It is a modern version of the Sabellian heresy which Tertullian preached against in the third century. It is also sometimes referred to as Patripassianism.
In Christianity, Sabellianism, (also known as modalism, modalistic monarchianism, or modal monarchism) is the nontrinitarian belief that the Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son and Holy Spirit are different modes or aspects of one God, as perceived by the believer, rather than three distinct persons in God Himself.
The term Sabellianism comes from Sabellius, a theologian and priest from the third century.
What do Apostolic Believers In One God, Jesus believe in?
What does that mean and why do some people say it is dangerous?Is this a religion church in America?
- What We Believe
About the Bible: The Bible is the infallible Word of God and the authority for salvation and Christian living. ( II Timothy 3:16)
About God: There is one God, who has revealed Himself as our Father, in His Son Jesus Christ, and as the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is God manifested in flesh. He is both God and man. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:4-6; Colossians 2:9; I Timothy 3:16)
About Sin and Salvation: Everyone has sinned and needs salvation. Salvation comes by grace through faith based on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Our basic and fundamental doctrine shall be the Bible standard of full salvation, which is the absolute essentiality of repentance, baptism in water by immersion in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. (Romans 3:23-25; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:3-5; Acts 2:38; I Peter 3:20,21; Mark 16:16; Titus 3:5)
We believe the Bibles teaches that the above statement to be essential and not subsequent to salvation.
About the Gospel: The saving gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again. We obey the gospel by repentance (death to sin), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (resurrection). ( I Corinthians 15:1-4; Acts 2:4, 37-39; Romans 6:3-4)
About Christian Living: As Christians we are to love God and others. We should live a holy life inwardly and outwardly, and worship God joyfully. The supernatural gifts of the Spirit, including healing, are for the church today. (Mark 12:28-31; II Corinthians 7:1; Hebrews 12:14; I Corinthians 12:8-10)
About the Future: Jesus Christ is coming again to catch away His church. In the end will be the final resurrection and the final judgment. The righteous will inherit eternal life, and the unrighteous eternal death. (I Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 20:11-15.)63
- Take a look at what the trinty confuses---
If there were to be 3 separate people in the Godhead[a trinity], would you only pray to the Son for forgiveness when in the OT God says HE is the ONLY One that can forgive sin!?
Would you have to pray again, for comfort to the Holy Spirit?? Why wouldnt Jesus comfort us, why couldnt we just ask Him?
Then again to the 'Father' for something out of reach of the 'son and holy spirit?[Stay with me here...]
Even more, who was it that this Flesh was 'begotten from? The Bible says it is NOT the 'Father' that overshadowed Mary, but is the Holy Spirit ! ![keep reading!.......]
Jesus, before He gave Himself up as The Living Sacrifice for sin said to His disciples, 'Now I am with you, but soon I shall be in you" when they were wondering what they would do without Him.
BUT, the scriptures say that it is the 'Spirit of God' that dwells in us, Another verse says it is the 'Spirit of Jesus'-[Christ in you, hope of glory], and yet another verse says it is the Holy Spirit!
So now what? Is there more than one spirit indwelling us?
Could God Almighty be that One and only Holy Spirit, that prepared HIMSELF a body[overshadowed Mary] in the weakness[temporary human constraints] and likeness of flesh[become as us so we could become more like Him]?
Which one sounds simpler?, scriptually sound and Rightly Divided in the BIG picture from Genesis to Revelation?
Maybe Jesus is none other than the 'Great I Am', robed and manifested in the flesh.
That 'Great I Am' we know is a Spirit, God Almighty -the ONLY Holy Spirit there is.
Perhaps these titles 'father son and holy ghost' are roles that our One Great God does for us, just as we have different roles as say, a man, who is also a father, son and husband---yet only one person.
We are made in His image.
ON THE LAST NOTE HERE...
WHO raised Jesus from the grave? Did the holy Spirit do it since he is refered to as 'co-equal'?
Jesus Himself said, 'Destroy this temple and in 3 days I will raise it"
But- God said it was He that raised Jesus.
So, another question.....who raised Jesus if there is a supposed 3 person God??63
- There is nothing "holy" about false doctrine that has been perpetuated for thousands of years and continues to enslave those who believe and defend it. This false doctrine was developed and declared at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD at the behest of Emperor Constantine of Rome. Inasmuch as he was a pagan, a worshiper of Mithras until his "conversion?" no doubt the belief in a multiplicity of gods was not foreign to him. I found this to be very interesting when I remembered that one of the many of Greek and Roman paganism is the belief in a 3 headed dog, Cerebus, who guarded the entrance to the underworld.Is it so far fetched to imagine that this belief also contributed to the doctrine of the trinity?
Even more astounding is to learn that Michael Servetus who was burned at the stake alive for his belief that this too was the foundation upon which this doctrine was based. He was condemned by the pope and also by John Calvin and John Knox for his beliefs. If anything the Council of Nicea represents an unholy alliance of the military power of Rome with that of the Catholic Church.
As an Apostolic I believe that there is only one God, Jesus who is the Father in creation, the Son in Redemption and the Holy Spirit in Regeneration. The Shema, "Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one" (Deut. 6:4) declares there is only ONE God not a multiplicity of gods. Any interpretation of Genesis 1:26 that permits the existence of more than one person of God runs into severe difficulties. Isaiah 44:24 says the LORD created the heavens alone and created the earth by Himself. There was only one Creator according to Malachi 2:10.
John 1:1-4 reiterates this fact, " 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
Who is the Word? Jesus is the Word and it declares that He is our Creator and no one else. I don't worship a 3 headed dog or a 3 headed god but the One True God, Jesus Christ. In His Name,
Apostolic Believer In One God, Jesus61
- What is the essence of the doctrine of God as taught by the Bible - the doctrine we have labelled Oneness? First, there is one indivisible God with no distinction of persons. Second, Jesus Christ is the fulness of the Godhead incarnate. He is God the Father - the Jehovah of the Old Testament - robed in flesh. All of God is in Jesus Christ, and we find all we need in Him. The only God we will ever see in heaven is Jesus Christ.30
- Apostolic=following the Apostle's doctrine.
There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), in the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit).
God is a Spirit (John 4:24). He is the Eternal One, the Creator of all things, and the Father of all humanity by creation.
He is the First and the Last, and beside Him there is no God (Isaiah 44:6).
There was no God formed before Him; neither shall there be after Him (Isaiah 43:10).
Jesus is the Son of God according to the flesh (Romans l:3) and the very God Himself according to the Spirit (Matthew 1 :23). Jesus is the Christ (Matthew 16:16); the Creator of all things (Colossians 1:16-17); God with us (Matthew 1:23); God made flesh (John 1:1-14); God manifested in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16; He which was, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty (Revelation 1:8); the mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Jesus Himself testified of His identity as God when He said, "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:7-11) and "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30).
It took shedding of blood for the remission of the sins of the world (Hebrews 9:22), but God the Father was a Spirit and had no blood to shed. Thus He prepared a body of flesh and blood (Hebrews 10:5) and came to earth as a man in order to save us for in Isaiah 43:11 He said, "Beside me there is no Saviour." When He came in flesh the angels sang, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11).
The Holy Ghost is not a third person in the Godhead, but rather the Spirit of God (the Creator), the Spirit of the resurrected Christ. The Holy Ghost comes to dwell in the hearts and lives of everyone who believes and obeys the gospel, as the Comforter, Sustainer, and Keeper (John 14:16-26; Romans 8:9-11).
Salvation consists of deliverance from all sin and unrighteousness through the blood of Jesus Christ. The New Testament experience of salvation consists of repentance from sin, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, after which the Christian is to live a godly life (Acts 2:36-41).
~~ADDED~~ To the person above me, NO, we do not believe in Sabellianism. Get your facts straight please.
When we say that Jesus did not exist until Bethlehem, or that the Holy Spirit was given after Pentecost, we are not saying that God exists only in successive modes as Sabellius claimed, nor are we saying that Christ was a created deity as in Arianism, but we are saying that God’s eternal 'ousia' became flesh in 5/6 B.C., and that the unique experience of the Holy Ghost prophesied about in the OT (Joel 2:28; Ezekiel 36:24-28) did not occur until after Jesus’ ascension (Luke 24:49; John 7:37-39; 14:16-18, 26; 15:26; Acts 2:4). This does not mean that the Father ceased being the Father while in Jesus on the earth. It also does not mean that the Holy Spirit was first introduced on the day of Pentecost. Throughout the gospels we see references to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost simultaneously.64
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