Hey y’all! So sorry for the two days I missed! I finished my final on Monday and called my mom to talk to her. She could hear that I was kind of getting homesick (and I think she missed me too! Haha) so we decided really short notice that I would go home for the two day break I have between my summer classes. We do not have internet at my house so therefore I was unable to post anything for those days I was home. Now, feeling refreshed, I am back at my apartment and ready to get back to daily posts!
To make up for those lost days I thought I would start a series about specifics of what Apostolic Christians believe! I hope you can learn a little bit more about us if you are new to this denomination of Christianity and I hope it gets you searching your beliefs and your Bible! 🙂
[DISCLAIMER: These are MY beliefs and I understand that we may differ in our Christian doctrines. I would appreciate if you could keep an open mind and be respectful. While I am open to discussions as long as they are religiously tolerant, I would not be rude to you about what you believe and I ask for the same courtesy. Thank you!]
The first thing I chose to talk about is one of the main tenants of Apostolic beliefs: Oneness. (This is where terminology is confusing because through research I have technically found that “Pentecostals” are Trinitarians, “Apostolics” are Oneness; yet people tend to group all of us together and collectively call us “Pentecostals.” Even Apostolics do this, my pastor frequently uses the term Pentecostal for us, even though we are in actuality Apostolics. Just a short lesson on word usage for you! In my blog, I use Pentecostal and Apostolic interchangeably, but I am really talking about those that believe in Oneness.)
Oneness is a belief/doctrine that there is only ONE God rather than the Trinitarian belief in three separate people who are God the Father, his Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Trinitarians believe that these three coexist and are equal, however they are completely separate people. For example, they say that the Father is not the Son or the Holy Spirit, the Son is not the Holy Spirit or the Father, and the Holy Spirit is not the Father or the Son; yet separately the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.
We Apostolics believe that there is one God who is manifested as a Father, Son, or the Holy Spirit. God is all of these things. Much as you can be a daughter and a mother at the same time, or a father to someone and a son of someone at the same time, so too is God.
I will now go through some Bible verses (all in King James Version) to back up this claim of Oneness, and refute the trinity. This will be long but I will try to explain each one briefly. 🙂
Deut 6:4 – “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” ~This is just obvious! God is ONE!
Mark 12:29 – “And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord” ~Jesus even says that He is one!
Isaiah 45:18 – “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.” ~The Lord created everything, and there is NO ONE else. Yet again, God is ONE.
John 17:3 – “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” ~Hm, a little bit trickier, but it says there is ONE TRUE God, who sent Jesus Christ, which I take to mean who sent his form as Jesus. Not so tricky after all.
1 Cor 8:6 – “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” ~Now the Bible stated earlier that there was one God who created everything, and it says here that Jesus created all things, therefore we can see that Jesus is that one God.
Eph 4:6 – “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” ~Another plain one, God is ONE.
1 Tim 2:5 – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” ~There is ONE God and he took the form of Jesus to connect with us humans.
Jude 1:4 – “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~There is only the Lord God, and then the Bible calls Jesus Lord, therefore there is only the Lord who can be both God and Jesus.
Jude 1:25 – “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” ~This says there is only one God who is our Savior, and the Bible also called Jesus our Savior, so God and Jesus are one.
John 4:24 – “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” God takes the form of a Spirit.
1 Tim 3:16 – “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” ~God was manifest as Jesus and the Spirit! God is ONE!
John 14:10 – (Jesus said) “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” ~Jesus admits that He IS the FATHER! Jesus is the Father and the Father is Jesus. Both are manifestations of God. God is ONE.
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.” ~God is the first and last, the only, there is no God other than Him!
Isaiah 43:10 – “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” ~There is no God formed after Him, therefore Jesus IS HIM.
Matt 1:20 – “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.” ~Jesus IS the Holy Ghost, this goes against the Trinitarian idea of three separate persons!
Matt 1:23 – “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.” ~Even Jesus’s name shows that He is God.
John 1:10 – “He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.” ~This says that Jesus made the world, and one of the above verses says that only God made the world, therefore Jesus is God and He is ONE.
Isaiah 9:6 – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Other names for Jesus are God, Son, and Father. He may have different names but He is ONE!
I could seriously keep going with verses but I know you are probably tired of reading them! In conclusion, God is not three people but there is ONE God who has three manifestations. God is the Savior, and his saving name is now revealed to men as Jesus, so Jesus is the name of God not another person.
If the trinity were really the answer wouldn’t the Bible have specifically made some reference to it? The word “trinity” is not in the Bible even just ONCE! The doctrine was made up at the Council of Nicaea around 300 years after Jesus died. Just because humans decided something definitely does not mean it is correct! I don’t know about you, but I am trying to go by what the Bible tells me!
What I hear quite often is “but what about the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19?!” This is so simple! Matthew 28:19 says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” This verse says “in the NAME” which is SINGULAR!!! If these were three separate persons of God, then it would have said “in the nameS of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” but it does not! It says there is ONE NAME. Well, we know from all of the above that there is ONE GOD with ONE NAME and that name is JESUS. The name of the Father is Jesus, the name of the Son is Jesus, and the name of the Holy Ghost is Jesus! (This is why we Apostolics baptize ourselves “in the name of Jesus!”)
This definitely became longer than I had imagined it would, but I really hope you look into the Bible verses I listed and research this for yourself. I wanted you to know that this is what I believe and that I have strong reasons for this and I feel it is the correct path, but I really want you to make your own decisions about this and examine what you think is the truth. I hope this blesses you. I know it did me.
Thank you God for helping me to grow strongly in you so that I am able to back up my beliefs! I hope that You may use me to reach out to others and share Your truth. In Jesus’s name!
❤ Passionate Pentecostal