FULL GOSPEL CHURCH
OF THE APOSTOLIC FAITH
DOES IT MATTER HOW YOU ARE BAPTIZED?
THE ESSENTIALITY OF ONENESS THEOLOGY
Most people who do not call themselves Catholics but believe in the
false doctrine of the Trinity fail to realize that they hold the central
teaching of their mother. Even the Catholic Church itself calls them
Catholic in the Quicumque Vult of Catholicism. The Quicumque Vult states
that "A Trinitarian is a Catholic even though he or she may profess
to be a Protestant.
Friend, if you are united with the Catholic Church in baptism then
the Bible calls you a daughter of the Mother of Harlots and Abominations
of the earth. The Catholic Church is clearly the whore spoken of in
the book of Revelations. The Bible tells us that the whore pretends
to be the true bride of Christ while sitting on the city of seven hills.
It is no coincidence that the Vatican is located in Rome. Rome was known
for centuries as "the city of seven hills." Revelation 17:5-9
identifies the great whore: "And upon her forehead was a name written,
Mystery, Babylon the great, The Mother of Harlots and abominations of
the earth . . . And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads
are seven mountains, on which the woman sits." Ancient Roman coins
called Rome "The City of Seven Hills." This is where the Vatican
WHAT IS THE CATHOLIC FAITH?
THE CATHOLIC FAITH IS THE TRINITARIAN ATHANASIAN CREED
"Whoever will be saved; before all things it is necessary that
he hold THE CATHOLIC FAITH. Which faith except everyone do keep whole
and undefiled; without doubt he will perish everlastingly. AND THE CATHOLIC
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, another of the Holy
Spirit. . . And in this Trinity none is afore, or after another: none
is greater or less than the other. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal
together, and coequal. 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 thus think of the Trinity. . ."
TRINITARIAN CONTRADICTIONS AND ONENESS THEOLOGY IN EARLY CHURCH HISTORY
If the Athanasian Catholic Creed is true, why did not the apostles
of the first century graphically spell out such a doctrine for us? And
if the speculations of the Athanasian Creed were true, why did the early
Trinitarian founding Fathers of the second and third centuries all teach
that the alleged Trinity of three persons were not coequal and coeternal?
There is not even one Christian writer in the first three centuries
of the church who recorded that there existed a belief in the coequality
and co-eternality of the alleged three persons of the Trinity.
The earliest Trinitarian writers all agree with Justin. They taught
that Jesus Christ was a second divine person who was inferior to the
Father and not coequal with Him.
Origen was a Trinitarian teacher of the third century. Origen taught
that Jesus Christ was "a second God of another substance or essence
from the Father." Origen further writes that Jesus is "the
most ancient of all creatures." Origen clearly taught that Jesus
was a second God who was created. Not coequal and coeternal as the latter
Trinitarian teaching of the fifth century and subsequent centuries have
With so many glaring contradictions between the fifth century Athansian
Creed and the teachings of all early Christian writers of the first
few centuries, how can we believe and trust in an alleged Trinity that
differs from the teachings of every single Christian writer of the first
three centuries of the church?
Even more astonishing is the fact that all of the earliest post apostolic
Christian writers on record who had lived contemporaneously with the
apostles, not only did not teach that God was a Trinity of three divine
persons but they actually taught a theology which agrees with modern
dayOneness Pentecostal Theology.
Clement the Bishop of Rome (90-100 A.D.) - who was mentioned by Paul
in Philippians 4:3 - taught in 2 Clement 14:1-5 that Christ is the Holy
Spirit. "If we say that . . . the Spirit is Christ, then he who
does violence to the Church does violence to Christ. Such a man will
not share in the Spirit, which is the Christ. This flesh is able to
receive so great a life and immortality because the Holy Spirit is closely
joined to it . . ."
Notice how Clement calls the Spirit "Christ" and then identifies
this Spirit as the "Holy Spirit."
Moreover, Hermas' Theology which was received and recognized by the
late first century and early second century Roman Bishop's Clement and
Grapte agrees with the Oneness Pentecostal scriptural belief that it
is necessary to be water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ to enter
into the Kingdom of God:
"Why is the tower built on water? As I said to you before, you
are a sly one concerning the scriptures and you seek diligently. Well,
if you seek , you will find the truth. Hear then why the tower is built
on water: because your life has been and will be saved through water."
The Shepherd of Hermas/Visions Chapter 11:5
"Did you see that the stones which entered through the portico
were placed in the structure of the tower (tower being used symbolically
for the church) but the ones that did not so enter were returned to
their own place? . . No one will enter the Kingdom of God unless he
takes his holy name. For if you want to enter a city and that particular
city has been walled around and has one entrance, could you possibly
enter that city except by the gateway it has? If then, you cannot enter
the city except through its gateway, so, a man cannot enter the Kingdom
of God other than by the name of the Son . . . The portico [Doorway]
is the Son of God; this is the only entrance to the Lord. . . Whoever
does not receive his name cannot enter into the Kingdom of God."
The Shepherd of Hermas Chapter 89:3-8
"They needed, to come up through the water in order to be made
alive, for otherwise they could not enter the Kingdom of God unless
they set aside the deadness of their former life. So even those who
had fallen asleep received the seal of the Son of God and entered into
the Kingdom of God. For before he bears the name of the Son of God;
the man is dead, and whenever he received the seal he sets aside the
deadness and receives life. So the water is the seal. Therefore they
go down into the water dead and they come up alive."
The Shepherd of Hermas Chapter 93:2-4
Ignatius was appointed the second Bishop of Antioch by the apostle John. Historians agree that Ignatius' theology was modalistic monarchian - the scholarly term used for Oneness Theology.
Ignatius wrote to Polycarp:
" . . . and expect him, who is above all time, eternal, invisible,
though for our sakes made visible: impalpable, and impassable, yet for
us subject to sufferings; enduring all manner of ways for our salvation."
Historian Virginia Corwin writes:
"If one term must be chosen to indicate the tendency of his thought,
Ignatius must be said to be monarchian."
If Ignatius was Monarchian in theology, Polycarp and most of the early Christians of Asia Minor must have been as well, due to the fact that Ignatius was in close fellowship with the churches throughout Asia Minor.
THE ESSENTIALITY OF ONENESS THEOLOGY
Many professing Christians are opposed to anything that brings division
among various Christian Denominations and churches. Yet Jesus warned
us that "Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the Kingdom of Heaven; But he that does the will of my Father which
is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21) The Bible plainly teaches that the
great majority of those who will profess Christ in the last days will
not be saved. Jesus exclaimed, "Enter in at the strait gate: for
wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow
is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it."
(Matthew 7:13,14) No matter what we want to think, the scriptures teach
that the vast majority of professing Christian Believers will not enter
into eternal life.
God's word further warns all professors of Christianity to beware of
false teachers who would receive the promise of the Holy Spirit and
prophesy in his name while deceiving God's people as "workers of
iniquity." Jesus was not joking when he warned us to beware of
Scripturally and Historically we can prove that the doctrine of the
Trinity is foreign to the Bible (from Pagan Philosophy) and to the faith
of the majority of early Christians.
How can Christians reconcile the Monotheism of the Christian faith
with the existence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Enter
the word Modalistic, from the root word "Mode:"
Tertullian apparently called them Monarchian because they professed
to hold a strict belief in a single Monarchy held by only one Divine
Being, King, or Monarch, rather than three divine persons or beings.
Tertullian was forced to admit that the majority of believers of the
second century A.D. were Monarchian and not Trinitarian believers:
Sounds familiar! Do not Oneness Christians of today preach that those
who profess a belief in three divine persons of an alleged trinity are
preaching two and three gods? Since the Trinitarian writer who invented
the word "Trinity" himself admitted that the majority of Christian
believers were Monarchian (Oneness) in their theology in the late second
century, we can convincingly assert that Trinitarians were in the minority
within the first hundred years after the death of the first century
Although Oneness adherents do not believe that church history ought
to be used to prove the Oneness position, it is comforting for us to
know that the vast majority of Christian believers who lived within
one hundred years after the death of the apostles believed in the same
like precious faith that we hold so dear today.
It truly makes a whole lot of sense to believe that the majority of
the early Christians would not have automatically departed from the
first century apostolic faith immediately after the apostles had so
vigilantly poured out their life blood into the churches they themselves
founded. Paul's constant warnings about the entrance of false teachers
and his constant charges to preach sound doctrine must have alarmed
the majority of the post apostolic bishops who succeeded the apostles.
The annals of Church history proves that the majority of Bishops who
immediately succeeded the apostles faithfully continued to preach the
true gospel just as ardently as they had received it from the apostles.
The surviving writings of the post apostolic bishops proves beyond a
shadow of a doubt that they were Oneness in Theology and not Trinitarian.
Most Trinitarians are not aware that the annals of church history proves that the Modalistic Monarchian Bishops of 325 A.D. wholeheartedly ratified the early Nicene Creed which is falsely believed by many to support Trinitarianism. Yet the Nicene Creed of 325 A.D. actually supports Monarchianism while openly exposing latter Trinitarian Theology. The anathema at the end of the creed graphically opposes the fifth century form of Trinitarian Theology as formulated in the Athanasius Creed: "But for those who . . . assert that the Son of Godis of a different hypostasis (substance of Being) or substance, or is subject to alteration or change - these the Universal and Apostolic Church anathematizes."
THE MAJORITY OF BELIEVERS IN THE SECOND CENTURY REJECTED EARLY TRINITARIANISM
Tertullian wrote: "To be sure, plain people, not to call them
ignorant and common - of whom the greater portion of believers is always
comprised - inasmuch as the rule of faith withdraws them from the many
gods of the heathen world to the one and the true God, shrink back from
the economy (the Trinity) . . . They are constantly throwing out the
accusation that we preach two gods and three gods . . . We hold, they
say, the monarchy."
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