes A Heretic

In his book The Truth War, popular pastor and author, John MacArthur has taken on what he considers several departures from “the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (his book is really a treatment of Jude 1-5 in light of what he considers contemporary challenges to the ancient faith).

In this book, he takes on not only the likes of McLaren but TD Jakes, even though he doesn’t mention him by name.  You see, TD Jakes is a Oneness Pentecostal and a best-selling author.  So after pointing out the heretical elements of Sabellianism from a historical perspective on pp. 100-102, MacArthur returns a few pages later with the following:

Sabellianism, for instance, has made a strong comeback.  The hallmark of “Oneness Pentecostalism” is a denial of the Trinity and a view of the Godhead that is indistinguishable from ancient Sabellianism.  Yet many—perhaps most—in the evangelical movement today are perfectly willing to ignore the lessons from Scripture and history, set aside the whole disagreement as something entirely nonessential, and embrace contemporary Sabellianism as a legitimate expression of authentic Christian faith.  For at least a decade now, evangelical best-seller lists have included a steady stream of works by authors and musicians who deny the doctrine of the Trinity. (p. 117)

Is One Pentecostalism really a denial of the Trinity?  Is it really a heresy?  Is TD Jakes really a heretic even though he writes and preaches about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

I need some clarity on this one.

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205 Responses to John MacArthur Considers TD Jakes A Heretic

  1. arm5 says:

    I disagree with Macarthur .I am a oneness pentecostal and I do believe the doctrine of the oneness pentcostals.Study it out for yourself don’t let some bestselling author tell you that it is wrong.

    • Allen says:

      Oneness pentecostalism is another gospel not only because they deny the teachings of scripture, it’s a different gospel because it ascribes sovereignty to man rather than to God alone. Pentecostalism in general limits the scope and power of the Holy Spirit.

    • JD says:

      I underscore and second this… what was Jesus’ STATEMENT, class!! Matt. 16:17, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matt. 11:25-30, “25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” By the way the text we are using, is found in the Word of God, not some extrabiblical reflection. The Word first, then references to assist. Not the other way around, class.

  2. Nick Norelli says:

    Yeah, what Stan said!

  3. tc robinson says:

    Guys, I need some explanation on this one. How exact must a person be on the Trinity?

  4. tc robinson says:

    Arm5, Do you mind telling us why TD Jakes is not a heretic for his view of the Trinity?

  5. TD Jakes denies the Trinity.

    CRI has an article that provides a little bit of information.

    There is also a followup article.

  6. Sorry I can’t help but interesting Google entry:

    TD Jakes: TD Jakes
    2008 T. D. Jakes, For ministry information, or to make a donation visit T. D. Jakes Ministries », For entertainment and empowerment …


  7. Nick Norelli says:

    TC: It’s not a matter of being “exact” on the Trinity, but rather in this situation it’s a matter of knowing what classical trinitarian theology espouses and denying it in favor of something else. T. D. Jakes knows better and chooses to reject the Trinity anyway. In fact, he doesn’t care that much. He says that his focus is on ministering to people and not trying to figure out the mysteries of the faith (my paraphrase). In his mind, it’s not all that important what one believes about God. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, what we believe about God makes the difference between true worship and idolatry. This stuff is important!

    The thing about Oneness Pentecostals is that even if they don’t know anything about the doctrine of the Trinity, they (should) know what it is they do believe, and what they do believe isn’t orthodox (i.e., that Jesus is both Father and Son).

  8. Nick Norelli says:

    Also, you might want to check out the posts in my Oneness Pentecostal category, here & here.

  9. arm5 says:

    To be honest with you We shouldn’t be judging T.d. Jakes on whether or not if he is a heretic. The reason why I don’t believe that he his a heretic is because first of the trinity is a false doctrine.

  10. Nick Norelli says:

    arm5: Actually, judging Jakes’ doctrine and declaring him a heretic is exactly what we should be doing. The apostle Paul said:

    And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. (Rom. 16:17-18, NLT)

    And the doctrine of the Trinity is far from false. It’s the disinctive Christian doctrine of God. I’d urge you to research it and turn from your own heretical beliefs.

  11. Blake says:

    I’m not interested in engaging in debate on this issue, but as some of you know I attend a Oneness Pentecostal Church. I find myself increasingly dissatisfied with the church’s doctrine, and more and more drawn to the Trinitarian description of God. However, my situation is an incredible struggle on several levels (the least of which is theologically related), and it would certainly mean a lot if you all would pray for me/my family/my friends… or the United Pentecostal Church in general, for that matter.

    I realize that some of you feel very strongly about this issue–as you should–but I encourage you to approach it full of compassion for these people (of which, at the moment, I am one of), and not simply a desire to “prove a heretic wrong.” Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying that you guys have that particular mindset; but a lot people come off that way.

    I also realize that Oneness believers often times come off the same way; but please, have patience when engaging in discussion with them. You have to understand that most Oneness believers were born into a Oneness church, have been taught Oneness doctrine all their life, and have probably never been properly exposed to Trinitarian theology. In most cases, it’s simply a presupposition–which, even in the face of legitimate criticism, is a very difficult thing to let go of.

    Anyways, sorry to ramble on here, but this is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart. The UPC is rife with people who sincerely desire to serve God, people who have an intense longing for truth–as misled as they may be. Pray for them, pray for me.

  12. tc robinson says:

    Nick, What do the Oneness folks build their position on? I find it interesting that Jakes is not willing to exert the mental energy to get it right. I guess for him it’s no big deal.

    Arm5, we’ll like to know why you consider the Trinity false?

    Blake, thanks for sharing. Yes, we are gentle around here on some issues.

    I know others are going to be praying about the situation. I believe we need to be patient with each other as we discuss these crucial doctrines.

  13. Damian says:


    Whilst oneness pentecostalism doesn’t have much of a presence in my country, it certainly seems like T.D. Jakes denies orthodox trinitarian doctrine from his statements and website.

    I’m interested in Nick’s answer to your question ‘What do oneness folks build their position on?’

    And more importantly, what should our reactions to heretical beliefs be? I would be inclined to attempt to educate them; this means we must know the correct doctrine extremely well. But I’d beware judging those who believe wrongly – often they simply believe what they’ve been taught.

    And where is the line between disagreement and heresy? Is it historical rejection of doctrine? It’s not heretical to believe premillennial eschatology nor amillennial eschatology, yet they are vastly different understandings of God’s word. How do we decide what is heresy and what is not?

    • Todd says:

      Perhaps T.D. Jakes is concerned that the word trinity is not found in the scriptures
      and as every informed Bible Student knows the trinitarian concept was a 3rd century construct foreign to the early Apostolic Church. Hmmm…the foundation for every doctrine on the godhead should be “Hear Oh Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord…”

  14. Richard says:


    Once again I find myself suggesting Robert Letham’s book: The Holy Trinity 🙂

  15. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:

    Classic Oneness doctrine can be classed as historic modalistic monarchianism, or in layman’s terms, the belief that God manifested himself in different modes at different times. 99% of Oneness doctrine statements read something like this: There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.. The Bible doesn’t teach three manifestations – it clearly teaches three, independent persons, united fully as one God.

    Oneness Pentecostalism is heresy on some many different levels. The most obvious one is the Godhead, but then there is the heresy of baptismal regeneration, the requirement that one must speak in tongues to be regenerate and in some Oneness circles, a very legalistic works-righteousness code of “do’s and don’ts”.

    It is a heresy and John MacArthur was write to call it out as such in The Truth War, a copy of which I just read I have read recently.

    • JD says:

      Dude, do some serious homework on the Revelation of Jesus Christ before you spew your eisegetical baloney, home E.

  16. Blake,
    Let me second Richard’s recommendation regarding The Holy Trinity.

    I recently purchased it via Nick’s site. I’ve only finished introduction (and what an introduction!) and first chapter but am confident in recommending it. It looks fantastic. Pleasant tone. Well documented. Thorough.

  17. Nick Norelli says:

    *Disclaimer: This is going to be a long one.*

    Blake: I understand your dillemma and I’d be happy to pray about it. I’m a Pentecostal of the Trinitarian variety but I know almost as many Oneness believers as I do Trinitarian, and I’ve been engaged in dialogue with members of the Oneness camp for just about as long as I’ve been saved. Many a prayer from my mouth has gone before God on their behalf.

    My desire when approaching this issue isn’t merely “proving a heretic wrong,” but rather defending the faith and presenting those who hold heretical beliefs with correctives to those beliefs. At the end of the day, I could care less about winning the debate, I’m more concerned with sowing seeds of truth (whether they take root immediately or not is not up to me).

    TC: At the heart of Oneness theology is “monotheism.” There’s an intense desire to preserve the “oneness of God” but to the detriment of preserving the distinctions in God. When speaking with Oneness believers you’ll find a lot of appeals to the Fourth Gospel (esp. Jo. 10:30; 14:9). They have no problem affirming the deity of Christ, but to admit that he’s a person distinct from the Father is tantamount to polytheism in Oneness thought.

    One of my major criticisms of Oneness Christology has always been that it devolves into Nestorianism (i.e. the belief that Jesus was two persons). The reason I say this is because they believe “the Father” to be the divine nature of Jesus, while “the Son” is the human nature. The problem is that in Scipture “the Father” and “the Son” interact with each other in a very personal manner. So while a Oneness believer would never affirm that Jesus is “two persons,” they’re Christology yields these results nonetheless.

    As far as Jakes goes, you’re right, for him it’s not a big deal. It’s like my post from the other day where I talked about how it bothers me that people try to play right action against right doctrine and act as if action is all that matters. T. D. Jakes does great things for his community, but so does Louis Farrakhan. So does Sun Yung Moon. The problem is that they aren’t feeding their people right beliefs, which would influence right action anyway.

    Damian: Indeed, they believe what they have been taught, but then again, who doesn’t? My question is how far do we take this idea of granting a “pass” for wrong beliefs? Does it extend to those of Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hindusim? Do Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses get the same leeway? How about Muslims? I believe that any rejection of the triune God in favor of something else is pure idolatry, plain and simple.

    As far as defining heresy is concerned, the beautiful thing about being part of an historic body of faith such as the Church of Jesus Christ, is that it’s already been defined for us. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Now in my opinion, the main reason that something was defined as heresy in the early Church was because it was an afront to God’s saving purposes. Theology/Christology was always connected to soteriology.

    Modalistic belief makes God’s saving purposes a sham. Jesus’ prayers to the Father on behalf of believers fell on def ears because Jesus was the Father. In effect, Modalism takes away the mediator between God and man. It’s also to say that Father didn’t really send his Son into the world to die for our sins. When Tertullian mocks Praxeas saying:

    By this Praxeas did a twofold service for the devil at Rome: he drove away prophecy, and he brought in heresy; he put to flight the Paraclete, and he crucified the Father. (Against Praxeas I)

    He’s effectively saying that the modalistic God died on the cross. But how can a God who dies save anyone unless we have some multi-personal understanding of him? With Arian belief, the problem was that the savior was thought to be a creature. But how can a creature in need of redemption redeem anyone?

    Douglas: You are correct concerning the other things that are wrong with Oneness Pentecostal belief. I’d highlight that all of these things are tied up with their theology proper. The Oneness belief that baptism is to be administered in Jesus’ name only was a catalyst for their denial of the Trinity and separation from the Assemblies of God. When comparing the baptismal texts in the book of Acts with Matthew 28:19 it was concluded that Jesus was the “name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Of course because those in Acts who were newly saved and filled with the Holy Spirit spoke in tongues, the early Oneness believers saw this as an evidence of their salvation, rather than as evidence of a subsequent baptism with the Holy Spirit as classical Pentecostalism maintained.

    Everyone: Let me third Richard and Stan’s recommendation of Letham’s book. It is the best book on the Trinity that I’ve ever read! I will say that it’s not for beginners, but if you have some foundation in the doctrine then definitely pick it up and give it a read!

  18. Thank you for your perspective Blake.

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  20. tc robinson says:

    And where is the line between disagreement and heresy? Is it historical rejection of doctrine? It’s not heretical to believe premillennial eschatology nor amillennial eschatology, yet they are vastly different understandings of God’s word. How do we decide what is heresy and what is not?

    Damian, I believe Scripture establishes what the heresies are. A rejection of the true nature of Christ is one of those (1 John-2 John).

    They have no problem affirming the deity of Christ, but to admit that he’s a person distinct from the Father is tantamount to polytheism in Oneness thought.

    So they need an education in the math department on the Trinity. Yes, I admire their effort at preserving monotheism, but it seems like on their own terms and not what Scripture reveals.

    As far as Jakes goes, you’re right, for him it’s not a big deal. It’s like my post from the other day where I talked about how it bothers me that people try to play right action against right doctrine and act as if action is all that matters. T. D. Jakes does great things for his community, but so does Louis Farrakhan. So does Sun Yung Moon. The problem is that they aren’t feeding their people right beliefs, which would influence right action anyway.

    I believe we get so caught in the “good” that these people do that we forget to question their belief system.

  21. tc robinson says:

    Damian, I just read Nick’s corresponding post, and I believe he answers the question of what we should consider a heresy. Check it out here!

  22. Martin says:

    Is One Pentecostalism really a denial of the Trinity? Is it really a heresy? Is TD Jakes really a heretic even though he writes and preaches about the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

    ==Yes, it is a denial of the Trinity. Technically TD Jakes believes in modalism. On the surface modalism “seems” to affirm the Trinity. However when one digs deep enough one sees that it is a denial of the Trinity. Most modalist believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to modalism there is only one God. This God is known as the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit at different points in Biblical history. Scholars would say that modalists believe that the “titles” or “names”, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are “successive revelations” of the one God. So, according to men like Jakes, there is only one God who is only one Person. Of course that differs from the Trinity. The Trinity is the idea that there is one God who is three, distinct, co-equal, and co-eternal persons. While the three persons of the Godhead are one God, they are three distinct persons. I believe the Trinity is clearly implied and taught in Scripture. Any direct denial of the Trinity is error. Modalism is error and anyone who holds to it is in error. Will modalists burn in hell for their error (is it heresy)? I don’t know, but I would not advise anyone to try to find out (if you get my drift).

    As for Jakes himself, I have never cared much for his unBiblical teachings and ministry. His modalism is just another one of his many errors.

    In Christ,

  23. tc robinson says:

    Martin, I believe most of us agree with your assessment of modalism and the heretical teaching of TD Jakes.

  24. Peter Kirk says:

    MacArthur wrote:

    For at least a decade now, evangelical best-seller lists have included a steady stream of works by authors and musicians who deny the doctrine of the Trinity.

    What works does he have in mind? Only those of Jakes and associates, explicitly Oneness Pentecostals? Or does he claim that some who consider themselves Trinitarian and evangelical deny the Trinity? If so, who?

  25. Martin says:

    What works does he have in mind? Only those of Jakes and associates, explicitly Oneness Pentecostals? Or does he claim that some who consider themselves Trinitarian and evangelical deny the Trinity? If so, who?

    ==He is referring to people who are on “evangelical best-seller lists” but who are not evangelical. TD Jakes is not the only modalist out there today. There are other people like him in the charismatic, tv-preacher, health and wealth movement. In the musical arena I think of people like Phillips Craig and Dean, and southern gospel singer Joel Hemphill who has written a book called “To God Be The Glory” in which he directly denies the Deity of Christ (etc). So he is a oneness teacher who is worse than a modalist. I have exchanged e-mails with Mr. Hemphill and I assure you he is very much hostile towards those who teach the Biblical doctrine of the Trinity. People like Hemphill, Phillips Craig and Dean, TD Jakes, and others are very popular among certain groups of evangelicals. They are spreading their teachings in the church. That, my friend, is very dangerous.

    I don’t know if modalists go to hell but I do believe that those who deny the Deity of our Lord do. This, as I am sure everyone here agrees, is a very serious issue.

    With the internet, tv, and radio the following statement is more true than ever before:

    “test the spirits to see whether they are from God” -1Jn 4:1


  26. Blake says:

    The only major musician I know of who’s Oneness is Jonny Lang.

    Is anyone familiar with Greg Boyd’s book, Oneness Pentecostals And The Trinity? I’m particularly interested in it, since he came from a Oneness background… but I haven’t heard much about it.

    Oh, and thanks for the recs guys. I’ll be sure and check out The Holy Trinity.

  27. tc robinson says:

    Peter, I believe Martin has answered your questions.

    Martin, thanks for the info.

    Blake, I’m not up on that work. I’m just starting to read Boyd.

  28. Peter Kirk says:

    Thanks, Martin and Blake. Well, I’m glad that the only named best-selling author on the list is Jakes himself – unless you are suggesting that Hemphill’s book is a best seller among evangelicals which is unlikely. But which other “people like him in the charismatic, tv-preacher, health and wealth movement” are you suggesting are modalists, and do you have any proof of this? I don’t care too much about the theology of musicians if their lyrics are not heretical.

  29. Nick Norelli says:

    Peter: There’s also best selling author (of The God Chasers; Hadassah: One Night With the King) Tommy Tenney. After reading his statement of faith which says:

    God There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    I contacted him a few years ago to clear up any confusion about his possibly being a modalist and was met with the reply that he “refuses to debate doctrine.” But Tenney’s involvement with the UPCI is well documented, and if memory serves correctly, I believe his father is still a pastor in the movement.

    To the list I’d add the popular TBN preacher Bishop Noel Jones, as well as Juanita Bynum, and her ex-husband Thomas Weeks, III who was ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World which is “one of the oldest interracial Oneness penetecostal organizations.” (The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002], 965.)

  30. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:

    Yup, the poison of the Oneness movement is all over the Christian world. BTW Nick, don’t forget Phillips, Craig and Dean – the musicians…

  31. Peter Kirk says:

    Perhaps, Douglas, it would be more accurate to say that this “poison” is “all over the Christian USA”. Here in the UK I have not heard of any of the names mentioned, except for a little about Jakes, and of course Boyd who doesn’t seem to hold this doctrine.

  32. Peter Kirk says:

    By the way, Douglas, I am aware that you are British, and from not far from me in Hackney (I am in Chelmsford). I don’t know where you have come across these authors, but not I think in regular Christian bookshops, although perhaps in the somewhat separate black Pentecostal circles in London, some of which may lean towards Oneness theology.

  33. Martin says:

    “I’m glad that the only named best-selling author on the list is Jakes himself – unless you are suggesting that Hemphill’s book is a best seller among evangelicals which is unlikely.”

    ==O, no. Hemphill’s book is far from a best seller (lets be thankful). However I am concerned that he does have a “built in” audience in some parts of the south because of his music. I had heard of his music before I had heard of his book. So while he is not “famous” he does carry some influence, mainly in southern gospel circles.

    “But which other “people like him in the charismatic, tv-preacher, health and wealth movement” are you suggesting are modalists, and do you have any proof of this?”

    ==One of the problems with many of these people is that they don’t come out and state their theology. Any statement of faith on their website is generic and they rarely say what college/seminary they attended or what denomination they are a part of. They just pop up on TBN and a few months later they are famous. In order to know which ones deny the Trinity, as Jesus only oneness or as modalists, you have to research them carefully.

    Tommy Tenney, popular author, preacher, and movie producer with TBN, has a UPC (oneness) background and is a modalist himself. On his website called “godchasers” his statement of faith says: “There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. That is classical modalist language. On the surface it looks like a Trinity affirming statement. However look at it carefully. It does NOT affirm that there is one God who is three eternal, co-equal, but distinct persons. It says that there is one God who has manifested Himself in three different ways. That is modalism.

    Juanita Bynum, popular TBN preacher and singer, is another. However she has maintained something of a low profile since her divorce and her website contains nothing but contact information. So it is difficult to get a clear understanding on her doctrine. However he fifteen minutes of fame were given to her by the famous modalist himself, TD Jakes.

    There are others, but I don’t want to write a book on TC’s blog. Just look some of the famous TBN type folks up. Look at their statement of faith, IF one is provided, and read it carefully. You might be surprised at some of the people that TBN is allowing on its airwaves (and Christian bookstores allowing on their shelves).

    In Christ,

  34. Martin says:

    My post only mirrors what Nick had already said. Sorry for repeating what had already been said, I did not read all the replies before responding to Peter’s question. Let’s just say I AMEN what Nick has said.

    Sorry Nick and TC!


  35. Nick Norelli says:

    Douglas: Yes, Phillips, Craig, and Dean are also Oneness Pentecostals. I believe Martin mentioned that earlier. I’ve never been a fan of their music so I wasn’t too affected by the discovery.

    Martin: No worries. Reinforcement never hurts. 🙂

    Peter: I suspect that many people in the UK know these names quite well, because TBN has a large audience all over the globe. If you have DirecTV then just flip to TBN sometime (it’s channel 372 here) and it won’t take very long to run across some of these folks.

    And I don’t frequent Christian bookshops very often (I opt for cheaper online sellers), but those that I have been in have all had books written by Jakes, Tenney, Jones, and Bynum. I’d imagine that they sell well enough to keep stocking them, but then again I don’t know how well they sell in your neck of the woods.

  36. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:


    If you go to CLC Bookshop in Holborn (where until recently I did most of my book buying), these authors are there in force – Jakes has several books, as does Tenney and the CD section still has the music of Phillips, Craig and Dean.

    Let’s not forget the Trash Bin Network (TBN) which funnels this sewage into homes all over England via Sky Digital.

  37. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:


    Anyone with the money can get on TBN. Even D. James Kennedy, the famous Presbyterian preacher, and Ray Comfort (of WOTM fame) are on there – hence why it cannot be considered a legitimate Christian station.

  38. Peter Kirk says:

    If I want to watch American preachers on TV I find God TV the lesser of the evils.

  39. tc robinson says:

    TBN is really not about correct doctrine. Just saying the name of Jesus is enough. Now that’s my observation over the years.

    Douglas, I don’t know. I’ve seen Ravi Zacharias there as well. Yes, and I have seen the late D. James Kennedy hosting as well. Good observation.

    Martin, no worries. It’s your fingers at the keyboard, not mine. 🙂

    Peter, I still need to get into GodTube. I’ll have to check it out.

  40. Nick Norelli says:

    There are plenty of good preachers with shows on TBN, but there are plenty of not so good ones as well. Like my pastor told me long ago, eat the meat and spit the bones out.

  41. tc robinson says:

    Nick, outside of Charismatic Pentecostals, I believe the rest of us have some problems with TBN. And I think they’re legitimate.

  42. Martin says:

    “Anyone with the money can get on TBN. Even D. James Kennedy, the famous Presbyterian preacher, and Ray Comfort (of WOTM fame) are on there – hence why it cannot be considered a legitimate Christian station.”

    ==What was wrong with D. James Kennedy in your opinion? I would say that TBN “cannot be considered a legitimate Christian station” because of Paul & Jan Crouch, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Rod Parsley, and the rest of the false teacher parade.


  43. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:


    I loved D. James Kennedy…just not TBN and I believe he damaged his reputation by being on there, as does Ray Comfort.

  44. Nick Norelli says:

    TC: Plenty of Charismatic/Pentecostals have legitimate problems with TBN as well (me being one of them), but my point is that not all of the ministers who buy time on the network are heretics. There’s some good stuff amidst the bad. You just need to sift through it.

    Douglas: Kennedy’s reputation wasn’t hurt. He also bought time on secular television networks; that didn’t hurt him either. I know a great many people who didn’t like what they perceived to be his fundamentalism, but that’s another issue.

    But anyone who is going to judge D. James Kennedy (or any other preacher) for wanting to get their message to as large an audience as possible is simply stupid in my opinion. Seeing as how everyone* thinks that TBN is so bad and its viewers so lost, wouldn’t it make sense for the good preachers to appear on their airwaves and preach the truth? Jesus said that healthy people don’t need doctors, sick people do. (Mat. 9:12)

    *hyperbolic use of “everyone”*

  45. tc robinson says:

    Doug, Is that the learned Ray Comfort or someone else?

    Nick, I got you. So where would someone like Jentzen be?

    But anyone who is going to judge D. James Kennedy (or any other preacher) for wanting to get their message to as large an audience as possible is simply stupid in my opinion. Seeing as how everyone* thinks that TBN is so bad and its viewers so lost, wouldn’t it make sense for the good preachers to appear on their airwaves and preach the truth? Jesus said that healthy people don’t need doctors, sick people do. (Mat. 9:12)

    I’m with you. Well put.

  46. I would consider watching the apostle Paul on TBN.

    Short of that…

  47. Nick Norelli says:

    TC: Yes, I’d include Jentezen Franklin (COG) among the good Pentecostal preachers on TBN. With him I’d include Perry Stone (COG); Jack Hayford (Foursquare); and the late G. E. Patterson (COGIC). Baptists of note are Charles Stanley (who I can’t stand but people seem to love); David Jeremiah; and James Robison. And let’s not forget that TBN regularly broadcast old Billy Graham crusades. Other denominations represented by good preachers are Presbyterians by the aforementioned late D. James Kennedy, and Anglicans by Michael Youseff. So like I said, there are some good preachers on TBN, you just have to look for them. It’s not all Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn, ya know?

  48. tc robinson says:

    Stan, I watch that Paul movie and then went out and go it on sale. Guess where?

    Nick, yes to most of the names you threw out: Hayford, Stanley, Jeremiah, Robison, Kennedy.

    I have mixed feelings about Graham for some reason. Maybe his easy-believism approach. I don’t know much about Stone and the late Patterson.

    Youseff seems quite solid.

  49. Martin says:

    “I loved D. James Kennedy…just not TBN and I believe he damaged his reputation by being on there, as does Ray Comfort.”


    I agree 100%. I had to ask though because I as not sure where you were going in your comment.


  50. Nick Norelli says:

    TC: Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of any of the Baptists mentioned, but I recognize that a lot of people are and consider their teaching to be quite sound (although Robison doesn’t teach much). G. E. Patterson was a genuine joy to listen to. I’d put him in my homiletical top 10. And Perry Stone is just an all around great guy; he sent me like 16 free books when I was newly saved (!), but I really value his character and the balance he exhibits in his ministry. Youseff has some great credentials, but I just like listening to him.

    Martin & Douglas: Which do you think damaged Kennedy’s reputation more: (1) Broadcasting his show on TBN, or (2) Perpetuating the nonsensical claim that Darwinism led to the Holocaust? This is a serious question by the way.

  51. Martin says:


    Many things lead to the Holocaust. So for anyone to say that this one thing, be it Darwinism or anything else, lead to the Holocaust is nonsense.

    As for D James Kennedy himself, I think he left us with a mixed reputation. Generally his preaching was very good. He was at his best when he stood behind the holy desk and explained God’s Word to God’s people. His understanding of American history was a bit too idealistic. I think he had been heavily influenced by David Barton and to some degree Parson Weems. Kennedy wanted to believe that most of the founders were true Christians. What he failed to understand was that things might not have been that simple. Going to church, talking about God (or Providence), quoting the Bible, and things like that does not make one a Christian (in the 18th or 21st century). A perfect example of this is how Dr. Kennedy dealt with Thomas Jefferson. In his booklet “What They Believed” he said the following:

    “I do not believe we can say Jefferson was a genuine Christian, in the sense of one who has been transformed by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit and who trusts in the death of Jesus Christ for his salvation. Like millions of church members today, and like you, perhpas, he had never gotten beyond seeing in Christianity anything other than a code of ethics…Jefferson lacked the new birth, but even as a nominal Christian…” -pgs 42-43

    If one could get in a time machine and go back and ask Thomas Jefferson if he was a Christian he would no doubt have said “yes”. In fact he believed he was a true Christian. Why? Because he did not believe in what he thought were the “myths” of the Bible (miracles, resurrection, Divinity of Christ, etc). Jefferson was a heretic. Not a nominal Christian. What Dr. Kennedy said above may have applied to George Washington or maybe even to James Madison but it could not be truthfully applied to Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson was more than just a lost but church going nominal Christian. He was a theological heretic who rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and many of the historical works of God found in Scripture.

    I think that is just one example of how Dr. Kennedy misunderstood American history.

    So he left us with a mixed reputation. On the good was his exposition of the Word of God. On the bad was his appearing on TBN and some of his misunderstandings of history.

    Sorry for the length of this post.

    In Christ,

  52. Kerry says:

    Great blog and really good comments made. I like Ray Comfort. Personally I do not like the majority of the British religious television networks, or the American ones that show over here such as TBN; but I think the likes of Ray Comfort only want to use the available mediums to share the truth of God’s word. I think if more Biblically sound preachers started airing more on those networks then maybe it would take the place of heretics such as TD Jakes. However I do get your points, if they are showing on the same network as a heretic like Jakes, it can appear that they are giving their stamp of approval to the unbiblical shows being aired on that network. Yet I doubt this is their intention. Blessings!

  53. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:


    I had no idea he said such a thing. In that case, BOTH ruined his rep…

  54. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:


    THE Ray Comfort, who keeps hanging with heretics (TBN are WoF adherents, and the WoF is a heretical subsect of Pentecostalism – not to mention that he spoke at a conference with Robb Thompson, friend of Mike Murdoch, the pulpit pimp and liar, and John Avanzini, who is a false prosperity preacher). It is stuff like that which affirms my belief not to be a “fan” of any ministry.

  55. Kerry says:

    Douglas K,
    In response, not sure you have listened to the Way of the master radio station, of which Ray Comfort is a co- founder, but that station is consistantly rebuking and openly debating false doctrine and false movements that have entered Christianity such as the W of F etc. They even go as far as mentioning names. It was via this station that I learned that the likes of TD Jakes are actually heretical in doctrine. So to say Ray Comfort is the equivalent of those that you have mentioned, would be a tad far-fetched, as most of their (way of the master) ministry is spent debunking false doctrine. I agree that we should not simply respect a ministry for the sake of the individual; but I also believe that it is good that God has reserved for Himself sound teachers who can help edify His body and stand against error, to warn His sheep from the deception that “preachers” like Jakes would try to impute in the church .

  56. tc robinson says:

    Douglas, I really don’t know much about Ray Comfort except that I’ve seen his name on a few books.

    Kerry, thanks for stopping by and liking my blog. 😉

  57. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:

    I have WOTM Radio in my iTunes. I am grateful for the ministry of Way of the Master, however I still believe that WOTM Radio should call Comfort to bear for hanging with heretics to the point where Robb Thompson calls him his “good friend”

  58. Peter Kirk says:

    Jesus was called “friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34). Is it wrong for us to be called friends of heretics?

  59. James says:

    John McArthur doesn’t go nearly far enough in his criticism.
    ALL pentecostals are heretics, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to the ‘oneness’ heresy. They are the very definition of hyper-Arminian, works-based salvation and self glorification. The typical charismatic/pentecostal is notorious for having an ungodly, boastful and arrogant personality, a wholehearted contempt for pure, Biblical doctrine and a blind willingness to exalt every special ‘revelation’ they hear from some spirit (certainly not God’s Holy Spirit) over and against clear scriptural teaching.
    To put it simply – you CANNOT be a pentecostal and a genuinely saved Christian at the same time.
    Sorry, but the truth hurts.

    • Brenda says:

      YOU are ridiculous and your comment shows you are not a genuine christian. You do not know the first thing about “pentecostals”. Anyone who would spout off like that who obviously knows nothing about what they are saying is not a wise person. I feel sorry for you.

  60. James,
    …you CANNOT be a pentecostal and a genuinely saved Christian at the same time.

    I don’t know who you are, but you have lost your mind. You have exalted yourself to the position of God.

    Have you read 1 Corinthians?

    If so, read it again. Paul didn’t accuse the Corinthians (who were apparently having issues with spiritual gifts) of being lost. He showed them a more excellent way.

  61. tc robinson says:

    Stan, thanks for picking up on that one.

    James, needs to clarify himself. Come on, James! You know better than that.

  62. Douglas K. Adu-Boahen says:


    Take 5 because that is not right. I am an ex-Pentecostal and very happily so, but it doesn’t mean they are unsaved.

  63. stuart says:

    1 Corinthians is an excellent place to look for evaluating James’ comments.

    Note how Paul refers to the Corinthians in 1:2-9 . . . that is a far cry from telling the Corinthians they heretics.

    I’ll admit he does have some harsh things to say to them, and in 2 Corinthians 13:5 he even encourages them to examine themselves to see whether they are in the faith . . . but he did not say they were heretics or that they were not “genuinely saved Christians” (however that may be defined).

  64. stuart says:

    sorry . . . 2 Corinthians not 12 (I’m not using the Lost Books Study Bible). 😉

  65. Mark says:

    I had a video made by T.D. Jakes where he accidently started the congregation singing “Holy, Holy, Holy.” When he got to the stanza “God in three persons” he clammed up and wouldn’t say the words. He looked embarrassed and uptight. Personally, I enjoy his preaching and his style of delivery. But it bothers me that he can be so analytical on other Bible issues and yet not take the time of day to get this issue right. Oneness people argue that “Father” “Son” and “Holy Spirit” are just three different titles for Jesus. Yet when Jesus tells the people he did not send himself but was sent–what do they do with that? It’s a very slippery subject because we are talking about intangibles and also because of emotional biases people have about what they believe about reality. Because of this, on the surface Trinitarians and Oneness people seem to have only superficial differences between themselves. But once one looks deeper, then one realizes that we Trinitarians believe God is an intra-psychic unity of three eternal alter egos and the Oneness believe God is not a unity but actually an eternal singularity of an ego alone.

  66. tc robinson says:

    Mark, he’s a great speaker. There’s no doubt about that. But yes, some questionable theology.

  67. Maurice says:

    I find it disturbing that we still fall into the trap of the enemy. Fighting, bickering and condemning one another over who God is. God is God. When Moses asked He said, “I AM THAT I AM”. That should settle it. But we still feel we have to subject the person/s of God to human scrutiny. As if that were possible.
    If we survive these endless squabbles to arrive at Jesus’ judgment seat, the question will be to what extent we obeyed His commandment of love not whether we subscribe to the oneness or trinitarian doctrine.
    For we know in part… we see through a glass darkly (1 Cor13:9,12), till we all come to the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God…that we henceforth be no more tossed about by every wind of doctrine (Eph 4:13,14)… The wind is not just the doctrines themselves but the arguments and contentions that follow in their wake. Take heed lest you fall!

  68. Shamata says:

    There is such a sense of liberation in oneness pentecostal churches that I did not find in other. I am happy for my trinitarian friends but they are so confused about who they worship…….GOD IS GOD!! We can’t break him down, scrutizine the Almighty with our carnalities, instead of being full of accusations, LET US WALK IN LOVE, FOR GOD IS LOVE! We may all see GOD differently, get to Him differently, but He is still the SAME GOD! HE WILL THE THE JUDGE ON THE GREAT DAY OF JUDGEMENT…..ONE THING I KNOW THAT He is a JEALOUS GOD! HE IS THE ONE GOD! He Himself said in His Word that He knew not one (another God!). WHICHEVER WAY YOU GOT YOUR SALVATION, KEEP WORKING AT IT…..WALK IN LOVE!….WE JUST MIGHT GET TO HEAVEN!!




  69. simpletruth22 says:

    TD Jakes and many like him are heretics…not because I call them that but because he refuses to teach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Titus 3:10. What is going on with TD Jakes and many like him is what has already been discribed in 2Timothy 4:3. Our society has come to a place where church and the use of the Name of Jesus Christ are considered big businesses. People don’t want to hear the true Word of God so they gather false preachers like TD Jakes unto themselves…preachers who will not tell them that they need to turn from sin, but merely pacify their worldly desires and talk about how much favor and blessings God wants you to have. It is a heresy. And for those who are following Jakes and the like, I beseech or strongly urge you to go back to Bible basics. TD Jakes has been heard and seen on many television broadcasts denying the trinity in the false messages they preach.

    Consider this, 2Timothy 3:5 states that these people have a “form of godliness” which means that many heretics like Jakes may have the signs and wonders but the Bible clearly tells us to depart from them.

    2 Corinthians 11:14-And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

    Now I know that my comments to this forum will not be popular and I’m okay with that. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not popular in our society; for there are many who will defend false teachers but will not defend the Bible. I’m here to give those of you who follow TD Jakes and others like him, something to consider or to think about.

  70. Corey says:

    Could anyone tell me where in the bible does the word trinity appear? Can anyone tell me where the word even came from? Please don’t call someone a heritic if you don’t even know the history of what you believe.

    The doctrine of the trinity is not found in scripture whatsoever. It was invented by 2 church counsels. The Counsel of Chalcedon and Nicea. The apostles believed that there was one God and Jesus was that God.

    Let’s not talk about what men say, but what the word of God says. If someone can show me where the doctrine of the Trinity is biblical…now that would be a discussion.

  71. Richard says:

    Corey, the Church Councils you are refering to were exactly that, Church Councils led by the Spirit of God and are therefore authoritative. Furthermore, their setting forth of the doctrine of the Trinity was founded squarely upon the Scriptures.

    The argument that the doctrine of the Trinity is unbiblical because the word ‘Trinity’ cannot be found in the Bible is juvenile. The Church believes in many biblical concepts which have had theological terms given to them.

    The method you are using is an unhealthy form of biblicism.

  72. Corey says:

    I’m interested in the truth. John 17:17 says that the word of God is truth. We should be interested in what the scripture teaches before we look to church counsels.

    The Old Testament describes God as One…Duet 6:4. Is. emphatically declares I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

    Isaiah 44:6
    Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
    That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

    The Old Test. is clear…this is strong language. I Tim 3:16 says that God was manifested in flesh. I John 3:16 says that God laid down his life for us. Not a different person, but God.

    I’m not wanting to have a “juvenile” argument. I’m interested in what scripture says.

  73. Nick Norelli says:

    Corey: Sure, the word “Trinity” was coined by Theophilus of Antioch and. And perhaps some of us call people heretics because we do know the history of what we believe. Historically such beliefs have been considered heretical (before even the councils you speak of).

    Just to clear up some misinformation, the doctrine of the Trinity was not invented by two Church councils. The first council of Nicaea was convened to settle the dispute over the Son’s relationship to the Father. The Arian position was that the Son was not eternally the Son of the Father because he was a created being and therefore of a different substance than the Father. The pro-Nicene position was that the Son has always been the Son of the Father from all eternity and therefore was of the same substance as the Father. The doctrine of the Trinity was not the issue.

    The issue at the council of Chalcedon was over the two natures of Christ. The heresies that took center stage were Nestorianism and Eutychianism. One saw the two natures as two persons and the other denied two natures after the incarnation. So the issue wasn’t over a Trinitarian controversy but rather over a Christological controversy.

    Finally, you must really not understand the doctrine of the Trinity because you speak as if Trinitarians deny either (1) that there is one God, or (2) that Jesus is God. Trinitarians affirm both but they’re the only ones who can actually make sense of those two propositions.

  74. Corey says:

    I’m am very aware of what the councils were about. Saint Athanasius, who was a participant in the Council, stated that the bishops were forced to use this terminology, which is not found in Scripture, because the Biblical phrases that they would have preferred to use were claimed by the Arians to be capable of being interpreted in what the bishops considered to be a heretical sense.[31] They therefore “commandeered the non-scriptural[32] term homoousios (‘of one substance’) in order to safeguard the essential relation of the Son to the Father that had been denied by Arius.”[33]

    But again, no biblical argument…someone out there please show me in scripture where the doctrine of the trinity came from. I want to know truth and John 17:17 says that the word of God is truth. That alone is what I want to base my believes on.

  75. Corey says:

    Furthermore…I do understand what is the trinity doctrine states…God is one but he exist in three co-equal, co-eternal, co-existant persons.

    Can somebody please explain how 1=3? that doesn’t make sense. Terms such as God the son, God the Holy Ghost, eternal begotten are not used in scripture. What col 2:9 states that ALL the fulness of the Godhead bodily is in Jesus. please post my comments this time… thank you

  76. Nick Norelli says:

    Corey: If you are aware of the issues discussed at the councils you named why did you say that the doctrine of the Trinity was “invented by 2 church counsels. The Counsel of Chalcedon and Nicea.”? This simply wasn’t the case. And while I’m glad that you’ve come across the Wikipedia article on the Trinity, that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence that you know what you’re talking about. Out of curiosity, did you bother to check the footnotes? Footnotes #32 which was part of what you cut and pasted above says:

    “The bishops were forced to use ‘non-Scriptural’ terminology (not ‘un-Scriptural’) to protect and preserve the Scriptural meaning”

    The problem was that both groups were using the same language (i.e. the language found in Scripture) to say different things. The solution was to go beyond the language that was found in Scripture to clarify what Scripture actually said, hence Richard’s objection of your argument as “juvenile” is fitting. You are insisting on the use of language that is being used by two different groups to say two different things as if an agreement could be reached that way.

    And to answer your question, no, I can’t explain how God is one and three any more than you can explain how God is one. I don’t know how God is what he is. I can explain that there is no contradiction in the oneness and threeness of God because the ‘one’ has reference to the being/nature/substance of God and the ‘three’ has reference to the persons. Some people like to explain it as one “what” and three “whos.” So it makes sense regardless of whether or not you want it to.

    Also, concerning your use of Scripture, I’d point out that (1) all of the passages you cite are compatible with Trinitarianism, and (2) they might not say what you think they say, e.g., 1Tim. 3:16 probably didn’t originally say “God was manifest in the flesh” but rather “He was manifest in the flesh.” There’s a significant textual variant there. Likewise, “alone” is the preferable translation to “one” in Deut. 6:4. The context suggests that Yahweh is Israel’s God “alone.” And I’m sorry, but 1John 3:16 doesn’t say that “God” laid down his life for us. This isn’t to say that Jesus isn’t God, but you can’t make the verse say what you want it to say.

  77. Richard says:


    I find it somewhat ironic that you repudiate the ancient creeds and yet you base your own argument upon two of the most ancient creeds there are; both Deut. 6:4 and 1 Tim. 3:16 are historic Creeds, the first of Israel and the second of the Church. 😉

    As Nick is far more up on the issue of the trinity I will let him deal with your questions.

  78. Richard says:

    Oh, and check out Nick chapters here.

  79. Jeanne says:

    Glad I happened upon your website (probably with God’s help I’m sure). How might I go about adding my name for a newsletter subscription? Thanks.

  80. Jeanne says:

    P.S. We need to pray earnestly for Jakes (I’ve yet to hear him say publicly, or even on video, what his perspective is on the Trinity.), Joel Osteen, and other pastor, doctors, and others of the faith who’ve lost their way that hopefully and prayerfully, they’ll be restored to the faith before the Lord returns for the church. I’ve begun to wonder just have grieved God/Jesus are with what’s going on not only in the world, but in Christiandom as a whole. God have mercy on and help us all.

  81. For anyone who struggles to understand how to discern between what is heresy and what is truth I would recommend Albert Mohlers assesment on this issue. You can find the full article on but for now let me summarise it here.

    He explains that there is a need for Christians of today to adopt a thelogical triage system in relation to discerning what is true and what is false with regards to teaching and doctrine. A triage system is basically something of an heirarchial prioritisation of beliefs or situations. It is used in Hospital Emergency rooms to help deal with the great numbers of patients who come through the swinging doors each day. Essentially, the triage system is used to save lives. There are 1st order, 2nd order and 3rd order issues.

    In the medical profession, 1st order issues are patients who are critical and need attention immediately or there lives are at risk. 2nd orders are fairl bad injuries but can wait as they are not life-threatening and finally 3rd order issues are patients, like me, who have sprained their ankle playing football (or soccer as the Yanks call it).

    In Christianity this triage system can explained as the following;

    1st order issues- the trinity, the fully deity and full humanity of Jesus Christ (hypostatic union), penal substitution, the resurrection, literal heaven and hell and final judgement, authority, suffiency and infallibility of the Scripture etc (cant think if ive missed something out here)

    If anyone/any church denies these beliefs they are heretical and are not to be deemed Christian or be invited into fellowship for they go against the clear teaching of the Bible and they refute 2,00 years of historical Christiantiy. A denial of such beliefs leaves ones salvation questionable and a denial of the scriptures means we have no foundation of original truth to stand upon.

    2nd order issues- Baptism (childhood and believers baptism), prophecy, tongues, gifts (cessationism and contuationism) , church services, worship etc

    These issues are secondary and whilst still important do not affect salvation. However, the likelihood is that the disagreements will mean it is better for us to not do church together every week, but we can still have fellowship together in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and we are brothers and sisters in Christ. (eg Baptists and Presbyterians, Pentecostals and Anglicans)

    3rd Order- Eschatolgical differences (amillenianism/premillenianism), 2nd coming etc.

    We may disagree on these but really they are not to cause divisions as none of us can claim to know this. Thus it is foolish to fall out over such issues. We should continue on in fellowship with one another

    Hopefully this will prove helpful, but as always get to the Bible and examine the Scriptures for yourself. The main problem today is that Christians are Christians but dont’read the Bible. We think it’s more important to throw our hands up in the air once a week and sing songs than it is to examine the Scriptures to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be like the Bereans in Acts 7:11, be noble and examine the Scriptures and through increased knowledge of the Bible false teaching and heresies will become clear.

    All the best


  82. 2,000 years of Christianity not 200!!!!

  83. Nick Norelli says:

    reformed pilgrim: So basically Southern Baptist beliefs are orthodox and anything else is heresy, right? 😉

  84. TommyTenz says:

    Whooo Hoooo,

    Its nice to c some theological debating going on round here.

    Blake, yes!!! I am praying for u brother, u and yor family. Boys of the trinitarian faith, i commend u for your hard work and effort in helping this guy see the truth.

    Damian, we do have to be very careful on what we call heretical.

    BUT COREY!!! NOT GOOD MAN. Wheres the word eschatology in the bible? wheres the word Soteriology in the bible? Those words arn’t there either. but i assure you they are very biblical
    Let me shine some light for U, JESUS WAS WITH GOD< AND JESUS WAS GOD…Read John chapter 1 its there.
    God says He’s the ONE and ONLY TRUE God, there were none before Him, and there will be none after Him Isaiah 43:10…then how can Jesus be God? Hmmmm

    2)Lets bring the Holy Spirit into this. In, again, John, Jesus says He’s leaving, He’s going to the cross, this is what He tells his disciples before He goes, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him” JOHN 14:16

    There are two words for another in the Greek, 1 ‘heteros’ which means another that is different. 2 ‘allos’ is the one thats being used here. It means the exact same. If i gave you my bible, and i asked you for ‘allos’ biblia, you would have to give me another bible that is the exact same as mine, same version, same name on the lower right hand corner, same notes i have written, and the same little tares in it that my Pastor’s cat coalys made about a year ago. Does it make sense,

    Jesus promised to send One who was the same as Him, hence the Holy Spirit dwells in us, yet “it is not i who live but Christ who lives in me” GAL 2:20

    I hope that helps you “find” where the trinity is in the Bible.

    Grace and Peace,
    in HIS grip- tommy

  85. Nick,

    “So basically Southern Baptist beliefs are orthodox and anything else is heresy, right?”

    Absolutely. As soon as we SBCers can figure out exactly what our beliefs are and agree upon them. 😉

  86. In the various discussions, it is surprising that no one bothered to mention that Jesus defined God for us, when he agreed with a professional theologian, a scribe, that the really important command is “listen Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord” (Mark 12:29). One Lord does not mean two or three Lords! Jesus as the founder of our Christian faith was a Jew, and as we ought to know, Jews had no Trinity in their system. Ps. 110:1 was the text Jesus used to stump all opposition (Matt. 22, Mark 12, Luke 20). That text defines the lord Messiah as David’s lord. The Hebrew word ADONI, my lord, is never a reference to Deity but always to a non-Deity superior. That is who Jesus is according to Jesus own proof text. Peter knew this well and makes the same point in Acts 2:34-36. Jesus was clearly a unitarian believer in the One God. Jesus quoted that unitarian creed (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29). That is really quite easily grasped. We should all be following Jesus and that means returning to his doctrine of God.

  87. tc robinson says:

    Stan, Why did you say that?

  88. troll – code word for spam.

  89. Nick Norelli says:

    No, Anthony is no spammer. He’s an actual Unitarian of the Socinian variety. Of course he’s wrong that Jesus was a Unitarian or that Deuteronomy 6:4 constitutes any kind of unitarian creed (it’s not an ontological statement about Yahweh but rather a statement that Yahweh ALONE [= echad] is Israel’s God), but his comment isn’t spam. It’s amazing that he can refer to Acts 2:34-36 as teaching his brand of Unitarianism when it comes in the midst of a Trinitarian proclamation of the Gospel!

  90. Shaun says:

    Who is John MacArthur and why should I give him any more credence than any other speck of dust on earth? I am always troubled when I see the back and forth dialogues such as the ones on this page. Most people that posted have a strong opinion and most are adament that they are right. Now tell me, how can everyone here that disagrees all be right? I believe the problem with much of this is that there countless persons seeking to learn and know more about Christ. Many use the internet to begin their search. If I was not a Christian and ran across this page, I would be very discouraged and maybe believe all the stereotypes I hear about Christians. It doesn’t matter whether I agree with you or not. The point is to share Christ and be a fisher of men. Please be mindful that if this page is the first Jesus someone sees, it may be their last.

  91. Daniel says:

    I believe the bible says there is only one God
    Duet. 6:4 “hear O Isreal the Lord our God is one Lord”.
    The word Trinity is not found in the Bible.
    The bible does not say any where that Jesus is “God the Son” but it does say “Jesus is the Son of God.”
    If the virgin Mary was pregnant by The Holy Spirit, does that mean that Jesus had 2 Fathers?
    Isaiah 45:18 says “For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens: God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
    There is one God and none else. Not 3
    When Jesus was dead on the cross does that mean God died? God Bless You

  92. Rob says:

    I like john Macarthur’s books, but what is amazing to me is his dogmatic critical verbage to condemn someone a heretic because they believe God is One? Amazing. TD Jakes, Oneness Pentecostals? It is a matter of symantics, just because we don’t use the same terminology all of a sudden we label people heretics. that is the problem with evangelical christianity today, ripe and ready to condemn. Jesus said, by this shall all men know that you are my disciples because you have love one for another. anyway, don’t be so quick call someone a heretic without first finding out the facts. TD Jakes, nor oneness pentecostals deny the father, son or the Holy spirit. Do we label john macarthur a heretic because he denies the gifts of the spirit, or speaking in tongues, or doesn’t view eschatology like i do? so let’s not be too quick to label.

  93. Nick Norelli says:

    Daniel: Trinitarians believe there is only one God, not three! Deuteronomy 6:4 is not about God being one (i.e., it’s not a declaration of God’s ontological makeup); it’s a declaration that YHWH is ALONE Israel’s God amidst the myriads of pagan deities that the non-Israelites worshipped. The rest of your (I’m sorry to say stupid) questions are addressed by any and every internet apologist I’ve ever come across. Google the questions for answers.

    Rob: The question is “one what?” Oneness Pentecostals believe God to be “one person” who has manifested himself in three roles or offices. Their belief is a form of modalism which was condemned as heresy in the third century, long before Evangelicalism came along. So when you say that Jakes and Oneness Pentecostals don’t deny the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit you’re not giving the full picture. Sure, they use the terms, but they have significantly different meanings behind those terms. For orthodox Christianity the Father, Son, and Spirit are distinct persons. For Oneness Pentecostals they are just different ways of talking about Jesus, i.e., Father = divine nature; Son = human nature; Spirit = a synonym for God’s presence in the world. These are the facts of the matter and it is because of these facts that certain individuals (Jakes being one of them) are rightly labeled heretics.

  94. Phillip says:

    All the trinitarians will pray in the name, cast out devils in the name and do everything in the name of Jesus, but when it comes to the water they no longer use that name. And there is not a single person in the entirety of the gospel that was baptized in titles Father son Holy Ghost. Now I know what Matthew 28:19 says. But someone tell me who was baptized here! My answer is no one. But the focal point here is N-A-M-E. Not names. Then Peter in acts ch.2 fulfilled what was said in matthew 28:19 by baptizing in jesus name. also in acts 8 acts 9 and 19. I was once a trinity believer but converted 10 years ago. and have a page totally dedicated to my oneness faith at

  95. Rob,

    I have to second what my bro Nick said. Oneness Pentecostals are heretics, since they deny the distinct personality of the members of the Godhead, while the NT clearly teaches that. While I admit (and Nick can bear witness) that some (myself included) are a little quick to throw around the word heretic, at times it is perfectly justified.

  96. Richard says:

    The word Trinity is not found in the Bible.

    Nor is the word “Bible” so you had best stop using that too!

    The bible does not say any where that Jesus is “God the Son”

    That is as may be, but we are told explicitly that Jesus is God, so (a) “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matthew 1:23); (b) “But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” (Hebrews 1:8)

    My suggestion would be to study this issue historically rather than simply parroting some rather poor arguments. Try The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology And Worship by Robert Letham.

    Also study the Athanasian Creed:

    WHOSOEVER will be saved : before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith.
    Which Faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled : without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
    And the Catholick Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
    Neither confounding the Persons : nor dividing the Substance.
    For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son : and another of the Holy Ghost.
    But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one : the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
    Such as the Father is, such is the Son : and such is the Holy Ghost.
    The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate : and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
    The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible : and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
    The Father eternal, the Son eternal : and the Holy Ghost eternal.
    And yet they are not three eternals : but one eternal.
    As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated : but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
    So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty : and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
    And yet they are not three Almighties : but one Almighty.
    So the Father is God, the Son is God : and the Holy Ghost is God.
    And yet they are not three Gods : but one God.
    So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : and the Holy Ghost Lord.
    And yet not three Lords : but one Lord.
    For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord;
    So are we forbidden by the Catholick Religion : to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.
    The Father is made of none : neither created, nor begotten.
    The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created, but begotten.
    The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son : neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
    So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons : one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
    And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other : none is greater, or less than another;
    But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together : and co-equal.
    So that in all things, as is aforesaid : the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
    He therefore that will be saved : must think thus of the Trinity.
    Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation : that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess : that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
    God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds : and Man of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;
    Perfect God and perfect Man : of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
    Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead : and inferior to the Father, as touching his manhood;
    Who, although he be God and Man : yet he is not two, but one Christ;
    One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh : but by taking of the Manhood into God;
    One altogether; not by confusion of Substance : but by unity of Person.
    For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man : so God and Man is one Christ;
    Who suffered for our salvation : descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven, he sitteth at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty : from whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead.
    At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies : and shall give account for their own works.
    And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting : and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
    This is the Catholick Faith : which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

    And study the Definition of Chalcedon:

    Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.

  97. jay says:

    You guys are silly,

    Was Moses a trinitarian? NOPE- One GOD always was and always will be. The silliness of a 3 god triune 1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1 is philisophical foolishness. A lie the devil uses to get people to believe 3 gods is 1 god. Look, if everyone made it simple and listened to what their common sense told them and not all this nonsense they wouldn’t be so confused. Those of you who will listen. There is one GOD – THE FATHER- who is invisible! But when you get to heaven, you will not see 3 thrones. (C’mon now people!), You will not see 3 “persons” chatting with each other all trying to sqeeze on ONE throne. NOPE. You don’t even have to worry about praying to The Father, and gettin “GOD THE SON” jealous! Or maybe you need to spend 10 minutes with each person… or you exalt one above the other. hehe. NOPE, WHEN YOU SEE THE ONE SITTING ON THE ONE THRONE OF HEAVEN AND THE ONE COMING IN THE CLOUDS OF GLORY, IT WILL BE JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY GOD YOU WILL EVER SEE. Now,…….if I be a heretic for worshipping JESUS CHRIST, and magnifying HIM, not as the SECOND, but as the FIRS AND THE LAST, I’m not even sorry. THE FATHER IS IN CHRIST , NOT GOD THE SON IN THE SON OF GOD.

  98. jay says:

    THE FAR MORE ANCIENT BELIEF, THAT HELD BY ABRAHAM, THAT HELD BY ADAM, THAT HELD BY MOSES, IS ONE GOD. SIMPLY ONE GOD, not 3 in one. Antiquity affirms it. Even the catholics admit that if any of the apostles took even a basic test on the knowledge of the trinity they would flunk. hehe WHY? Cuz they don’t believe it.

    Math experts here you go,


    John 1:1 IN the beginning was the Word, the Word was with GOD and the Word was GOD


    In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with THE FATHER, and the Word was The FATHER



    In the beginning was the word, the word was with The Father Son and HOly Ghost, and the word was the Father Son and Holy Ghost…

    Uh,……I mean,…the word was GOD THE SON,..uh er WITH GOD THE SON,…umm….no with the father, but lemme change that last GOD to be GOD the son…..I mean…uh

  99. Jay,
    Now the whole world can know of your ignorance regarding the Trinity. At least learn what others believe about it before you begin your assault.

  100. jay says:

    trinity= confusion

    ONE GOD= THE FATHER manifested IN the SON JESUS

    Who was in Christ?

    GOD THE SON the second person in the SON OF GOD that holy child born of Mary?

    OR the FATHER, Jehovah of Israel, the One true GOD, in the Son of God that holy child born of Mary?

    Make it easy on yourselves, JESUS IS GOD, worship Him

  101. jay says:

    I was being silly about your trinity, OF COURSE you don’t believe that the word is the father son and holy ghost, you believe he is GOD the son,…….I was showing the silliness of what you have to do to interpret john 1:1…….interchanging the word GOD to mean what you want it to mean,…….example

    In the beginning was the word, the word was with GOD (THE FATHER), and the word was GOD ( GOD THE SON) whoops…….had to flip that definition of GOD
    didn’t you? …you see, I understand your trinity just think y ou have to do some pretty silly things to protect it

  102. jay says:

    Now the whole world can know of your ignorance regarding the Trinity. At least learn what others believe about it before you begin your assault

    I was being silly about your trinity, OF COURSE you don’t believe that the word is the father son and holy ghost, you believe he is GOD the son,…….I was showing the silliness of what you have to do to interpret john 1:1…….interchanging the word GOD to mean what you want it to mean,…….example

    In the beginning was the word, the word was with GOD (THE FATHER), and the word was GOD ( GOD THE SON) whoops…….had to flip that definition of GOD
    didn’t you? …you see, I understand your trinity just think y ou have to do some pretty silly things to protect it

  103. jay says:

    What I also find interesting is what TOmmy had posted about the HOLY SPIRIT being of the same kind, and not of another kind and that CHRIST WOULD BE IN US…. That is what Oneness believers believe. That Christ was not referring to ANOTHER PERSON ( A DIFFERENT KIND) , but of Himself (THE SAME KIND) in another FORM (spirit). And then the scripture tops it off by saying that CHRIST is in us…. not some 3rd person, but the Spirit of JESUS… did I miss something or is TOmmy Oneness? hehe =)

  104. jay says:

    last one,

    If anyone is kind of interested in a different angle this is a good site, has all kinds of neat topics,( yes Oneness beliefs explained, or at least one angle)


    The heretic who Worships Jesus as GOD high and lifted up on the throne ;o)

  105. Ignorant AND an ass.

    God will not be mocked you son of the devil.

  106. Jay says:

    Stan McCullars

    “Ignorant AND an ass.

    God will not be mocked you son of the devil”

    THAT is your response Stan??? LOL. You just don’t agree with me is all, but I would not call what is not demonic, of the devil. Calling what is of GOD of Satan is not good for your soul.

    Take a look at JOhn 1:1 with the lights on.


  107. tc robinson says:

    Hey guys, play it clean, please. Thank you. 🙂

  108. Jay says:

    Just because you have trouble with certain passages of the BIBLE doesn’t mean you ought not to believe what it says in other parts.

    I know it is hard to understand the nature of CHRIST’S diety (which is GOD THE FATHER, NOT god the son) and His humanity (which was the son of God born of mary) joined together in CHRIST JESUS. JESUS is the visible manifestation of GOD THE FATHER. THE ONLY GOD YOU will ever see. And we shall bow our knees unto this ONE same GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Who sits on ONE throne.

    Just because GOD THE FATHER became flesh (HUMAN AND DIETY UNITED) does not mean that He left heaven. GOD continues to be GOD even outside His existence as the GOD-MAN Jesus Christ. That is why we don’t have to believe that ONE member of the Trinity needs help to pray to another member of the Trinity and then try to trick ourselves into believing that there are not two gods but one. Believe that the Father is in Jesus. Ask Him to show you the Father,and He will say to you , ” have I been so long time with you and you have not known Me?”….” he who has seen me HAS SEEN THE FATHER, so how can you say to me, show me The Father?” JESUS IS THE VISIBLE MANIFESTION OF THE INVISIBLE GOD WHO IS ONE!
    Or do you think that the incense offered up to HIM was not acceptable because the priests did not believe He was triune?

  109. Jay says:

    Thanks TC,

    I’m hoping to =)

  110. Jay says:

    IT’s much the same way that the Holy Spirit can be in more than one believer at the same time… OR…are there MULTIPLE spirits…maybe not a triune god…but a quadmillion god???

    NO! Foolishness. It is the SAME Spirit. Anyone who is filled with the Holy GHOST, ask Him…who are you LORD??? And He will say, ” I am Jesus!”

    Jesus said HE will not leave us comfortless! BUT THAT HE WILL COME TO US! HE will not leave us orphans! But He is our Father and said He would be with us till the end. HOW??? Because He is in you! How??? By body?? By 2cnd person?? 3rd person??? No, THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT! (2 Cor 3:17) Take comfort in that saints! =) Jesus is LORD!

  111. Jay says:

    Richard wrote: (quoting from A creed)

    “…..So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty : and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
    And yet they are not three Almighties : but one Almighty.
    So the Father is God, the Son is God : and the Holy Ghost is God.
    And yet they are not three Gods : but one God.
    So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : and the Holy Ghost Lord.
    And yet not three Lords : but one Lord…….”

    wow, is this REALLY what you want to believe?

    I will set out 3 apples and tell you there is only one apple….

    it reminds me of the emperors new clothes or something LOL

    This is the Catholick Faith : which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved

  112. Fred says:

    There is no question that Scripture states that God exists in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, as One God. Some pastors object to the word “Trinity” because that specific word doesn’t appear in the Bible. The word “Trinity” was coined by Tertullian (250 AD), who later apostatized to Monatism. Some believers prefer to use the word “Triune” or “Three-in-One”. As long as a believer recognizes that God clearly describes Himself as existing in Three Separate Persons (the Father, the Son (or Word), and the Holy Spirit) united in One Essence as God, it’s not necessary for a believer to use the specific word “Trinity” in order to be orthodox. I use the word “Trinity”; but I don’t condemn those people who don’t, as long as they recognize the Triune Nature of God.

    TD Jakes does not recognize the co-equal, co-eternal Persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in One God. Jakes is not orthodox. Jakes seems to reject how God has described Himself in the Bible. That is the issue, not the specific use of the word “Trinity”.

  113. Marty says:

    Golleee neighbors! You got a tiger by the tail on this one. I had NO IDEA T. D. Jakes was that messed up (and NO IDEA that the rest of us were asleep at the wheel on this one.)

    YES, he is a heretic. There is no compromise on that one. It is classically called modalism and bears some similarity to Gnosticism.

    The big question is WHO WAS JESUS PRAYING TO IN THE GARDEN? Then we have to look at all the Old Testament manifestations of the pre-incarnate Christ (think of the Angel of the Lord here…)

    Then there is Daniel’s magnificent vision in Daniel 7:

    13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
    14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

    Here we have TWO people, the Son of Man and the Ancient of Days. God appears as two distinct persons at the SAME TIME, whoopsie!

    (well if it was good enough for Daniel, its good enough for me…)

  114. Mvusaelelo says:

    Hear O’ Isreail thy God is one.

  115. Well that adds nothing to the conversation.

  116. William O. Poloc Sr. says:

    The fact that Sabelliamism has been already condemn in the history of the church, it is not surprising why until now such heretical view is still existing. The main reason is that satan is still at work to decieve those whom God predestined to go to hell. Polemically,Sabellianist are those whom God has predestined to condemnation.

  117. Scott Perkins says:

    Oneness is a pagan satanic lie, READ THE BIBLE.

    God is Triune. the Father pretending to be his only begotten son lie only a pagan can believe such a thing. at the baptism all three were there, Jesus took the book out of His Fathers hand. read John 17.5.

    to arm 5, stop listening to pagans, and read the bible. the father sent His son, he did not become his own son… come on dude.

    • Jordan says:

      Jesus didn’t take any book out of his Ftaher’s hand. He say’s “Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began” that means he ways there when the world was being formed and even before. He put the sun in place, and he was there and assisted God in everything. And by the way Catholics aren’t christians! U must follow sound doctrine! 2 Timothy 4:3 – “For the time will come when men wil not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

  118. Scott Perkins says:

    Well said Fred, I use God is Triune, because he is. the Father spoke of His Son, the Son spoke of His Father, the Father spoke of His Spirit, the Spirit spoke of Jesus and the Father.

    three distinct, but yet we only have one God.

    oneness pagans can’t understand God, so they created there own, one like them.

    they made a neon god, who can not see, nor hear, nor talk.

    The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is God, the one God.

    but they are distinct, but yet one in essense. fact, read the bible.

    why is it after revelation is over and all is revealed, in revelation 21.22 John still sees Jesus and His Father togerther, for they are the throne of it.

  119. Scott Perkins says:

    Marty, you are the man. well said.

    oneness is a very pagan religion.

    you mention Danial, good one. we also see Jesus said if I beareth wittness of myself, it would mean nothing, but there is ANOTHER who bears wittness of me, His Father.

    John 17.5 Glorify O Father, with the Glory which I had with you before the world was.

    this is the oneness version. Jesus says Glorify O me, with the Glory which I had with myself, before the world was.

    for God so loved the world He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

    oneness version. God so loved the world, he became his only begotten son, that whosoever believes on the Father lying and saying he is his own son, shall not… you get the drift.

    while Jesus was in the water, the Father said from heaven, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, at that moment the Holy Spirit descended upon him.

    oneness version. while Jesus was in the water, Jesus spoke from heaven and said this is me, in whom I am well pleased, at that moment Jesus descended upon him… Huh?

    being filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen looked up and seen Jesus on the right hand of God.

    oneness version. being filled with Jesus, Jesus looked up and seen Jesus on the right hand of Jesus.

    to oneness believers. what are you people on? contact me anytime at for help. one oneness believer told me that it is like what Eddie Murphy did in the nutty professor.

    you are comparing the Lord God of Isreal to the nutty professor. anyway, God is Triune.

    I reject the god of oneness. you can have him. you choose to believe whatever you choose to believe, but as for as me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.

    Jesus is 100% God Almighty, but he has a Father, He spoke it. and I believe Him over you… sorry.

  120. Jake says:

    Guys, we’re just using the wrong equation!




    Thus the Trinity.

    Sorry, I couldn’t help it. 🙂

  121. Mary says:

    Prays the Lord,
    Juses says “When you see me you see the Father John 14:8,9,10. here Jesus is leting Thomas
    know that he was God.He did not say that he was seperit from God but that he came out from God.
    Juses was speaking plain to Thomas not in proverb.He wanted Thomas to know who he was.If their was three seperit person he would have explained it to Thomas.

  122. Scott Perkins says:

    Mary, you do not even believe in the Lord, so how can you praise him.

    God said He sent His only begotten Son into the world, that whosoever believes on the Son of God will live forever.

    but you have chosen another doctrine.

    You say Jesus and the Father are not two distinct, but one being.

    what does Jesus say? He said if he bears wittness of himself, what is that? there is Another who bears wittness of me.

    that was His Father he was talking about, look it up.

    Jesus said two. not one, but TWO. Him and His Father.

    Jesus said if a man love me, my Father will love you, and WE shall make OUR abode with you.

    look up WE and OUR Mary.

    Jesus took the book out of His Fathers hand.

    The Father said this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased as Jesus His Son was in the water, while at that moment the Holy Spirit descended upon Him.

    Now I know why Paul told woman not to teach, but it is not just you, many men hold to that satanic doctrine of Oneness.

    If you believe that the Father is Jesus, then you reject the person of Jesus.

    the name of Jesus will not get you to heaven if you reject Jesus Christ.

    In revelation 21.22, which is the end of revelation where all things are revealed at that point. John still sees the Father and His Son, they are the temple of it.

    Acts 7.55 Being filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen looked up and seen Jesus on the right hand of God.

    Mary, you need help, I call oneness, nutty professorism,
    as a oneness believer told me god can be compared to what Eddie Murphy did in the nutty professor.

    Mary you have a god who talks to himself, you can have that nutty false pagan god.

    The Lord God of Isreal revealed Himself as three, distinct persons, of the One and Only Lord God of Isreal.

    Mary your doctrine says Jesus the Son never co-existed with His Father at any time, neither did he exist before he was born of Mary.

    lets see what Jesus said.

    John 17.5 Jesus say, Glorify me O Father, with the Glory in which I had with you, before the world was.

    Mary, if I was you I would stop listening to your pagan pastor, and pick up the Bible.

    Oneness is a joke. the oneness god to me reminds me of a drunk stupid man I use to know.

    it’s sad that there are people who actually buy this doctrine, people who believe in oneness are dumb as a bag of rocks, or they just never read the bible.

    I give Glory To Him, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    For the Father sent His only begotten Son to die on a cross for all who believe in Him, and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, who reveals to us the Father and the Son.

    thats why Jesus, just like He called His Father Another, He called the Holy Spirit Another, One like Him, who proceeds from the Father.

    ps, Mary, it’s Jesus, not juses, well maybe you got it right, maybe juses is the oneness god.

    Jehovah is the Christian God, Who consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    Jesus is the name of His Son.

    Mary, don’t quit your day job, but as for other woman teaching, I am all for it if they preach the God of the Bible.

    Mary you just go and preach about juses, and the nutty professor, write a book. trust me there will be flocks of oneness believers ready to make you queen.

    As long as it’s not Jesus Christ in whom they hate, they good.

    Scott Perkins.

  123. Scott Perkins says:



  124. William O.Poloc Sr says:

    Early church councils or synods is one of the best studies in the field of historical theology. It is a reliable basis to know the heretical doctrines of our time as it has been already condemned in the past. I disagree with the doctrine of oness pentecostalism which denies the orthodox teaching of trinity.The proponent of such view(modalism) is the heretical Sabellius who once was condemned in the past. I therefore, encourage everyone to look to the past mistakes of others for us to know the true Christian faith.

    William O. Poloc Sr.

  125. Alan says:

    John 17:3 just about sums it up:

    “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

    Definitely more than 1, but who truly knows the “absolute” truth about God’s word other than God Himself. God’s word and its interpretation is contextually based on historical, ethnic and traditional information, yet that does not assure our (human) dispositional stances.

    I propose the Father, in His infinite wisdom, gave us His word, His Son and His Holy Spirit as a testimony of His love for us. I further propose that the Father’s will, in all this, is a restorative process whereby we are reunited with Him in that love through a personal and everlasting relationship. If you will, a return to the joy filled walks and talks of the pre-sin days of Adam and Eve.

    Am I a Biblical scholar? No! Do I love my Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit? You bet! Do I believe in salvation and its scriptural requirements? Yep! Do I know if the creation, as revealed in Genesis, is factual? I do not know! I believe in the truth of scripture, but as for my total and irrefutable understanding of it, I leave to God. One day, we will all know the absolute truth! Is Jakes a heretic? I do not think so! Why, because he preaches the truth about Christ, His Gospel and His resurrection. He does not twist the truth of the Cross or God’s gift of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

    Sometimes, I believe we allow our zeal and good intentions to cloud our judgment. Jesus died to free us from the bonds of sin and the Law. Why would we want to get ourselves all tangled up in the debates of religiosity? Religion and worship is not conforming to a set of laws, but a true surrender of ourselves to our Creator, His will and His purpose/s for our lives. It is through that dedication that we are filled with His love, peace and joy, and we willingly follow His every whisper. If you are guided by Him in love, there is no law against you!

    Could I be wrong in my “opinion?” Yep, but my heart belongs to Him. I am redeemed and justified by the precious blood of His Son Jesus. I walk and talk with Him each day and allow His love to flood my being. In His presence, I have peace, joy, forgiveness, Love, self-control, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness and longsuffering (not necessarily in that specific order).

    How about you?

    Selah … Alan

  126. Scott Perkins says:

    Yea, who the Son sets free is free indeed.

    But you have to believe on the Son.

    Oneness believers do not, so His freedom does not pertain to them.

  127. Postman says:

    If we are going to discuss the Godhead why go to any other source but the Bible? There is only one authority on the Godhead and thats the Bible. Also I wonder how 300 plus years after the last deciple died somebody recieved a revelation of God that the very people who lived,ate,bathed and was taught personally by Jesus never revealed,taught nor stated in any scripture.Surely God who is all knowing knew that this would be a contorversy some 2000yrs in the future. Why is the word trinity not found anyplace in the Bible nor in ancient manusripts? Also if discussing the Godhead can we stick solely to words and titles used in the Bible, and only what scripture states? Not any assumptions nor inferances now some idea some church father or other has but solely what it states in black and white and red. Im sure Oneness Apostolics will have no issue in doing so but can those of differant opinion? After all something as crucial as who Jesus is and the Godhead bible only terms should be used. God is not the author of confusion nor would he go through all the trouble to reveal himself to us if he wanted his identity to remain a mystery to us.

  128. According to the Bible, neither Sabellianism nor trinitarianism are correct. Rather, it says that only the Father is God and that Jesus is Lord.

    In Jesus’ sayings in the New Testament gospels, he never says he is God. The few texts therein that the institutional church has cited in its assertion that Jesus is God are mistranslated or misinterpreted, and most of them have grammatical difficulties. Let’s briefly examine them in their order of importance.

    First, Thomas’ confession “my God” in John 20.28 alludes to what Jesus said twice to this apostle only days earlier, that “the Father is in me” (John 14.10-11). Thus, Thomas was expressing his realization that Jesus’ resurrection indicated this truth.

    Second, John 1.1c should not be translated “and the word was God,” but as the NEB has it—“and what God was, the word was.”

    Third, John 1.18 begins by saying, “No man has seen God at any time.” Although most of the best Greek manuscripts then add that Jesus is “the only begotten God,” this would contradict the previous clause, since many people literally saw Jesus. Therefore, the reasonable solution is that other Greek manuscripts have the correct reading of this second clause, which is “the only Son” as in the RSV (cf. NEB).

    Fourth, English versions are about evenly divided on how to treat grammatically difficult texts, as to whether they call Jesus “God” or mention Jesus and God the Father, such as Romans 9.5, 2 Thessalonians 1.12, Titus 2.13, and 2 Peter 1.1.

    Fifth, Hebrews 1.8 says, “But of the Son He [God] says, ‘Your throne, O God,” quoting this second clause from Psalm 45.6. This author likely did not intend to call Jesus “God,” just as the psalmist didn’t intend to call Israel’s king or messiah “God.”

    Sixth, “He is the true God” in 1 John 5.20, which refers to “him who is true” earlier in the verse, more likely refers to the subject of the context, which is God (the Father), rather than the immediate antecedent, which is Jesus Christ, which is according to English grammar rather than the ancient Greek language, which had no such rule.

    The difficulty in these few New Testament texts should be examined in light of those which clearly establish that only the Father is God and Jesus is not God, as in 1 Corinthians 8.6 (“there is one God, the Father”), Ephesians 4.6 (“one God and Father of all”), and especially Jesus’ prayer in John 17.1-3 (“Father,… that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent,” cf. 5.44).

    Finally, Jesus often called the one God his “Father” and “my God” (Matthew 27.46/Mark 15.34; John 20.17; Revelation 3.2, 12; cf. Psalm 22.1; Isaiah 49.4-5; Micah 5.4). If Jesus had a God—whom he constantly distinguished as someone other than himself and called him “the Father”—then Jesus logically could not have also been God or else that would be two Gods. That goes completely against the Bible, which repeatedly states that there is numerically only one Most High God.

    You can read about this and much more in my new 600-page book, The Restitution of Jesus Christ, available at my website—servetustheevangelical. This book may be the most formidable, well-researched, biblically in-depth book to ever challenge the traditional view that Jesus is God while affirming all other major church teachings about Jesus. A brief tract at this website summarizes this book.

    Servetus the Evangelical

  129. Brad Titus says:

    First off, the modern Oneness Pentecostal view is not equivalent to Sabellianism. That is a red herring tossed up by intellectually immature individuals who don’t understand the teachings of the movement.

    Second, the doctrine of the Trinity developed over the course of about 300 years, and the Nicean notion of the Trinity doesn’t match the modern doctrine of the Trinity. Further, it wasn’t until 80 years after Nicea at Constantinople that the doctrine took a shape that looks anything like modern doctrines.

    Finally, how does a Trinitarian reconcile the examples of baptism in the New Testament? Aside from Matthew 28:19, what reference can anyone give me for baptism occurring in any other method than in the name of Jesus or in the name of the Lord?

  130. Robert says:

    Brad Titus,

    Regarding your last question, you should not be in need of any other Scripture reference. You can not make Scripture argue against itself or else you are trying to make Scripture suit your own needs. We should all be careful to remember 2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness”.

  131. Shirley HARRELL says:

    i do not believe in the Trinity either. I believe that Jehovah is the Father and

  132. Shirley HARRELL says:


  133. Don says:

    I was raised Mennonite and have since become a little pentecostal… yet I want to declare to any other fellow Pentecostals that it is VERY important to affirm the doctrine of the trinity (as opposed to “oneness”, which is a repackaging of the heresy of modalism). Paul says that is is of grave importance that we watch our life and DOCTRINE closely. Bot of them are critical.

    I know the concept of the trinity is a great mystery, as is the incarnation and hypo-static union, but scripture is very clear about the separate “three-ness” of God as well as the “One-ness” All three are specifically called God, and God is declared to be one. Yet, because scripture show’s such distinctiveness and separateness of the three persons we must maintain that the Bible declares God to be a Triune being. If Jesus and the father are two manifestations of the same person, who was Jesus praying to in the garden of Gethsemane… how were all three present and active at the same time at Jesus baptism.

    The trinity truly is sound doctrine and must be upheld by all who call themselves Christian.

  134. Sam Williams says:

    Just to clarify. I wasn’t born in a ‘oneness church’. I was born in an Adventist Church then a Baptist Church were I was saved. Then I heard that Jesus said my Father and I are one. The holy sprit ‘the sprit of Jesus’ revealed to me that there is only one GOD, remember our GOD is a jealous GOD and won’t share with other GOD’s. His name is JESUS and has all power of heaven, earth, and hell.
    ‘Oneness’ belivers do belive in three parts of GOD. Example, you are a son, maybe a Father, and maybe a brother: three offices but only one you. So it is with JESUS, he is FATHER, SON, and HOLY SPIRIT all three offices. Hope this helps.
    We so called ‘oneness’ people live, breath, and love GOD just like any other Christian. It’s not about wrong or right here, but levels of understanding. Just pray about it, and ask GOD. I love people no matter where they are in GOD. I’m blessed beyond measure to know HIM. Too much hate and judging with these comments

  135. Sam Williams says:

    Amen, to Renee. Lighten up Scott P. JESUS came and died for us in Love. Should we not strive to do the same for others.

  136. Don says:

    Man, Scott, P.

    Your right, but absolutely mean about it. If I did not actually understand your view I would want to disagree and argue with you. Make bold clear appeals, but if you want people to listen to you and make the effort and time to post worth it, ease up a little on the name calling. It just makes people defensive. Orthodoxy ought to bring us into a love for God, and a weeping for the lost… not a miserable life of pride that pours forth put-downs.

    I don’t know how you can say Oneness dudes are worse than JW’s… I could understand if you said as bad, but JWs won’t even acknowledge that Jesus is Divine.

  137. Sam Williams says:

    Hi! Jordan,
    Don’t you think your words of Nov. 27,09 are a little nasty. Renee’s words are great and what God wants us to be. Being a Christian is being love. Love you Jordan.

  138. Salvatore Cocheola says:

    All I can say is that it looks as if there aren’t too many oneness pentecostals living in Greece (or who only speak and “read” the Greek language). I’m saying this because, if you look at the words in the Greek NT, you begin to realize that they don’t allow the “playroom” that the words in the English version allow. A good deal of the oneness comes from the ability to claim a different meaning for one or more words than their intended meaning. The word “with”, in John 1:1, for instance, specifically implies “proximity”, and “looking toward the face of”, yet the OP’s claim that “with” implies simply that God’s word was with Him just as anyone’s word is “with that person”. These are the kinds of games that are virtually ruled out when you look at the Greek language. There are very few words which have more than one meaning, and so there is no playroom with regard to interpretation of the Scripture as their is with the English language.

    I’ve also observed a good deal of “never mind the conflicts” while at the UPCI (the world’s largest OP organization). Well, my OP friends, I believe that the Scriptural conflicts that result from oneness interpretation are there because our all-knowing, all powerful God, put them there as guides so that the red flags alert one that something just isn’t quite right.

    Once, I challenged a OP with the Greek, and the response was “So, who’s to say that these Greek ‘scholars’ really know what the Scripture means. Many of those scholars are very pompous.”

    My next reply will to this individual will be “Ok, forget about the Greek scholar, and instead focus on the young boy that grows up in Greece, not knowing any language but his native Greek. He’s very ‘humble’, and he’ll tell you the same exact thing as the Greek scholar.” (l.o.l.)

    No OP has ever commented on Arroyo Seco (the campmeeting of 1913, where Oneness Pentecostalism was revived), or Polycarp’s Martyrdom Prayer (Chapter 14), where Polycarp, a staunch advocate of truth, references “the eternal and heavenly high priest, ‘THY BELOVED SON’ “, and yet OP’s admit that Polycarp was an advocate of truth, which the OP’s agree with.

    I could go on and on, but you get the picture.

    be blessed,

  139. Jeff says:

    I think MaCarther should be careful since he himself does not adhere to the faith that was “once delivered” to the saints by being a staunch cessasionist. Paul would have hit the roof at the suggestion that the Gifts have ceased. my 2 cents

    • Don says:

      Good post, Jeff… cessasionalism is completely biblical and outside of apostolic doctrine and practice. I like MacAurthur and thinking the gifts has ceased is an error but not heresy and therefore I can still respect him.

      Scott, your right about so many things, but stop being so out and out mean and calling names. Yes, it is good to be clear and bold, but for goodness sakes, your name calling is not going to convert anyone.

  140. Lapheitta Lafontant says:

    I am astounded (and then again not so much) that people would spend so much time debating who God is. My Bible tells me that no man knoweth the mind of God, so to try to put into words how God made manifest, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit is futile. God is God, and yes, he is all three at the same time. Each manifested part of who he is served his specific purpose and plan. I will agree with some of the points made…There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ..the Son! There is one God eternally existent in three persons, and thank God for that, because without the three none of us could even begin to obtain Salvation, Love, Understanding, and certainly not his Grace and Mercy. God is God, it started with him, it is still sustained by him, and it will certainly end with him. The word does not list certain words that we as mankind have chosen to use, but that does not change the fact that God is The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and again, without the three which are one in the same, we’d all be lost. I pray that one day (hopefully sooner than later, we will stop debating…”Bible Scholars”, and take to the streets the message of Hope/Love/Salvation to a dying world!

  141. Lenore says:

    John MacArthur & Pretrib Rapture

    Who knows, maybe John (Reformedispy) MacArthur is right and the greatest Greek scholars (Google “Famous Rapture Watchers”), who uniformly said that Rev. 3:10 means PRESERVATION THROUGH, were wrong. But John has a conflict. On the one hand, since he knows that all Christian theology and organized churches before 1830 believed the church would be on earth during the tribulation, he would like to be seen as one who stands with the great Reformers. On the other hand, if John has a warehouse of unsold pretrib rapture material, and if he wants to have “security” for his retirement years and hopes that the big California quake won’t louse up his plans, he has a decided conflict of interest. Maybe the Lord will have to help strip off the layers of his seared conscience which have grown for years in order to please his parents and his supporters – who knows? One thing is for sure: pretrib is truly a house of cards and is so fragile that if a person removes just one card from the TOP of the pile, the whole thing can collapse. Which is why pretrib teachers don’t dare to even suggest they could be wrong on even one little subpoint! Don’t you feel sorry for the straitjacket they are in? While you’re mulling all this over, Google “Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty” for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the same 180-year-old fantasy.

  142. John Harris says:

    The Bible clearly states that YHWH God is ONE “Here Oh Israel…” and also clearly describes Jesus as God, the Father as God, and the Holy Spirit as God. John 1 describes “The Word” (Jesus) as being God and being with God (the Father), and depicts all three acting simultaneously in creation and at Jesus’ baptism. God is, always has been, and will always be ONE in essence and THREE in person.

    If you worship a God different than that God, you are not a follower of the God of the Bible, and thus (at the least) not a Christian.

    Just as Mormons, Jehovah’s witnesses, Muslims, Hindus, and all other faiths are not Christians either. The Gnostics through they were Christians, but they weren’t either.

    Though it’s a helpful guide, I don’t really care what ancient councils say about doctrines. The Bible describes a different God than the one that “Oneness” follows, so “Oneness” does not follow the God of the Bible, thus “Oneness” and Christianity (biblical Christianity at least) are incompatible.

    • Mark C. says:

      Gosh, I go to an Assembly of God, read the KJV of the Bible, pray in JESUS name, believe the father, son, and holy spirit are one. One God one name, JESUS. I’ve been a ‘Oneness’ person for a long time now. Yes, I have gone to some JESUS churches also and it’s great. Love to worship. I’m kind of afraid to judge others I try my best, sometimes I fail, to remain humble before God. Who am I to speak against God’s people even if they are different from me. John Harris, have you ever been to a ‘Oneness’ church?

  143. Don says:

    If you are part of the Pentecostal Assemblies, you don’t agree with their teachings. I believe in oneness too, but I also believe in threeness. One God who is three persons of the same essence. I guess you could say three whos and one what.

    I love that you love Jesus, I do too. The reason that denying the trinity is heresy is because you have to do one of three things

    1) Say that there are multiple Gods
    2) Deny God the Father, Jesus (God the Son), and God the Holy Spirit deity simultaneous deity.
    3) Deny the Father, Son and Holy Spirit distinct person hood

    These are all part of the historic orthodox understanding of triune nature of God. Unity and diversity in the fellowship of the Trinity.

    Not that this is a sufficient analogy to fully explain the nature of God, but consider that ice, liquid water, and vapor are three different states with different properties, yet are all the same substance (H2O).

    I don’t know if I’ll see you in heaven or not, I don’t get to vote… but if you repent and believe the gospel that was once for all handed down by the apostles, you will be saved. However, the first thing cults do is deny the trinity and assail the teaching of Jesus as the God-man.

    If you deny the essential nature of God and worship Him as other than He is, than the God you worship is not the true God, but an idol. You profess to love Jesus, but so do Mormons and JWs, yet they are enemies of the cross of Christ.

    Might I ask you a question? Why does it matter to you that the trinity is denied, and why do you believe it to be false doctrine?

    • Mark C says:

      Hi! Don,
      I understand what you are saying. I guess, I won’t be seeing you in a JESUS church or AG church?. I know I’ll see you in heaven if your are saved like I am, and I think you probably are. Our God is a very big God he is all things and is in all things created. I try not to limit HIM 3 parts one GOD. The trinity is not false doctrine nor do I deny it, I just see it carried out a little differently than you.
      Love you, Brother

      • Don says:

        I’m not sure what you mean by a JESUS church, I love Jesus and want to be part of a church that is christocentric so if that’s what you mean, you will definitely not find me in membership at any anti-Jesus churches.

        As for AG, I assume you mean Pentecostal Assemblies of God. I went to one for some time and found it to be a good church. I am also considering going to one of three different Pentecostal Bible schools next year (though I am Mennonite).

        After your last post, “The trinity is not a false doctrine” combined with your former “I love Jesus” I think I may simply be misunderstanding you.

        If you can honestly say things like that, I would have to eat my words before calling you apostate or a heretic. A cult would never make such statements as those. Since I have no idea who you are I probably will not meet or recognize you if we meet on this side of eternity, but I think we will meet on the other.

        Scotty, don’t get mad at me for saying this, but you can see the confession of his mouth above. I am still zealous about sound doctrine.

        I love you too, and so does God. I think God enjoys you too and smiles when He looks at your life.

        Keep an open Bible and read it with the Holy Spirit. He is a really good teacher!

      • Mark C. says:

        Hi! Again, Don
        I’m sorry if I offended you in anyway.
        I mean by a JESUS church, a Oneness church. I am a AG Pentacostal. I believe God is three in one (Father-Son and Holy Sprit) and HIS name is JESUS. Hope this helps clarify things. GOD BLESS

      • Mark C says:

        You must agree, I think, that GOD is not a person but a Spirit. HE’s so big HE is in all things. Think I’ll get out of this conversation, no offense. By the way, I am a Christian just like you. Love ya

  144. Rebecca n. says:

    this has been interesting to read these insights and scriptures…I want to follow HIS TRUTH….not mine, not yours…and by exsperience have found men very capable of erring….my soul cried out to GOD over this ISSUE…I MUST KNOW HIM….what does he want me to see and say…OUR GREAT AUTHOR SAYS in JOHN 4:22,23,24 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the father in spirit and in truth:for the Father seeketh such to worship him.God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth. God moves in truth and be careful not to hang on to our traditions instead of his truth….I’ve been there…Is it more important to win an arguement or to be in truth…i had a spritual hero like John MacArthur and i am thankful for the foundation that was started in my life…but there came a time when i had to choose do i believe the hero or the WORD…so i thought I’ll get my hero to set these oneness people straight and help them out ..cause their nice sincere people as was my Baptist family and church…and the meeting was set…Now I did not want to just win an argument I WANTED TRUTH…I want to PLEASE GOD..not my church, not my Pastor even…so the meeting began and i asked questions and i wanted BIBLE ANSWERS…my HERO was very knowledgeable in the scripture..and first we discussed tongues and then TRINITY verses ONE GOD…and there was all kinds of scripture but sadly that day…I waited for my 60 yr. old plus BIBLE teacher to show the young oneness couple their error…and they produced scripture and he produced a piece of paper and he drew a triangle on it and labeled each corner with Father, Son, Holy Ghost and then wrote the year that men came up with this idea of God at the council of nicea…THE TRINITY and God clearly showed me to stick to scripture not preconcieved ideas….i did not run off with the oneness group..i continued to seek GOD where and what he wanted me to do….GOD ,JEHOVAH DID COME IN FLESH and He was and is a SPIRIT…and I don’t hold to the changes made by men at the councel of Nicea 325 a.d. I have no alliegence to that councel nor their logical conclusions but I do to the LORD…OH I want to see him and you in heaven…it’ll be a great day…His name shall be called wonderful councelor,The mighty God,The everlasting Father,The Prince of Peace, Its All in Him God …GOD BLESS

    • Mark C. says:

      Hi! Rebecca,
      I agree, it’s all in HIM. I think HE gives us revelation as we seek and are ordained for it. I believe HE is all-in-all. One GOD with three offices, HE is the Father, HE is the Son, HE is the Holy Spirit. HIS name is JESUS. This is how I Believe. I came from a Baptist Church, but came to know more as I asked GOD for more, there’s always more. Like you, I want more too. I agree with TD Jakes. I would be afraid to call anyone of God’s chosen people a Heretic because by the grace of GOD go I.

      • Don says:

        Three persons, not one person with three offices. I am one person with many offices, yet I am not three persons. I am not my own father. Jesus is not His own Father, though he is equal and co-eternal with him… the Holy Spirit as well.

        If you don’t even believe in the Christian God (who is triune), that is your free choice, but then don’t call yourself a Christian. You need to get together with the Mormons, JWs, and other cults and come up with a different name for your different religion.

  145. Tertullian says:

    Food for thought – anybody recall 1 John 5:7(Comma Johanneum). This was inserted into the bible by the Roman Catholic Church, proof of this is in the fact that it cannot be found in a pre 15th century Greek Manuscripts.

    According to H.J. de Jonge in his work, ERASMUS AND THE COMMA JOHANNEUM, “In an unguarded moment Erasmus promised that he would insert the Comma Johanneum, as it is called, in future editions if a single Greek manuscript could be found that contained the passage. At length such a copy was found — or was made to order. As it now appears, the Greek manuscript had probably been written in Oxford about 1520 by a Franciscan friar named Froy (or Roy), who took the disputed words from the Latin Vulgate. Erasmus stood by his promise and inserted the passage in his third edition (1522), but he indicates in a lengthy footnote his suspicions that the manuscript had been prepared expressly in order to confute him” Also, “…Erasmus included the Comma Johanneum even though he remained convinced that it did not belong to the original text of l John.”

    Please explain the fact that Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea who had access to the famed Library of Caesarea, makes references Matthew 28:19 and does not mention the Trinitarian cornerstone phrase, Father the Son and the Holy Spirit when quoting said scripture. Book III, Chapter 6, 132 (a), p. 152 “With one word and voice He said to His disciples: “Go, and make disciples of all the nations in My Name, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you,” … Mind you, Eusebius was there at the Nicene Council, in fact, the only reason we have such a clear record on what happened there is because he wrote about it prolifically.

    I assume this can also be explained by attacking him and labeling him a heretic. The only true Doctrine is obviously the one developed by Tertullian and affirmed by Constantine, an individual who refused to be baptized until he was at his death bed. Constantine came from a polytheistic background, as such it is easy to understand why he would ascribed and give credence to a belief that leans towards polytheism. He came up with the one substance concept as a way to quiet everyone and have them stop threatening the stability of his empire. In a letter by Eusebius of Caesarea he notes that the Emperor suggested the key word “homoousious” or “one substance” which appears in the Nicene Creed. One can assume that was meant as a way of quelling this issue. Furthermore, it is noted that he had little understanding of the issue and could not fathom why a disagreement existed. In a letter to Arius and Alexander he referred to the quarrel about the person or persons of God as, ” quarrelling about small and very trifling matters.” Further evidence of Constantine not considering the issue significant enough to warrant such upheaval is evident when Constantine states, “This contention has not arisen respecting any important command of the law, nor has any new opinion been introduced with regard to the worship of God;…” I would be leery of any Council led by someone who simply wanted to reach cosensus rather than doctrinal truth.

    Therefore, keep on fighting and believing in multiple persons of God, that will really get you to heaven in no time. I will take my lesson from Phillip in John 14:8. I do not have to ask Jesus to show me the Father, I take him at his word. When I stand before Jesus, I have the certainty that I am seeing the Father.

    God Bless You All

    Keep your faith in Jesus that is all you need. Jesus is the way the truth and the life, if you have known Jesus then have known the Father.

    Bro. Andres

  146. Lionel Woods says:


    I have come to the conclusion that anyone who you catch on any telethon should be deemed a heretic. I was watching the guy out of California and man, we need to be painfully honest about something brother, that stuff is not Christian and it is spiritual abuse and manipulation, if that stuff ain’t from Jesus yet uses His name it is satanic. I was thinking of the Jude passage, I think we are to hate the garments that touch their skin. I say that with humility and great reservation but watching that stuff is debasing my man, it is purely wrong and evil!

  147. joe says:

    Orthodox Christian teaching about God’s nature is that He is “one God in three persons.” Shocking as it may seem to many, the Bible nowhere teaches the Trinity, even though it is the most widely acknowledged teaching about God in professing Christianity! In fact, the word “trinity” is not even in the Bible. Where then did this teaching originate and how did it come to be so universally believed?

    Writing about thirty years after the founding of the New Testament Church, the youngest of Jesus’ half-brothers (sons of Joseph and Mary), Jude, exhorted the brethren to earnestly contend for the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Clearly, the true Christian faith had already been delivered intact prior to Jude’s writing. The Apostle Jude explained that ungodly men had secretly crept into the Church and were already beginning to distort the true doctrines that Jesus Christ had delivered to His disciples.

    Even Catholic scholars admit that Tertullian (c. 150–225) was the first writer to use the term “trinity.” If this fundamental teaching about the very nature of the Godhead is true, why was it not revealed until over 150 years after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Why was not this doctrine clearly taught and explained by the original disciples of Christ and by the Apostle Paul? As we shall soon see, they taught a very different explanation of the nature of the true God!

    In the second and third centuries there was not simply one heresy regarding the nature of God, but many contradictory ones. There seem to have been almost as many different ideas as there were philosophical schools and teachers. Mainstream Catholic thought, from which orthodox Protestant teaching on the subject sprang, merely represents the particular brand of heresy that won out over its competitors.

    The background of third century orthodoxy on the subject of the Trinity is to be found not in the Biblical text, but in Greek philosophical writings. The Roman Catholic New Theological Dictionary makes a number of frank admissions in this regard. Concerning the Scriptural teaching on the nature of the Holy Spirit, in its article, “Trinity,” it acknowledges: “As such, the Spirit is never the explicit object of NT worship, nor is the Spirit ever represented in NT discourse as interacting in an interpersonal way with the Father and the Son.”

  148. BOLD says:

    For what I can see most people in this forum will be asking Jesus a silly question in heaven. Philip already asked Jesus the question. Show us the Father!. And you know Jesus replay if you rad your Bible. When Paul met Jesus he met Jesus period. There’s one Throne in heaven and Jesus is seated on it. You will be saved by your faith in Jesus and not but the understanding of the divinity. The word says in Deuteronomy 29:29 ” The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but these things which are revealed belong to us…

    1. No where in the Bible says “unless you believe in the trinity you are lost in hell”
    But It says that ” nor is there is salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by wich we must be saved” acts: 4: 8 to 12. ( it says Peter filled with the Holy Spirit was speaking)

    Satan (who knows God personally) never persecuted the Church because the trinity. But because they believed and follow Jesus.

    The The Qur’an instructs Muslim to kill anyone who says that Jesus is God.( They do not care about Trinity). the catholic church also believe and teach Trinity guess what, they friend of the muslims.

    I challenging you to ask Jesus himself about the Trinity and not your Pastor.

    The trinity is a human concept of the mystery of God, and was conceived by the request of Emperor Constantine of Rome not a prophet of God, not the Holy Spirit, but pure Human deliberation and brainstorming. I know that the scripture speaks about the Son, and the Father, and the Holy Spirit but the salvation of your soul depends on the name of Jesus and him alone. When we get to heaven you can ask Jesus the question. And yes a believe you are my brother in Christ if you believe in trinity, because I know that God knows you have believed in the name of Jesus with all of your heart and you have repented of your sins.

    at the end there’s only two end results t our live: Heaven or hell and the name of Jesus made the difference.

    You know and i know that no demon will submit to any other proclamation that the name of Jesus. Jesus says that the demons believe and tremble because they know who Jesus is.

    Yes I believe that Jesus is the son of God, Yes I believe the Father send the Son to die in the cross, but I also believed that God was in Jesus reconciling the world to himself.

    There are errors in every doctrine established after the apostles wrote the last book of the bible. There are error in both doctrine ( Trinity and Oneness) there were difference among the apostles to. But only on name will be the same for all of us for ever. ” Jesus”

    May the Lord have mercy on us and give us understanding

    Love is the fruit of the Spirit, the Spirit comes from God, God is love, and Love is the fulfillment of the law

    • Tom says:

      I agree, there is no other name but JESUS, One God. We must love each other whatever level we’re on in our walk with HIM. I did believe in the trinity most of my life, but now I understand when JESUS said “I and my father are one” Blessings to you all.

  149. Craig Benno says:

    T D Jakes actually split off from the United Oneness Pentecostals and his theology of the Trinity is slightly modified from their position.

    While I do agree there are problems with the oneness Pentecostal theology of the Trinity, I don’t agree they are heretics and not saved because of it. As for Macarthur, and many of his followers, they also believe that Arminians, Orthodox and Roman Catholics are also heretics.

    I think heretic is a medievil word that is not found in Scripture. I copied this from their website and think his view of Christ is pretty much orthodox.

    Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, the complete and final sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

    While I am concerned about the teaching of the Trinity. It does appear to me that they are living a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. Whereas it also appears that many who are able to tick the boxes about the who and what of the Trinity, don’t seem to live a life empowered by the Spirit or even know the experiential nature of the Holy Spirit.

    Seems to me that Paul favors the Corinthians more for there lack of theological knowledge and enthusiastic excesses then he does the Galations who are more legalistic.

  150. JD says:

    Please tell me that this isn’t Nick Norelli. Nick Norelli on this blogging post, isn’t the SAME old narcissistic pinhead, with a megalomanic website to boot, now is it? Dude, you stink! I WILL more than haply DEBATE you or any other funky fresh “phrasasee” pharisee. You pharisees don’t get it do you. Nick lose the attitude home E. I have seen your “gosphilosophy” dude, and it is WEAK!! As with the other poggers.

  151. JD says:

    II Corinthians 5: 16-19, “16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

  152. Gabriel Peters says:

    I just don’t understand the fact that when the word trinity does not exist in the Holy Bible, how can we identify our faith by that word. What would the apostles do? Why not talk only about Jesus. That’s how the first century church known. They were called christians because they only talked about Christ. And by the way, Jesus said that the one who believes in me believes in the one who sent me. There is no need for us to separate the three persons in the Godhead and then show that they are one. How silly? Let us do what we are called to do, i.e. preach the gospel. In Jesus Name. Amen!

  153. Matt says:

    In Ephesians, Paul talks about Christ separating Himself from God to become ONE with the church, in the same way a man separates from his parents to marry. This implies the ability to be separated! If the Oneness doctrine is correct, then it MUST stand to reason that what Paul was saying in Ephesians is that we will become God! Now, scripture does tell us we will be partakers of the divine nature! So then, what does everyone think? Does the typology of human marriage support or refute the oneness doctrine?

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  155. Brian says:

    I just started reading Boyd’s book on the Oneness movement last week. I’m going to be teaching a class on Introduction to Pentecostal Theology starting later this month, and thought it would be good to research the “other” Pentecostals a bit, since a question about them came up last fall when I was teaching Acts.

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